“Clear” is a novelty app all about the gestures

“Clear” is a new to do list application that uses gestures to create an incredible to-do list experience. Everything is controlled by swiping and pinching, triggering gorgeous animations.

The app is worth buying to see how people are pushing the envelope with gestures on mobile devices.

But, at least for now, that’s the only reason to buy it. The app fails to actually solve my needs as a to-do list app. There’s no backup, no sync, no notes, no links, no sharing. I’m not sure if the joy of using the app makes up for the missing features.

The pitch for Clear is the interface, not the feature set. This could almost be a demo app from the Apple Developers site.

For most apps, the “Screenshots” section of the app store shows a few static screens that show what the app looks like.

Clear is the only app I’ve seen that doesn’t use standard screenshots in the “Screenshots” section of the iTunes store. That’s because what it does isn’t interesting.

Instead they use photos with a hand model to show off how the app actually works. The screenshots show off the interface and also teach you how to use the app.

In a new app world where the user experience matters as much as the features, is it time to replace screenshots?



  1. Two things:1. PLENTY of apps use non-standard screenshots. Plenty of games have text overlays describing features. Even the #1 free iPad app, OnLive Desktop uses similar non-screenshots.2. I’ve always thought that the point of Clear was to be simple – it’s the to-do list for people that don’t need those advanced features. It’s a good starting point, and I imagine there will be Clear users who move on to other services that discover they want alerts and synchronization with their to-do list. It just might not be as pretty!

  2. The interface/gestures is similar to Any.Do on Android. Funny how both apps focus on form, while playing massive catch up with basic to-do list functions.

  3. Completely agree Sachin. Lots of hype surrounding the app but, in reality, it is purely an experiment in what gestures can achieve.

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