Improving Habits: HabitBull Or HabitHub?

John Maxwell once said, “Discipline gets you going, habit keeps you going”. I took that message to heart and took some time to test out both HabitBull and HabitHub to see the pros and cons of each app.

A comparison between HabitBull and HabitHub found that both allows you to track your habit patterns well. HabitBull is simple to use while HabitHub may take more time to learn. Features wise, HabitHub offers more features that could help you keep better track of your key habits.

Between ease of use on HabitBull and a features rich HabitHub, finding out more about both app’s strong and weak points as you read on will save you the time and effort to download the apps to test them out yourself.

HabitBull’s Intuitiveness VS HabitHub’s Features

At first glance of the homepage of both apps, the immediate inclination is to feel that HabitBull’s interface looks less modern than HabitHub’s interface.

Once you start using both apps to create habits that you want to cultivate, you will realise that the differences don’t end at how the interface looks.

Homepage on HabitBull
Homepage on HabitHub
Adding a new habit on HabitBull
Adding a new habit on HabitHub

Although HabitBull generally takes the lead in terms of how intuitive it is to use, in my experience of using both apps, it loses out to HabitHub when creating a new habit.

When creating a new habit, HabitHub allowed for a faster process of creating a new habit whereas HabitBull seemed to have taken longer for me, particularly because I went to scroll through the “Habit Category” option to see where the habit would best fit.

As I used the app, I realised that you could minimise this drawback of HabitBull by skipping past the “Habit Category” input by just keeping it at “Other” to quicken the process of creating a new habit.

After I implemented this change in how I used HabitBull, the intuitiveness of creating a new habit between HabitBull and HabitHub became on par.

Beyond that, much of what makes HabitBull more intuitive than HabitHub lies in the user experience after the creation of a habit.

Monthly habit tracking on HabitBull
Monthly habit tracking on HabitHub

In the monthly habit tracking view on HabitBull, all the options are clearly laid out.

Tapping on the dates in HabitBull will quickly toggle between “done”, “undone” or “unset” for a particular task on a particular date.

In HabitHub, more guesswork is involved. You’d have to tap on a date in the monthly tracking view to bring up options to add a journal note.

That said, HabitHub does have more features as compared to HabitBull based on my experience of using it.

For one, it allows you to add a phrase to Siri to mark a habit as done – this can be set up when you are creating a new habit.

HabitHub also has this feature they term as the “Multi-step timer”.

This is similar to the Pomodoro technique and can be useful for habits that are more time-sensitive.

So this is how HabitBull is more intuitive and how HabitHub has more features.

Next, we will dive deeper into the main features of both apps so that you’d get a better idea regarding which app is more suitable for you.

Main Features Of HabitBull & HabitHub: How They Compare

2Platforms AvailabilityiOS, AndroidiOS, Android
3Day viewAvailableAvailable
4Week viewAvailableAvailable
5Month viewAvailableAvailable
6TimerNot availableAvailable
7Voice command to mark a habit as “done”Not availableAvailable but doesn’t work when tested
8Adding notesAvailableAvailable
Overall comparison between HabitBull & HabitHub

Out of the 7 features excluding pricing and platform availability, HabitBull has 5 features available.

Out of the 7 features excluding pricing and platform availability, HabitHub has 7 features available.

By now, you probably can see how I’ve found HabitHub to have more features than HabitBull.

As we go into each of the 9 features, you will also see how I’ve found HabitBull to be more intuitive than HabitHub.

1) Pricing

Popup message encouraging you to buy HabitBull premium

For HabitBull, the moment you enter the app, you will be faced with a pop-up message encouraging you to purchase the premium version of the app.

The premium version of HabitBull is based on an annual subscription of USD 20.

While the premium version allows you to track up to 100 habits. The free version will allow you to track up to 5 habits.

I’ve found this to be more than sufficient as it is unlikely for one to be working on cultivating more than 5 habits anyway.

HabitHub seemed to be free as I couldn’t find any purchase button.

However, the moment you’ve created 3 habits and try to create the 4th habit, the app will prompt you to upgrade to the premium option.

The premium version of HabitHub will allow for an unlimited number of habits and timers you can create and will cost you around USD 3.50.

Unlike HabitBull which works on an annual subscription basis, you only need to pay a one time fee with HabitHub.

As both apps are roughly similar in how they function, if you do have a need to track quite a few habits, then HabitHub will probably be more worth it for you.

2) Platform availability

Both HabitBull and HabitHub are available on the same platforms – iOS and Android so this is not a great differentiating factor between both apps.

3) Day view

The day view is available on both apps, I’ve found the one on HabitBull to be more simple to use and understand.

Day view on HabitBull
Day view on HabitHub

On the day view on HabitBull, you see an overview of all the habits you have created coupled with whether or not you’ve completed them for the day.

Tapping on the name of each habit will bring you to the month view.

Tapping on the small circle on the right of the screen will mark the habit as either “done”, “undone” or “blank”.

At the top of the screen, the options to either add or edit a habit is clearly shown.

The day view on HabitHub is found in the “Timeline” tab of the app.

Similarly, you will find an overview of all the habits you have created.

Tapping on done will either mark the habit as done or bring you into timer mode (a feature we will discuss in greater detail later) for a timed habit,

Once you tap on done, there is no way for you to undo it from the day view screen again.

For that, you will have to tap into the “I” icon to go into the month view and tap on the date where you can change the status of the habit to “skip”.

Even after you have changed the status of the habit to “skip”, going back to the day view on HabitHub will still show the habit as being “done”.

On HabitBull, all you need to do is tap on the circle icon to cycle between options with no need to switch between day and month view like on HabitHub.

My experience with how HabitBull gives an accurate reading of the status of my habits and how it allows me to do the essential things in one place on the day view certainly makes me favour it more just based on this.

4) Week view

The week view is available on both HabitBull and HabitHub. Similar to how I preferred HabitBull’s day view, I also prefer HabitBull for this.

Week view on HabitBull
Week view on HabitHub

HabitBull’s week view is very similar to its day view.

You can tap on any of the week’s circular icon to mark a habit as “done”, “undone” or “unset”.

The top portion of the screen like the day view also includes options to edit/add habits.

On HabitHub, the week view is purely for you to see an overview of how you’ve done for your various habits.

Unlike its day view, the week view doesn’t allow you to mark a habit as “done”.

Tapping on a habit will bring you to the month view. But as I’ve discovered, even the month view takes some getting used to.

5) Month view

We’ve talked much about the month view for HabitHub, but its a feature that’s available on HabitBull as well.

Month view on HabitBull
Month view on HabitHub

On HabitBull, the month view is easily accessible through the “Monthly” option at the bottom of the screen.

The colour coding of the status of the habits for each day helps make HabitBull more intuitive.

There is not much thinking required for the marking of habits on the app. As with all the other views on HabitBull, all you need to the is tap on the corresponding date/circle to cycle through the status of a habit of a date.

Options to add a new habit, edit a habit, remind about a habit, add a note, and mark a range of dates to change status are clearly shown on the top of the screen.

In addition to all that, there are 10 statistics and some graphs you can view as you scroll down.

On HabitHub, the month view is not so easily accessible and can only be reached via the “day view” or “progress” tabs.

More thinking is involved with the marking of the status on HabitHub.

Tapping on a date in the month view marks a habit as “done” on that day. Tapping it again brings up the options to either mark that day as “skipped” or to add a journal note.

It is worth noting that once you’ve marked a date as done on HabitHub, there is no going back as well and you’d only be able to cycle between “done” and “skipped” from thereon.

That said, you can reset all track record by scrolling to the bottom of the month view and tapping on “Reset Track Record Statistics”.

Like HabitBull, although to a lesser extent, as you scroll down, you will be able to see a few different graphs and statistics.

6) Timer

The timer is a feature only available on HabitHub. It was briefly covered in the beginning of this article, we’ll talk more about it here.

Multi-step timer on HabitHub

While I haven’t found this feature to be especially useful as I use the Forest app extensively for my timer needs, I can see how it could be useful to some.

This feature can be especially useful for study sessions or for any habit that requires you to put in a set amount of time.

You can set up multiple steps in the timer and can build routines within the habit.

These timers that you set up with all the different steps can be tagged to a habit such that the timer will run whenever you try to complete a habit.

As HabitHub is a freemium app, on the free version of the app, you can only set up 1 timer.

On the full version of the app, you can set up an unlimited number of timers.

7) Voice command to mark a habit as “done”

This feature is supposedly available on HabitHub but didn’t work when I tested it out.

Trying out voice command on HabitHub didn’t work.

I tried adding a voice command for Siri to be able to recognise when I’ve completed a task but that didn’t turn out so well.

8) Adding notes

The adding of notes to dates for a habit is available on both HabitBull and HabitHub.

Adding a note on HabitBull
Adding a note on HabitHub

You can add notes in the day, week and month view on HabitHub by either long tapping on a date or tapping on the “add note” button and then, tapping on a date.

To view/edit a note, you can long tap on a date.

On HabitHub, you can only add a note in the month view. But similarly, you tap on a date and then tap on “add journal note” to add a note.

Tapping on an added note will allow you to either view or change the note.

Overall, I do prefer HabitBull for this feature as it’s more aesthetically pleasing and more intuitive for me.

9) Reminders

Reminders is a feature that’s available on both HabitBull and HabitHub.

Setting up reminders on HabitBull
Setting up reminders on HabitHub

To set up reminders on HabitBull, you have to first create the habit and be in the month view.

From there, I tried to see how many reminders you can create before it stopped you and I discovered that it seemed like I could create an unlimited number of reminders!

To set up reminders on HabitHub, you can choose to set it up as you create a habit or edit it later after you’ve created the habit.

Like HabitBull, but more automated, HabitHub allows you the option of nagging until you’re done.

You can also choose for HabitHub to remind you a set number of times in a given time frame that you want to perform your habit.

Custom reminders, that are more manual like the ones on HabitBull can also be set up on HabitHub.

For this feature, I’d prefer HabitHub’s as its more automated and so I don’t have to think too much about the minute details of when I want to be reminded to complete a certain habit.

You’ve now a better overview of how HabitBull and HabitHub compares.

For you, the popup each time you open the HabitBull app might be enough to make you choose HabitHub.

Or maybe, the intuitiveness of HabitBull is what you’re mainly looking for and you’ve decided to go for it.

Still, maybe, you’re undecided on which app to use to track your habits, if so, you may want to check out a comparison between Things 3 and TickTick.

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