Soon after I my doctor told me that I had to make a choice on living or dying, I started walking at first I walked random distances and then one day I downloaded MapMyWalk the free app seemed to provide everything I needed. I ended up purchasing the MapMyWalk Plus just because I tend to always support the app/software I like. I’m big on shareware and the like.
I still used MapMyWalk when I started running. if you are not aware; there is no difference between MapMyWalk and MapMyRun. It worked great until I became more into running and wanted more stats and info. This is when I discovered that all buying PLUS did is get rid of the ad’s.
To get the more advanced features I would have to sign up for a monthly or annual subscription. This irritated me more then you can know; if you buy software you should own it! I was not about to pay yearly for something I should be able to own so I went on a search for a real application that gave me all the features I wanted and I OWNED.
After trying a number of apps I ended up purchasing iSmoothRun for a whole $6.00 not only did I get all the features I wanted I’m also able to download my runs to my computer in the form of a flat file that can be opened by Open Office Calc, Microsoft Excel or any other type application. I own my data and its stored on my device not on someones webserver where I can only view it they way they decide.
That’s not to say it doesn’t lack somethings; It’s doesn’t have the social aspect, “Activity Feeds” So I can’t ‘friend’ people so we can share each other activity; not that I have allot of friend only have three on MapMyWalk. But since I can export my runs to pretty much anyone the major running app’s I export my runs to MapMyWalk automatically at the end of my run and it pop’s up on my friends MapMyRun/walk/bike app. I can also participate in the ‘challenges’ on other apps witch I do by exporting my runs to MapMyWalk and RunKeeper another pay as you go app. Do I really care about the challenges? Well no but since I can export I do just for the heck of it.
The only downside of iSmoothRun is that its only for Apple IOS since I plan to go Android in the future I guess i’ll have to find another good app to own; or write my own no there’s a thought……