Endomondo is one of the most used apps for workout monitoring, one of the oldest and, without a doubt, one of the most complete. The app allow us to monitor almost 60 activities and informs users about 12 types of data. This data are treated and connected with our profile. This way we can consult our registry, averages and records. I would like to point out as a strong point, the new update that gives it a much cleaner look and a more intuitive one.
It’s very simple to install Endomondo, it’s just like a usual app. We just have to enter Google Play Store and download the app, it will install in few seconds and then it’s ready to be used.
Initially it asks us to create a profile, or, associate our Gmail or Facebook account, in my case I associated my Gmail account. From here begins the best part: enjoying the freedom of a very intuitive app, as I stated before. This app also allow us to connect with a heart rate monitor, e.g. Polar WearLink +. Very important to monitor a workout, therefore, this way we can achieve the initially set goals with more accuracy, e.g. maintenance, reduce body fat percentile, increase resistance and others.
When I say simple, believe it, this app is really simple, the main menu is nothing more than just our activity interface, we just choose 3 types of data we wish to access on the main display, the type of activity and if we have any type of objective, e.g. distance, calories or workout time, afterwards just press the Play button.
For the music lovers, as an indispensable partner in physical activity, this app doesn’t have a integrated music player, nonetheless, with a touch we can access or music playlist. However, already integrated is the possibility to choose if we want, or not, voice encouragement or an audio coach— without interfering with the music that might be playing at the time — in the moment that coach intervenes, the music volume decreases, or stops, according the users settings.
At the end, the acquired data can be consulted on our profile, where all of our activities are registered, as well as in our computer. We can also challenge or follow our friend’s records, enter in competitions, receive feed in activities that will happen in a near future, share results on Facebook or Google+, associate a photo to our workout and much more. It’s a pity that for having access to a workout plan we need to upgrade to a Premium version.
Decisively, we’re standing in front of very useful app, not only for the common athlete but also for the athlete specialized in the way he works out, because all of this information is in fact very complete and important to the improvement of sports performance.
We can affirm that Endomondo has a steady performance in our Android, occupying a little more than 30MB and not being a battery consumer, we would say that in our smartphone it consumes battery in a reasonable fashion, keeping in mind that it uses GPS, and also associate audio and Bluetooth.
To conclude, I would like to point out as positive factors the excellent interface, the simplicity but at the same time the app efficacy, the several modalities and the several data included in it, also the excellent and quick access to the GPS signal. As negative factors, it’s just the fact that we have to pay for the Premium version to have access to the workout plan. I enjoyed the experience and would recommend the app as being one of the main references in workout monitoring.
Note: This review was made by Miguel Barros in android-emotions.pt and translated by João Paulo Carvalho.