Purpose of App Review

  • How useful is this app in helping users track their water daily water intake?

Introduction

Most people know that drinking water throughout the day can have many health benefits.

Although the amount of water required each day varies from person to person, the common recommendation for the average adult is to consume at least eight 8 oz glasses of water a day.

However, for many people, remembering to drink water during their busy schedules might not come naturally and an app such as Ounces could have potential benefit for these individuals.

User Interface

The Ounces app is a very simple app geared towards helping users track how much water they have drank each day and to remind them if they have not met their daily goals.

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The app can be configured by allowing the user to set daily goals for water intake. The app recommends that the user speak to their physician before deciding what their daily water intake should be.

Unfortunately, the app only allows the user to select a limit in 16-20 oz increments. The app also allows the user to turn on notifications which can remind the user to consume water throughout the day. This feature could be improved if it allowed the user to select what times they would like to be reminded.

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On the main screen of the app, each time a user drinks water, they can add the amount by clicking the plus sign at the top right of the app. Once again, this app only includes 8oz increments which is not how much water a person drinks each time and might be better if they allowed the user to input their values in addition to the 8oz increment option.

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Once a specific amount of water intake is added, the main screen fills up with blue water to depict how much of the user’s daily goal has been accomplished.

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The app also sends push notifications to the individual’s phone so that they can be informed when they are behind on their daily goals. Once again, it would be useful if the user could determine how many times they want these notifications in a day and if there are specific times when these notifications would be more effective in their daily lives.

Evidence and literature used to support app

  • There is no concrete evidence supporting the suggestion of drinking eight 8 ounces glasses of water a day, research does suggest that 3.7 or 2.7L water should be consumed daily by men and women respectively based on the following study: Sawka MN, Cheuvront SN, Carter R. Human Water Needs. Nutrition Reviews. 2005;63:S30-S39.

Price

  • Free

Likes

  • Extremely simple to use
  • Sends notifications to users to remind them to drink water

Dislikes

  • The app only allows water intake to be added in 8oz increments.
  • The user cannot define when they want to get notifications

Patients that would benefit from the app

  • Any individual that wants to improve their daily water intake can benefit from this app.

Conclusion

The Ounces app is an extremely simple app that can make a users life a little easier. This app allows for simple notifications to remind users to drink water and informs them if they are keeping track of their daily goals. An additional feature, although not necessary, could be to include a graph that shows weekly or monthly trends of compliance with the daily water intake goals.

Type of Device used to review app

  • Version of App  1.1

Android version of this application

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iTunes Link

Rating: (1 to 5 stars): 4/5

  1. User Interface: 3/5 -Extremely easy to use. Would be better if user could input values for water intake and if they could control when notifications were sent.
  2. Multimedia usage: 3/5 – Simple bar graph type feature where the main screen fills with water to depict how much of the daily goal has been accomplished.
  3. Price: 5/5. Free.
  4. Real world applicability: 5/5. This app could be used on a daily basis by anyone who is interested in tracking their daily water intake.

References

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Disclaimer

This post does not establish, nor is it intended to establish, a patient physician relationship with anyone. It does not substitute for professional advice, and does not substitute for an in-person evaluation with your health care provider. It does not provide the definitive statement on the subject addressed. Before using these apps please consult with your own physician or health care provider as to the apps validity and accuracy as this post is not intended to affirm the validity or accuracy of the apps in question. The app(s) mentioned in this post should not be used without discussing the app first with your health care provider.