The app enables the user to set a goal weight, body fat, or muscle mass and it uses reports of your average change for the week, for you to see the progress of your dieting. It also calculates body mass index(BMI) and and waist circumference.
For the complete app description, go to either iTunes (apple) or Google Play (android).
The app has clear graphs to see progress towards goals.
The app does not have alerts when goal weight is below the healthy range. It does not provide guidance on setting realistic weight targets.
The app provides a recording only function. There are no other functions such education etc.
Date of this review: July 2015
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Reviewer:Dietitian App Review Working Group, Auckland DHB, July 2015. Clinical score: ★★★☆☆ Review: "Very simple and user friendly tool to monitor weight. Useful for people who want to track their weight and waist circumference. The other tracking options such as body fat and muscle may be useful to a selected group of users. Safety concerns: possible risk as there are no alerts for weight goals outside of healthy weight range or setting unrealistic weight goals." New Zealand relevance:★★★★☆ Comments: "Allows user to individualize measurement settings. There is provision for measurements of weight and height to be set to metric units such as cm and kg, which are used in New Zealand."
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 somewhat secure as it does not require a login for use but does allow the user to set up pin 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: Does not reduce device performance using on average 7.7 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Offers a variety of interactive features/feedback/user input options
Customisation: Allows complete tailoring to the individual’s characteristics/preferences, retains all settings
Data sharing: Yes, various options are available such as google drive, Dropbox and email
Multiple device syncing: No
Use of locations services such as GPS: No
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