Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is Diet Assistant Pro.
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Diet Assistant Pro is priced at $1.90 in the Android Market, and is normally priced at $1.94 in the Amazon Appstore. As we noted previously, prices sometimes differ between the two stores.
Diet Assistant Pro is described as follows:
Eating nutritious foods isn’t just a choice, but a commitment to your health and happiness. Personal Dietitian Pro is a simple resource that will assist you while choosing, implementing, and monitoring your diet. Offering a number of diet plans, you choose the diet that best fits your needs and personal profile. Choose from nearly 20 plans focusing on purifying, low GI, pescetarian, vegetarian, high protein, and just plain healthy.
Choose a diet, and the Personal Dietitian Pro will generate a weekly menu adhering to your dietary request. From the main menu you have access to your diet, available diet plans, chart, and your profile. You can update your details from your personal profile, such as food preference, gender, and goal weight. You also have access to the weight entries, which contain useful information about your progress and display the results in a chart.
Personal Dietitian Pro (sic) Features
- Generates weekly menu of healthy foods and combinations
- Provides nutrition facts
- Tracks weight progress
- Calculates your BMI (body mass index)
- Contains a wide variety of diet plans to suit your needs
- Creates a weight chart for simple monitoring
- Offers diet and weight loss tips
- Restores/backs up data
Diet Assistant Pro has a 4.3-star rating in the Android Market, and a 3.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore.
In the Amazon Appstore, some of the low ratings are because the app defaults to metric. However, that’s easily changed to pounds and inches. Others say they can’t do that because there’s no menu button on tablets.
Uh, we think those folks haven’t used their tablets very often; there is indeed a menu button on tablets. You just aren’t use to its position, perhaps. Some even have hardware buttons (like the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet).
There is also a free, ad-supported version of the app which has been downloaded in the 500,000 – 1,000,000 range tier at the Android Market, and that version has a 4.3 rating.
Those who are considering “buying” a Free Amazon Appstore app might want to consider what it means to developers.
Amazon.com opened up the Appstore despite a lawsuit by Apple, which has previously trademarked the term “App Store.” Microsoft has filed an appeal against that trademark, saying the term is too generic. Amazon.com has responded to the lawsuit in the same manner.