There are so many things that happen in our daily lives that it can be tough to keep track of it all. Your iPhone goes with you most of the time, and it can be a handy little utility in keeping track of what you do. The problem is that the iPhone gathers a lot of information, but it’s not easily accessed, or organized. There are plenty of apps trying to organize specific sets of data, all in an attempt to take a digital journal to the next level. Reporter App is a new entry to the App Store that doesn’t have a direct comparison as it tries to track your daily life through a series of random surveys.
What makes Reporter App different is that the surveys are based on questions, and you can use the standard ones included in the app, or create your own. Each survey asks the same questions you set-up, so then you can start to see trends, and access certain points of time in the past. The app automatically takes account of your location, weather, photos taken, noise around you, and steps taken (on the 5S). From there you start answering the questions, which come in the form of yes/no, or open-ended. There’s not much to the app when you first start out, but after a few days you start to see the value in taking down this information at different times during the day. Each survey is initiated by a push notification, which you can choose to respond to, or not, and you can also set to sleep when you’re asleep.
With the Reporter App, you get from it what you put into it. The more valuable questions you include, and the more responsive you are to surveys, will make for a better app experience. It’s not going to automatically track your day, but it can take the tracking to a higher, more meaningful level if you put time into it. You really have to know what you’re getting into before your decide to get the app, as it will take effort, but that effort can track your day, current thoughts, at the moment emotions, and any detail you want. Everything is optimized for iOS 7 with a super flat design that focuses on each report, question set, and data detail. It’s effortless to interact with the app, and everything is designed for quick in, and out during your day. There’s also a powerful front end to make it as easy as possible to customize questions, and specify entry potential even with the powerful database tools on the backend.
Reporter App ($3.99, iPhone) is a valuable utility bursting with potential for you to tap into. It’s worth picking up as long as you want to put the effort in, to draw more information from your days.