Recordoid Lite: a Dictaphone with a Retro Look [App Reviews]

August 27, 2010 | by Lars Aronsson

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Review of Recordoid: a dictaphone with a retro look

Some apps have excellent features, but sport interfaces that appear to be inspired by the good ol’ Windows 3.1 from 1992. Then there are apps that look great, but hardly provide any functionality. With its stylish, retro UI, the recording app Recordoid certainly got the look right, but what about the features?

Recordoid is styled after an old analog tape deck and since what you see essentially is what you get, the app is commendably easy to use. There are four self-explanatory buttons at the bottom of the screen: record, pause, play and settings.  The rest of the main interface is mostly eye-candy. There’s a picture of a compact cassette above the buttons, and it starts spinning when you press record. A large counter is also present at the top that shows the length of your recordings.

RecordoidThe audio the app produces is usually crisp and clear, and the sound quality is particularly good if you activate the WAV format in the settings instead of the default 3GP.  Support for the MP3 format in various bitrates is unfortunately not available at the moment. Distortion may occur if you record really loud sounds, but for the most part the audio quality is fine. Ideally, there would be an option to modify the sensitivity of the microphone, or at least a feature that automatically adjusted the input level when recording.

You can easily add notes to your recordings, share them via email, Bluetooth and MMS, save and view recording locations on a map and assign recordings as ringtones. A homescreen widget comes bundled with the app that lets you quickly make a new track. A commenter on the Market pointed out that Recordoid is one of the few recording apps that keeps recording even when the screen is turned off, which is a nice touch.

Recordoid's play buttons

While Recordoid may not offer a whole lot more functionality than the Android Voice Recorder app, Recordoid’s stylish interface makes it much more fun to use. And with the homescreen widget, recording is a breeze. The Lite version of the app can regrettably only record three minutes at a time, but that’s mostly enough. The full version can be purchased via the developer’s website.

Install this app


  • Stylish interface
  • Easy-to-use
  • Fine audio quality
  • Geo-tag, share and add notes


  • No MP3 support
  • The app can’t be launched from the widget
  • Three minute recording limit in Lite version

App: Recordoid Lite

Price: Free