Numerics ($19.99) by Cynapse, the creators of Phlo and Localscope, is a dashboard app that is business-oriented, allowing users to display different widgets with information on them all in one place. If you’ve heard of Satus Board by Panic, this app will seem familiar to you. For enterprise users, a feature set like this can be really important, making it hard to put a price on. So, let’s answer the question you’re all asking: why does Numerics cost 20 bucks, and is it worth that price? How does it compare to similar apps in the same price category?
First off, Numerics shows its business-oriented personality by supporting many services from a business perspective. Integration with Basecamp, Facebook Pages, Google Analytics, Zendesk, and more make it ideal for enterprise use. To see all of the supported services, just take a look at this screenshot from our gallery.
Within each supported service comes a number of widgets. Whether you want to view graphs and charts from Google Sheets or trading prices, the Numerics dashboard’s got you covered. Widgets can be colored and arranged however you’d like on your dashboard, with the ability to create multiple dashboards allowing you to limitlessly use widgets. Dashboards can also endlessly scroll, which means putting as many widgets on them as you want.
But back to the price. What makes Numerics worth as much as it costs? To understand this, we can look at a similar app like Status Board just for comparison’s sake. Status Board is available on the App Store as a $9.99 iPad app, providing similar functionality. There is also an additional $9.99 in-app purchase to enable mirroring to external displays, a feature that comes with Numerics out of the box. So that means the prices are about even here.
The feature set of both of these apps is the same when it comes to the basics, but there are some key differences. Status Board is only available for iPad, while Numerics is universal, and in Numerics, there is no limit to how many widgets you can put on a dashboard. However, the fact that the widgets in Numerics are more business-oriented, and that those in Status Board are for business and everyday users, is also something to consider. Plus, Status Board lets users create custom widgets using HTML, whereas in Numerics, you’re stuck with what the app comes with. These are just some differences to consider.
At the end of the day, if the services Numerics has to offer are frequently used by your business, then the app is probably worth a download, especially since it’s great to, in theory, mirror onto a display in the office, since it’ll be optimized. The availability of different widgets, along with the fact that there’s no limit on how many you can use, can make it a great buy. But for people like you and I, who use more popular services like email, calendars, and social networks, Status Board by Panic might be a better choice.
Numerics is a universal app, available for $19.99 on the App Store.