Our team at WindowsPhoneParent.com would like to share with the WMPoweruser community our latest app review.
ParentAssist App Review
- Comprehensive selection of daily activities – This app tracks all of your baby’s important activities/histories: feeding schedules (breast milk, formula, solid food), diaper changes, sleep patterns (naps, overnight), doctor visits, illnesses, vaccinations, allergies, and medications. It also helps nursing mothers monitor pumping sessions, making it easy to record the time and duration of pumping as well as the amount of milk expressed. Detailed reports, charts, and journals of all the information provided are automatically created for you.
- Different units of measurement available – Record data in imperial or metric units, and easily shift from one system to another whenever you need to. No manual conversion required!
- Multitasking on your phone made easy – The app flawlessly works in the background, so switching back and forth between apps is fine even as you record the duration of your child’s sleep or your breast-pumping session. Its Live Tile even shows a reminder that the timer’s running, which fully takes advantage of Windows Phone’s unique Start screen.
- Full-version trial for an entire week! – Unlike similar downloads on the Windows Phone App Store, this app allows you to try out all of its wonderful features for seven whole days, which is plenty of time for parents to determine whether it’s worth buying or not. In our opinion, it’s totally worth it!
- Very basic Medicine Cabinet feature – The app does a great job recording drug names and expiration dates, but it would be even better if it could also record the required dosage, frequency, and duration or allow parents to set up alarms that help them remember when they should administer medications to their children.
- Missing labels in Activity Summary when Light background theme is selected – The app’s useful Activity Summary gives you a quick overview of all your recorded activities; however, when your phone’s background is set to Light, it’s impossible to distinguish which columns are for which activity, as labels are nowhere to be found on the report, which can be very confusing for new users.
- Room for improvement: Option to print reports and pin activities to the Start screen – It would be great if users can pin their favourite activities to the Start screen, specially for users that focus on only one or two particular activities. It would also be nice if the detailed reports could be printed out to give to doctors or anybody else that needs to know the child’s history, schedules, etc.
- We could not find anything ugly about this delightful app. If you discover something new or something that could be improved with this app, please leave a comment and we will consider adding it to this post.
- Easy sign-up and overall user-friendliness – You need to create an account to use the app, but you can simply sign in with your Microsoft, Gmail, Yahoo, or Facebook account instead of having to come up with a new username and password. You can also create multiple profiles if you have more than one child, and when creating a profile, you can enter just the information you have handy—no required fields to fill out. The app makes signing up as painless as possible and even guides you through the process with helpful pop-ups!
- Automatic backup and synchronization – The most remarkable thing about this app is it backs up and synchronizes your data across other Windows Phone devices. This means that other people, such as your spouse, can stay updated on your child’s day-to-day activities simply by accessing the same account and that you can format your Windows Phone whenever you need to without losing your data.