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The iPad is built for multitasking, but Apple's idea of it can be somewhat limiting. The ability to quickly switch between apps is nice, but what we're really waiting for is a Dashboard-style environment for widgets; if not to truly multitask, then at least to access our important data at a glance. Morning is a bit like a stripped-down version of Status Board, sporting a set of panels that present the information you need to start your day without jumping around to a bunch of different apps. It looks great, with bold fonts, bright color themes, and crisp graphics, but ultimately its interface is just too simplistic to be taken seriously.
There are eight categories to choose from – time/date, weather, news, reminders, calendar, stocks, countdown, and commute – and Morning displays any six of them at one time. The layout consists of four small panels beneath two bigger ones, with each displaying the most recent information. Depending on where they're placed, panels can contain extra data; for example, the small weather space displays current conditions, but the larger one expands to include humidity, dew point, wind, and a 48-hour forecast.
The tiles are somewhat customizable, with the most powerful being a basic RSS feed reader that displays an article's headline and first paragraph, but unfortunately none of the tiles are active. You may feel an overwhelming urge to reach out and interact with the panels, but aside from scrolling through stories or swiping through stocks, nothing responds to your touch.
We really wanted to love Morning, but its pretty interface just can't overcome its shortcomings. Even overlooking the inactive panels, there just isn't enough here to recommend, especially not at a premium price. Among our complaints: If you change panel locations, your prior settings are forgotten, plus there's no way to add your email or Twitter timeline, and you can't change the color of individual tiles.
The bottom line. Morning couldn't look much better, but its interface needs a wake-up call.
iPad running iOS 6.0 or later
Great use of colors, fonts, and graphics. Built-in RSS reader. Good library of panels.
Little interaction. Not enough customization. Settings aren't remembered.