Wunderkit has a few bugs to work out, but still intriguing

Feb 15, 2012
Tech

If you’re doubting whether you really need Wunderkit, ponder whether your life would be better with a digital day planner that you could share with your friends. If the answer is no, stop reading this immediately. If the answer is yes, Wunderkit gives cause to get at least a little excited about its potential. I […]

If you’re doubting whether you really need Wunderkit, ponder whether your life would be better with a digital day planner that you could share with your friends. If the answer is no, stop reading this immediately. If the answer is yes, Wunderkit gives cause to get at least a little excited about its potential.

I say potential because the app is a bit of a mixed bag. On the plus side, Wunderkit lets friends collaborate on projects, assigning tasks and writing notes that a select group of people can read. Right now the feature is hard to test completely, as no one I know is on the app, but I still think it bodes well for future collaborative projects.

Wunderkit also makes it very easy to keep up with the latest happenings on the app, and to ask questions of the developers, thanks to a “Stream” feature that is basically an in-app, Wunderkit-specific Twitter client. When you set up the app, you have the option of following people, like members of the Wunderkit development team, and doing so makes the experience much more worthwhile.

The developer feeds are lively, and often answer questions posed by other users about the app. That’s something that feels essential because using the app without any assistance can be a confusing experience. There are so many nooks and crannies to Wunderkit — like trying to figure out why tasks you create fall into both a generic “all tasks” folder and an “ inbox” folder — that a little help goes a long way.

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Still, if you can stick with it through the confusion, Wunderkit feels like it could grow into a great app for people working in group projects on the go. It has a clean interface and the right amount of personal content mixed with the integration of social networking features that the biggest things holding it back right now are a set of instructions and a larger user base.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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