This is a Guest Post by Gavin Baker. It’s part 2 of a 3 Part Series. Check out the 1st Review of X3Watch.
Covenant Eyes, like X3Watch, is bound by the limitations set by Apple, (some might say crippled) on what third-party apps can do, including running in the background. Because of this Covenant Eyes has taken a different track then their desktop software and instead created an app that is essentially a browser alternative to Safari.
Using the app to check out Gmail, TechCrunch and Google searches performed as well as Safari would. Because Covenant Eyes has two key features listed below, the web browsing experience was very similar to what I was used to.
Without a doubt, to use as a replacement these are must haves:
- Bookmarks (I was able to open 11 before it crashed)
But the app is missing in two areas:
- No ability to add a shortcut to the home screen (webapp)
- All links have be copy pasted into the browser (except links inside the browser)
Additionally, the inclusion of the tabs and bookmarks brings about two things I’d find helpful as a user. First, there is no ability to import your bookmarks from Safari – this is a very common feature with desktop browsers and would certainly be nice to have. Second, opening a new tab opens a duplicate of the current tab not a new blank tab, which requires clearing the URL and typing your new one.
Overall this app acts as a great replacement and provides a good web browsing experience. This is a must have for current customers of Covenant Eyes and will surely pull additional new customers in.
Which brings up the price point, for all this goodness it rings up at $7.95/month. Certainly a high price if it was only an iPhone app, but it is actually an extension of the Covenant Eyes subscription service, so the pricing is for the service (with one accountability partner) and all the apps, both mobile and desktop.
If you’re intrigued then I’d recommend you sign up for a Covenant Eyes account today, and get a free month by signing up here.