Total Score: 29.5
An important part of maintaining good health is exercise. Keeping track of your exercise is a good way to motivate and inspire you. Nike + Running is an app that can help do that. It can time your walk or run, play music, prompt you with updates as you travel and provide you with a map of your exact route. If you want, it can also post your runs to Facebook. Updated: Some apps have staying power and some don’t. I downloaded this app in October 2011 and have logged over 300 miles on it. I don’t start a walk without it. I enjoy the positive feedback of seeing my history.
I can only provide you with my personal experience, but this app makes me want to go back out and try again to beat my time or distance.
Price Rating = 5 Free. It’s hard to believe you get this much functionality for no cost.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 The basic settings are easy. You can set multiple options or you can get just go out for a basic run.
Readability Rating = 5 The font is reasonable size and — with the white background – easy to read. The latest update (June 2012) introduced a brighter, easier to read display.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 You need to be inspired to walk or run, so that’s the first step. After that, I think the app serves as additional encouragement to move.
Downsides Rating = 0 I haven’t found any yet. I’ve used it for nine months now and haven’t found anything to complain about.
Consumer Review Rating = 4.5 There are more than 39,000 ratings and average four stars. Most of the negative comments were about system crashes – which hopefully have been fixed. Many people gave this app either four or five stars. I would give it five stars. I have recommended it to a lot of my friends.
Why Do You Need This App Rating = 5 This app provides you with an accurate reading of your time and distance, and perhaps, best of all, serves as encouragement to get out and move.
How does it work?
- The first thing you need to do is create your basic settings – unit of measure (English or metric) height, weight and gender. You also create an online setting for backing up your information.
- Then, from the home screen, decide whether you are doing a basic run (no parameters), timed or distance. With timed you can choose anywhere from five minutes to 12 hours. Using the distance option you spin the dial and go from 1/4 mile to 50 miles. It clearly has been designed to meet all needs. It defaults to a basic run, which I prefer.
- In the most recent update the selections are accessed by clicking on the icon in the upper left corner. This opens up a screen with tabs for your information, the home screen, an activity list, settings or shop Nike Running. (This choice perhaps explains the free part of this app. But, it in no way interferes with the function of the app.)
- You can adjust your settings after your initial setup. From this tab you can also set up screen orientation, feedback frequency and music options.
- Your may choose to listen (or not) to music as you walk or run. You can set up a playlist to help pass the time. Or, you can just shuffle all of the music on your iPod.
- When you finish a run you can “tag your run” with icons to indicate how you feel (awesome, so-so, sluggish or injured), select what kind of terrain you were on (road, trail, treadmill or track), and identify what shoes you were wearing. This will track the wear and tear on your shoes. A symbol for the weather is added automatically. You can also add a note to remind you of something about the run.
- You can share your run on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
This is a full-featured app that can be used in a gym or on the road. For the person who wants to track walks or runs, this is a must-have app. The website offers even more options. You can sign-up to train for a marathon, half-marathon or 5K. The website has a lot of features including creating a mini version of yourself. I hope this option comes to the app. All in all, an enjoyable app. Tip: Because of the GPS location feature, it does use a healthy amount of battery power. Make sure you are charged up before you go out. I’ve had to stop it mid-walk a couple of times.
Devices: This app is compatible with iPhone (3GS, 4S and 5), iPod touch (3rd, 4th and 5th generation), and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. App developed by Nike, Inc.