Posted: March, 2012
It has been a long time since a new app has changed the way I look how a task can be accomplished.
LogFrog DB is a truly new experience in diabetes management on a mobile device. Currently only available for the iPhone, the developers have found a way to enter data without the dreaded spinner wheels or common keypads. At first I will admit I was skeptical on a circle number pad. I wanted my ten digit keypad However; I was intrigued enough by a few simple features that made me stick to the app. It has been a few months and I must say I get it now.
At the time of this review, the app cost $2.99 in the App Store but a free trial version is available. The app comes ready to log one person's data but with a $1.99 in app purchase you can add another person to the app. With LogFrog DB you can record data for:
The GUI (graphic user interface for you non-nerds) employs an unique menu style. Instead of the usual vertical or horizontal main menu with drop downs or page flips, the menu expands outward from a round main menu. This style lets you select a topic and still see the main menu since the sub-menu circles the main menu. If you make a selection then realize you made the wrong selection you simply reselect the correct option which is still visible. No back button required.
The outer ring sub menu is limited to four items if those items are displayed in text and eight items if displayed as icons. Icons are used for selecting a specific exercise type and medical note. If more than four text items are in one category, a “MORE” button displays the second set of options.
LogFrog DB on my iPhone has been a valuable tool for helping me manage my diabetes. Regular blood glucose testing is very important for any diabetic. Recording those readings and events that affect glucose levels can greatly improve your understanding of what steps you need to take to improve your health.
When entering data is inconvenient, cumbersome or boring, I have a hard time recording the information I know I should. This app is not inconvenient, not cumbersome and not boring.
LogFrog DB Website (opens new window)
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His father, a diabetic, had a foot ulcer that resulted in the amputation of his left leg, which contributed to his death, his son said.
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