Quick Review: OnePound for the BlackBerry PlayBook

3 1/2 star rating
By Ryan Blundell on 22 Feb 2012 09:57 am
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It's Health & Fitness Month at Mobile Nations!

"I know I will reach my ideal weight of 87 kg quickly using this" - baz1001 App World review

OnePound

Okay scale, you hate me and I hate you. That being said we’re going to have to put aside our differences if we’re going to get through this. We both want to see the numbers drop, trust me, I know. The problem is that I think I’m putting more into this than you are. Sure, you’re measuring my weight and displaying it for me (while silently laughing at me), but I’m the one trying to lose it and figuring out my progress. That’s it, I’m bringing in an assistant, don’t try and stop me. Its name is OnePound and it’s going to help crunch the numbers for me. It’s going to let me to focus on diet and exercise, while it keeps track of weight loss, calculates my BMI and charts my journey to skinny town. What about you? Well, why don’t you just sit there and let me stand on you – without screaming for once?

The Review

Developer: AsFusion / Conqu                 Version (at time of review): 1.5.0
File Size: 875 KB
OS Requirements: Tablet 1.0.7 or higher
Cost: $2.99 Website: http://onepoundapp.com


The UI for OnePound is beautifully basic. Nearly everything you need to manage with this app is found in one screen. The only exception is the options screen that asks if you want to go metric or imperial, as well as prompts you to enter in your goal weight and current height. In a nutshell, OnePound helps you track your weight loss/gain by date.

The upper-left corner of the screen holds the calendar, where you can tap on a date or scroll through time. It appears to be designed to record recent history, as you can only go back in time month by month, rather than selecting a year. The upper right side is where you would see your calculated BMI. Colour coding help indicate what a healthy BMI rating would be, with blue showing a healthy level and orange being a high or low level. Again, this is based on what you recorded your height to be as well. Just below this is the scale which is used to record your weight. Being very responsive, you can quickly and easily swipe through the numbers until you’ve found your current weight. Be honest, you’re only cheating yourself and the pants that no longer fit. Running across the bottom of the screen is the progress graph. Here, your weight and goal are found, represented by a blue and green line, respectively. The graph measures weight over time, allowing you to see the progress you may or may not have made.

For some, this is all the information you need to be motivated. You may get confused and frustrated with other stats. This could lead to you becoming discouraged. OnePound focuses on a few details and focuses on presenting those details to you in a clean format. It’s pretty simple to update the application, as well. The only drawback I see is the inability to export the details via email (say in a spreadsheet). It would be nice to share your success with others, without having to take a screenshot.

OnePound main menu

OnePound Settings

“Price a bit steep for relatively few functions, but looks pretty and works as far as it goes.” – unknown BlackBerry App World Review

OnePound
by AsFusion

The Good

When trying to simply focus on your weight, do you really need to use something so complicated? For me, OnePound is an app that offers a lot of help, but requires little attention. With everything you need on one screen, it’s beautifully presented.

The Bad

There’s no way to share the information, except through screenshots…and passing your BlackBerry PlayBook to someone. There’s also no way to track multiple people or ability to reset the application either.

Conclusion

Looking for a no nonsense way to track your weight loss or gain? Pick up OnePound. It’s almost as simple as stepping on a scale – and provides more motivation, as you stick to your plan to reach your goal. If you need minimal information to go by, you’ll find the BMI calculator, progress graph and a speedy swiping scale to be more than enough.

Download OnePound for the BlackBerry PlayBook

15 comments

weesteev

Great review, love the Pro's and Con's finale, would be good to introduce that to all reviews! Nice one Ryan.

CDM76

+1 Add the PROS/CONS to all reviews PLEASE ! :)

Kingkracker

Handy tool. Too bad it can't track multiple people. This would be really handy to track my Dad's weight as he has to be weighed daily. It sure would beat using a spreadsheet.

umbrau44

Interesting, but it really needs password protection, too. Many people are scared about others knowing their weight.

SparrowhawkMMU

It would be nice if it could record in UK imperial units as opposed to just US and metric (in the UK, we use stones and pounds rather than just pounds).

Having said that, I prefer to use metric myself so I'm not too bothered but I thought I'd mention it so that the dev is aware of this.

Wolf35Nine

I promise you someone is going to install this app and stand on the playbook thinking its a scale.

BerryClever

hahaha, I was thinking that too. It is sad, but so true.

BerryClever

It looks good, but 3 dollars seems like a bit much for the simplicity of it. I guess I am just really cheap though.

kingofthenerds

It's a nice app but in the context of other apps that are out there 2.99 is a high price, and that's supposed to be a "launch promotion" price.

Iatogenicx

Nice clean UI. $2.99 for those features are way over priced. If it included a calorie counter of diet and exercise it'd e a hit at that price.

LoganSix

RIM should offer a BlackBerry scale (human, food, general) with Bluetooth connection to make apps like these even more useful.

BB.za

For info, I posted the review about my goal of reaching 87kg and this morning I weighed in at 86.9kg (not kidding). I can honestly say that the one pound app made a difference after my weight loss efforts stalled. I've used it to lose over 5kg in a matter of weeks. It works because its so simple and the desire to capture an improved weight on the app (similar time daily) helped stop me from eating those extra cakes/pies/fries etc. Thanks to the developer for a great app.

dbmalloy

After reading the article I think I will give it a go.....