Remko's Forum - Remko, what's good?
Tested version: 1.11
Latest version: 2.63
Requires Android: from 1.6
Some former Blackberry users may already be familiar with today’s app. Remko’s Forum is popular among Blackberry fans and prides itself on a high number of users. Now there’s an Android version of Remko’s Forum. On the forum you’ll find tips and comments relating to just about any topic. Anyone is invited to join in for free and share their thoughts. Find out if this app is worth your time in today’s test.
Features & Use
Remko’s Forum includes a wide array of different categories, where you’re bound to find what you’re looking for. Among these are:
- Community Sites (gen)
- Other Sites
- Small Talk
- Movies and Music
- Buy and Sell
- Pictures and Ringtones
- Celebrity Gossip
- Books and Magazines
- Performing Arts
- Entertainment news
- Remko’s News
- Introduce yourself
- Pin Exchange
Love and Relations
Ask an Expert
And this just a quick glance at the selection. As you can see, there’s really something out there for everyone. At http://www.remkosforum.com/ you can access the same exact forum list as on your Android phone. It’s possible to argue about the merits of the forum’s content because while some people will find the information to be useful, others may not find it not interesting at all. Thankfully,
there’s a wide enough selection of topics to attract a diverse group of people.
Even if the contents are OK, the way things get communicated and shared deserves some attention. And this is where Remko’s Forum needs a bit of improvement. Remko let’s you post Facebook-style status messages that don’t always work the way they were meant to. After you’ve typed in a status message (e.g. “I’m soooooo bored. Help!”) and press the Share Feed button your status gets instantly posted. The problem is that if you accidentally tap the Share Feed button multiple times (like when the app stalls or lags), you’ll end up posting the same thing 3 or 4 times in a row!
When you create new thread in the forum, you have to refresh the thread screen before you can actually see it. The app had a hard time dealing with pictures – every time I tried uploading a picture from my 2.2 HTC Desire phone, the app would instantly force close on me.
Another annoying thing is that every time you go to look at a thread, you are automatically redirected to the last post regardless of where you left off last time. Writing things on the forum is actually pretty fun using the app’s pull-out writing block.
You also have the option of exchanging private messages between Remko’s forum users. There’s also something like a photo voting contest.
Remko includes a whole lot of different topics for discussion and reading. If Remko would like to have as much success with Android as it did with Blackberry users, they definitely need to fine tune some things. Remko is aware of this and let’s all the users know that the app is still in its beta-version at start-up.
Screen & Controls
The controls are OK, except for the fact that all of the buttons are too small for a touchscreen. Fat fingers and Remko’s Forum don’t go very well together, if you know what I mean:)
It’s cool the way you can pull up the writing block from the bottom to write a post. That’s a really clever idea!
The design is a classic Android green.
Speed & Stability
At certain points the loading time could’ve been a bit faster, but I had a generally positive impression. Unfortunately, the app forced closed without fail every time I tried to post a picture.
Remko's Forum can be downloaded for free from the Android Market.
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