As a member of the Droid camp, I’m tired of hearing the friends talk about the latest and greatest way to use their iPhones during runs. Us Android users are people too–and we have access to excellent apps to help us get in our miles. Check out some of the features of these faves. You can get them directly through Android Market on your phone or via Android Apps on Google Play.
Right now, I’m loving Endomondo Sports Tracker Pro (4 ½ stars out of a 5-star rating on Android Market), which is the .49 cent upgrade to the free version you can get at Android’s market site. The free version gives you all the benefits of real-time GPS tracking—time, distance, speed & calories, as well as audio feedback for each mile (or km), instant access to run history with lap times and music playlist, sharing of the workout on Facebook and a mapped route for each run you do. It’s also ranked as Editor’s Choice on the Google Play site.
Some of Endomondo’s other cooler features: Beat a friend—you can compete against a friend’s personal best and Compete on a Route—you can download a route from a member of the Endomondo community and beat the route champion. The Pro version gives you more features like graphs, where you can muck around with speed and altitude curves, lap times and playlists that interact with the map; a Beat Yourself feature, where you set a previous workout as your goal and the audio coach tells you how to perform to best your earlier stats; and a Calorie Goal selection, which lets you set a calorie burn goal and get live audio coaching during the run. There have been several bug fixes in the newest version of this one (6.3.3), including issues with crashes on devices when there’s no GPS fixed and crashes when pressing workouts in the history list.
RunKeeper (4 ½ stars out of 5-star rating on Marketplace) is also lauded as a good app. It also uses the GPS in your phone to measure distance, elevation, duration, speed and pace and heart rate. The basic version is also free on the Android Marketplace and with it, you get customized interval workouts, manual entry capability for treadmill and other cardio equipment, audio coaching and ad-free operation. It will also follow your routes on a map and can give you the ability to plan your route ahead of time so you can gauge the difficulty/ease of the run.
MapMyRun + (4 ½ stars out of 5-star rating on Marketplace) allows your GPS to also track route, time, distance, speed, pace and calories in real time. Results are synched with www.mapmyrun.com. Supposedly, in this version (2.3.6), there have been several bug fixes, including improved time accuracy when reading GPS points.