November 23, 2014

Five App Recap: Lifestyle

Welcome to the second edition of our Android software snapshot reviews.  As we did before with the games, we’re providing quick, one paragraph reviews of Android applications we find from the Android Market.  Each of these reviews is dedicated to specific categories and the apps that are found to be associated with them.  This week, we’re bringing you the applications listed under “Lifestyle”.

Daily Horoscope

Developer: Max Binshtok
Available: Now, Android Market
Cost: FREE

The jist: There’s not an awful we would expect out of a daily horoscope application so this one seems to hit the nail on the head pretty good.  We liked the fact that the horoscopes weren’t vague and open to interpretation, a common problem with things like this.  More than just a couple of sentences to skim through, the horoscopes are a fun, easy read.  While not our cup of tea, this one could be exactly what you are looking for if you missed the newspaper today.

Calories Counter

Developer: Libellen Tech
Available: Now, Android Market
Cost: FREE

The jist: Not so much a calorie counter, but more of a calorie recommendation tool.  You’re prompted to enter age, height, and weight as well as your activity level.  After that, you get a popup that tells you what you need to maintain the current weight.  Great, but what if we want to lose weight?  Do we just assume less calories?  There’s no actual counting going on here, but the app still works as a one-off guideline.  Points awarded for non-US measurements as we’re the only people using inches and pounds anyhow.

To Do Projects

Developer: Ulziisaikhan Vanchidorj
Available: Now, Android Market
Cost: FREE

The jist: There’s already a handful of “to do” applications littering the Android Market and this one is bound to get lost in the shuffle.  We’re thinking this app really wants to do more for us, yet somehow it isn’t working.  We got confused by the input and priority ranking so early on that it left a sour taste in our mouth.  There’s a note pad full of grid paper squares that just doesn’t seem to help in any manner.  After playing with this one for around 10 minutes, we promptly uninstalled it.

Pray

Developer: Frog Army
Available: Now, Android Market
Cost: FREE

The jist: Sometimes we need to say something out loud just to feel better about ourselves.  Enter Pray.  Type out your prayer and send it off.  Where does it go?  It goes to God of course.  You have a box to put whatever you want to say in it.  With the rather clunky keyboard slowing many down, it does help streamline your prayers and keep them simple.  After you’re done with it, the phone pretends to actually send a message.  Call us goofy, but the few times we played around with it, we typed stuff in that would make mom proud.

Period and Ovulation Tracker

Developer: Tom Gustafson
Available: Now, Android Market
Cost: FREE

The jist: A very simple tool to help women predict the start of their next period as well as their most likely window of fertility, this one can be handy for guys too.  Wanna know why your girlfriend is acting the way she is today?  Whip out the tracker and see if you-know-who is visiting.  In all seriousness, this can help calculate ovulation start dates and aid in planned pregnancies.  We’d like to see Google Calendar integration in future updates.

  • jerbear

    Astrology? Cellular prayers? Why not a virtual voodoo doll or spell book? Are there really that many people who are tech savvy enough to use a cell phone but superstitious enough to believe in this kind of silly stuff? There have to be some legit lifestyle apps out there.

  • bdjnk

    jerbear.

    Because someone has a belief that you view as superstitious they must be such an idiot as to be incapable of using a fairly simple piece of electronics? Additionally, I can use either app without believing anything, or just to show them off to friends. There is no need to get belligerent about it.

    As far as I can see, these are some of the more interesting lifestyle apps. Thanks for the article AndroidGuys.

  • jerbear

    Not trying to be belligerent. I can just think of some good lifestyle apps out there that aren’t throwbacks to magical thinking and would be of more use. The other productivity, health, etc. apps are useful examples of lifestyle apps but an app based on a ridiculous pseudo-science like astrology or one that pretends to send magical messages to a god or whatever are just silly. Why not a Ouija board app under “lifestyle”? How about a phrenology chart or a reference guide for leech bloodletting? I mean, some people still believe in that stuff too so it must be legit and relevant, right? My point wasn’t to start an argument but rather to make a point. If you have the critical thought capacity necessary to make use of modern tech then you ought to be able to filter the silly stuff out.

  • Tom Gustafson

    Hello everyone,

    I just had someone send me a link to this review and I was pretty excited to be previewed! I am the author of the “Period and Ovulation Tracker” and am always glad to hear feedback, ideas for improvement and just constructive criticism. I will look into adding google calendar integration.

    Any other ideas, please feel free to email me at tommygustafson AT gmail.com

    Cheers,
    Tom

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