Your Daily Dose of Facts Delivered with Owl

Did you know that a few years ago, Justin Timberlake attended Comic Con dressed in an Ernie costume and claimed it was the first time in ten years that he was able to walk freely in public? Or did you know that the Dutch East India Company was the most valuable company in world history, being worth $7.4 trillion in today’s money?

These are just a couple of the facts featured in Owl, a brand new app on the market. But the facts aren’t the only feature that makes Owl unique. Find out what exactly sets it apart from its competition after the jump.

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A Fact a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Right now, you’re probably asking yourself why you should download Owl. It’s just another facts app, right? Just like the countless hundreds of free fact apps on the market right now.

But Owl is different than the rest. Why? Because Owl only posts one fact per day.

Quality over quantity: Owl delivers just one fact each day.

Quality over quantity: Owl delivers just one fact each day.

This does not seem like the greatest idea for a facts app because there is the threat of running out of content. At the time that this article is being written, this threat is very real as the bottom of the list of facts is relatively easy to reach. However, as time goes on, the database will fill and there will be an abundance of facts to choose from.

Also, posting once a day allows for the most quality facts to be available at your fingertips. All of the selections are very interesting and have meat. There are no one-liners; no boring facts that you find on every Snapple cap or brochure. The developer’s motives were quality over quantity, and that truly shows in the content of the facts that are delivered to the users of Owl.

Fact Checking

Since facts are only updated once a day, it can be relatively easy to forget that you have Owl installed on your device. Luckily, the developer added a notifications feature that updates you daily, so you never have to worry about missing a fact.

By toggling Notifications on in the menu (available by swiping right), Owl sends you push notifications as a reminder that there are new facts. These reminders can be sent at four practical times: Morning (7 AM), Noon (12 PM), Evening (4 PM) or Night (9 PM).

Source Fed

So, where do these facts come from? All facts featured on Owl are hand-picked from Reddit, and all credit is given to the sources. Since the facts have already been approved by the Reddit community, it means that you’re only getting the most awesome facts delivered right to your iPhone.

Sharing and checking a fact is as easy as a double tap (right); you can easily post statuses straight from Owl (left).

Sharing and checking a fact is as easy as a double tap (right); you can easily post statuses straight from Owl (left).

Have a cool fact you want to share with the world? You can submit facts to Owl via a contact form available in the app’s menu.

Sharing interesting facts via Owl is very easy. By double-tapping on a fact, you are presented with the options to tweet it out, post it on Facebook or simply copy it for use in a message or email. Double-tapping also gives you the option to view the source of the fact. Doing so opens up a Google search with the fact, so you can verify the legitimacy yourself.

Design

Design is undoubtedly one of the things that sets Owl apart from many similar apps out there. Owl’s interface is stunning, and it is definitely one of the prettiest reference apps on the market right now. Great font choice and the simple greyscale color scheme look great. Plus, the app comes loaded with interchangeable “Light” and “Dark” themes, which help make the app easier to read depending on your lighting situation.

Light by day or dark by night; whichever color scheme you prefer, you are sure to get a clean, streamlined look.

Light by day or dark by night; whichever color scheme you prefer, you are sure to get a clean, streamlined look.

You can easily toggle between the two color schemes by tapping and holding on the screen.

Sporting a minimalist design, Owl is very easy on the eyes without losing a pretty aesthetic. This keeps the focus on the facts themselves and allows you to read the facts for extended periods of time without worrying about eyestrain.

The Verdict

All in all, Owl is by far one of the most enjoyable facts apps I have ever used. Quality over quantity truly shows; while Owl definitely doesn’t have the largest library of facts available at hand, it sure does have some of the best. Owl is also very easy to use, and the beautiful interface makes the overall experience all the more enjoyable.

That being said, Owl is not a flawless app. The “one fact a day” model will not please everyone, especially in the app’s early days. There are also a few bugs that come with starting up the app for the first time, but nothing that can not be fixed in a future app update.

It is important to remember that most apps that have just breached the market have their kinks. Despite its few flaws, Owl seems to have a very bright future. Best of all, the app is completely free on the App Store, and there’s no reason not to try it out.


Summary

A pretty app that delivers an interesting fact daily.

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