I really enjoy it on my iPad. You don't have to start a timer to get a batch in your schedule. Just go to the "batches" tab and click on new. Once you put the recipe in it will put your fermentation steps into the schedule. I have a new batch set to brew tomorrow. I made the recipe first, then went to "batches" and put it in. Then hit the little blue arrow on the right side to expand the recipe info and changed the brew date. Now the schedule has that batch set up as a planned batch. I also added ferm steps(when I wrote the recipe) for secondary, dry hop, cold crash and keg and it notifies me of each one the day before. Also, you can change your notification time to one day, two days, none, and you can select what time of day the notification goes out.
Don't give up on it yet.