Well, ladies, the end of The Great App Debate is here! I've finally picked a winner between my two top apps, FertilityFriend and Kindara. Both apps have a lot going for them, but in the end, FertilityFriend lost to Kindara's simple and accurate interface.
(If you'd like to read the other reviews in the series, you can click on the names below:)
First of all, let me point this out: Fertility Friend (hereafter referred to as FF) is the only app in the Great App Debate that offers a paid option; it has a free and a VIP (paid) membership. You can get by just fine with the free option, but if you'd like advanced data analytics, a powerful customizable chart, and the ability to view chart overlays of your past cycles, I would recommend the VIP version. At $24.99 for a year-long membership, it's not terribly pricey and it will give you a ton more options and access to powerful detailed analysis through the app.
Underneath your temperature, it shows your cervical fluid pattern, cervical position, and when you had sex. (My chart does not have sex recorded.) It's incredibly simple to see at a glance when you are fertile and when you are not.
Now, as for the things I disliked about FertilityFriend, I really only have one (major) complaint:
The navigation is quite terrible, and it took me months before I knew which button to push to take me to a certain page. Now, I can kind of see the workflow behind the app, but just starting out, it felt really overwhelming to try and figure out what to click on to get where I wanted to go.
Also, from an aesthetic perspective, the app is just plain ugly. There are plenty of beautifully designed apps that have an interface that is inviting, friendly, and easy to use. Not so with FF--even its chart view is clunky and clinical-looking. Just based on design alone, this app is probably passed up quite a bit by women who assume that the functionality of the app directly correlates with the design of the app (which, by the way, is usually correct--apps that care about design also care about function, and most poorly designed apps are bad apps in general.) In this case, FF has some amazing features that are presented in a not-so-amazing way. For this reason alone, Kindara pulled ahead in The Great App Debate. If I could have my ultimate app for charting with fertility awareness, it would be a mix of Kindara's simple and functional design blended with FertilityFriend's powerhouse range of features.
SHOULD YOU USE FERTILITYFRIEND?
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