- Fast and accurate GPS
- Automatically syncs with website
- Integrates with Facebook and Twitter
- No iPod controls
- Small numbers
OutFront (US$4.99) is a GPS iPhone app that tracks your time, distance, and pace for a variety of outdoor activities, including running, cycling, and sailing. Since I’m a runner, I put the OutFront app to the test to see how it stacks up against favorites like RunMeter or RunKeeper Pro.
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The first thing you see when you launch the app is a login screen. You'll need to create an account, which is free and easy to do from within the OutFront app. Once that task is completed, the homepage is pretty straightforward. I recommend checking out the settings menu first so you can enter your weight and change the default units from kilometers to miles.
OutFront integrates with Facebook and Twitter so you can share your workouts with friends. You can set up the app so it will automatically send out a tweet when you start or stop a run, for example. While that's a nice feature, RunMeter, my top-rated running app, has more features like automatic email alerts, voice announcements, and virtual competitions.
The OutFront app integrates with MapMyTracks.com, an online activity center that offers more reporting options and the ability to view other users’ activities. Once you complete a run, the OutFront app automatically transfers your data to MapMyTracks.com so you can see weekly totals and route maps. The website also includes some nifty charts that show elevation changes and pace fluctuations throughout your run.
Fast GPS connection
Starting your run with OutFront is simple. Just tap ‘start’ on the homepage and the app will start searching for a GPS signal. Of all the running apps I’ve tested, OutFront has the fastest GPS connection time -- it only took a second or two to acquire a strong GPS signal in most of my tests. The app works well while running, although the numbers could be bigger. That’s one thing I really liked about the RunMeter app, which displays all your running data in huge numbers that are very easy to read.
Once your run is complete, the OutFront app displays total distance, average pace, and duration, in addition to a route map. OutFront is very accurate and I’ve been very impressed by the real-time maps and running data.
The only disappointment I have with OutFront is that it doesn’t include any iPod controls from the dashboard screen. You can still listen to your iPod while running, but you’ll have to get your playlist started before you launch the app.
The Bottom Line
OutFront lacks some features compared to other GPS running apps, and it doesn’t include any way to control your iPod’s playlist. However, some runners don’t care about features like voice alerts or virtual competitions -- they just want an app that connects with GPS quickly and displays accurate information. If that describes you, OutFront is worth a download. I was very impressed with the speed and accuracy of this app; I just hope the developers include iPod controls in a future update. Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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