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Free reminder tool is limited, buggy; has in-app upgrade.

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Educational value

Forgetful wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of play

Very easy to use. The main screen looks like a blank yellow legal pad with the options "Current," "Pending," "New," and "Settings," listed across the bottom. Tap "New" to create a new reminder, and a new screen appears with a text bubble to type in a reminder message as well as options for a video or audio message, date and time of reminder, and more. Some users noted audio problems when using this app.

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In order to create an unlimited number of reminders, users must make a $2.99 in-app purchase; otherwise, only two reminders are allowed at one time.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Forgetful is a reminder app that lets users create text, video, or audio reminders for themselves (or parents, for their kids), which then notify users via their mobile device at the appointed time. The usefulness of the free version is limited, with users only allowed to create two reminders on the app at once; an unlimited number of reminders is available with a $2.99 in-app upgrade.

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What's it about?

The main screen looks like a blank yellow legal pad with the options \"Current,\" \"Pending,\" \"New,\" and \"Settings,\" across the bottom. \"New\" creates a new reminder and gives a text bubble to type in a reminder message. Users can add a video or audio message, date and time of reminder, and more. When complete, the reminder is stored until the designated time. Reminders can be repeated daily, but for weekly or more sporadic but recurring events (for example, every other week or every Tuesday and Thursday), users must create a new reminder for each.

Is it any good?


While FORGETFUL has the potential to be a decent tool for teens and adults to organize automatic reminders, it's almost a given that they will need to purchase the unlimited version for it to be truly useful. The audio and video reminders are more for fun, although they may make the app more accessible for people who cannot type entries. While the video and audio reminders work well, text reminders don't have any alarm notification at all -- they just appear silently on the device's screen at the set time. If users aren't looking at the screen at that moment, the text reminders are easily missed.

Users can set reminders to repeat daily, but it would be nice if the app allowed for weekly or more sporadic recurring events, such as every Tuesday and Thursday. Instead, users must create a new reminder for each, which is both time consuming and leaves a lot of room for error or forgetting a date. As reminder apps go, Forgetful isn't all that memorable. The calendar app on your device is likely to get the job done just as well or better.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Skills:Self-Direction: time management
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:October 18, 2011
Size:3.90 MB
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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