Juice: Written iPhone App Review
Ever wish you had more energy? Do you drag yourself from day to day, idly feeling like you really need a boost in your life? Developer Mindbloom would like you to look into Juice, for the iOS. The energy tracker aims to help you develop healthy habits and juice up your life with real energy!
For starters, you’ll need to create a quick account with Mindbloom, through the Juice app. It’s a pretty painless process as far as account creation goes, although you’ll need an active Internet connection to get it to work. Then, Juice will have you drag a virtual energy level bar on an image of the Juice bottle, to represent your current daily level of energy (Awful to Great). Do this for 7 days, along with daily ratings for sleep, exercise, and nutrition. Then, at the end of that 7 day Juice course, you’ll be presented with a customized healthy habit and suggestion dossier just for you, based on your energy reported and habits. From here on out, you can continue to use Juice as an energy tracker, taking advantages of the updated tips from respected authors (M.J. Ryan, Keri Gans, Shawn Anchor and more). You’ll also be able to make in-app purchases to add more activities to track, with mood, stress and balance offered in addition to the already-in-app ones. You can even set tip reminders to help you keep up with your newly-acquired healthy habits. Finally, and perhaps most powerfully, users can review their charts and weekly reports to look at progress made in energy levels, allowing them to make adjustments as needed to maintain their preferred zone of energy. Juice offers a really neat system of daily energy-tracking and it’s definitely a neat set of features. I felt like it was a personal trainer for energy, in the palm of your hand!
Layout and Design:
I really liked the layout of Juice. It’s specially designed to be like an energy drink. There’s a neat intro video with a complete overview of the app. The video feels like a slick, Web 2.0 energy drink commercial. Even more exciting is the graphical design in the app, as the different buttons are laid over a pseudo energy drink bottle. Graphics are sharp, eye-catching but not glaring, thanks to the nice pastel backgrounds. It’s clear the developers paid special attention towards making the most of the layout in Juice.
Juice is jam-packed with awesome energy-diary features, tips and tools, all for free. It’s impressive just how polished this app from Mindbloom is and I certainly recommend it for anyone looking to make healthy changes in their daily habits to increase their energy level. Sure, it’s not a Rockstar or 5-Hour Energy Drink coming out of your iOS device, but it’s certainly a healthier and longer-lasting alternative, for free!
Juice is available for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad, requiring iOS 4.3 or later. A small fee was paid to expedite this review.
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