Fitday Mobile Review
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FitDay Mobile may not be the most elegant or feature-rich app, but it offers everything I need in a diet-planning and tracking, which is why I've continued to use it, despite what flaws it may have. It is not just a calorie counting app; FitDay Mobile offers a host of tracking options for overall health, and although I am not as familiar with the fitness tracking features (I prefer to use RunKeeper for activities), the integration with the FitDay site for nutritional information is what keeps me coming back.
I started using FitDay.com to track my meals and foods last year, several weeks in I was anoyed by having to note everything down manually, so I decided to try a nutrition app, and since I was already using the FitDay site it was a logical move to start using FitDay Mobile. At the time, it had just launched, and it provided me with all the functionality and information I'd gotten accustomed to from the site.
To begin, I would like to boast that FitDay has rarely let me down when trying to find nearly any food items. They have a wide range of ingredients and most importantly, prepackaged and fast-foods which can sometimes be difficult to find in other apps and on other sites. The main feature that I appreciate the most with FitDay is the custom foods option - a feature I use most regularly. I am a creature of habit and being able to have a list of my most common meals makes tracking my nutritional intake all that much easier.
As for the drawbacks the first is evident, you need to be a FitDay.com member. You can sign up in-app, however, so that eases some of the frustrations. However, on that note, the app itself does require you to log in overly frequently and this has been an ongoing major complaint of mine. The app replies heavily on the FitDay database for food items, so you will need to be connected to the Internet when using it, not a problem for myself, but this limits its ability to be used by iPod touch or some iPad users. All of your fitness activities will need to be entered manually, but general calorie and fat-burning counts are provided. Finally, there have been no updates and no word on if they plan on any in the future.
It seems to me that the design and implementation of this app is more likened to a Mobile Site (or 'web app') and not created with the full functionality of the iPhone in mind. While it works, and is reliable, it could definitely use some TLC from the developers to make it shine.