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Guitar-Tuner Review. Turns Your Phone into a Real Digital Tuner

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Review Summary

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Published by Alvin Yu, the Guitar Tuner is one of the most reliable tuning tools on the app market. Whether you are an aspiring guitarist or a hobby player, you’ll find the Guitar Tuner extremely handy for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Windows Mobile. Design 9/10 The app has a suave d...
4.8

Published by Alvin Yu, the Guitar Tuner is one of the most reliable tuning tools on the app market. Whether you are an aspiring guitarist or a hobby player, you’ll find the Guitar Tuner extremely handy for your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Windows Mobile.

Design 9/10

The app has a suave design, with an HD electric guitar photo replica as the background scene to the UI. At the bottom of the guitar screen are the 6 tuning buttons, i.e., E, A, D, G, B, e. The UI is generally quite user-friendly and minimalist, but there isn’t much to be offered other than the primary home screen.

Functionality 7/10

The working of the app means that you have to tune your guitar by ear once you have pressed the button on the app tuner. The tuner needs your phone to be in a silent mode for it to work. The tuner offers you the 6 guitar buttons and operating it is as simple as pressing the button below the string you want to tune. This app helps you tune by ear, so there is no need for a microphone.

For new players such as myself, the duration of the note that you press on the app quickly becomes a problem given that you are tuning by ear. The app offers standard tuning options for the E, A, D, G, B, e electric guitar strings, with settings for Hold, Auto, and Tone, Free and Guitar.

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The app is download free for both iOS and Windows, and there are no in-app purchases. Some ads are supported, but they are placed at the bottom of the screen. The latest version has a new UI for iPhone X.

The Guitar Tuner is only compatible with iOS devices running 9.0 or later, and Windows Mobile devices running Windows 8 and 10.

Ease of Use 9/10

The app rates at a 9/10 for because of its pleasant design and simplicity. There’s not much to it other than just tapping on the note that you need and listening to the sound. The tuner doesn’t freeze your phone and is really low on memory requirements. The controls on the interface are responsive and as simple as tapping the tuning buttons. The buttons might be quite small for those with big fingers like myself or those with smaller screens. The biggest problem is that this is just an app, so you have to tune by ear. Might be a bit difficult for folks who don’t have tuning experience.

Final Opinion

I’d recommend this app if you are a hobby player who already has experience tuning by ear. The updated Tuner looks even better on the iPhone X. You’ll love the simplicity of the app, and even the ads aren’t intrusive.

The short pitch of the strings when tuned also makes it a bit difficult for those who need to learn by ear strictly. I wouldn’t call it the leading iOS app, but it’s good enough for amateur tuning.

Pros:

  • Simple and Minimalist, yet great UI
  • Fast and doesn’t crowd your phone memory
  • Notes sound realistic

Cons:

  • Shot duration of the string play makes it difficult to tune by ear
  • Available for iOS and Windows but not Android
  • Small buttons for people with big fingers
Patricia Palmer

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