Diabetes Pilot Review - iPhone App - Page 1

Posted April, 2012

Overview

The Diabetes Pilot name has been around for awhile. I used Diabetes Pilot on my Palm a long time ago and liked it, so when I saw that an iPhone® version was available, I jumped at the chance to use the program again. However, there have been some changes.

Diabetes Pilot is a multi-platform package which can be used on both your mobile device and desktop. The program can be used on a single platform but considering the wide availability of free software for both desktop and mobile devices and the price tag of Diabetes Pilot for each platform, it may be hard to justify the cost. It may only be that when used on both an iPhone and PC/Mac platform do the advantages of syncing date become reason enough to pony up the money.  Or is it?

Side Note: Even though there are free PC software options available from meter manufacturers, you usually have to buy a data transfer cable which does not make them free to use. Furthermore your data cable may only work on one brand/model of meter. The Bayer Contour USB does not need a cable so it is a truly free PC /Mac compatible systems.  

This review is on the iPhone version of Diabetes Pilot, Version 5.1.1 Copyrighted 2010 by Digital Altitudes, LLC. The iPhone is a 4S running iOS 5.1. The PC review is in my Software Review section.  Sorry, Mac users. I do not use a Mac and don’t believe in reviewing anything unless I actually use the product.   

GUI

The user interface of this app is well done.  There are no pretty home menus which often only get in the way and create additional steps to navigate an app. Diabetes Pilot opens to the log book, which is where you need to be most of the time. Across the bottom are buttons to access different types of data entry pages; Glucose, Food, Medications, Exercise and More.

Diabetes Pilot Log Diabetes Pilot Date/Time Spinner Diabetes Pilot Alpha keypad Diabetes Pilot Numeric Keypad

The log uses a pleasant color background to help recognize data types and is one of the best log books I have seen for being able to see all your data and still extrapolate exactly what you want.  I like when all data types are in one log.  If you don’t care to see all categories or events at the same time, the show button lets you filter out unwanted data so you can see only what you want to see.   The app uses a date/time spinner, category spinner, and standard keypad for other data types, but does offer something other app developers missed, a “View Full Screen” button which hides the keyboard and spinners. 

What is missing is a quick way to back up through the food database without having to hit “back” several times. There is logic in using subcategories to make it easier to narrow down to what you are looking for, but sometimes you want to start over and having to go Back, Back, Back gets old.

As apps go this has a GUI which works pretty well and the more I use it the better I like it, at least for non food items

 

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