Since its introduction in January of 2011, Honk has received overwhelmingly positive responses. Apple featured it in the New and Noteworthy, What's Hot
as well as Staff's Favorites
sections in its App store front making it one of the select few apps that received such a seal of approval from the mothership. In UK
, it was also featured as the App of the Week
. The following is a sampling of the press reviews.Reviews from the press:
"Honk's the Swiss Army Knife parking app...It not only helps you find your car but helps you do so before you risk getting a parking ticket, and it looks great through and through... I can't really think of how it could get better without paying my outstanding parking tickets for me."Gizmodo
[App of the Day, 4-19-11]AppAdvice
recently surveyed the apps in the Find Car category. Honk made their first choice:
"[Honk] is a great app. Honk is simple and elegant and includes little things like updating your app icon with remaining time on your meter. Beyond the basic photo capture capability, the app will let you annotate on top of that photo to truly capture where you are. ... no other app is as simple, reliable and elegant to use." AppAdvice.com
"Unfortunately, I hadn’t heard of Honk until it was featured as Apple’s ‘App of the Week’ in the UK App Store this week, however, I wish I had. It’s designed to be quick and easy to use and it really works – just open up the app whenever you park and set yourself a time limit in seconds. Honk is a stroke of simple genius, and it’s not often you come across a one dollar app that could potentially save you a small fortune." Cult of Mac
[Must-Have App, 5 out of 5 stars]
"... For the 99 cent asking price there’s really no excuse not to buy honk, as it’ll save you a ton of money in future tickets. Even if you don’t use meters, Honk can easily double as a parking space finder with its handy GPS and picture functions. Just go pick it up, you won’t regret it."148Apps
[4.6 out 5 stars]
"these map and sketch features alone refilled my like-meter: they definitely made the app for me. For a dollar in the App Store, you may save yourself $50 or more in parking fines. You may even become the family hero as you can finally remember where you parked. Honk away my fellow MacStories readers and parking meters beware!"MacStories.net
"Honk uses icon badges in a genius way. ... If you find yourself out and about during the day, and often paying parking meters as you conduct your business around town, Honk is for you. It’s already saved my backside twice."Macgasm
"Out of all the damned nuisances that life throws at us, parking tickets must be one of the worst. ... However, thankfully there's now a way around it, as you can ensure that you're never late back to your vehicle as a quick download of this recently updated app will show. Yes, it's Honk..."
[Best Apps News]
"...Parking tickets -- they’re one of the worst kinds of expense, because they’re usually totally avoidable. The best way to avoid the fines is with Honk, which reminds you of when you’ve got a parking meter expiring and where you parked. The app also makes it easy to keep track of how much time your meter has left, by displaying the timer over its app icon, rather than requiring the app to be open."Appolicious.com
[Fresh Apps List]Comments from satisfied customers on iTunes App Store around the world:
by Wiseupsuker on Tuesday, September 27 2011 version 1.5.0 (GB)
Wicked app saves me getting a ticket 3-4 times a day nice one
by Jonathan Martin on Wednesday, August 17 2011 version 1.5.0 (GB)
This is one of those great apps that actually lives up to what you expected. Great graphics and so easy to use...
by Peter Wright on Tuesday, August 16 2011 version 1.5.0 (GB)
Such a simple yet great app
by Gary Meacher on Wednesday, July 27 2011 version 1.1.0 (USA)
Wouldn't change a thing.
by Toybrownie on Thursday, July 07 2011 version 1.1.0 (USA)
Really works went to a U2 concert at Rose Bowl and with 90.000 people you have a hard time finding your car. But with this app I found it fast.
by Joseph Shalom on Wednesday, June 15 2011 version 1.1.0 (USA)
Great app especially in NYC
by Alex Davit on Monday, June 13 2011 version 1.1.0 (USA)
This app is saving my bank account in Philly!!!
by USA Gooner on Saturday, May 21 2011 version 1.1.0 (USA)
A must-have for anyone
by philorock on Friday, May 06 2011 version 1.1.0 (USA)
Don't walk - run to buy this wonderful app. It'll save you the trouble of running to the meter to throw in another quarter. I think the alarm should be louder, if possible. GREAT interface. simple, elegant solution.
by 241tesco on Monday, July 25 2011 version 1.1.0 (UK)
Good fun to use and actually useful
by Mrmrv on Saturday, May 21 2011 version 1.1.0 (UK)
We're honking! Great app, easy to use and set up. Works every time for me.
by Mike Hawke on Saturday, March 05 2011 version 1.0.1 (UK)
All the functionality works brilliantly and is easy to use. My favourite parking app. 5 stars.
by Christian Regalado on Friday, April 15 2011 version 1.1.0 (Canada)
Love the app... I've been using it almost everyday now, and it has saved me from plenty of tickets.
by Kleehv on Saturday, February 26 2011 version 1.0.1 (Canada)
I used to have a chronic parking ticket problem and when my friends ask how I got it under control I just tell them "There was an app for that."
by Hazardnz on Sunday, March 13 2011 version 1.0.1 (New Zealand)
I've tried various parking timer apps to try and find a good one. Ended up going back to the clock timer until I found this. Honk is great, it's simple to use, heaps of features and the way it shows time remaining on the home screen is brilliant! Easily the best parking timer out there. You won't be disappointed with it!
by Stianen on Thursday, March 17 2011 version 1.0.1 (Norway)
Works very well. Good settings and features. Will be used.
by UrsJenni on Thursday, March 10 2011 version 1.0.1 (Switzerland)
Simple and simply good. Very easy to use and intuitive and visually attractive. Functioning properly.Glowing(?) reviews from the competition:
Honk receives its share of critical reviews from users not perfectly happy for one reason or another. We diligently read all reviews about Honk, whether it be negative or positive and try to use both in further improving the product. Majority of improvements we made in our first major update derived from user feedback. Occasionally, however, we un-earth pure gems thrown in the App Store directly from our competition as they decide to throw muck instead of improving their App. We pledge that we do not review our competition as our policy. We hope and trust fellow app developers do the same.
Here are some samples for your entertainment:
"It works... I just don't like it. The map screen is confusing. Taking a picture to write notes on stops the timer and didn't work when I first took a picture. I had to swipe a few times to set the timer. Not to mention the honking noise when you first start it is very obnoxious."
Ichigo Kyger [2 out of 5 stars] This Japanese-sounding person, in real life, works for a company which markets G-Park. We learned this from direct communication with the reviewer himself. We choose not to reveal his very non-Japanese real name.
"A meter is nice but this is clunky, didn't work well at all, too slow. I'll stick with G-Park"
Mmm chicken [one star out of five], one with quite a fitting alias, left similar verbal abuses on Find My Car!, Park'n Find, Meter Maid among others, while giving a 5 star to G-Park in its sudden wave of 5 stars on March 2nd.