KepTabs: a Motivational Buddy in the Palm of Your Hand

KepTabs - Junko Suzuki

KepTabs iPhone App Review

Reviewed by Valerie Lauer

Price: $1.99

Weight loss. Strange how those two simple words can strike fear into the arts of even the most active person. Research suggests many weight loss plans fail due to lack of motivation.

If you have ever had this problem, or if you are serious about weight loss, you want to get the KepTabs iPhone app from Junko Suzuki. It’s like carrying around your biggest fan on your favorite iOS device.


Simplicity is the name of the game with the KepTabs iPhone app. It’s a welcome relief from the never ending stream of fitness apps that have so many features you feel lost and overwhelmed.

KepTabs doesn’t promise to give you the next best exercise craze, or force you to input every single calorie and sit-up you’ve ever done. Instead it does one simple thing, tracks your weight, measurements and BMI.

Isn’t that refreshing? The KepTabs iPhone app lets you input info during the day then instantly arranges it in a straightforward chart. So you can see what kind of progress you are making. If that isn’t motivating, I don’t know what is.

Motivation also comes in the form of daily reminders and fun icons you can choose to represent how you felt each day. You guessed it, the chart tracks your icons as well. What an easy way to ID mood patterns and correlate your feelings with losses.


User Interface:

KepTabs iPhone App Review


Sure, the KepTabs iPhone app is simple. But it’s trying to be. It also makes using the features of the app a breeze.

You input your info using a simple scrolling feature with numerical values on wheels. I dislike the fact that KepTabs starts the weight entry on 50 lbs. each time. That’s not exactly a healthy weight for any adult. Think about updating it.

All other app features are accessed in an easy bottom tab design. KepTabs is definitely user friendly.

Graphics & Design:

My inner child got a few moments of intense nostalgic pleasure from the KepTabs iPhone app. Why? Because adorable ghost characters that remind me of King Boo from my favorite Nintendo games grace each screen. It’s hilarious.

I didn’t expect to be this amused by a weight loss app. The mood icons are pretty cute too. It’s always a good sign when developers go the extra mile to include fun graphics in their apps. It definitely adds something to this simple weight tracker.


The KepTabs iPhone app, with its retro ghost graphics and straightforward set of features, will cost you $1.99 to download in iTunes. I’ll be honest, I kind of wish it was a little less. Sure, this app is alright but it’s so basic and limited that spending more than a dollar on it feels a little strange.

Still, if you’re looking for a simple tracker that can make you smile, get it. You won’t be sorry.

KepTabs iPhone App QR Code



KepTabs iPhone app requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.

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