Flava: Saving Life’s Memories Through Your iPhone

The iPhone is a great portable device to capture all those special moments in our life. To help in this process, there are a handful of apps that help you chronicle these events; Path as we reviewed before, comes to mind.

Not too long ago, I stumbled upon Flava, which is a journaling application for the iPhone. But as I started to get into it and use it, I realized there is so much more to it. There are some great features that make it stand out and it could potentially be a great way to capture those special moments in your life.

Navigating My Way Through

When it comes to using Flava, you can log things using a wide variety of features that are integrated very nicely into the app. There are seven different ways that you can add to your journal, all of them being pretty self explanatory, but Flava has added a few extra features to spice them up a bit. For example, you can add an entry by just writing down text or by capturing a photo, but you can also change the color of the text as well and add different stickers to your photos to make them stand out.

Adding photos and texts

Adding photos and texts

Next, let’s say you find a great restaurant and you want to make sure you log that into Flava. You have some great ways to make this happen, starting with marking that location. You can either search an address of the restaurant, or, if you are already there, Flava uses the GPS location so that you can bookmark it. But let’s say you are in a hurry and would rather just quickly enter in the info of the restaurant — you can use the Record function, which lets you record your voice and enter in a caption of what the recording is about.

Adding a Location

Adding a Location

Then let’s say you decide to go to a coffee shop after dinner to relax and you get there, love the book you are reading and you want to share it with your friends on Twitter and Facebook. Flava has a vast library of books (they are connected with Google Books) that you can search and share with your social networks.

Adding Books

Adding Books

While you are at the coffee shop, you decide to listen to the music on your iPhone and there is a song that comes on that reminds you of something, so you decide to add it to Flava as well. Once you post the song you are listening to, you can actually listen to the song in its entirety from inside of the app, plus you can click on a You Tube button that takes you to the site and gives you search results for the artist.

Adding Music & Music Video on You Tube

Adding Music & Music Video on You Tube

Then, last, and very not least, you can also add links to your journal. If there is an important or special link that you want to remember for later, it can be added here. When you add it, a thumbnail image is also put on your post as well. When it is in your journal, you can go back, click on it, and you are taken to the site within Flava, without opening Safari.

Adding a Link

Adding a Link

Social and Other Apps

As I briefly mentioned earlier, most of your posts can be shared out to Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. The only thing that you cannot share is when you make a link — I’m not sure why that is, as I could see it being useful.

Sharing Services

Sharing Services

You can also share your posts by email, save pics to your photo album or send an SMS, but what I really think is cool is exporting to “Other App” as Flava calls it. This Other App really refers to multiple apps such as Camera+, Dropbox, Evernote, PhotoStudio and Kicksend. I am not sure if this is the entire list, but these were the apps that I currently have on my iPhone. I thought it was really nice that Flava recognized that I have the apps automatically and that I can export to them. So if I took a picture and wanted to edit it a bit and save it on my iPhone, I could send it out to Camera+ or PhotoStudio. There are great possibilities with this feature and it would be interesting to see if they add more apps. 

Different services to export to

Different services to export to

Speaking of export, Flava has integrated both Dropbox and Evernote as main exporting options. If you have an Evernote account, you can sync your posts to it so that you always have a copy. Dropbox integration can be used as a backup as well, but the nice thing is that you can also restore your posts from it if you needed to.

Evernote Sync and Dropbox Backup/Restore

Evernote Sync and Dropbox Backup/Restore

This Has Got Potential

Flava has definitely flown under the radar as far as I can tell. With all of the features and the integration with so many other apps, I really think that it has potential to do well. Granted, there are some great apps out there that do the similar things and are more popular — Path and Day One to name a few — but I really think with some work, Flava could challenge them.

Some things I would like to see are being able to take video, as well as an iPad app, both of which they say are coming in future updates. I am not the hugest fan of the UI and that could be a deal breaker for some, so it would be nice to see more polished visuals. Other than that, I definitely like Flava and I can see myself using it full time. Go download it from the App Store for free and let us know what you think.


Summary

An application that lets you capture moments in your life and share them with others.

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