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Old 19. Dec 2012, 03:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've recently purchased an Android phone and have been trying to find an app to help me with my fitness goals. I don't like continually installing and uninstalling apps so am putting my query here first to try and avoid that.

Does anyone know of a fitness app that will allow me to:

1. Set up a schedule (maybe weekly) of either a distance to run or time to run

2. a) If set up to run a certain distance, to track how long it takes me to run that distance or b) If set up to run for a certain time, to track the distance travelled in that time

3. To display some sort of performace summary in terms of maybe a graph or somthing similar, of time against distance so I can see the progress I am making (i.e. if I run 1 kilometer 3 times a week, I want to be able to see a, 'hopefully' , downward trend in the time it takes me.

4. This is an 'extra' that would be nice, but some sort of way to program in to a run, periods of sprints, so say, run for 300m, then sprint 50m, run 300m, sprint 50m etc. as this would be helpful as I play football (the proper football that is actually played with your 'feet' ) where constant change of pace is necessary. This is only an extra as in reality, I can just add in a certain number of sprints into the run myself and just remember how many I did and repeat. I'm guessing a lot of distance tracking like that is not always too accurate on phones?

I see that Noom CardioTrainer is mentioned in the Best Free Android Apps article, but am unsure as to whether this will meet these requirements. From all the apps I have read about, it does seem to be the better one, or maybe the free adidas miCoach one. Are there any others out there? I read through a ton last night but those were the two that stood out for me.

I'm a little sceptical about some of the permissions a lot of apps include, these two for example need access to my phone calls, and also contact info. that just seems crazy to me.

Cheers for any suggestions if anyone can think of something.

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Old 19. Dec 2012, 04:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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While I can't offer any helpful suggestion for a fitness app, I'd say this...
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...these two for example need access to my phone calls, and also contact info. that just seems crazy to me...
I agree that's crazy! (BTW, are these 2 apps listed on the Google Play store?)

When I got my first Android device (Acer A100 tablet) not long ago, the first thing I did was to search the Internet for ways to remain safe. I remember some very good posts at XDA Developers on that topic. Of particular relevance was advice to be suspicious if an app requires permissions that are totally irrelevant to what it is suppose to do. I'd say that what you've cited falls in that category.
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Old 19. Dec 2012, 04:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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NoomCardioTrainer seems to be the most popular fitness app on the Play Store, and adidas miCoach is also on the Play Store. I have not and will not look at any apps apart from through the play store. I would not trust them in the slightest.

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Of particular relevance was advice to be suspicious if an app requires permissions that are totally irrelevant to what it is suppose to do. I'd say that what you've cited falls in that category.
This, I totally agree with, however, in this case, although most of the permissions are not in line with my requirements from the app, they may be needed in some way or another for some of the features of the apps. I am finding it hard to establish whether or not an app really does need all the permissions it lists, or they are taking the 'mickey'
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I have tried a couple fitness apps. I now choose to do without one. However, when I was looking and comparing, I probably used Lifehacker the most for finding fitness apps. They have a number of articles around fitness apps. Here is just one such article:

http://lifehacker.com/5607322/five-b...e-fitness-apps

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Thanks for the link, I don't remember actually coming across any of those when I was browsing the Play Store myself, but then I looked at so many who knows!

(I can't get into using lifehacker anyway, so no worries with that I don't like how its set up, can never navigate it very easily, find it next to impossible to find anything)
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