Total Score: 27.5
Some movies are just so long that you need a bathroom break in the middle. But, I hate to miss any of the action. The RunPee app is what I have been waiting for. It tells me the ideal time, tells me a synopsis of what I will miss, and gives me a silent vibration. It’s perfect for parents or just anyone who feels that call during a movie. You receive silent vibrations on your iPhone, iTouch or Apple Watch and know just when to run out for a little relief.
Price Rating = 5 Free. A lot of functionality at no cost. There are occasional ads.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 Easy to find your movie and choose a time to run to the restroom.
Readability Rating = 4 The font size is small in some cases, but readable.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 If you are a movie goer, it is a must-have.
Downsides Rating = 0 I didn’t find any problems.
Consumer Review Rating = 3.5 There are over 450 reviews and they are mixed. Most of the negative comments were for older versions. And, it was noted that you won’t get break times for the first couple of days of a movie.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 You would want this app if you were avoiding movie theaters because you can’t wait two-plus hours between bathroom breaks – especially when you get that large soda. Or, you just want to be prepared in case you have the need to go.
How does it work?
- When you first open the app you see a bladder medicine add. I have to admit that is context appropriate. It runs for five seconds and then you can go directly to the app. The latest movies will appear at the top, you can choose one of them, or search for a different movie. They are organized by release month.
- Once you have made your choice you’ll see an opening paragraph – sometimes very brief, sometimes longer, but always with helpful information.
- You should read about the pee times before you select the timer to get vibrations at pee times. The app lists two to three times, depending on how long the movie is. It tells you the dialogue right before you should leave your seat and head to the restroom. It also gives you a quick synopsis to let you know what you are missing. You also get a more detailed synopsis to get more information about the missing scenes.
- Another feature of this app, which is also on this screen, is whether there is anything extra after the end credits. I found that handy. And, if you happened to enter the movie late, there is a synopsis of the first three minutes of the movie.
- Now, let’s go back to the timer. Tapping on that will bring up a screen that tells you when to start the timer. (Note: This only works for movies distributed in the U.S. Ones distributed in other countries may have different opening sequences.) On my first try with this app, I though it was off, but I hadn’t read the instructions. The notifications come at two minutes before, one minute before and right before each pee time. You can set this to only vibrate at the designated pee time.
- Just to assure you, the notifications do not make any noise, they are always silent vibrations – but, status notifications can make a sound depending on your settings. Always set your phone on vibrate – which you should do before any movie. If your phone is in airplane mode, these notifications will be the only ones that come in. That might be something you would like to do. There is also a settings option in the app to select vibrations only.
- There are other options in the app – back on the main movie screen. You can answer a user poll about 3D movies. Other options are: Sharing on Facebook or Twitter; DVD release updates; a link to IMDB (you still remain in the app); a link to Rotten Tomatoes; contact info for the app; movie review from the RunPee staff; and a link to reviews on YouTube.
I am impressed by the content and functionality of this app and think you will be too. As someone suggested in the Apple reviews, this is an app you could use when watching movies at home to select the perfect time to pause the action. Try it out and let me know what you think.
Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone (and Apple Watch), iPod Touch and iPad. It requires iOS 6.1 or later. The App was developed by Dan Florio. Check out the RunPee website for information about this app.