SweetBeat: iPhone App Written Review
Are you concerned about your health during your day-to-day activities? Do you wonder if you’re an healthy human being, or if all the various bad habits you’ve accumulated have already started to take a toll on your stress levels and heart? Do you wish your iPhone could help? If so then you’re in luck! SweetBeat by developer SweetWater Health is one of the coolest inventions for the platform that we’ve seen in a long while. The app allows you to actively monitor your heart rate and stress level during exercise, rest, or any other time of the day. Using one of a variety of heart monitors, you can easily map out your health in a matter of seconds, and then track it for some time to come. For our full review of this killer app, check below beyond the break!
Concept and Functionality
The basic premise behind SweetBeat is simple, though hugely ingenious. You see, the app uses one of a number of cheap heart rate monitors to actively read your pulse and to determine your stress levels. This works on a number of levels, but to use the app at all, you are going to need one of the various heart monitors mentioned. We used the 60Beat chest strap, and were able to achieve some nifty results with it.
The operation goes something like this: You plug the wireless receiver into the headphone jack on your iPhone. Then, you put on the chest strap. From there, you can either decide to set a baseline or start a new workout session. You put in how stressed you feel, as well as what mood you’re in, and away the app goes! Work out as little or as much as you want, and when you’re done, the app serves up an average, a minimum, and a maximum heart rate. As well as your stress levels, indicating when you’re most stressed and least healthy.
Design and Layout
However, that’s not all SweetBeat is offering. It also comes stock with some very well-designed relaxation methods. The app’s built-in breath machine guides you into inhaling and exhaling, helping you to calm down before attempting any exercise. We also liked the tabbed navigational controls, though we did feel certain aspects of the app are somewhat weak. For instance, we occasionally lost contact with the heart monitor, knackering an entire workouts data. We also thought the emotions icons were somewhat tacky, though this is a more minor quibble.
At the end of the day, SweetBeat is easily worth the price of entry for the cool factor alone. The app is inventive, accurate when it works, and easy to use. Not only that, but at two bucks plus the cost of the heart monitor, it’s a real bargain, to boot. If you’ve been waiting for this kind of app, wait no longer. SweetBeat comes recommended.
SweetBeat requires iOS 3.2 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.
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