5 free apps to run on Android, iPhone and Windows Phone

You are a runner Sunday, but the heyday push you to give you more seriously in training? Dedicated mobile apps intend to coach you by saving your performance to help you progress. Thanks to them, you keep a history of all your activities, your route, and especially your results to motivate you more. eLaptopComputer.com laced his best shoes and the shirt was wet testing several of these applications to retain only the best five. All these applications were tested on an iPhone 5s, in real conditions of training and handling.

Endomondo is an application with rather good reputation. It suffices to read the comments posted on various blinds to realize. Bought it a few months ago for $ 85 million by Under Armour, its interface is however not really suitable for handling in action. A banner, placed just down the activity record screen has indeed given a lot of trouble. The gestures are less accurate current at standstill, we accidentally opened one of these commercials wanting consult our live feat. Another major concern, the application does not include any music player. So you have to juggle your usual music player and application for running headphones on.

1. Endomondo

For the rest, Endomondo is working perfectly and seems to be fairly accurate in data collection during the year. During a sports session, the screen displays real-time distance, average pace of your run in min / km and the estimated number of calories burned. You can access the course map on which recalled the time since the start of training. End position, Endomondo automatically generates a report displaying a map of your route which is mentioned every kilometer and a comprehensive summary of the session: distance, time, pace, speed, calories, hydration, altitude, etc. Sufficient for basic use, Endomondo is very limited if you want to go further, no training program being offered out subscription to a premium membership.

The +; + Multisport; + Ability to create an online course to follow from the app; + Detailed information on the data collected

2. Strava

The – – Advertisements displayed on the screen racing – Interface ergonomics Lack – Poor voice quality coach – No music player

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The +; + Opportunity to participate in the challenges; + Ability to follow a personalized itinerary created on the site

The – – No personal training program – videos of paid training – No integrated music player

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The +; + Interface; + Play integrated music; + Some free workouts

The – – Too many functions limited in the free version – No translation for some paid content

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Acquired by Asics last February to the tune of $ 85 million, Runkeeper counts over 30 million users worldwide. The application, like all others, record your activities and keep a history for you to see the evolution of your performance: distance, pace, number of monthly activity, estimated number of calories burned, vertical climbing, total activity time, etc. Before you start recording an activity, Runkeeper proposes to choose between a free running or scheduling a race based on a distance, duration, or a rhythm to follow. The application goes even further by allowing you to create your personalized training session. We like easy operation, even at full speed since the Dashboard displays your race statistics as well as control buttons for music. Only downside, this screen is not locked, and it is imperative to turn off the screen of your smartphone to avoid touching hot buttons during the race. RunKeeper offers the chance to take a number of fairly basic trainings programs, the most elaborate being trainings, meanwhile, available via in-app purchase.

The +; + Interface, can connect a Spotify account; + Ability to create split sessions; + Ability to customize a session

3. Runtastic

4. Runkeeper

5. Nike + Running

The –

– Not always clear navigation to access the free trainings; Runkeeper Download for Android (Free) Download Runkeeper fo r iPhone (Free)

The +; + Interface Simplicity; + Can connect a Spotify account; + Free Coaching; + Ability to lock the screen on the application

Verdict

The – – sometimes Lack of precision in the collected data

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Nike + Running is the simplest application to use but also more pleasant to handle to resume running. The social dimension is probably a lot and pushes you to run to be in the lead. The custom workouts are simple but relevant and comprehensive utilization of the application, even at full speed, not a problem with a thought ergonomics for use in action. We especially appreciate the ability to use a Spotify account, but being able to keep the screen active locked to monitor the statistics.