Track your life with the Reporter app for iPhone
Life tracking is very popular right now, but Reporter takes a slightly different approach to the apps and wearable technology that can tell you how many calories you’ve burned. While the app can track your steps on the iPhone 5s thanks to its built-in motion sensor, it focuses more on timed reports. These contain questions about what you are doing and who you are with, and incorporate data from your iPhone’s other sensors to paint a picture of your current status.
It’s clear from the outset that the design was important during development; the interface is clean and the whole screen can be set up in one of five colours. It looks lovely, and for the most part it’s also really easy to use.
To get started, the app will send a push notification randomly during the day to prompt you to report in, and you’ll be asked questions such as ‘What are you doing?’ and ‘Who are you with?’. Answering them takes seconds, and they’re all customisable if you want personalised information.
The app does ask for access to a number of sensors on your iPhone, including the microphone, which may concern some, but it simply uses the reading to create a more complete picture of your whereabouts, and it’s completely optional.
There does seem to be a few missing features, though; the inability to add photos to your report is a missed opportunity, and we couldn’t find a way to view a graph of the audio levels or a map of all our reported locations; if the options are there, they need to be more obvious, and if not they should be included. Why take the data and not use it? The app does a great job of collecting data, but fails to visualise it in an appealing way, and that’s a real shame.
Thankfully, the app is still in its infancy, and updates could easily see more features added. It’s a good start for Reporter, and with a few extra features it could be a fantastic life-tracking app.
A unique approach to life tracking that is fun and nicely designed, but is missing a few features that would make it great.
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