Forest - Your Focus Motivation App Complaints & User Negative Comments
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✗ Only so-so.The method is sound, we all know that our phones are distracting and by locking us away from using them it can encourage good focus and help us to complete tasks while being visually rewarded with a forest. My issue is that there is unlockable content but focusing for 2 hours only earns 40 coins, the content starts off at 500 coins (20 hours of focus) but each time you use your coins the price of the next unlock increases by 100 coins. They say to utilise ‘achievements’ to get more coins but a large number of them involve connecting with friends, which is plain stupid since it’s just penalising anyone who is focusing alone, I don’t expect all my friends to pay £2 so I can connect with them! You can pay money to triple the rewards of focusing for a few days but this just makes the developers seem greedy since it’s a paid app and once the content is developed it should only require a one off purchase. Really discouraging..Version: 4.8.7
✗ MehThe concept is really good. But it feels like a lot of basic UI stuff just absent. It’s okay for the money spent, but I see myself giving up in this app if they don’t improve the UI The good: stats are great. The visualization of stats as a forest is genius. The bad: there’s a lot of wondering whether or not I’m doing it right. Tapping the wrong icon can result it quitting a cycle and losing data. Mistakes can’t be undone. I especially find the break times feel undercooked. Hopefully updates will bring some refinement..Version: 4.32.1
✗ A little ‘harsh?’So the app is quite cool and all, but what bothers me is the messages. While the timer is running, it will display messages like ‘Get back to work!’ , ‘Put down your phone!’ And so on. This app is so cute and kinda relaxing so I just find these a little harsh? Not a reason to not get the app though, just something that they could maybe work on :).Version: 4.19.0
✗ Effective but can be improvedI’ve been using the app for a few years and love how it motivates me to stay on task. That said, I think it’s time for this app to do far more to really facilitate better focus. The Pomodoro Technique is effective for a lot of people because you can move between productive time and small breaks. The way this app works, however, is that if you want to plant a tree to its full size you need to focus for two hours straight otherwise it dies or you get a small, not as cute looking tree stub. Frankly, I don’t know anyone nowadays who does that. That’s 1/12 of the whole day already. As a student, I need breaks like most people do. Other productivity apps have this option and I think the devs should consider incorporating a Pomodoro Technique option when you decide to focus for longer than 25 minutes. This is frustrating because I slaved away to earn 1000 coins on buying a cute tree that I can’t focus long enough for. To contextualize, you get 5-6 coins per 20min study and the number of coins earned increases the longer you study in one session. You can imagine how many hours I spent with this app to buy a few trees. These days though, the shrubs are clearly more valuable because the focus-time for those is 20 min at most. Please consider incorporating a Pomodoro Technique mechanic. Just to note, I suggested this in-app but received no response which is why I’m finally posting a review..Version: 4.8.5
✗ Changed the app on an update- now totally uselessI’ve sadly had to change my rating. This app WAS amazing, so helpful at keeping me focused for uni study and not looking at social media. However, NOW it’s basically useless. They have updated the app so that now, when you exit the app, nothing happens. Your tree doesn’t die, you can use whatever other apps you want. They say it wasn’t working on iOS, yet I never had an issue before. Now, you need to turn on “deep focus” mode in order for it to work as it did before. This requires a passcode (no idea why you’d need that) so if you don’t want one or can’t use one (which I can not), too bad. Totally changed the app, no longer what was signed up for..Version: 4.10.3
✗ Beautiful yet more to improveThe app is simple and nicely designed the plants are so cute, creative and relevant. The rainforest and bird sounds inbuilt in the app is one of my favourite sounds by far. There needs to be more ways to attain new trees for free as it is taking forever to reach the amount to buy a different one. Another issue I’ve encountered when studying with friends is that I have to start a new room every single time my session is finished. It’s so bothersome to send an invite room every 25-30 minutes. There is no way to continue the session after the break. The only option is to disband the room..Version: 4.30.1
✗ Flora is a better app and it’s freeFlora is a better app and it’s free.Version: 4.29.0
✗ Save your moneyVery frustrating to pay £2 and have only 3 options of trees to choose from, coins take forever to earn even after lots of hours of using the app, so feel I’ve been a bit robbed. Good app in theory but poorly done, seems like a bit of a money grabber when it is supposedly for a good cause as it takes forever to earn enough coins to get anything out of the app and takes hours of your time. Considering there are now search engines that you can get for free that will plant trees for you, it is frustrating how much you would need to pay to get anything done in this game. When purchasing it looked really good, but after using for a few sessions realised it was not worth the money at all. Should be getting a lot more for what you’re paying, if it was free I’d understand payment for more options but almost feels cheeky asking for more money after your get sod all for £2.Version: 4.30.1
✗ Not for meI feel like this is a concentration tracking app more than a productivity app. You plant a tree for every task you wish to concentrate on and if you break your focus (leave the app) the tree will wither. The problem here is that I need to concentrate on work, to work I need to use my phone. This app allows you to create a white list of apps that are required for your task, however this feature is not available in IOS devices. This renders the app to be nothing more than a tea timer and a graph depicting how many times you set the tea timer. You are allowed to create your own tags, but you can’t assign a task to your session until after the session is over, this means that if you read a book 7 days in a row you plant 7 trees instead of continue to water the same tree to keep it alive. I only bought this to be a visualization of my consistency with the various aspects of my life, but the app doesn’t work this way. I don’t see why this app isn’t free with ads considering that one of its most important features does not work on iPhones..Version: 4.10.6
✗ Needs more improvement. Too similar to Flora.I like the way this app works. However, I found the function of this app very similar to the app flora (which is free). I think that you need to add more functions and features to make this app worth the money like break time and make the app more different from flora. Sometimes, when I’m doing homework and I need a break, I can’t stop the timer and the break time is counted as my studying time. I would love a break time function! I also think you should make this app more like a game. I love games and it’s the reason why I downloaded this app. You should add levels, character shops, more rewards, maybe competition to motivate people, motivation quotes, more items in shops, studying tips, functions that help concentration like to do lists, and make sure the features or functions that are new are not distractions and helpful to make the app fun and motivating. I hope this helps! Thanks for reading this!💗.Version: 4.9
✗ Love the iPhone app but the watch app isn't workingWhen I open the watch app (watch series 3 and iPhone xs with all latest updates) you see the Forest grid and when I tap on that it just says "start planting today!". But there's no way to start planting on the watch app (without going to the phone to start). Which kind of makes the watch app of minimal if any use if you have to have the phone right there to start it? The whole point of the series 3 and 4 Apple watches is that they can be used independently of the phone. If I'm getting it wrong or misunderstanding how it works then I'm happy to change the review. Otherwise maybe replace "start planting today" with "open the app on your phone to start planting"? One tip if possible for the phone app is to allow a whitelist of apps. One of the tasks I do is reading and use Kindle on my phone for that. However the app kills the tree everytime I do that task. However I understand if the limitations of ios means that you can't whitelist..Version: 4.4.1
✗ An excellent conceptI have problems focussing and this app is definitely an excellent reminder clock. I would rather pay AUD$5.99 or the like to unlock all the trees, bushes and sounds. It seems it would take a large amount of usage and consistently paying for elixir to unlock the ones I want. While I understand this is a good way to build a habit, the developers clearly don’t understand common game mechanics. I’m a lot less likely to stick with using this app if the quickest way to setup the study environment I desire (tree and sounds I want) involves paying over and over for elixir only to have the silly price increase after each purchase! Try looking into Logarithmic Curves for reward systems instead of constantly making us pay over and over (food for thought)..Version: 4.4.1
✗ AggravatingThe app is a great idea, and has a really cute premise. After a few hours with it, though, I had to uninstall it. It wasn’t worth the aggravation. The problem is it isn’t sophisticated enough to differentiate between work and recreation. If I suddenly remember I need to reschedule a meeting in the calendar app, I should be able to do that without killing my tree. This might be an OS limitation, but if so they could have found some way around it, through different mechanics. There’s no way to pause cycles. If you need to have a messenger conversation about plans later that day, your tree is dying, no way around it. There might be some way using the in-game currency, but it shouldn’t need that. Why is there even a currency system for a pomodoro timer?? I get that companies like making money by selling you ephemeral nonsense, but they charge for the basic things you’d use the app for. Its messaging is also really harsh. “Go back to forest immediately!” is pushed when you change apps. While in the app, it says things like “stop looking at me!”. And yet it’s hard not to look at it, as things keep changing/moving onscreen. By killing the tree and leaving its corpse in your field, they punish you for failing. I’d rather you just lost progress and had to restart planting that tree. I wish they focused more on positive reinforcement and less on punishment. I feel like they put a lot of effort into the aesthetics, making it cute and pretty, but not enough into user research and usability. I’d give it a 1-star in terms of how well it accomplishes its goal. There are better pomodoro apps. But it is very pretty and there’s something soothing about seeing a field full of trees. It has the skeleton of a great app, but it’s not fleshed out..Version: 4.6.5
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