Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM
The Verdict: When I had my Windows Mobile / Pocket PC devices way back in ye oldern days of yore, the first thing I installed on every reboot was PocketBreeze, one of SBSH's other quality applications and probably the one that introduced me to them as a company to begin with. When they contacted me and asked if I'd like to review SafeWallet, I was very happy because I expected a lot and they were already a company I trusted. In many ways, I was not disappointed.
The problem with e-wallet solutions has always been usability. For the most part, they're overly complex (or underpowered; rarely a happy medium), require too many taps, touches, clicks, and such, and are unintuitive for setting up new cards and accounts. After giving SafeWallet a good looking over, I can truly say that despite SBSH not having a full portfolio of Apple iPhone / iPod Touch software yet, their first app is already on target as far as what an iPod Touch / iPhone App should be. It utilizes the touch interface nicely, and the controls are big enough to be properly navigated with your fingers.
On top of that, it's nicely customizable, securely encrypted, and has a fully functional (and equally easy to use) desktop application, and for the price is a very good bargain, even moreso when bundled with the desktop app. I'm looking forward to a Mac desktop app and I think the only thing I'd like to see that isn't included is a password adviser of some kind to warn the less knowledgable about their password selections when creating a wallet (people using passwords that are too simple really do need to be flogged). It does explain length and complexity under the password you choose, but I think that needs to be more obvious. A definite minor thing, that doesn't detract from the app in any way. Consider this, to borrow a term from stockbroker parlance, a "strong buy recommendation."
Vincent Ferrari is an Apple fan, videoblogger, blogger, writer, and all-around geek from the Bronx. He works in the IT Department of a cellular phone company that shall not be named, and lives in a very comfortable apartment with his lovely wife, two lovely cats, two Macs, two iPhones, and God-knows-how-many iPods of varying age.
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