Some of you may have read that I began a new exercise routine – running – thanks primarily to an app called C25K which stands for “Couch to 5K.” Despite traveling and a recently busy schedule, I’ve been able to stay pretty close to the regular routine – even finding myself taking running shoes and clothes to Reno, NV, and Lake Tahoe, CA.
When All-In Pedometer submitted a proposal for review, I decided to try it out and found that it’s an extremely powerful app for tacking my progress as I continue my efforts in exercise. There are good points worth mentioning in this oddly named app, as well as some unusual features.
First, the powerful features worth mentioning:
- The graphical interface is clear and concise.
- Pedometer that automatically determines your speed – walking or running – and graphs your mph speed against the time you’ve been exercising.
- Pedometer-based graphs and calculations, such as pace, steps, and calories burned.
- Additional calculations include distance, total time, and average speed.
- An audio pace that you can set (like a metronome).
- A daily goal feature – customizable to distance, time, or calories.
- Tracking your body shape (measurements of chest, waist, & hip) along with weight, and calculated BMI
- The app comes with loads of information in a user manual and tips on losing weight.
- Social sharing features with email, Twitter, and Facebook.
- Music integration with an iPod playlist or the possibility of creating a playlist within the app.
The features worth improving and mentioning (since they may not be correctable):
- The main “meter” screen is way too cluttered: if I’m running and want to glance to see the main, customizable focus – such as time – it’s too small and there’s too many possible touchscreen areas that are either duplicated (music) or unnecessary (info). All the information (see pictures below) is displayed and not important to me “in the moment.”
- The alarm only has one stage for an activity goal: if I’m running a 5K down my local trail, I want a “halfway” audio alarm that informs me it’s time to turn around and return to my car. Multiple stage alerts for timed activity would be extremely beneficial (C25K has alerts after 5min warmup, halfway, end of run, and end of 5min cool down).
- After 2 mins, the screen locks and the “slide to unlock” slider is too small and difficult to unlock (so is C25K’s).
- A 40 minute workout (my usual 5min warmup, 30min run, 5min cool down), the battery loses almost 20%. I’m sure this is normal due to using the accelerometer and additional calculations.
- For the accelerometer to accurately read your speed and make the calculations, the app developers recommend placing the iPhone in a pocket on your torso. Although I appreciate the features this app has, placing my unit in a pocket is not a possibility during the summer. Instead I wear it on an armband (actually a CaseMate designed for credit cards with cards removed and a velcro armband threaded through) in a “normal placement,” but not ideal placement, on my upper arm. Fortunately, I find the readings to be pretty accurate when used in this way.
As you might see, the positives outweigh the negatives, and, for me, it might be more than I actually need – although I like using it to see how many calories I’ve burned. I, personally, still use the simplistic and easy-to-use C2K alongside the feature-rich All-In Pedometer, though I would definitely recommend All-In Pedometer to anyone who is serious about monitoring their activity.
All-In Pedometer is currently available (on sale) in the App store for $1.99
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