Quotes: Daily Inspiration & Wisdom with Lock Screen Wallpapers (iOS 5 Edition) ($0.99) by MagicAnywhere is for the quote lover.
I love quotes. Many of them are funny, some are inspiring, others are full of wisdom, and there are many other kinds of quotes out there. Sometimes, a quote is all you need to brighten up your day, or even end your day (something to sleep on, I suppose). This app aims to help cheer you on with many words to live by.
When the app is launched, you get a beautiful screen that has a gorgeous image serving as wallpaper, with a quote in the middle that looks like it is on a piece of paper. You can swipe on the quote (right-to-left) to change it, and every now and then, the inspiring background image will change as well. The point of the background image is to help motivate you more, though I’m not sure that really helps (at least for me).
There are two buttons at the top that allow you to share the current quote or screen. Sharing the quote gives users the option of sharing only the text (no images) through email, Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. The other option is to share the screen (background image with quote) through the same options, though you can also save the image to your Photo Library as well. This is great if you want to make the image your lock screen wallpaper (wise words to look at every time you use your phone!).
Quotes will also allow you to get a notification in the morning (8 a.m.) or evening (9 p.m.), both, or none. These notifications will appear as how you set them on your device’s Notification settings. From my tests, the app is pretty reliable at sending them to you if you have it selected.
I was a bit disappointed with the app in the end though, because there is no way to browse through all of the quotes that are included.
Another major flaw are the notification quotes – if you want to save these, there is currently no way of doing so. Tapping on them in your Notification Center will simply launch the app with a random quote – there is no way to recall that quote that you saw and want to save.
There is also no way to really save a list of favorite quotes in the app – you’d have to copy the quote text when you’re sharing, and then store it in another app, like Quotebook (one of my favorites).
Another thing that struck me as odd is the fact that even though the app’s name mentions iOS 5, there isn’t support for Twitter integration – you will still have to sign in to your Twitter account by entering your username and password. Hopefully this changes in an update.
These are pretty big flaws for a quote app, and I hope that the developers can fix this in the future. I absolutely adore the icon, but it won’t be replacing my current combination of Quotebook and Quotes Plus for quotes.
If you want a quick fix of daily inspiration, then maybe this app is for you. However, if you are like me and was expecting more, then you’ll want to look elsewhere.