By Cameron Johnson
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Get your sleeping habits under control with Sleep Gadget, a remarkably intuitive, elegant, and easy to use app that will record, analyze, graph, and export your sleeping habits. If you've ever had trouble getting enough sleep, (and be honest, who hasn't?), then this is the app you've been looking for.
Unlike similar apps, Sleep Gadget does not use the accelerometer. Instead, it provides a simpler, more accurate way of entering the information. There is a single button you can press when you go to sleep. When you wake up, press it once more, and the app will take care of the rest.
Look at the screenshots and give it a try. You won't be disappointed.
-Track your sleeping habits over an indefinite period of time
-Set a delay to allow for the time it takes to fall asleep
-View beautiful bar charts and line graphs
-Calculate advanced statistics, including standard deviations, averages, and sleep debt
-Available in 6 languages, including English, French, and Spanish
-Available for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch
-Built-in comprehensive instructions
-Export to PDF and CSV files for printing or showing to your doctor
-Email exported files as an attachment
What's New in Version 2.1.1
Fixed crash on iOS 6 for iPad
Updates to the calendar and line graphs
Good Idea, Bad Execution
At first, this app seems really nice. You can enter in your sleep every morning, and view a nice little chart of your sleep activity. But once you start using it regularly, it has major flaws. Biggest flaw: it only stores data locally. It has no backup and no way to backup. So if you delete the app and reinstall it, you will lose all of your data. Months, possibly years, all gone. Why would you delete the app in the first place? Well it periodically crashes for no reason. And sometimes, even after quitting, it won't reopen. Also, because it only stores local with no backup, you can't log your sleep from multiple devices. You are also stuck showing your doctor your tiny iphone sleep chart because there is no way to recreate the charts. You CAN export your data, but how do you make a sleep chart out of spreadsheet data? A sleep chart where bars of sleep start and stop at random times, and often continue from one day into the next. This app has major "fatal flaws" that make it much more useless than it initially appears.
I really do like this app. I've been using it every night for at least a year. I like just having the times of when I went to sleep and woke up. Yes, I know it has major flaws and that's what I'll talk about next.
A while ago I was having issues with overlapping bars and missing bars on the calendar (I think this was fixed). When I wanted to edit or add a sleep time it would crash every time (this has been fixed). And there are still a few little minor irregular flaws like the fact that some of the averages and calculations seem a bit off. But the main reason for my three star grade is the backup.
When I first bought this app, I had just gotten an iPad 2 for Christmas. It was the perfect app for me and I loved it since I had been writing down my sleep times before that (its so much easier to press a button when you're half asleep in the morning than write down a time). Then, in summer, I got an iPad 3 and transferred everything from my iPad 2 to my 3. Of course, I lost all my sleep data and had to start all over but I was fine with starting fresh. Now, I recently bought myself an iPod touch. I would much rather have the sleep gadget on my iPod than my iPad, but I don't want to lose that data again. So all I ask of this app – please make a way for us to back up all our data to transfer it.
Other than that, fantastic, simple app to use.
Since writing this review I'd like to amend it. I emailed the author of this app regarding my problems with it. He emailed me back and after tweaking it as he suggested it has worked according to specs.. For the $1.99 price it is a good working app.
I have been keeping a manual sleep log for almost 2 months. When I first started inputting the data everything was great. Then as others have stated previously it started to hang up. I'd have to close the program then after a couple restarts I could continue to input the data. That is until it froze again. After I input all my history into the program the 'analyze' function stopped working. Nothing I can do to get it to work. Not Good. After using this program for a couple of days I'd say that I wasted my $1.99.
- Category: Health & Fitness
- Updated: Nov 26, 2012
- Version: 2.1.1
- Size: 2.8 MB
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Russian, Spanish
- Seller: Cameron Johnson
- © 2011 Cameron Johnson
Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.