Generosity App – Because Cancer Hurts and Generosity Heals

Total Score:  29

An app about cancer or other life threatening illnesses isn’t sexy.  It isn’t something you want to think about – but perhaps something we should remember to keep in our lives.  Reading the Generosity app magazine for iPhone or iPad, reminds us that giving of our time and/or money can make a difference in the lives of others.  In our technology filled lives, adding an app to our iPhone or iPad can remind us to take a minute to remember that giving helps others and to be present in our lives and enjoy each moment.  The magazine was created by a Florida hospital, but contains content that can be informative or inspiring to all.


 Price Rating = 5      Free

Ease of Use Rating = 5     It is in a magazine format and is as easy to use as any other magazine.

 Readability Rating = 5     The font is completely readable.  It is only in vertical or portrait mode—which is the standard look for a magazine.   It can be viewed on an iPhone, but presents best on an iPad.

 Will You Use It Rating = 4     It focuses on a specific hospital, so it will be used primarily by people in Florida.  However, there are many inspiring videos included that aren’t area specific.   It is likely you would not use it every day, but it will be there when you need it.

 Downsides Rating =  0     I haven’t discovered any downsides.  The original app was designed in 2012.  The content continues to be relevant.

Consumer Review Rating = 5    Currently they aren’t any reviews.  I read a fair number of magazines and this one is well-designed and organized.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5     This magazine app can be inspiring and can be the vehicle to help you find a way to volunteer.   It also provides information that is useful to all.

How does it work? 

  1. When you download the app you see the magazine cover and can then download it.  It’s not a huge file, but can take a minute or so to download.
  2. It has standard magazine content – you read articles vertically (and swipe downward).
  3. To switch to a new topic you swipe left to right or right to left to move back and forth.
  4. You will find articles about the cardiovascular institute, cancer institute, care for children, diabetes and more.
  5. In addition to reading the articles there are a fair number of videos available, some are very heartwarming.

I was inspired to research this app and write about it by two deaths this week – Celina and Bonnie.  They will be missed.

Devices:  This app is compatible with iPhone (3GS, 4, 5, 5s, 5c, iPod touch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation) and iPad.  Requires iOS 4.0 or later.  App developed by Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Inc.

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