I have been using the Low Carb Dining App for a few months to check carb counts of menu items while I am dining out. It is really nice to have all the restaurant info on one App rather than having to have an app for each restaurant or going online to try to find the information.
Downloading the App to my iPhone
I had no problems downloading the App. I only downloaded it on my iPhone
Orientation: The Low Carb Dining App works in Portrait only. This seems like the best orientation for the App so I am fine with it not switching to landscape.
Seller: KWM Holdings LLC
Ages: Rated for Ages 4 and up
Requirements: Works with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
Signing up for My Fitness Pal
One thing that I did not like is that the App made me sign up for a My Fitness Pal account. I guess this is a good app but I really just wanted to look up Carb Counts in Restaurants and it made me put in all my weight and fitness goals to get into the app. I just put in phony info since I really was not wanting to use my fitness pal. It seemed invasive to ask me for this information and really unnecessary.
Since the App is free you will have to put up with a few ads. They are in the center and scroll through the text. If you want to view any of the items you can click on it. Since it’s in the middle it’s easy to click on it accidentally. It is pretty easy to close out of it though so since the App is free I do not mind the ads.
Finding a Restaurant
It is easy to find a Restaurant by either using the search feature or scrolling through the alphabetical listing of restaurants
What sort of information is Available
Nutritional Info: Basically the App connects you with whatever info a particular restaurant has on the internet. Each restaurant may give different information in a different format.
Wikipedia: There is a link to look up the restaurant on Wikipedia. I am not sure why I would need to look at that, but it’s there.
Comments: You can leave a comment about a restaurant. This might be a neat function if you could read others comments but really it just gives you a field to type in and then shows you internet buzz about the restaurant. I have never found anything in the comments section so I just ignore that.
Favorites: One nice thing you can do is tag a restaurant as a favorite and then you can press favorites and it will call up all your favorite restaurants.
Top Fast Food: Another tab will show you the most popular fast food restaurants if you tap it.
Top Casual Restaurants: The last tab will show you top popular casual dining restaurants.
In app Purchases
There is a Drinks Section and the app wants me to buy that for $1.99. This is for alcohol. I do not drink so I am not missing it. Other than this and trying to get you to click ads there does not seem to be any other in app purchases.
Final Thoughts and Rating
While I do like the restaurant information in the Low Carb Dining App, I feel that it is too much to require me to sign up for My Fitness Pal in order to use it. I also think about half the info on the app is unnecessary and it would be better if they just kept it to the restaurant info.
I can only give this app 3 out of 5 stars because of the above mentioned clutter and the fact that they made me sign up for an account and provide personal information.