Thursday, February 11, 2010
iPhone App of the Month: Runmeter 2.0
Runmeter GPS Stopwatch is a iPhone application that is entirely iPhone-centric which means that all functions use the iPhone built-in functions. There are no required website logins or monthly subscriptions and it is entirely ad free.
You can save all your regular routes as official routes, and use your results as a comparison tool to see your progression or race against yourself.
Runmeter continually records your time, location, distance, elevation, and pace for runs up to six hours on a iPhone 3G. Listen to voice announcements of your progress while you run. View your results on maps, graphs or calendar all organized by routes and activities. Icons on the calendar display shows your best, worst, and median times.
Other features include direct sharing of your run through Google Maps via email or Twitter and exporting your results for use in a spreadsheet. Runmeter also offers a built-in Twitter text-to-speech, so runners can hear Twitter replies during training from their coaches, friends and family.
One especially nice feature is the ability to start or stop the application from Apple's earphone remote which allows for hands-free experience with your iPhone while running.
Seems the only gripe is general limitations of GPS technology due to weather or obstacles would hamper the accuracy of the readings.
Runmeter works only on iPhone 3G or iPhone 3gS with OS 3.0. It will also need WiFi, Edge or 3 G connectivity to view maps.