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SOLOMON TA­BLE – IPAD APP

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De­ci­sions, de­ci­sions. If it’s not de­cid­ing where to go trav­el­ling then it’s what to cook for din­ner. A new app, Solomon Ta­ble, prom­ises to make all of life’s dilem­mas easy to re­solve. To help you de­cide if it’s worth buy­ing, we’ve given you two con­flict­ing re­views. We’re so witty.

De­vel­oper: On­drej Mikula Price: Avail­able on iTunes

£2.99 (GBP), $4.99 (USD) Some de­ci­sions can be tough. But one new app claims to make those tricky choices more straight­for­ward. With­out even a hint of irony, here are two re­views from our con­trib­u­tors to help you de­cide whether it’s any good or not.

Solomon Ta­ble: Use­ful and ver­sa­tile

On its sur­face, Solomon Ta­ble is a tool de­signed for in­de­ci­sive shop­pers or those given to im­pul­sive or emo­tional de­ci­sion-mak­ing. Be­ing nei­ther of these, I found this app to be some­thing al­to­gether more use­ful. You are of­fered up to 21 ‘ slots’ for what the app calls ‘projects’ (‘dilem­mas’ to you or me). Each project al­lows for five po­ten­tial choices (‘op­tions’) across the top of the screen. You then use mul­ti­ple spa­ces down the side to plug in ‘pa­ram­e­ters‘ that de­scribe the choice you are try­ing to make – things like cost, lo­ca­tion, and size of a house you are look­ing to buy; or the amount of care needed, al­lergy con­sid­er­a­tions, and size re­stric­tions on the type of pet you want to bring home. Slid­ing scales in­side the ta­ble eas­ily let you rate how each op­tion mea­sures up. Maybe the lux­ury condo gets a +5 for size but a -3 for cost, while the loft apart­ment scores high for lo­ca­tion, but has lower scores for the out­dated ap­pli­ances and thread­bare car­pet. It would be ridicu­lously sim­ple if it stopped there. But be­neath each pa­ram­e­ter is a sec­ond slid­ing scale that you ad­just to re­flect how im­por­tant each pa­ram­e­ter is to you, and how heav­ily it should be con­sid­ered dur­ing the com­par­i­son process. So, if fur­nish­ings are par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant to you in your dream house then you can crank this pa­ram­e­ter up. As you ad­just your pref­er­ences, the de­ci­sion rank­ings may change. This fea­ture is the big­gest sell­ing point of Solomon Ta­ble: you tell it how you feel, and it tells you what would be the best fit for your needs. The app has a lot of po­ten­tial, and with a few tweaks could be in­dis­pens­able. The open­ing screen show­ing 21 projects is overly busy and the ‘rec­om­mend app’ and ‘write us’ but­tons on the open­ing menu did not work for me. Over­all, us­ing the app was easy and mostly

in­tu­itive, and I found the in­struc­tional screen help­ful if any part of the rat­ing process was un­clear. Aes­thet­i­cally, the app did not ap­peal to me, but it was not en­tirely unattrac­tive. I was able to cre­ate a fan­tas­tic rat­ing sys­tem com­par­ing sev­eral town­houses against my cur­rent apart­ment, and the Ta­ble re­turned re­sults that were both in­ter­est­ing and help­ful. Pre­vi­ously I used a sim­i­lar ‘Pros and Cons’ spread­sheet for analysing im­por­tant de­ci­sions, but Solomon Ta­ble trumps the spread­sheet by al­low­ing you to view and mod­ify all op­tions side by side on one screen. I even used Solomon Ta­ble to com­pare Solomon Ta­ble to my old Pros and Cons spread­sheet. (Solomon Ta­ble won!) That said, the $4.99 price tag is a bit steep when ba­sic spread­sheet soft­ware is rel­a­tively ubiq­ui­tous. I would use this app again in the fu­ture, and rec­om­mend it to my friends who needed help with a tough choice in their life. I sus­pect it could be very help­ful to a wide range of people in­clud­ing cou­ples, fam­i­lies, and room­mates try­ing to come to a mu­tu­ally agree­able so­lu­tion on any­thing from where to live, where to go on va­ca­tion, or what to eat for din­ner.

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