Runtastic is a popular app used to monitor physical activities, specially jogging sessions, but it also monitors more than 60 physical activities, such as walking, soccer, and cycling.
It’s an easy app to find, all you have to do is to download it from Google Play Store and install it. To begin using it, you have to synchronize it with you Gmail or Facebook account. Once you’ve done it, all you have to do is to enjoy it. It’s important to mention that the app can be synchronize with heart rate monitor or smartwatch, giving you an accurate monitoring.
The main interface is intuitive and simple. On the top left corner you can find the menu button, where you can have access to history, status, routes (Pro), interval training(Pro), training plans (Paid), story running (paid) e config.
The picture on the left is our activity environment, and here we choose the data we want to visualize. We also choose if we want to sync with our music library. On the top right we find the option “start activity”. It will take us to the submenu where we can manage training configurations, such as route, if we want to listen to music, or if we have a wearable to connect, among other things. During training, we have access to more than just the previous chosen data; for instance, if you are using the running option, you can have access to a GPS-oriented map, and training results in km. At the end of training the app will give you a simple and brief summary.
The app is useful for the amateur as well as for the experienced runner. Runstatic gives you everything you can expect from a monitoring app.
The app worked well during training, and the battery consumption was as expected, if we draw comparisons to apps with the competition. The app takes a bit more than 40 MB.
To sum up, this is a very interesting app, but there are a few aspects which can be improved, namely the amount of advertisements which are as big as the entire screen. I noticed during the running test that I lost the GPS signal a few times. Later it would come back, and the app would update my position. However, this kind of thing didn’t happen with other training apps I had the opportunity to test. Finally, I’m not quite sure about the precision of the remaining monitoring activities. Once again I call your attention to the app’s clean look, offering the user an intuitive environment. Even though it works perfectly when used by an experienced runner, I believe that Runtastic is an excellent app for those who are beginners in running with their smartphone.
Note: Review made by Miguel Barros in android-emotions.pt and translated by Anderson Antunes