- Accurate GPS
- Modern interface
- No iPod controls
- Lacks Twitter/Facebook integration
The Endomondo Sports Tracker (Free) is a GPS-assisted iPhone app designed to track your running, cycling, or hiking workouts. You can really use Endomondo for any type of outdoor workout, but I tested it for running to determine how it stacks up against my favorite iPhone running apps.
Features and interface
Endomondo has a very clean and modern interface. I like that it is relatively uncluttered, and the modern design is refreshing compared to some other running apps. Distance and time are displayed in the largest numbers, while speed and average speed are listed underneath in slightly smaller numbers. I was able to see the numbers pretty easily while running, but there are a number of icons and buttons on the run detail page that take up unnecessary space. It seems to me that more running details (like distance remaining, for example) could be added if some of these buttons were downsized or eliminated altogether.
I do like that you can customize what is shown in which area of the screen (duration, distance, speed, and average speed are the only options), although it’s not readily apparent how you change these settings. For new users, here’s a tip: you have to tap and hold over the item you want to change.
From Endomondo’s run detail page, you can customize your audio feedback, including setting voice alerts for time and distance, lap time, and goal. Endomondo also includes a neat PepTalk feature, where you can receive messages sent from friends from Endomondo.com. It is a neat feature, but it would be a lot cooler if it integrated with Twitter or Facebook for getting messages. On the detail page, you can also set distance goals, view your route on a map, or start a countdown.
No iPod controls
Endomondo doesn’t include any reporting features within the app, but each workout is transferred automatically to Endomondo.com, where you can analyze your workouts, set up virtual competitions, or interact with the online community.
Although you can listen to your iPod music while using Endomondo, there is no way to control your playlist within the app. This is a big downside for a running app, since having to switch to your iPod just to change a track is kind of annoying in the midst of a run.
On a positive note, the GPS tracker was very accurate in my testing. It picked up a connection quickly, maintained it throughout my runs, and was spot on when calculating the distance of my normal route.
The Bottom Line
Endomondo is a free running app that tracks your workouts accurately. Unfortunately, it lacks some features -- like iPod controls -- that would move it to the top of the list with the big names like RunKeeper Pro or Runmeter GPS. Even so, Endomondo is a good free alternative, especially if you don’t run with music. Overall rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
What You’ll Need
The Endomondo app is compatible with the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4. It requires iPhone OS 3.1.2 or later.