BugMe! Sticky Notes & Alarms for iPad ($0.99) by Electric Pocket is basically an iPad-optimized version of the note-taking app by the same name that was recently released for the iPhone and iPod touch, but was actually originally developed for the Palm Pilot back in the late 90′s.
BugMe! for iPad is a simple and flexible app that allows you to quickly jot down notes while on the go or just while sitting at home.
New notes can be created and customized in a variety of ways. When adding a new note, you can choose between one of six background colors, add text via the keyboard, or draw on your note with the tip of your finger and choose from a variety of colors and sizes.
Alarms can be added to notes to notify you when something needs to be completed. The alarm can be set quickly by using one of the preset times, or you can customize them to your liking. A badge will appear on the app’s icon when a task needs to be completed.
The app’s main cork board view allows you to see all of the notes you have created and edit, rearrange, or delete them with only a couple of taps.
But BugMe!’s best feature isn’t found in the main cork board view, it’s actually found on your iPad’s springboard. BugMe! is able to take any of your notes, push them to Safari, and allow you to download them to your springboard, which effectively turns your iPad into a giant icon-based to-do list that’s always viewable. This way you don’t need to launch the app to see what needs to be done.
BugMe! for iPad is missing the iPhone version’s ability to add backgrounds to notes, which was convenient for those wanting to annotate an image.
The ability to type text from the keyboard is definitely a welcomed feature, but it would be nice to be able to change the size of the text so it is viewable in a springboard icon. A final, somewhat nitpicky issue is that the notes themselves are relegated to a single size, not allowing you to make bigger, more complex notes.
BugMe! for iPad is easily worth the $.99 Electric Pocket is currently asking for the app mainly because of its ability to save notes to the springboard. The other features like alarms, ability to post notes to Twitter, and customize notes are just icing on the note-taking cake.