September, 2014
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  • App Review: Recordable Android Screen Recorder App

    Introduction

    There are many ways to make screen recordings of your android app. In Android kit Kat 4.4 there is a built in feature where you can use and to record your device’s screen as you use your app via the adb software bundled with the Android SDK. There are other free apps as well, but many of them require your device to be rooted, which not everyone is comfortable with especially me as it can brick your device if gone wrong.

    Wanting to make a demo for my app Inbox My Articles Offline RSS Reader I was pleased to find Recordable an Android screen recorder app which does not require your device to be rooted. However you need to download a free software onto your computer which then sets up the application for you. I was happy to see that Linux is also supported and in my case Ubuntu. Other supported operating systems are Windows and Mac.

    UX, Design and Ease of Use

    The user interface is very minimal, where there are only three screens in the app, the first two show the list of videos recorded, second other for the settings, and lastly to play the video.
    The app is very easy to use, and for first time users, instructions are given on the home page which are then replaced by the list of videos when you have at-least one video saved.
    The minimal user interface is quite understandable due to the main aim of the app is to record the screen of the device.
    The installation process is very easy and the app and the software on the computer give clear instructions at every step of the way.

    Usefulness

    I liked the free Android screen recorder app so much that I actually purchased the paid version for a very reasonable price.
    In the free version there will be a watermark of readable.mobi on the bottom right of your video. This is acceptable as the app does a really great job so one does not mind.
     
    The paid version does not add this watermark which is good since the user has paid for the app and there are more settings available to the user.
    The app itself was really easy to use. All you have to do is after installing and activating your app is to open the app and then press the record button in the action bar.
     
    There are a number of different settings which range from setting the frame rate to the quality of the video to enabling and disabling drawing your touches on the screen and much more settings at your disposal.
     
    As soon as the recording starts you can go to your app and start using it. However the device does become less responsive as you continue to record, but it is bearable. I myself don’t mind this issue, as the resulting video that i get is good for me. You may have a different opinion regarding this.

    One of the the best feature of this app as mentioned earlier is the fact that your device will not need to be rooted in order to use this app.

    Conclusion

    I highly recommend this app as it makes recording videos for your app demos very easy to do, and this app delivers what it  promises to do so. This app is the value for your money.
     

    September 30, 2014 • App Reviews, Technology • Views: 3864

  • App Review: Evernote Android App

    Introduction

    Evernote is a cloud based note taking app available for  number of different platforms. I will be reviewing the Android app of Evernote.

    UX, Design and Ease of Use

    The Android app has been beautifully designed. The user interface is intuitive and the beginner user does not need any tutorial to start using the app. The first screen after logging into the app is the screenshot which allows you to create your new notes. I use a smart phone with 5 inch screen in portrait mode so I have quite a large typing area which makes It easy for me to type as I like to see what i have written a few lines above the current line. The text styling controls and bullets have been laid at the bottom of the typing area just above the keyboard which makes it further easy to type.

    The submit button and other controls such as the attachment button have been laid at the top of the screen.  This helps the user from incorrectly  performing any function which can have some side effects.
     
    The menu can be opened by swiping the screen from left to right or by pressing the back button at the top left of the screen when the app is launched, which has other useful features.

    Usefulness

    The usefulness of the app lies in its use of the cloud and how seamlessly the app and other platforms sync seamlessly with the cloud. For example I have written this review on Evernote itself and this review will be saved in my phone’s memory until the app is synced with the cloud.
     
    I have the app at my disposal where ever I am and I can jot down all of my ideas right there and then even if I do not have n internet connection. The app syncs with the cloud as soon as I connect my smart phone to the internet. The cloud further helps keep my data safe. I don’t have to worry about my phone crashing and me losing all of my notes.

    Other Features

     There are more controls in the menu such as the “Add New Note”, “Take Picture”, “Record Audio”, and “Add Attachments”, which allows the user to add these items to their notes fairly easily. You can even create and manage notebooks so that you can organize your notes.

    Conclusion

    I congratulate the Evernote team for make truly a remarkable app and even more a truly remarkable system with which the app integrates into. I highly recommend this app to all.

    September 28, 2014 • App Reviews, Technology • Views: 2856