An app with a fairly ambitious remit, MyAppMentor was conceived by its creator during a bout of ill health and sets out to promote wellbeing in its users through a combination of diet advice, fitness coaching and self-help. Unfortunately, the results leave a lot to be desired.
The main problem with My AppMentor is that it advertises itself as a free app. However, after spending a decent chunk of time answering various questions about their bodies, health and fitness – as well as completing a lengthy ‘personality test’ – the user is confronted by a selection of options, each requiring a payment before any useful advice based on this data is offered. The cost of the advice is low, with ‘bronze’ packages at just £1, but for those attracted by the promise of a free health and lifestyle app the process is frustrating, particularly when they have spent time and energy filling out the questionnaires.
As a free app, MyAppMentor offers nothing new. There are BMI and BMR calculators, both of which can be found easily online, and some confusingly-worded information about calorie intake that tells me I exceed my daily calorie intake despite having asked no questions about diet. The ‘psychometric’ test is also a mixed bag. Full of vague questions like ‘do you have an interest in future possibilities?’, the questions are often difficult to answer and the test itself spits out some dubious results. For example, the app assures me that my ambition and worth ethic are ‘very low’, despite my having answered all questions relative to these qualities in a positive manner.
MyAppMentor may well come into its own once the paid element of the app comes into effect, and the packages certainly look appealing with just £1 buying you tailored expert advice on 2 of your ‘weakest personality factors’ as well as an individual workout plan and diet advice. However with such a basic and flawed personality assessment at its core, I would recommend taking any life advice from this app with a pinch of salt.