This app helps you track the amount of water you drink. It uses your gender, weight and activity level to calculate how much water you should drink each day. You can set notifications to remind you when to have a drink of water and it has a bed time mode so you don’t receive reminders in the middle of the night.
Regular prompts, reminders and encouragement to drink water.
Easy to choose different volumes such as cup, glass or bottle and can adjust the volumes of these to match your own vessel to accurately tally intake.
Produces graphs of intake over time.
Can email graphs to a health professional.
The goal you enter may not be suitable but the app will not alert you to this fact.
Focuses only on water intake – education about sources of fluids and/or benefits of other fluid sources may be required for some patient groups.
Lack of evidence-based information on why/how requirements are calculated.
Date of this review: April 2015
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Reviewer: Dietitian App Review Working Group, Auckland DHB, May 2015. Clinical score: ★★★★☆ Review: "This is an app designed to encourage and record fluid intake. It is a simple and easy to use app that may be of benefit to those at risk of dehydration or who require fluid restriction. The app calculates fluid requirements based on weight and activity level, it appears to have acceptable ranges - fluid requirement/goals can be edited by the user also. The regular reminders (alerts frequency can be edited by the user) help meet fluid intake goals. The lack of other functions may mean that app use is short lived and the frequent advertising does distract from the app being a credible medical aid." Safety concerns: " Lack of evidence based information and guidance as to why/how requirements are calculated. The goal you enter may not be suitable but the app will not alert you to this fact." New Zealand relevance: ★★★★★
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc
Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is not secure as no login is required for use or password protection
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Impact is minimal using an average of 5.5 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Very high level of responsiveness through interactive features/feedback/user input options
Customisation: Allows complete tailoring to the individual’s characteristics/preferences, retains all settings
Data sharing: Yes, various options available Instapaper, Google drive, iCloud, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter and MMS
Multiple device syncing: No
Locations services (such as GPS): Not used
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The formal app review is based on the Mobile App Rating Scale (MARS) developed by researchers at Queensland University of Technology, Australia.(1) It is designed to score apps on a few comprehensive dimensions — engagement, functionality, aesthetics, and information quality. Each dimension comprises several items which are rated on a 5-point scale from “1. Inadequate” to “5. Excellent”.