Sunday, November 24, 2013

Kindle Fire Free App of the Day: Stopwatch and Timer Pro and Bonus App: TextNow

Today's Free App of the Day is Stopwatch and Timer Pro
Originally $1.50


This is a basic stopwatch and timer app. It does, as some reviews have said, have an unattractive interface. One could say it's utilitarian. When you first open it, you are advised that you can select options by using the menu button on your device. You can also touch the dropdown menu button in the upper right hand corner or, if this option is chosen in the settings, simply long press on the screen to pop up the menu. The app starts in stopwatch mode. And I think this is where the app shines. If you need/use a stopwatch, this works well. Obviously, you start by tapping start. You can time laps in an on going race by tapping "lap" as your runner/car/swimmer/horse goes by, and the individual lap times will be displayed in the bottom panel. You can change this (using the options menu) to show both the lap and split (total elapsed time to that point) or just the split. You can export this data to the clipboard, a csv file, a txt file or to email or other app. However, the email option just dumps the data in a string to the email--instead of each lap on its own line, they are all run together with a space between them. Interestingly, when I choose to export it to my texting app (Textnow), the export does put each data point on its own line. To set a timer, which seems like an add on, you tap the little clock icon in the menu bar or choose Timer from the options menu. You can choose from Sound or Vibration. To change the sound that is used, use the arrow buttons to the right of the sound--"built-in beep" is the default. You can hear the sound you've chosen by tapping on the musical note. You can also choose the duration of the alarm, whether the timer counts up or down, and set the timer from here. Tap OK when done. The timer uses the same clock as the stopwatch. If you have any time already on the stopwatch, the timer will start from there, so tap reset to clear the timer. Tapping the trash can in the menu bar deletes split/lap info but does not reset the timer. (This is the same as the "Clear" item in the Options menu.) The app runs in airplane mode, and while it does not automatically switch from portrait to landscape, you can switch between portrait and landscape orientations by choosing Orientation from the optons menu. I like that you can choose the size of the timer/stopwatch main display. The splits stay the same size, but you can enlarge the stopwatch/timer and the buttons in real time by choosing Size from the option menu and dragging the sliders.You can also choose colors for background and the stopwatch/timer and the lap/split times from eight standard colors or choose your own. (It starts with a black background and white numbers.) You can customize the fonts somewhat. You can switch from the default three buttons -- Start/Split/Reset -- to two buttons -- Start and, while the stopwatch is running the other button will show Lap, Split or Lap/Split depending on which option you have chosen; when the stopwatch has stopped, the other button shows "Reset." Go to the "Others" item in the Options menu to change other settings, such as the sleep settings, whether the (stopwatch) timer stops after counting down or up Many of the negative comments involve the app not running against logged in to the App Store. This may be something that only applies to non Amazon devices. The app did run in Airplane mode for me. It may also be if the app hasn't "phoned home" recently, it won't work.

6 of 11 reviews are four stars and above.

So we have a bonus pick: TextNow.


Since I mentioned TextNow, I thought I'd give it as a bonus app. I really like this app for texting. I can use it on my Fire, my Samsung, my iDevices and on my computer. They recently implemented group texting, which makes it great for planning with the entire family. On iDevices, you can also make phone calls if you have a WiFi connection (or 3G/4G, but presumably if you have that, you'd just use the phone. :D) 593 of 695 reviews are four stars and above.


These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page.  Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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