BugMe! Stickies Pro – Ink Notepad & Alarm

BugMe! ($ 2.99) by Electric Pocket, Ltd.

Available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad

You really ought to see my office right now.  I’ve got paper shuffled everywhere and sticky notes from well over a year ago plastered all over my monitor, desk, wall and every other available piece of office real estate.  Needless to say, organization has never been my forte.  My boss, bless his heart, tried to help me in this area by sending me to one of those sacrosanct “Franklin Cover” classes.  I probably followed their method for a good 24 hours before I was back to my old routine, clutter and chaos.  Don’t get me wrong, I am good at what I do, but I understand that it stresses my partner’s out when they see my lack of organization at work.  The thing is, paper is not my friend.  As a lawyer the thought of throwing away an important piece of paper paralyzes me to the point where I have become a de facto hoarder of  tens of thousands of pages of loose paper, 99% of which should be either shredded or thrown away.  As a result, one of my many new year’s resolutions is to go totally digital, and that includes you: annoying yellow tangible sticky notes.

BugMe! has been described by the developer as “the quick and easy note-taker and reminder for your iPhone. You can jot notes, ideas and errands on the fly. Sharing notes is easy, by email or Twitter, or save notes as little Stickies to your iPhone Home Screen as an “in your face” reminder!”  So how does it far?  Pretty damn well, actually!

I was a bit skeptical of BugMe!, since the iPhone already has a pretty good built in alarm that allows you to set reminders for yourself.  BugMe! lets you write and save digital “sticky notes” that you can then save to your alarm with reminders.  You can write these virtual sticky notes either freehand or by typing them with the build in keyboard.  Once you write you note you can save tiny ‘icon sized’ notes to your app launcher, send it to your friends via Twitter or email, and pin your notes onto the built in virtual cork board.

The true beauty of BugMe! lies in its simplicity and function.  The virtual sticky notes look and function just like the ones that are littered around my office, but instead of having thousands of unorganized sticky notes plastered all over my office, I can now contain them in one digital space that auto-organizes them for me.  Whenever I go to the grocery store, I now simply write out my list on a BugMe! sticky note and don’t have to worry about forgetting the paper list in the car (I never forget my iPhone).

Of course, no app is perfect and BugMe! is no different.  One of the features displayed by the developer is that BugMe! allows you to save your virtual sticky note as your lock screen wallpaper so it’s the first thing you see when you power on your iPhone.  What they do not tell you is that the method used by BugMe! to set the sticky note as your wallpaper is about as efficient as our federal government.  Once you write a sticky note and decide that you want to set it as your wallpaper you will receive the following pop-up notification:

Really? Okay, that just bugs me!

Really? Okay, that just bugs me!

Now, in defense of Electric Pocket, I do understand that the reason for the convoluted process is because of limitations, or some would say security measures, built in the iOS firmware, but it still does bug me that I have to go through so many hoops to do what seems to be a rather simple task.

Regardless of this limitation, BugMe! is still a solid app that deserves your attention especially if you are a slave to the tangible sticky note.  It offers what the default iPhone alarm/notification does, but it does it with a style and simplicity that far exceeds Apple’s calendar.

Visual Presentation Looks and works just like a sticky note
Ease of Use Very easy to use
Functionality Does everything that the built in calendar does but with more style and more simplicity
Value vs. Price Definitely worth 3 bucks for me, but maybe not for those that are happy with the default calendar
Overall If you are a sticky note addict like me, get this app!
App Name: BugMe! (iTunes)
Version: 1.32
Price as of this writing: $ 2.99. A free version of this app is available.
iTunes category: Business
Available on: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Developer: Electric Pocket, Ltd.
Device & iOS used for review: iPhone 3GS, iOS 5.



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