Total Score: 27.5
As you kick off your fitness program, whether at the start of the new year, or anytime, ensuring that you get enough liquids is a critical step. Keeping hydrated allows you to exercise more and more effectively. If you think you can just keep track of it in your head, you are likely overestimating your intake. Waterbalance not only keeps track of your water, but reminds you of when you need a little extra.
Price Rating = 5 Free. All functionality is available, no hidden costs.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 Adding liquids is easy as hitting a button. A clear dial shows your progress.
Readability Rating = 4.5 Most fonts are large and a few are small. The icon used for the recommended amount for the day is really small.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 It takes seconds and is easy to use. If you want to keep track of your intake, this is a great solution.
Downsides Rating = 0 I didn’t really find anything I could complain about. It’s fairly simple and works well.
Consumer Review Rating = 3 At this point there are a little more than 140 reviews. One of the criticisms was that there isn’t a way to edit what you entered. I agree, that would be helpful.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 Ensuring that you get a proper amount of liquids is important at any age. Your body functions better when the cells have the water they need.
How does it work?
- The first question you get when you open the app is for permission to access your location when using the app. I suppose there are some reasons this could make sense (drier climate requires more hydration), but I choose not allow this request.
- Next you are asked if it is okay to allow notifications. If you want reminders, say yes.
- The next step is to fill out your profile – or just start tracking. If you choose to fill out the profile you will get an opportunity to add your name, gender, height, weight and birth date. It is completely your choice.
- Part of your profile is to set up your normal schedule – wake up, dinner and sleep. That allows the app to know when to prompt you.
- At this screen you can turn on/off notifications and adjust the measurements to either milliliters or fluid ounces. And then you’ll see the standard screens offering the opportunity to tell your friends about the app through Facebook and give Waterbalance feedback about the app.
- At the bottom left is a water drop icon. Tapping it revels three icons. The top one is an awards icon (a star) to show you any that you have earned. The bottom one is a icon of a person which links you quickly to your profile and in the center an icon that looks like a chart and does lead to your statistics. Very helpful information.
- Near the top is a question mark icon. That provides you with various facts about how useful it is to hydrate.
- The plus sign icon is the one you will eventually use the most. Tapping it brings up a list of various kinds of liquids. Some that you add will increase the percentage of hydration and some will reduce it. Drinking alcohol reduces your hydration – to a surprising amount!
- When you tap on a liquid, you see a 1 ounce, 2 ounce or 8 ounce buttons. You can tap them multiple times to get to the amount of liquid you drank. The total shows up on the water icon with a number in a circle.
- You could also tap the clear button to remove the liquids you entered this time. You cannot go back and edit anything you have confirmed through the “replenish” button.
There are a number of water tracking apps, but overall I found this one had the most interesting UI and was easy to use. As I have noted a couple of times, drinking liquids, primarily water, is a critical part of maintaining good health. Give it a try and let me know what you think.
Devices: This app can be used on either the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Apple Watch. It requires iOS 7.0 or later. The App was developed by Waterbalance. Check out their website for information about this app, and others they have created.