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Handoff simplifies sending things from your computer's web browser to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. It supports all sorts of content that you might want to take with you including web pages, maps, and phone numbers. Handoff sends a push notification to make getting to the content on your device easy.
Handoff works by using a web service to connect your desktop browser to your iOS device. Once you have the app installed, all you need to do is download a browser extension or bookmarklet from http://www.handoffapp.com to get started.
* Send the current page in your browser to your phone with a single click.
* Supports multiple devices. You can handoff to your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or all of the above.
* Built in map support that supports opening maps in the iOS maps app for easy navigation to your destination.
* Push notifications notify you when your device has a new link handed off and allow you to easily access new links.
* Send selected text from a page to your device and easily copy it to your clipboard.
* Select a phone number and send it to your iPhone for easy dialing.
* Keeps a list of items to easily navigate back to older items.
* Share your links with many other apps, including Pastebot and Instapaper.
* Configure Handoff to open other apps when receiving a push or viewing items. Supported apps include Safari (and some other web browsers), YouTube, Maps, iTunes, App Store, Articles (for Wikipedia), IMDB, Yelp, and Twitter. (new in 1.1)
What customers are saying about Handoff:
"Simple. Elegant. Just works as advertised. And VERY useful."
"This app is exactly what I have been looking for."
"Fantastic idea elegantly executed, with top support to boot. Worth every penny!"
"Very intuitive and easy to use."
What the press is saying about Handoff:
"Handoff is quickly becoming one of the most useful iPhone apps you can have." - theapplanet.com
"The absolute easiest way we have ever seen to share any page from the web to your iPhone from your browser with a single click." - Electric Pig
"Congratulations: You've pulled off the rare feat of releasing an app I will keep on my iPhone" - St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Handoff is without a doubt the most powerful solution to click a button on your computer, and beam a webpage to your iPhone or iPad." - Macstories.net
"The interface is minimalistic yet beautiful. I found the buttons for stuff like phone numbers to be visually appealing as well as useful. It’s all optimized for Retina Display on the iPhone 4 as well. It’s intuitive and easy-to-use – no complicated learning curve! " - AppAdvice
What's New in Version 1.1.1
- The + button should now be properly enabled on the iPad to allow you to add copied links.
- Fixed a visual issue with pull to refresh.
- On the iPhone, use the custom iTunes view when encountering an iTunes URL in the browser.
- Other minor fixes and tweaks.
- Configure Handoff to open other apps when receiving a push or viewing items. Supported apps include Safari (and some other web browsers), YouTube, Maps, iTunes, App Store, Articles (for Wikipedia), IMDB, Yelp, and Twitter. Go to the Settings app to configure how these are handled.
- Long-press on a list item to share it or select where to view it on iOS 4 or later.
- Share items via a text message on iPhone (with iOS 4 or later).
- Share items by pasting to PasteBot and Instapaper (required Instapaper 3.0.2).
- An improved list view shows multiple lines of text for long page titles.
- An edit mode allows you to easily remove items.
- Advanced settings support some custom web browser apps (including Atomic, Cyberspace, iCab Mobile, Mercury, and 360).
- Custom bit.ly credentials can be specified for sharing to Twitter via advanced settings.
- Fixed bugs and improved stability and performance.
Many of these changes were driven by the great user feedback we've been receiving. More apps and web browsers will be supported in the future based on demand and our ability to communicate with those apps (for example, some alternative web browsers don't provide a URL handler for us to use to send pages to them).
Handoff joins the rank of apps that I consider to be among the very best in its class and indispensable. Other apps include Elements, Instapaper, Magical Weather, Reeder, Soulver, and Tweetbot.
I have evaluated similar apps in its class, Ansible, myPhoneDesktop, Pastebot, and Safari (Reading List). Each has pluses and minuses, but most of my workflows works with fewer clicks and more pleasant overall with Handoff. One of the most frequent workflows is pushing a URL or text from Safari on a Mac, then texting or tweeting it on iPhone or iPad. Handoff has integration with many apps that I use, making Lyme life much easier.
That said, the app isn't perfect.
1. + button, which is supposed to let you push from iOS device, is still disabled on iPhone and crashes on iPad running iOS 5.
2. Some of the graphics (e.g., list icon) are not retina display ready.
3. Limited to 25 most recent links.
I would also love Mac app integration, such as Reeder for Mac.
Works as advertised
The app works just as advertised. Simple setup and looks nice.
Cons are that you cannot send from iOS to the desktop, not a huge deal but would be a plus.
The icon is freakishly hideous…the app itself looks polished but the icon looks like .
Works, but getting old
This app still /mostly/ works to get URLs pushed from my desktop browser to my iPhone and iPad, but it hasn’t been updated in almost 3 years. The Chrome browser extension needs to be fixed and updated—sometimes it sends the wrong URL.
Overall, I use it because I haven’t found a better replacement.