The first thing that strikes you about Recordoid is the presentation. The user interface (UI) mimics an old style cassette recorder, which gives a nice retro feel. What seems out of place here is an LCD counter display. Back in the day of tape decks, we had electrically driven clockwork counters! The cassette recorder metaphor is even used when quitting the program. There’s no close button. Instead, there’s an eject button, with which there is an animation of the cassette door opening, before the application shuts down.
The retro UI of Recordoid
Recording is a straightforward matter of hitting the big red record button. However, one usability aspect which spoilt the usage of Recordoid for me was that there seemed to be some delay with on the counter. It is most likely an attempt at simulating at how badly those early LCD panels were at keeping up with the hundredths of a second digits. However, it’s stretching the analogy a little too far for my liking when it impacts on my confidence in the UI.
Once recording, pause and stop buttons are available. Once the stop button is pressed, a dialogue appears asking you for a file name. However, it automatically generates, by default, a file name based on the date and time, so you don’t have to worry too much about choosing the perfect name for your masterpiece.
Recordoid’s file name dialog
When you press the play button, you’re presented with a UI to browse and manage your recordings. You can select files for playback or deletion. There’s even a search box, in case you have an inordinate amount of recordings (which I think is unlikely).
Managing your recordings in Recordoid
Selecting a track for playback presents yet another dialog, which offers more than just playback. In addition to the latter, there are options to attach a note, embed coordinates from the phone’s GPS system and an edit menu.
Recordoid’s playback menu
Before you get your hopes up, the edit menu does not allow you to trim your recording, or apply any sort of effects. The options presented here are: ‘Rename’, ‘Set as ringtone’, and ‘Send as’.
The loosely-referred-to editing options in Recordoid
The final option could be the most powerful aspect of Recordoid, the ability to publish your audio to any sharing service on the phone. However, Recordoid disappoints by only giving the following options: ‘Mail’, ‘Multimedia message’ and ‘Bluetooth’.
In conclusion, you will admit the truth of the fantastic nature of this app together with its utility. The UI and old cassette metaphor puts the icing on the cake.
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