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Harry's LapTimer: No bueno.

Harry's LapTimer: No bueno.

I've seen good results from Harry's LapTimer on YouTube and was eager to give it a shot. I figured it would be a snap to use but boy, was I wrong. Where do I start?

- Usability. The SW is so chocked full of features - there are endless rabbit holes to disappear down. It's literally impossible to figure out. The layout of features is haphazard at best. Why isn't there a simple "Let's go for a drive" button? Why do I have to know the unladen weight of a carrier pigeon to even get started? Ok, that last part wasn't true but it does ask you for all kinds of specs for your car and in non US friendly units like Nm for torque and Watts for Horsepower. Thank GOD it was able to look up my car and fill in most of the blanks but it didn't cheerfully offer that option at first and as a result, I thought I was going to need an hour or so of sifting through the owner's manual. 

- After a lot of fiddling around, I finally recorded a drive. Then it took what seemed like an eternity to render the video and data file. It must have taken 20 minutes at least. Ok, it was a 20 minute recording but come on, that's your typical on-track session length!? Did it send the results to the photos/video app on my phone? Oh no, not at all. I guess the only option would be to send this behemoth file via email to my laptop. 

- Documentation was atrocious. Period.

- At this point, I just gave up and decided to delete the video (file size was in the GBs!!), shitcan the app, and ask for a refund. For 20 bucks, no app should be this complicated and non user friendly. I'll stick to TrackAddict for now. It doesn't have quite the mountain of features but I'm ok with that because it gets the job done and is a lot easier to use. 

Trial Run: TrackAddict with Kiwi3 and iPhone 6

Trial Run: TrackAddict with Kiwi3 and iPhone 6