Picking the right iPhone or Android app to run with can be a little daunting these days – a search in the iPhone’s App Store for something as simple as “running apps” produces dozens upon dozens of results, way more than anyone can evaluate on their own.
So, I didn’t exactly try them all out – I’d be doing nothing but running for days or weeks if I tried to do that – but I did test out five of the most popular apps that I and my friends have found to be among the best.
Here’s what I liked, what I didn’t, and which one(s) are probably right for you:
|$5.99/month or $29.99/year
|$9.99/month or $39.99/year
|$5.99/month or $59.99/year
|Dashboard for activities; LiveTrack for Facebook or Twitter; can manually add activities
|GPS tracking; lifetime stats; goal tracking; mapped routes
|GPS tracking; PowerSongs; real-time cheers via Facebook; challenges; training programs
|GPS tracking; 5K-marathon training plans; challenges; adjustable audio cues
|GPS tracking; challenges; compare similar workouts; gear tracker
|Live Tracking; interval training; audio coaching; ad-free; heart rate analysis
|Customizable plans; compare similar workouts; premium 5K-marathon training plans
|Live; segments; quantifiable heart rate data; pacing analysis; race analysis
|Garmin GPS watch users who don’t want to carry their phone (unless LiveTracking)
|Newbies & experts alike – those who want to track everything
|Basic tracking and stat-keeping
|Numbers junkies; runners & cyclists
|Must own a Garmin GPS watch
|Is there such a thing as too many features?
|For runners and running only
|Must use third-party apps to sync GPS watch data
|App doesn’t include many of the desktop features