Embrace Your Inner Misfit with Misfitopia

Total Score:   26

The folks at Misfit Wearables have created an app, Misfitopia,  that will both inspire and amuse you.  This app is designed to provide you with some interesting content while connecting you to the Misfit community.

  Price Rating = 5     Free

Ease of Use Rating = 5     It’s as easy as flipping over a card.

  Readability Rating = 4     The font size for the quotes is small.

 Will You Use It Rating = 4    It’s one of those apps that you will use occasionally.  Valuable enough to keep, but not in your top 20.

Downsides Rating = 0     I did not see any downsides.

 Consumer Review Rating = 4     There have not been a lot of reviews, but the ones submitted are mostly positive.    

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 4     I can’t say you need this app.  I think you will enjoy it, so perhaps that fills a need within you.

How does it work?

  1. When you open the app it will ask you if you want push notifications.  If you say yes you will receive an alert when new misfits are added.  You can expect two a week.
  2. The next screen you see will be a greetings screen giving you a quick tutorial for the app.  There isn’t a lot of functionality here.  You just tap a card to see a factoid about the person.  There are a number of misfits to thumb through.
  3. You can share a photo of your favorite misfit through Twitter, Facebook or email.
  4. If you tap the word MISFITS a pull down menu appears with three choices.
    1. Misfitopia takes you back to the app.
    2. About Us takes you to a screen with information about announcements, email for support and to their website.  Plus there is a map of their offices – Ho Chi Minh City and San Francisco.
    3. The “Suggest a Misfit” option opens an email screen so that you can nominate your own misfit.

The misfits are represented by caricatures – some more exaggerated than others.  All of the people had original ideas and/or approaches to life.  In their lifetimes they stood out as different – perhaps at times as misfits.  They include Sigmund Freud, Copernicus, Bobby Fischer, Ingmar Bergman, Marie Curie and Stephen Colbert.

It would be nice if the app offered you an opportunity to take your own photo – or one of your friends – and morph them into a misfit.

This app doesn’t have a lot of substance, but is enjoyable when your brain needs a break.

Devices:  This app is compatible with iPhone (3GS, 4 and 4S and 5) as well as iPod touch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation) and iPad.  It requires iOS 5.0 or later.  It was developed by Misfit Wearables Corporation.  They are the developers of the new fitness wearable gadget – Shine and the accompanying app.

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