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An Unoffical Comparison of Bird Logging Apps for iOS and Android

(Update: Jan. 11, 2013) 

 

This chart is intended to be a casual guide to the comparable functions and features of the listing apps available. Please note: If you are developer or any of the apps and would like to update a feature/capability of an app, just send us an email.

Price & Platforms
BirdLog Regionals,
BirdLog Worldwide
Birdwatcher’s Diary
Lifebirds Journal
My Bird Observations
Click on an icon to view in iTunes.
 
Price
$9.99 (North America and other regions) / $19.99 (World)
$12.99
$6.99
$2.99
iPhone
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
iPad app with native display?
Yes -- Universal app with Native display
Yes - $14.99
No
No
Android
Yes
No
No
Yes
Customer Experience
BirdLog
Birdwatcher’s Diary
Lifebirds Journal
My Bird Observations
App Store Rating
★★★★★
★★★★☆
n/a
★★★☆☆
Total number of reviews
57 North America/6 Worldwide
27
3
32
Percentage of "bad" (i.e. 1-2 star) reviews
0% /0%
15%
n/a
34%
Ease of Use
Easy and intuitive for most people who already know how to use eBird. Some hidden features require learning to use, but are non-essential.
Generally a complex, powerful app. Strongly recommend reading the manual.
Easy and intuitive, but limited
Fairly easy to use once learned. Unintuitive work flow for some people.
Ease and speed of entry
Fast / Very fast (depending on method)
Fast / Very fast (depending on method)
Medium
Slow
Approximate time required to learn to use basic features of app and create your first checklist
5 minutes. No tutorial or FAQs required for most people who are already familiar with eBird. Add 15 minutes if you need to learn eBird basics.
Several minutes for basic functions, a few hours for advanced. 1-2 hours to download checklists and get up to speed in the field
5 minutes. Possible to use without reading a manual.
30 minutes. Some time with instructions and/or trial-and-error seems necessary. eBird upload process Not obvious to some people.
Approximate time to submit a checklist to eBird:
5 seconds
5 seconds.  Some editing may be required using basic upload function.
about 3 minutes
about 3 minutes
Support
Good reputation: rapid support via email, facebook, contact us form, and FAQs on website. Personal service from customer support professional, owner and programmers as needed.
Good reputation: rapid support via email, facebook, contact us form, group forums and FAQs on website. Personal service from customer support professional, owner and programmers as needed.
??
Medium to good reputation: generally rapid support via email and contact form on website. Personal service by owner/programmer.
Features
BirdLog
Birdwatcher’s Diary
Lifebirds Journal
My Bird Observations
Feature overview:
Medium: this is a single-purpose app for recording sightings in the field and submitting them to eBird. That's it.
High: general-purpose sighting recording
Low: this is a relatively simple and easy to use app
Low: this is a relatively simple and easy to use app
GPS Location Services
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
GPS Tagging of Individual Sightings
No
Yes
Yes
No
Subspecies
Yes
Yes
Manual
No
Ebird support
Direct Upload
Direct Upload
No
email text files
Battery Life
good
Poor w/ GPS
 ??
??
Gender, Age, Plumage
manual entry using 'comments'
manual entry with shortcuts
Yes
No
eBird Hotspots
Yes
No
No
No
Localized Checklist
Yes -  Automatic.
 
Uses eBird filters so checklists are specific to location, date and birds likely to be seen.
Yes
 
State, Country, and World, and other specifc lists available.
No
No
Location Entry
uses GPS or choose location from map, select eBird hotspot, other user-specific locations or create a new personal location
uses GPS or choose location from map
Manual
?
Details
BirdLog
Birdwatcher’s Diary
Lifebirds Journal
My Bird Observations
Region
North America
--
Worldwide
Preloaded with US, UK, & Mexico. Dozens of other available.
Worldwide
Worldwide
Day Counter
Yes
Yes
No
No
Trip Counter
Yes, customizable
Yes, customizable
No
No
List Source
Automatic download of location/date specific lists from eBird
World, US, Mexico are preloaded. Others through manual import via iTunes
version (3.1) of the IOC World Bird Names list.
??
Life List
Very Robust listing capabilities on eBird website, only simple listing (trip counters) on app
Robust listing capabilities built into app
Limited listing capabilities
Limited listing capabilities
State List
All sightings entered are automatically included in world, Country, State, County and patch lists; and also all of the above for life, year and month
Yes, customizable but requires work and learning curve
No
No
Custom Lists
on eBird
Yes
Yes
Coming Soon
Taxonomies supported
Clements / AOU / eBird
Clements / AOU / eBird and IOC, plus ability to upload custom taxoNomies
IOC
Clements / AOU / eBird and IOC
Realtime Confirmation of Rare or Notables
Yes
No
No
No
Track Observation Time
Yes
Yes
 ??
??
Quick Entry
Yes
 Yes
??
?? 
1-tap entry for birds on list
Yes
Yes
No
No
Code Entry
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Custom Search
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Ability to create checklists in the field when there is No cell connection
Yes + download location-specifc checklist with data connection.
Yes - 'offline' checklist only
Yes - 'offline' checklist only
Yes - 'offline' checklist only
BackUp
Automatic to eBird
iTunes, FTP, DropBox
??
Yes
Export
Direct to eBird
export in eBird format, or other programs. Export .kmz file for mapping. Export to DropBox.
??
Exports to Birdstack, and uploads to box.net for backup
Email Lists
Yes
Yes
No
No
Support for Non-Bird Observations
No
Yes, requires manually uploading appropriate checklist
No
No
Other Stuff
BirdLog
Birdwatcher’s Diary
Lifebirds Journal
My Bird Observations
Developer
BirdsInTheHand
Steven's Creek Software
Eucled Design LLC
Gina Aguilera
Version
1.5.2 iOS
--
1.6 Android
5.1.1 iOS
1.1.4
3.8.0
Last Release Date
1/9/13 iOS
--
7/23/12 Android
1/11/13
7/23/12

Apple - 7/2/2012

Android - 6/9/2012

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