Disclaimer: i do not get sponsored in any way, felt it was necessary to tell this as i see a lot of discussions going on at blogs about this topic
When I started running I did not want to spend an awful lot of money on a GPS watch. Not sure if running was something I would keep on doing, I went looking for a cheap alternative and stumbled in the wonder world of running apps.
There’s a lot of choice in running apps now, but in my day it was pretty scarce. Endomondo got a lot of thumbs up then so I went for that one.
A lot has changed since the early version and I think that many bugs and irritations have evolved well down the road.
Important to say: I am an Android user and can only judge the app on this OS.
For screenshots and general features I point to The Play Store
I know this is somewhat lazy, but I figure there’s no point in showing a bunch of screenshots, I just will list the top 5 and the worst 3 parts IN MY OPINION.
5. Social Part IN THE APP
I honestly swear with Endomondo social wise. It’s a clean layout with a nice timeline and user-friendly way to add comments etc. In the app hower they force it and it’s rather slow going even on Wi-Fi
4. Random crashes 🙁 No notification when en route
I have a decent phone (LG Nexus 5), yet the app sometimes crashes for no apparent reason. Okay, it happens. Downside is that you (obviously) do not get a notification, which can result in logging loss.
3. Pages – Who uses those?
Section of Pages. Nice try Endomondo, only reason that’s used is for shoving ads up our face.
2. Sharing to Facebook
It’s either yes or no. You can activate or deactive it, you cannot choose to share some runs.
(Actually there is a way, to do it afterwards, but that’s just a nuisance)
1. GPS (Device dependent…)
This is very device dependent, but the GPS is picky. For example ‘Swarm‘ can get my location instantly, yet Endomondo keeeeeeeps on searching for GPS signal and can suddenly let you know that GPS signal is lost. Resulting in some weird GPS routes.
5. Easy pause & unpause
Because of the nice clean main page (see below) it’s very easy to pause and unpause your workout without delay.
You can even set autopause on if you’d like, just be sure you do not turn 180° to head back, because more often than not it will autopause on the spot.
4. Ending the workout
As easy as you pause the workout you can end it. At that point it’s very easy to add some text about how the workout went and pictures if wanted.
Everything with a hashtag gets tidily stored in your workouts so you can search on them later (I use it to track mileage with my different pair of shoes)
3. A LOT of sports are available
The list is actually waaay too big, but I suppose that some kite surfers would actually take their phone on the water 😀
2. Startup interface
One thing that hasn’t changed all that much between versions is the startup screen. It’s clear and easy to use. Very user-friendly, very to the point and very customisable (3 fields that you change to anything)
1. Audio coach
What I really like the most about the app is the audio coach. You can customize it in a lot of ways so you can get all the feedback you want at any time you want. Very handy to just plug-in some headphones and no need to bother to look at your phone during your run.
Even during intervals it works great, but that’s a PRO feature.
My Endomondo account – Feel free to add me!
Review of the website and advantages of the premium may follow later.
Do YOU like Endomondo?
Do you KNOW Endomondo?
Would you consider using it after reading this?
I use the Nike+ running app, which pauses automatically when it feels you’ve stopped. Not as handy as it sounds because it gets it wrong sometimes and lags when you try to unpause it immediately. It also is affected by wind Or something, I havent quite determined what it is exactly. Fact remains that the same route is measured as 4,8k one day and 5,3k the next. Very annoying!
I’m considering getting a watch, because I would like to measure my heart rate as well. Still I’m a beginner and those things are expensive! Would hate to have it lying around, gathering dust in a few months… But that isn’t gonna happen now is it? :p
Offcourse not 🙂
I get the feeling, it took me 6 months and about 1000km before I decided to buy a watch
Agree with most of these points. Tried Strava recently and don’t like the fact that it records only running and biking. I would also like for you to contribute on my site http://www.letsbeoutdoorsy.com Do let me know if interested. Thanks and keep up the fab updates.