Prototype of App Review Template. Seeking Feedback and Logo Design

I am in the midst of adding reviews for apps that I am testing out, reading, evaluating, using, etc.

As I continue to write up my reviews I feel like a broken record spewing the same phrases over and over.

Nobody has time to read these phrases and descriptions.

This weekend I came up with a new plan. This plan will be simple, easy to read, easy to digest, and take little time while providing honest feedback.

I sketched out a basic template in my Stimulus Queue book that I was going to share for feedback, but my 2 year old decided to do some of her own artwork.

Opened my book where I record ideas, questions, sketches, and prototypes of new concepts to find my 2 year old decided to record her ideas as well! #scribble #shestolemyvibe #doodle #journal #sketch #ideas #creativity

I am in the process of developing an icon for each category. Each category will then have a very short description of honest feedback. Simple phrases and words.

Here are the categories

1. App Icon
2. Color/Layout of book/app/design
3. Ease of use
4. Overall Feel
5. Good
6. Not So Good
7.Yahoo or Boo
8. Hall of Fame
9. Price
10. Use It Again

Each one will be graded on my own biased feedback.

What do you think? Thoughts on these categories. Do you think this will be helpful? Should I eliminate or add?

I will be sampling these 10 categories with the next few app reviews. In the meantime I will be working on designing a logo icon for each category. If you want to create one and submit it to me I will gladly use it and make sure you are given credit.

Carry on my coffee consuming legion!

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Training Gear Review: ASICS Men’s Propel Singlet, Black, X-Large

I bought this tank top to use in the summer when it is hot and humid. I am one who sweats like crazy and one who gets chaffed quite easy. I read about this product and thought it would work well for running during the day. I have some ASICS compression shirts which I swear by and thought this would be a good added element. I took off for a long run with this tank top and it destroyed me. I don’t think it is a problem of the product, but my body cannot handle anything that causes friction or rubbing. When I was done running my nipples were super raw.

Needless to say that this tank top will no longer be used for running, but for casual wear around the house. It is very light and comfortable. However, I just have a body that needs materials that don’t rub, so I guess it is compression gear all the time. I wish I could run in this because it was light, did not get heavy with sweat and felt great until I ran.

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Garmin Tools Review: Watch and Cadence Sensor

I am keeping this review short and sweet. Garmin watches are the best. I have used this watch for over year. I love everything about it. I continue to learn and more about the watch. It is super easy to use. The software works great and provides more information than you ever care to know unless you are a pro runner/athlete in which you probably have others helping you with your data. This watch is very durable. I like that it is big because it makes it easy to view while watching. I know there are newer models, but this watch works just fine so why upgrade.

The heartrate strap is an added benefit. I use my watch almost daily for my running and I love how it tracks my courses and syncs with Google Earth. It also syncs with Dailymile.com if you use this website to track your data with others.

I have no complaints. I have used the watch with both PC and Mac and I love it even more on my Mac, but the PC works just as well.

The Cadence sensor for bikes works excellent also.

This is worth every single penny if you are a person like me who needs to the data to keep motivated in running.

I am not a major bike rider, but with the cost of gas and summer time I am using my bike to ride to the Y for my runs and workouts. I added this to my bike the other night. I am terrible with tools and installing any device. This was very simple to add. It took me all of 15 minutes to install on my bike. If I can do it, then anyone can do it. Switching my Garmin watch to my bike setting and BOOM I am ready to go. I love this sensor because it works with my watch which syncs right into my Garmin software on my computer.

For $35 this is a great purchase. It does everything you would expect it to. So far, Garmin you have not done me wrong. Fingers crossed this continues.

Another great exercise tool to add if you ride your bike.

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Running Shoes Review: Kinvara 2 and Brooks Ravenna 2

Finally, I have had the time to go out and test my latest two new running shoes. I broke down and bought some new shoes after having a good run with my Asics Kayano 16.

My Asics brought me great joys over the last 300 plus miles running plus about 100 plus miles in walking use. I tried to keep them to just running, but that did not happen. These bad boys have been through it all. From my great accomplishment of finishing the Urbanathlon last year, through the stress fractures and injuries, to finally getting back in stride.

It is time to finally move these to just general use shoes. No more running in these bad boys. I have had to add some generic insoles for my poor fat, flat feet that needed some extra support. It has been a good time together, but time has ended. I really wanted to buy a pair of the Kayano 17, but looking at a $160 price tag stopped those thoughts

What was I to do?

I bought two pairs of running shoes for under $200. One for races and one for training. I figured I owed it to myself after all the running I have done and all the running I have coming up this summer and fall.

The first pair I bought that arrive are the Brooks Ravenna 2.

I ran 8 miles last Sunday. I ran two 4 mile intervals testing out my two new shoes. I ran four miles, felt really good. Stopped for about 2 minutes to change shoes, drink some water and GU and took off for another 4.

The first thing I noticed about these shoes were how light they were compared to my Asics. I don’t know if this is like a placebo effect where because they were so new everything felt great, but I really did not think I was wearing shoes. My Asics have been abused and used with insoles added so the weight difference was well noted. These only weigh 11 oz compared to the 12.7 oz weight of my Asics.

I loved these shoes! I plan on running with them again this morning for further testing, but these really felt great. In the June issue of runner’s World these were marked as the Editor’s Choice and I can see why. I had zero discomfort except in my one shoe that I did not lace up properly. The magazine said the shoe had cushioning for heel to mid foot strikers which I am one of those runners. Especially when I get tired my feet(heels) drill the pavement. I felt the cushion and just felt much lighter on my feet. I hope this feeling lasts and if so Brooks has just won a new shoe buyer.

The other shoe I purchased is one that has been talked about in a few magazines, but I have also talked about them with some runners I know. These are the Saucony Progrid Kinvara 2

Now, talk about not feeling like you have shoes on….these only weight 8.2 oz. I really enjoyed these shoes, but it took me some time to get used to them. I think part of this was due to switching shoes in about 2 minutes and really liking the Brooks Ravenna 2. At first I thought the shoes I bought were too big as it felt like the toe was folding up on me. As I continued to run and my feet continued to swell in the heat this sensation was eliminated. Also, being such a light shoe I wonder if I felt the shoes more being that there is so much less of a shoe. I liked these shoes. I look forward to racing in these shoes in some upcoming runs. I don’t think I will run in these shoes more than once a week due to the support. I don’t think these shoes are the most ideal for a 6’4” 220 lb flat footed bald guy. However, with that being said, I am in good shape and look forward to these shoes helping me feel lighter on my feet come race day. These shoes are the next step to the barefoot/minimal shoe level of running. It literally felt like I was running in socks. These shoes were also marked as the Best Runner’s Buy in the June 2011 Runner’s World magazine.

I am very happy with both shoes. I think I have made two wise purchases. I will you posted on how things continue to unfold with them. If you have other shoes that you like please let me know because I am constantly looking for shoes to help my flat feet as many of the shoes that come out are not designed for feet like mine.

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