Mar
14
2011

Review: RunKeeper Pro iPhone App

RunKeeper Pro iPhone Interface

I’ve been dealing with Garmin deficiency (broke mine last year) and although I must say that naked running is very freeing to say the least, times that I need to “check in” with my pace to make sure I am on track for training I go one of two ways: use my Nike+ Sportband OR just go for the better more likely culprit for accuracy, a GPS running app for the iPhone. I’ve been running with RunKeeper Pro on and off for almost a year. Back then, I had to drop $9.99 to get the full functionality of the app. For those of you lucky runners reading this now, it’s FREE.

Although my iPhone is my baby (my very expensive and co-dependent baby) running with it has made me pretty nervous at times. So this pretty much off the bat, will kill possible points for any iPhone app. However, it’s always good to have a backup plan in case you go for a run and forget your GPS running watch…

RunKeeper Pro is accurate, simple and easy to use, it tracks your pace, mileage and allows you to even load a playlist so you can listen to music while you run. There’s even a social networking function to it where you can connect with your friends who are also users or tweet / post your run to Facebook… but no one I know really interacts with it. Also the default tweet format from the app is a little cheesy in formatting (“Just completed a 6.92 km run with @runkeeper. Check it out! [shortened link via rkpr.com]“).

Also, the biggest pitfall for me was the battery usage, once I started using it for 10 mile runs on a fully charged battery, I was barely able to squeeze out a finishing time before my iPhone totally died.

LIKED

  • Clean, easy to read user interface
  • Voice prompts (so you don’t have to constantly look at your screen to check pace)
  • Fairly accurate data
  • Price (Now FREE)

DISLIKED

  • Battery suck
  • Does not work well with multitasking
  • Even with GPS it does not give you elevation data
  • Does not sync with DailyMile
Functionality: 4/10 (App works but batteries won’t after a while!)
Interface: 5/10
Dependability: 6/10
Price: 10/10

TOTAL: 25/40

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About the Author: Jennifer Tran

She's a runner, rebel and a stunner. On her merry way saying, 'Baby, whatcha gonna?' Looking down the barrel of a hot metal .45 - just another way to survive.

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