App review: APC Situation Room for Windows Phone

Posted by Mister Mobility

The APC Situation Room application for Windows Phone sets out to give users up-to-date information about activities of the APC before, during and after the presidential elections. It also provides voting tips and lets users interact by taking part in opinion polls too in order to share your views on pressing issues during the 2015 elections. I installed it on my Lumia 930 and took it for a spin. Come along and find out how well it works.

The default view of the app is a rather bland looking page that provides links to the different sections of the app:

At the top right corner of the app is a menu button that switches the above bland homepage into a Metro-like interface when tapped:

In my opinion, this is what the homepage or default look of the app should be. This is Windows Phone after all, and it fits nicely into the design cues of Metro. The app developers should just get rid of the present homepage entirely and replace it with this one.

Homepage issues aside, the app is simple and serves the purpose of providing information about the APC presidential candidate, his manifesto, as well as voting tips.

Some sections do not display well, however. A case in point is some of the content of the “What Change Means” section. This is what the section looks like:

tapping any of the above sub titles opens up more information for the user to read.

However, this area of the What Change Means section does not display well:

What Else Sucks

  1. Opinion Polls section isn’t working
  2. Latest News isn’t working
  3. Videos in Volunteer section not displaying
  4. While most of the Vote section works, one sub-section does not display properly

Here is an example of the videos in the Volunteer section not working:

These two sections – Opinion Polls and Latest news – are not displaying content:

The Vote section is a rich resource of voting information and tips. The embedded images can be swiped horizontally to access nuggets of information:

However, this area of the Vote section seems to have issues:

The APC Situation Room app is a lovely initiative. It is good to see a political party deploying mobile technology in its activities and campaigns. However, the app needs to reflect the Windows Phone look and feel better. While the homepage is the greatest culprit, all the other pages/sections could do with a touch up too to fit in more with Metro’s design lines.

The interactive sections all seem to have issues and need to be worked on. Polls and latest News need to work – and work well, with fresh information on display.

If you own a Windows Phone 8 r 8.1 smartphone, go download APC Situation Room app.


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