I love my iPhone (not necessarily the coverage, but definitely the phone) and I hate logging my glucose data, so I'm always on the lookout for new iPhone apps to help me manage my diabetes. I figure, if I always have my phone close by, surely that will make it easier to stay on top of logging? So when Amy pinged me to have a closer look at a new app called LogFrog, I thought, "Sure, I'd love to give it a try!"
One unique quality of LogFrog, compared with other similar apps, is that it's actually kind of... cute. Their tag line? A Leap in Diabetes Management. Get it? Leap? Log Frog? Ha ha ha...
In keeping with cute, it's also very easy to use, and kind of fun, too. The graphics are very bright and colorful. I've never been a huge fan of sound effects, but the whizzing and bop bop bop when you are entering your logs makes it feel more like a game. Plus, there's that perky-looking frog on the screen.
Rather than try to explain how the app works in words, here's a quick two minute demo from the creators:
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LogFrog offers a couple different ways of looking at your info. If you turn the iPhone sideways, you can see a simple graph that charts your blood sugars at various times of the day, and you can also set it so you can look specifically at blood sugars recorded before a meal, at mealtimes, or after a meal, medication or exercise. The more you use it, the more dynamic the graph becomes. There's also a traditional logbook you can access by clicking on "Log." It will group blood sugar, food and medication together if done around the same time.
One thing that threw me off is the lack of a Delete button. I actually had to call to ask a rep for help, and she told me that to delete an entry, you just swipe your finger left to right over the entry in the Logbook, and then the Delete button appears. This hidden functionality seems confusing... hopefully they'll fix that soon!
The user interface for logging blood sugars is fairly simple and intuitive, but I did have some trouble figuring out the blood sugar graph. When I first looked through the app, it was hard to understand what all the different options were for. Once I started loading in several days of blood sugar, medication and food, then I could see what each section was designed to do. So basically, the graph area isn't really intuitive until you get into it.
One thing that's really cool is the option to export your data as a clearly-labeled logbook, which is sent to you via email in the body of the email, rather than as an attachment. I've had issues with downloading logs that are exported as an Excel document, especially now that I am on a Mac and don't have the Excel program.
The LogFrog option is also great if you can email your doctor, or if you work with a diabetes educator, or if your child is away and you need an easy way to check up on him or her. You can also use the app to record your A1C, and you can indicate whether it was done at home or at a lab. Since that's the lab result that most of us are most concerned with, it's a nice touch to have it on hand, to reflect on as a starting point. The "More" section also shows you your 7 day, 30 day and 90 day averages.
So how does it compare to other diabetes iPhone apps? I have used two: Glucose Buddy and BloodWise. LogFrog is not as in-depth with info tracking, and the graphs are limited to just BG numbers, so if you're interested in tracking food or exercise, you might want to try another app. But if you're just looking for something fun to use to keep track of BG trends, then this will work just fine. I also found LogFrog simple to update, in contrast to Glucose Buddy, for example, which required a lot of time to input everything. Again, some people might find the more in-depth logging process worthwhile. At the end of the day, you need to ask yourself what you really want out of the app. I think "fun" is underestimated.
LogFrog is not free, but it comes in at an easy to manage $2.99. It's also only available on iPhones, so there is a bit of a limit to its reach.
Overall, I enjoyed playing around with this app, and while I can't say for sure that I'll use it forever, it's certainly a nice tool to have on my phone. Just in case I get miraculously motivated to log...
Do you use an app to manage your diabetes? If so, which one is your favorite? What do you like about it? Rest assured, these developers and others are listening!