- I previously used Nike+ Run Club but moved over to Runkeeper because of its Gyroscope integration. Runkeeper allows you to track workouts, set goals, and see your progress over time.I use RunKeeper. I actually don't carry my iPhone with me when running (it bothers me), but I do when cycling. So when I run, RunKeeper lets me manually click through my route (on the web only currently); when cycling, it does a great job tracking my route. I find that having a record of all my runs motivates me to continue. I also tend to post my runs to Facebook; it makes me feel like others will appreciate my hard work :)
- Strava feels like it was made for athletes. Its tracking is hands down the most accurate (although with any of these products there is going to be some error). Tracking activities is the focal point of the application. With some other apps it almost seems like an afterthought considering the number of bells and whistles. The app has clean and easy to use social features that mostly stay to the periphery. Strava also seems to avoid the battery sucking energy costs of some of the alternatives (although this just might be a personal observation). Perhaps most importantly, it is a remarkably stable application at the time of writing (as a developer I know these things can change). I've used a few other tracking apps that freeze or force quit just when you need them most.I'm a big fan of Strava. I had high hopes when their new watch app came out that they would have me investing in the Apple Watch too but sounds like it was pushed out a little bit too quickly under pressure from the strong community. Happy to wait it out though, but the social aspect of Strava makes it unbeatable for me.
- One of the originals. It doesn't have as many features as some others (MapMyFitness, Strava, etc) but the few things it does it does well... well enough that I'm not switching and losing my history!
- Fitnetix turns your phone into a personal fitness tracker in your pocket - ideal for running, cycling, skiing, walking and other sport activities. It has a great built-in route planning feature to help you draw and follow routes quickly and easily. It's absolutely free, no registration required.
- As a person who has always hated running, I'm surprised at how much I'm enjoying this app (I'm halfway through at the moment). Really good for couch potatoes who want to start small and gradually increase running time or distance. There are badges for even the smallest achievements which help you see your progress and stay motivated (love me some achievement badges!).