If you’ve used either of the aforementioned iPhone and iPod touch apps from App Cubby you’re already aware of the kind of data collection they are known for, and the subsequent graphs of that data. After playing with Health Cubby over the past couple of weeks, I can honestly say that it carries on the tradition of quality design.
After some hang-ups in the App Store approval process, Health Cubby is now here to help you track your New Year’s resolutions. But unlike many of the other Exercise/Health tracking applications for the iPhone and iPod touch, Health Cubby focuses on less detail and more realistic goals (more on this later). The feature that makes Health Cubby the most interesting of the Health apps I’ve tried, is the ability to sync your progress with friends, using it as a sort of buddy support system — or bragging rights, if you want to use the built-in messaging feature for such things.
Health Cubby’s trackable metrics are sort of an enigma. On the one hand there are very specific bits of data that you can track, such as weight (obviously), body fat percentage (if you have easy access to that sort of data), and various body part measurements. These are all very specific metrics that will help you have a full understanding of the progress (or lack there of) that you are making in your diet and exercise regimen.
On the other side of this coin are Meals and Vices. Tracking meals is just a free form entry of whatever it is you’ve eaten, logging the meal type, a description, notes, and a rating. Vices are the other part — decide how many vices you’ll allow yourself each week, and then log them as you cave. Again, you’ll log the vice type (donuts, fast food, etc) along with a description or note if you see fit. From my perspective tracking such vague details does little good in helping me achieve my goals — I’m more the calorie counting type, but as with anything, your mileage may vary greatly from my own. Of course Health Cubby also tracks your weight exercises and cardio time too.
The true redeeming value of Health Cubby comes with the ability to share your results with friends, and track their progress as well. Whether you’re competing in some sort of ‘Biggest Loser’ competition, or just working out together, it’s a great way to see how the numbers stack up. Of course no App Cubby application would be complete without some snazzy graphs representing the data, and it does this very nicely — both with your personal data, or combined with any friends with which you’re syncing results.
If you prefer to count your calories and know specific numbers from your diet and exercise efforts, Health Cubby probably is not going to be for you. But if you just need to be reminded that you’ve already eaten a dozen donuts and had 15 Big Macs this week, and want to be able to share that with others (so they can either ridicule you or encourage you to enter competitive eating contests), then $4.99 for Health Cubby will be well spent.