Absorb Water iPhone not exactly a tall drink of water

May 24, 2010
Health

As important as drinking water is, I still have a hard time with the idea that anyone will pay a couple of bucks to help them track their habit. But if you’re ever going to do so, the What’s more, if you accidentally click on something you didn’t mean to add, you can deselect it before […]

As important as drinking water is, I still have a hard time with the idea that anyone will pay a couple of bucks to help them track their habit. But if you’re ever going to do so, the What’s more, if you accidentally click on something you didn’t mean to add, you can deselect it before you click to actually add it to the total, but the colors used for shading the borders of your selections are often so similar to the background in the app, that it’s completely unclear what you’ve selected or deselected. It also seems strange that you could add a bottle and a glass of water simultaneously, but not just two glasses of water.

What might serve to make the experience more user-friendly is a simple plus or minus next to each selection, along with a counter displaying how much of each item you’re selecting. The way the app is designed now, you’ll spend almost as much time revising your selections as you will making them. If your app has basically one function and doesn’t perform it gracefully, it’s incredibly frustrating.

To be fair, the app does actually have a second function – tracking the color of your urine. Yes, each day you can select from several different shades of yellow, what your urine looks like. Although it’s meant to show you how well you’re hydrating yourself, it seems just a tad off-putting to chart that on a daily basis, much the same way I wouldn’t really want to track my bowel movements.

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Overall, Absorb Water is a generally useful way to track how much water you’re drinking, but is currently bogged down by a rather irritating system for adding in what you’ve consumed. Being that I wouldn’t be crazy about paying for such a lightweight app, it’s hard to recommend it unless you’re incredibly serious about hydration.

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Dan Kricke

Dan Kricke has been playing with electronics and writing about them for years. He loved his Sega Dreamcast and now the PlayStation 3. On the iPhone, he's a fan of sports apps and anything that offers new music.

 

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