Developer: Contrast
Price: $9.99
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★★☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Keeping track of one’s mileage and regular journeys can be quite a convoluted process for the frequent commuter. Given the importance of accurate figures when arranging tax deductions or claiming back business expenses, it can also easily be the perfect storm of problems. For $10, Mileage Log+ aims to solve all those issues and is a simple yet detailed way of keeping an eye on everything.

It’s simple to use too, encapsulating the clearly laid out UI features beloved of iOS 7. Users can quickly enter the relevant information for a new trip with auto complete aiding the way when entering start and end locations. The rate for each mile or kilometer of the journey can then be included, as well as a category for later reference. Notes round off the options, proving useful when looking back to consult what happened.

mileagelog3mileagelog4When entering start and end positions, the app does its best to automatically calculate the distance involved. It’s not perfect, though. A few locations don’t offer an automatic calculation or map information, leaving users to enter the mileage details manually. Some of this seems to be down to choosing too vague a location, such as when choosing a retail park rather than specific unit within the place, but sometimes it’d be handy to be able to be slightly more vague. In the vast majority of cases though, Mileage Log+ does all the hard work, completing the relevant information quickly and conveniently.

It’s simple enough to set up frequent trips; proving ideal for those who regularly take the same trips each day, with filtering options making it all the better for those trying to divide up different types of journeys. The ability to archive such trips for later reference, as well as export them to PDF or CSV formats, further adds to how useful Mileage Log+ is for those tracking business expenses.

Mileage Log+ is a useful app indeed, offering plenty of flexibility so that one can enter as much or as little information as needed. Issues with automatic calculations are a slight problem, but for the most part it’s reasonably simple to circumvent in an otherwise handy app.

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