Wednesday App Review: Plant Nanny

Everyone knows that drinking water is pretty important. I mean, the human body is 70% water after all, and staying hydrated ensures that everything works the way that it should. But, with so many other options, very few people actually drink the right amount of water every day. I know I don’t. On the contrary, I tend to drink WAY more coffee than I probably should. I can’t help it; coffee is just so delicious! Regardless, I do acknowledge that I’m probably among the 75% of Americans that are chronically dehydrated. So, when my friend showed me this water-tracking app called Plant Nanny, I was both skeptical and interested. I’m not really big into tracking apps that require you to constantly pull out your phone and tap away on it. It’s just not my thing. But the little plans were pretty cute, and she was super excited and enthusiastic so I duly downloaded the app and planted my first little digital seed. plantThe function of the app is incredibly simple. Every time you drink a glass of water, you water the plant. The app tracks how much water you’re drinking compared to how much you should be drinking. The more water you drink, the more your plant grows. If you don’t drink enough water, the plant will droop and look pretty pitiful. When your cheerful bouncy plant is fully grown, then you plant another seed. Simple and adorable. As I said before though, I’m not a big fan of tracking apps. For me they generally don’t work simply because I am a busy person and tend to forget that I’m supposed to be tracking whatever it is. And while I certainly did tend to forget to water my little plant a few times, overall I did actually drink more water than I think I would have normally. Success! Plant Nanny is completely free to download and is available for Android, Windows and Apple devices. There are some in-app purchases available in the game which range from $1 – $10, but spending actual money on the app is not necessary. The purchases mostly are for seeds which you can trade for additional backgrounds and flower pots. However, users can download plant families for free and there are plenty of ways to earn seeds so really it’s not necessary. I didn’t notice any super conspicuous ads in the app either, which was a nice change. My one complaint about this app is that it includes a drink reminder as a push notification and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to turn off. In the settings there is an option to switch it off, but the push notification continued regardless. I think it might be a glitch and I haven’t tried uninstalling and reinstalling it yet (as I was trying to see how far I could get for my review), although I expect that would fix the problem. My friend uses a Windows phone and has no such issues. Overall, if you are interested in trying to be healthier and are terrible about drinking enough water, then this cute little app might be just what you need to get in the habit and encourage yourself to put that soda back and get a glass of water instead.]]>

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  1. Mrs. Brown on July 9, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    This cute app would definitely encourage me to drink more water! Thanks for sharing. 🙂