Those who enjoy running (or other outdoor activities such as bicycling, skating and more) will be happy to see that they now have a new app to consider for Windows Phone 7 — Runkeeper. The app has just recently come available for WP7 and as a Runkeeper user on another platform, I can say that this is one app that is always installed on my phone.
And for those not familiar with the Runkeeper app, it will allow you to track the progress of your activity by using the app along with the GPS on your device. In addition to mapping your route, Runkeeper also tracks your activity stats such as as the average pace, average speed, distance, calories burned, date, time and more. Furthermore, once the workout is completed it can then be saved and uploaded to the Runkeeper website where you can further manage your progress over time. There is also the ability to share your completed workouts over Twitter, Facebook and email.
According to the Marketplace Browser app listing, the features for Runkeeper include;
- Activity Tracking No need for an expensive, standalone fitness tracking device when you can use your Windows Phone to do the same thing. Now you can track how far you went, how long it took you, and the route you traveled right from your phone
- Personal Dashboard Store all historical activities on runkeeper.com, where you can keep track of totals and monitor your progress
- Maps integration See the exact path you traveled on a map, both on the device and on our website
- Activity Sharing Share your activities with friends via email, or by posting them to your favorite social sites, including Facebook and Twitter
All said and done, the one drawback about using Runkeeper with WP7 (that I can see) is that the device does not allow for multi-tasking across all apps. In other words, if you are using Runkeeper you will have to listen to music with the built-in music app as opposed to something along the lines of Pandora or Slacker. That said, Runkeeper is still awesome and that drawback is not any fault of their own.