I own an iPhone. Big deal. Who doesn’t these days? Often times when I bring my phone out of my pocket someone asks me, “You got any good apps on there?”. As if it wasn’t already enough to define and categorize someone by the phone that they have, now we need to see what kind of applications tickle their fancy? When I am asked this question I typically reply saying that I don’t really use applications. Other than a guitar tuner and a dictionary, I try to keep my phone as basic and “app-free” as possible. For as much great stuff as one can do on the iPhone, I prefer keeping my phone clear of distractions and mostly use the programs that assist me in song writing and all things music. So when I was first asked to do a write up about Libox, I couldn’t help but think that I was the wrong person for the job. And I think that is why it worked out so well.
I was told about this site called Libox and was asked to test their iPhone app. Typically when I hear that something is “free” my mind says “B.S.” and I try to search for reasons why I am being tricked by this deceitful word. But in the case of Libox, it really is free. When I downloaded the app and installed the program on my computer that goes along with it, I had little knowledge as to what Libox was really all about.
Being a bit of an application novice, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Libox claimed to offer a free service to share digital high quality media without any limitations. But I still didn’t know what they really meant. Once I finally figured out how the thing worked (which only took a few minutes even for a slow technological idiot like myself) I was thoroughly impressed. Basically, in simple terms that I can comprehend, Libox is a way to access all of your songs, videos, and pictures from your mobile device by syncing it up with your computer. Meaning, I downloaded a program on my computer that scanned all of my files, put them in the mysterious world of Internet space, and now I can access any of these files from my phone. So without having to store all kinds of junk on my phone, if I ever want to watch a video, or pull up an old picture, I can access it through the Libox application. I can also share all of my media with any other friends that have Libox. Libox is one of those applications that doesn’t require all of that much direction to understand how to use, so it is simple and straight forward. People like me who are anti-direction readers can navigate easily navigate through the program without much effort, the program itself does most of the work, all you need is a little common sense.
The only drawback that I have experienced thus far is that without wireless internet the loading is a bit slow. It is no slower than it would be to load anything else via your phone (YouTube, etc) so I don’t really see this as a drawback. But overall this is a pretty sweet application and I could see myself, a non-app person, using this from time to time. I can only imagine how the devoted appers might eat this up. Yes I made up a new word “appers”.