Albert Salamon brings us a geek chic clock for the iDevice wielding, temporally challenged types.
What is it?
Dominus Plus provides an interesting, dot based clock face to display the current time on your iDevice. In addition to the clock display, the Dominus interface lets you set an alarm or use a countdown timer, all using the dots look. You can also set a chime for every minute, quarter hour or hour, or any combination of these three. You also have access to three sound schemes for the alarm. The alarm and chime volume are set to the main iDevice volume setting so you can keep it subtle if you like or turn it up as a travel alarm to wake you up.
How does it work?
After the app installs on your device, the time synchronizes automatically with the onboard clock. When you tap once anywhere on the screen, small white dots will appear in each of the four corners. To access the other features, you need to tap the corners of the screen. The dot that appears brighter than the others is the current screen. By way of explanation, the screen to corner matches are as follows, clockwise starting in the upper left: clock, chime/alarm type settings, timer, and alarm time setting.
While we’re tapping things, I can let you know that if you double tap anywhere on the screen the app will dim to about half brightness (double tap again to toggle the brightness back up). To set the alarm, tap the rows of dots and the app will display a digital alarm time at the top of the screen. There are three columns for hour, tens of minutes and single minutes. Tap the dot at the end of skinny line between the hour and tens of minutes columns to change between a.m. and p.m. Tap the triangle at the bottom of the screen to activate the alarm.
To set the timer, tap the number of dots (minutes) from which you want to count down. The timer screen has six rows of ten dots so you can count down from up to one hour. There is a pleasant tune-like chime when the countdown is done; tap the done button in the middle of the screen to end the chime. Simple.
Is it contagious?
The Dominus Plus clock face is pretty cool and easy to get used to. The dots are easy to distinguish and the patterns make it easy to tell how many dots are lit up at a glance. The chimes and alarms are attention-getting without being grating or annoying. The green for a.m. and amber for p.m. color scheme is easy to look at and fairly foolproof unless you happen to be color blind, in which case you can use the dot next to the skinny line between the hour and tens of minutes block (a.m. is on the left, p.m. on the right). I mention this specifically because I do have a friend who is color blind, so the extra visual queue is a good idea.
The only drawbacks are minor. The alarm will need to be reactivated each time you want to use it. The app could benefit from a tutorial as well. I found everything, but it was by random experimentation. One thing I personally think would be nice is if the app could be set as the iDevice screen background, but that’s another beastie entirely.
If you like something different than some boring numbers at the top of the screen to tell the time, Dominus Plus is a cool option.
Category: Utilities Developer: Albert Salamon Cost: $0.99 Download:Dominus Plus