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I am testing 10 PRM apps to become a better friend.
I am not performing super exhaustive reviews or following a very scientific method. However, I still want to remove biases by using the same criteria for the apps in the test. Some are blockers, and I’ll stop my test if I encounter any, but most won’t be.
I am a flexible user.
I want an app pleasant to use.
Extremely subjective, of course.
I need to use it daily to be effective, which translates into the following:
- Design. Clarity and readability come first: lots of negative space, fonts easy on the eyes, great interaction feedback—bonus points for respecting interface norms proper to each platform.
- Performance. It must be snappy! I have no tolerance for waiting once I click on something.
I don’t want to be locked into a platform.
This one is easy.
I use iOS most of the time, but occasionally I’ll switch to an Android phone or use both simultaneously. I only use apps that work on both platforms. If the mobile web experience is great, that’s fine.
I don’t care particularly about native apps.
The more, the better!
I hate entering data manually; therefore, I value the ability to import new data from emails, calendars, address books, messaging apps, and social networks. Most of my social interactions are in Telegram, Slack, and Signal. I also use Zoom, but those calls are generally in my calendar.
I want automation but also control over what to import or not.
I don’t like constraints.
I need to store my contacts, with some metadata and their relationships with me and among them. I want to set reminders to get in touch at selected intervals and record interactions and notes.
I am happy with an app that can do more if it doesn’t force a rigid workflow or requires strict data entry.
I don’t mind paying.