Launch Center App Review – One App to Rule Them All

Speed dial has been a feature unfortunately omitted from iOS. One app that aims to rectify this issue as well as add the functionality to essentially launch almost anything from inside its confines is called Launch Center ($1.99), and it does a great job at what it advertises.

Wittily, the ability to add application shortcuts, direct links to your favorite websites, make a list of speed dial contacts, text someone, tweet, post to Facebook, email and more have all been packed into this one brilliant application. Launch Center basically holds the key to simple navigation and ultimate functionality.

The fun doesn’t just stop there, though.

Launch Center allows you to schedule these launches to your desired time, and they can be configured to be shown as banners, all-out notifications or none via iOS 5′s Notification Center. This can remind you to call someone at a certain time, send someone an email, possibly Tweet something at a certain time with the content of that Tweet already entered and more more – the possibilities are nearly endless, which is the beauty of such an application.

How, you may ask, does Launch Center exactly work with third-party applications? You’d think that you’d have to jailbreak to be able to access such things, but iOS allows each application to be assigned a specific URL. Like how websites precede with http://, applications will have the same type of URL dependent on their names. For example, tweetbot:// will open the Twitter client, facebook:// will open Facebook, launchcenter:// will open Launch Center, etc. Go ahead, try it out in Safari.

All the above is presented in a pleasing, aesthetically desirable package augmented by the limitation of menus making the whole process a quick, straightforward affair. Launch Center has tons of potential to be expanded on, which seems to be the case that the developers, AppCubby, are pursuing evident by the steady stream of free updates. Launch Center has satisfied me time and time again first making its way to my first page in my home screen and inevitably followed by its continuation to replacing the Mail app on my dock. Now it contentedly sits wedged between my most used utilities, and it has no intention of ever moving.

[easyreview title="Our Score - Utility" cat1title="Polish" cat1detail="Even with the small number of menus, Launch Center manages to give off a polished, slick aroma, if you will." cat1rating="5" cat2title="Intuitiveness" cat2detail="Launch Center brings new functionality to the iOS table by easily allowing users to launch apps, text on demand and other tasks of the like." cat2rating="5" cat3title="UI" cat3detail="The menus are easily navigable by the use of a few simple gestures, and everything is cleverly and accordingly arranged." cat3rating="5" summary="There's nothing that can be corrected in this application. Instead, it can be added to on top of its fulfilling abilities. Launch Center has satisfied me time and time again first making its way to my first page in my home screen and inevitably followed by its continuation to replacing the Mail app on my dock. Now it contentedly sits wedged between my most used utilities, and it has no intention of ever moving."]
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