Last week, I was having one of those days that started off as a drag and I just need a boost.
Some inspiration to get me going.
I may have been raggin’ on Facebook or something, and someone (seeing my plight) recommended Lift to me.
If you’re not up on Lift, no worries. Neither was I.
Apparently, Lift is a platform that is supposed to “help you succeed at everything.”
According to their website, Lift “employs coaching, community and data, to help you be your best.”
Sort of like a cheerleader in your pocket, inspiring and motivating you.
Happy for the recommendation, I Googled “Lift” on my iPhone.
Sure enough, it came up.
I followed the link the App Store and eagerly downloaded the app, confident that I had found the thing to put the (missing) pep back into my step.
The app was open on my phone but that was all.
No “Welcome to Lift.”
No “Let’s get started.”
No video or animation to guide me.
Not one to be daunted by poor UX, I searched for clues for how the app was supposed to work.
There were three buttons in the footer: “Goals,” “Activity,” and “Me.”
Hit each one in succession.
Maybe there’s a FAQs link around here somewhere?
Perhaps there’s additional info in “Settings.”
I started to have serious misgivings about my people’s recommendation.
I finally realized that I had to set up an account online, which would then ‘unlock’ all of the app’s magical features.
Duh. It would have been nice if they had said that somewhere.
But rather than go on an exhaustive profanity-laced rant about all the things I found wrong with Lift, I decided to give it a good old fashioned review.
So without further adieu…Lift.
Simple, easy to remember name. Lift. How can you go wrong with that?
Basic UI. Many apps go wrong by trying to cram too much content in a small space. Banners, buttons, drop downs, arrows and menus all vying for some attention from your fat fingers. Lift doesn’t suffer from button overload. The three buttons in the footer (Goals, Activity and Me) are widely spaced and easy to access.
Singular objective. Lift isn’t trying to be all things to all people. It’s goal is to provide its users with a clear path to success, by helping them to establish habits that, if followed, will improve health, focus and productivity.
Reminder alerts. If you’ve got Lift set up on your iPhone’s notification center, you’ll get a daily reminder to perform your task or tasks for the day.
Indistinguishable logo. The first time I saw the Lift logo on my phone, I thought I was looking at the Telegram logo. But I could have been looking at Remote. More than once, I’ve opened Telegram, when I intended to open Lift. Lift you should fire your designer.
Too few options. One of the main criticisms I have of Lift is that you can’t set your own goals. I wanted to be able to establish unique goals and milestones instead of using Lift’s narrow predefined ones. But Lift doesn’t let you customize goals.
Fixed frequency. Lift lets you establish “streaks” – consecutive days of accomplishing your goals. But you can’t set the frequency of when you’ve accomplished goals. If your goal is to work out three times a week, and you work out every other day, Lift won’t acknowledge that you’ve achieved your goal since you didn’t work out on three consecutive days.
No privacy settings. Lift is community based, so everyone can see the goals you’ve set. But I don’t necessarily want to share all of my goals with everyone. I want the ability to create groups (like Google Plus) or define which people see which goals. Unfortunately, with Lift, it’s all or nothing. So if I want to stop flatulating as a goal, everyone will know that I have gastrointestinal issues. No bueno.
‘Discussions’ are flat. Too few of the discussions offer anything meaningful, aside from individual reflections or impressions of the particular goal or exercise. I don’t know about you, but I can read this type of mindless drivel only so often. Perhaps I’m too jaded, but reading the discussions for “Setting Priorities for Your Day” or “Meditate” made me want to kill myself.
No “how to’s.” When you’re launching something new, it’s typically best practice to assume that your user knows nothing and provide them the tools with which to get started. Otherwise, you get this
All in all, Lift is just okay.
After almost two weeks of Lift, I’m not convinced that it the app for me.
And (unlike my friend) I couldn’t in good conscience, recommend this app (in it’s present state) to anyone.
I’m not gonna be able to do.
Lift, if you’re interested in my opinion, I’d suggest you take a look at the reviews in iTunes.
I’m not talking about the glowing ones that you had your friends write when you first released the app.
I’m referring to the ones where people are complaining that your app sucks, like this one:
Sure, it’s blurry.
But you get the point.
Lift, you’ve got some work to do.