Self-management is critical to achieving diabetes treatment goals. Mobile phones and Bluetooth® can support self-management and lifestyle changes for chronic diseases such as diabetes. A mobile health (mHealth) research platform—the Few Touch Application (FTA)—is a tool designed to support the self-management of diabetes. The FTA consists of a mobile phone-based diabetes diary, which can be updated both manually from user input and automatically by wireless data transfer, and which provides personalized decision support for the achievement of personal health goals. In this article the performance of 10 FTA-based apps is analyzed to identify lessons for designing the most effective mHealth apps.