SOLOMON TABLE – IPAD APP
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gets a +5 for size but a -3 for cost, while the loft apartment scores high for location, but has lower scores for the outdated appliances and threadbare carpet.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.