I recently asked Facebook what their favorite mobile fitness tracking applications were. Last night I tested one, when I went for a 4 mile run using both my GPS and Endomondo on my Samsung Galaxy S4 cell phone. Below are my preliminary thoughts regarding Endomondo in comparison with my Garmin 310XT.
Garmin 310 XT
Total Distance: 4 Miles
Total Time: 33:01
Average Pace: 8:14/mile
Miles: 8:18 – 8:01 – 8:23 – 8:15
Total Distance: 4 Miles
Total Time: 33:23
Average Pace: 8:20/mile
Miles: 8:20 – 8:01 – 8:29 – 8:25
Endomondo Mobile Interface:
The mobile interface was actually pretty impressive. I am accustomed to looking at my watch and at times am unable to see what I am doing. Endomondo has an easy to find workout mode that allows you to pick between exercises such as running, cross country skiing, cycling, skating, and much more. It also allows you to pick different types of workouts which include; a basic workout, a fitness test, and a friend challenge in the free version, and interval training and Beat Yourself in the pro version ($2.99/month or $19.99/year).
I was a little disappointed with the differences time and pace as noted in the data section. I am not sure if it was the application or if my Samsung Galaxy S4 doesn’t ping with the satellite as much as my Garmin. I did , however, like that the application gave me updates every mile as to what I hit and what my run average was. As a training tool, I could see some major benefits to this feature.
Endomondo Web Interface
I have mixed emotions in regards to the Endomondo web site. I like how simple they have made it to use. I am however not impressed by the amount of ads they have placed on the front page of the web site. I imagine they don’t have many pro subscribers as I think they could afford to remove a few ads if they did. I am a big fan of keeping things as simple and clean as possible. That being said there are ads on OcalaFit.com, people gotta eat!
Overall I like the potential I see in Endomondo. I am not yet ready though, to replace my Garmin with this application as I still have concerns about the accuracy of the GPS on my phone and would like to see some updates to their web site. In the coming months I hope to go more in depth with all of the features, this application has to offer.
Stay Tuned as next I plan on putting Runkeeper to the test.
By Darrin DeTorres
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