Measuring your body’s mass, or weighing, will likely be something you do more and more, especially after the holidays and the feast of food that usually brings. You may also be looking for a way to get into shape as a New Year’s Resolution. Regardless, you’re going to be interested in your weight.
Some of the high-end iPhone weight trackers connect to Bluetooth scales or other peripherals to automatically update your weight every time you take the time to step onto the scale. Weightless isn’t that — it’s a low-tech solution to a problem many have. Additionally, it’s cheap, and is compatible with any scale you may have around the house. Is it useful everyday? Does it actually help to manage your weight?
Stock Design, Speedy Performance
Weightless is a stock, by-the-books iOS 7 app. This means plenty of whitespace, and the color blue is very popular. Everything is light: icons, typography, everything. It is a very stock-feeling app, but since iOS 7 is still new, “stock” apps still look snazzy and interesting.
Weightless is fast: that’s one of the best parts of this lightweight UI. Tap and boom — whatever you want is there. Considering that you will be using the app every day to input data, that’s fantastic. Additionally, it is also stable. Other weight trackers seem to crumble under the mass of their own feature set and design. Weightless doesn’t suffer from this issue in any way, and I haven’t seen any crashes or data losses whatsoever for the past few weeks that I have been using and testing it.
No Sync? No Problem
The fancy weight trackers on the market are compatible with a limited set of Bluetooth scales. This allows them to be effortlessly — or as effortlessly as pairing a device to your iPhone via Bluetooth is — synced quickly anytime you measure your weight. This is probably the most convenient solution, and it builds on to that appealing “internet of things” idea that everyone wants to see come to fruition.
The downside? Money, money, money. The Bluetooth scales tend to be significantly more expensive than their “dumb” counterparts. As I alluded to earlier, you also have to go through the process of pairing the two devices together in most cases. Anytime you want to sync, you have to ensure that Bluetooth is on and active. It’s a good solution that has various drawbacks.
Simple, but Useful
Weightless does not sync with any scale of any type. Instead, you are stuck inputting data by hand — scary though, right?
In practice, it works out very well. Tapping the weight on the main screen pops up a dialog box and the number pad, and you can enter your weight from there. It takes all of two seconds, and then you’re on your way. Over the past few weeks, I have worked the process into my morning routine. Doing so makes it much easier, and it’s become a habit: I wake up, I weigh, I put my most recent weight into Weightless.
That weight is then used for various purposes. Most usefully for me, it is used to show trends in a daily bar graph. That graph can be viewed with various timeframes: week, month, and all, which shows you the trend of your weight since you started using the app.
The main screen also displays your day-to-day trends. This is useful for seeing the effect of last night’s big meal, or that jog that you took after work yesterday. Weightless also includes a basic BMI (Body Mass Index) reading and chart. This is configured in the settings, where you can add your height so as to get an accurate BMI estimate.
Also in the settings: the ability to schedule a reminder via Apple’s stock Reminders app. If you’re forgetful, go ahead and do it — it will only help you to keep to the schedule and to go through with using Weightless.
In the history view, you can view your individual weighings, as well as the day-to-day trend. This is, again, useful for trying to get a sense of how a particular workout routine or diet is affecting your weight.
Graphs and Snaps
My favorite aspects of the app are the graphs. These graphs are easy to read and interpret, and cleanly displayed with as much information as possible. The trends are clearly shown, as are the individual weigh-ins. Graphs only get more interesting and useful as more data is added, so expect the utility of this feature to grow with time.
Snaps are something that I just haven’t used, though they are probably very useful for people hoping to lose a few pounds or to gain some muscle mass. The concept is simple: take a photo of yourself every day, or every week, and watch the change take place as you browse back in time. It’s more of a way to encourage yourself with proof of results, and I can completely see why it was added. The interface for adding snaps is simple and fluid, and a grid is even superimposed on the camera view so as to make taking photos easier.
With the holidays here, and a New Year just around the corner, Weightless has never been more relevant. Having been using the app for about a month now, it’s become part of my daily routine. It’s a utility, and it provides me with a way to record data that I had once just kept floating around in the back of my head: my weight. It goes further than that by adding information visualizations in the way of overall trends and graphs.
Do I recommend it? Oh yeah; Weightless is an app that I use literally every day to do something that I find very useful.