Spirit of Christmas: Written Android App Review
At last, the holiday season is finally upon us. If you’re like me, you’ve held off from listening to the radio for fear of being tired of Christmas carols before it’s even Christmas. The holiday season also brings an opportunity to decorate your device with fun and entertaining holiday apps.
Spirit of Christmas, developed by Beldroid, is a free app which allows you to place holiday countdown widgets on your home screen. The app features a countdown widget for Christmas and New Year’s Day.
Concept and Functionality:
Whether you’re a youngster who’s counting down the days until Christmas vacation or someone who is looking forward to ringing in the New Year (or even both!), Spirit of Christmas is the perfect app for you. It’s very simple to install and use, and it works flawlessly on my Nexus 7. Simply install the app and navigate to where widgets are located on your device.
Spirit of Christmas features quite a few customization options. First, you can choose whether or not to animate the widget. It’s best to disable this feature if you’re worried about battery consumption. Also, there’s the option to play a musical Christmas jingle when you tap the widget. Again, this can be enabled or disabled via the app’s settings.
For both widgets, you can choose an image of a Christmas wreath, Christmas stocking, or a Christmas tree. If you like, you can even set the same image for both widgets.
Not only does the Spirit of Christmas widget play a tune when you tap it, but it also tells you the exact time until Christmas and New Year’s Day. Right down to the minute. The app also animates when you tap it regardless of your animation setting.
Another awesome feature is multiple musical tunes. I was afraid each Spirit of Christmas widget would play the same song over and over, but thankfully they don’t. This will definitely keep users from getting bored with the widgets.
There’s only one little thing that bothered me with Spirit of Christmas, and it’s that widget images are the same for both holidays. Yes, I know the app is called Spirit of Christmas, but I think users would get a bit more out of the app if the images for New Year’s Day were actually relevant to the holiday. This would include pictures of party hats, “2013″ drawn in glitzy and sparkly letters, or simply the words “Happy New Year”.
If you’re a fan of widgets on your home screen and you’re looking to get your Android device in the holiday mood, Spirit of Christmas is the perfect app for you. I definitely recommend it for kids and adults alike. After all, who doesn’t love counting down the days until Christmas?
Android Apps Review Details: Spirit of Christmas is FREE and requires Android 2.2+. You can download it from Google Play.
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