Omar Sosa's 22 Days ($0.99) is a beautiful countdown app for your iPhone, with an HD version for your iPad.
Ever want to keep track of how long it is until the next holiday, or just some special event that you've looking forward for a while? Yes, there's always an "app for that," but today we're going to take a look at one of the more beautiful options around--22 Days for iPhone and 22 Days HD for your iPad.
On the iPhone, the first thing that the app will do is probably prompt you for your location. This is actually useful though, because it can fetch federal or popular holidays (or both) and input the data into the app for countdowns.
Of course, you can decline this entirely if you don't care about those holidays and just want your own events in the app.
The main view in the iPhone app is a list of all the days you're counting down to. On the left side, you'll see how the number of days, months, or years until your event. You'll also see the event name and the actual date for beside the countdown.
Creating new countdowns in the app is a breeze. A simple tap of the "+" button will take you to the New Event Countdown screen. From here, give your event a name, date, time (if you want to be notified), and select a photo. Adding the photo will give you the choice to snap a new photo, import from your Photo Library, or use one of the app's own preset images. When you're done, hit "OK" and it will be added to your countdowns.
Tapping on an item will display all the details about the item. You'll view the image, date, and the real-time countdown. Countdowns will show years, months, days, hours, minutes, and seconds.
On the iPad, 22 Days HD is technically the same, but takes advantage of the larger screen estate of the iPad.
You will add new events by swiping left-to-right on the 22 Days logo at the top. Add in the details (Name, Date, Notification Time, and Photo), and then you'll be able to save it.
Once you save a new event, you're taken back to the main screen. Your events will be displayed by their image, and organized by days, months, and years, with the representative number on the image. Tapping an item will show you the image, event detail, and the countdown.
You may notice that the days on countdowns may be greater than 31. The developer has it intentionally set up this way because the app uses real full months until the event. Seeing how many days are left until the event gives a more accurate sense of time.
I'm loving how beautiful 22 Days looks on my iPhone and iPad, and I plan to keep them both on my devices.
However, there are some things I would like to see in future updates.
The preset images in both versions are currently eight. Last I checked, there are more than eight holidays. Seeing more preset images would be welcome for those that like to keep track of the holidays.
Currently, you can only set a notification for the actual day of the event. It would be better if you could set a separate notification the day before an event as a reminder.
Landscape mode for the HD version would also be welcome.
Despite these flaws, I still found the app to be nice to use, and it's just beautiful.
Currently, the price for the iPhone version is 99 cents, and the iPad one is also on sale for 99 cents for a limited time (normally $1.99). However, I'm giving you a chance to win a code to try the app out yourself!
I have three codes to give away to some lucky AppAdvice readers. Two for iPad, and one for iPhone. For your chance to win a copy, just leave a comment on this post (make sure to leave a valid email so I can contact you if you win) and specify which version you'd like to win. I will pick winners randomly on Sunday, June 26 at 5 p.m. PST.