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Input review: Multi-service cloud console for iOS is a slick idea with limited options

J.R. Bookwalter | Nov. 4, 2015
Billed as “the cloud console,” Input is a universal app that does just that, allowing iOS users to create Google Calendar events, send Venmo payments, and add or append notes to documents in Dropbox or Evernote using one-tap text commands—all without switching between different apps.

If you already use Asana, Buffer, Google Calendar, Trello, or Wunderlist on a frequent basis, you may find Input far more useful than I did. But fair warning: You won’t even be able to add services without first logging in with a Google account, which is used to store settings in the cloud and sync your entries between devices. Though it may be convenient for some, that requirement is likely to be a deal breaker for many others.

Bottom line

As it stands now, Input is really more of a cool proof-of-concept app than anything else. The existing selection of cloud services is far too narrow, but the potential is there for this to be something really cool in the future. Since it’s free for two services, it’s still worth a look—assuming the Google login requirement doesn’t scare you off entirely.


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