Ovi Store: Memo Touch Review
It may seem churlish and ungrateful to moan about a free app, but Memo Touch seems like such a wasted opportunity that it is hard not to grind your teeth as you use it. Memo Touch is basically a notepad app. Like the built in Notes app, but designed with Symbian S60 5th Edition touch devices in mind, and with a nice dollop of style. That’s the theory at least, and first impressions are that the developers have pulled it off – only through a little use do the problems become apparent. Find out what we mean, with our Memo Touch review…
At first glance, Memo Touch has a simple & rather elegant design. The app is designed to be used landscape mode, with simple control icons (new document, save, quit, etc) down the left edge of the screen and the rest of the screen devoted to either a list of notes or an editing/viewing pane with optional soft keyboard.
The keyboard is the first black mark against Memo Touch. There are several ways of implementing a soft QWERTY keyboard on a mobile device using ‘zoomed in’ keys and letter frequency rules to guide you to the correct key and/or using an autocomplete dictionary to speed up typing. Memo Touch has decided to ignore them in favour of a frankly rubbish soft keyboard that has pokey little buttons and no autocomplete. The problem is compounded because you can’t use the N97′s slideout keyboard instead. Yup, even though this app is listed on Ovi as N97 compatible the N97′s most distinctive feature is useless. Great move, guys!
We assume this app was originally written for a keyboardless model like the 5800 but, even so, a well written app really ought to be able to accept text input from multiple sources. Even on the 5800 you might expect a Bluetooth keyboard to be used, for example.
The bitter icing on the cake is the fact that the notes you manage to type out are forever trapped in the Memo Touch app. You can’t export them, email or SMS them. You can’t even copy and paste them into other documents. What you are left with is a great looking notepad, but one with rather limited uses and a few crippling flaws. It may be a bit off to look a gift app in the mouth, but the fact that this was nearly so much better makes it hard not to grumble.
Size: 0.3 MB
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