'Nike+ GPS' Free For a Limited Time

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    Apple and Nike have a long history, dating back to the 2006 introduction of the Nike+iPod Sport Kit that combined a sensor embedded in special Nike running shoes wirelessly linked to a dongle interfacing with iPod nano hardware to communicate a number of different metrics about the user's workout and to integrate audio feedback. That relationship has continued to blossom, with Nike+ software now built into iOS for more powerful tools on the popular multitouch devices.

    Last September, Nike launched a standalone app known as Nike+ GPS, which relies on the GPS and accelerometer functionalities of the iPhone to track runs without the need for a special shoe sensor.

    While Nike+ GPS has been priced at a consistent $1.99 since its debut, Nike today dropped the price tag entirely for a limited time in celebration of the five-year anniversary of the Nike+iPod relationship.
    Nike+ GPS is compatible with the iPhone 4 and 3GS, as well as the second-, third-, and fourth-generation iPod touch, although GPS and other features requiring Internet-connectivity are obviously limited on the iPod touch.

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    I Actually bouth this for 2.99

    i threw out so much on iOS apps, now i just don't buy any:D
     
  3. Trooperof3
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    MiCoach from adidas rocks, and it's been free since the start.
     
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    I think the advantage with Nike+ is the website and the huge community.
     
  5. ktapaninaho
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    Still not worth it..

    I've not tried miCoach but I have tested Nike+ GPS pretty well.

    Two points about it:

    1. It's not very accurate (unless they've improved it recently)
    2. The website is very slugish, made with Flash.

    I've you're interested, my short review is up here:
    http://kristian.tapaninaho.com/2010/10/tested-nike-gps-for-the-iphone-review/
    I ran almost 140 km with it for the test.

    I now use RunKeeper, which is also free for the basic functions and find it extremely accurate (only a few hundred metres off on a marathon) and much more fun to use.
     
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    For me, Nike+ was the gateway to Garmin. Everything I was able to do with Nike+ I can do with Garmin. Sure it's a little more expensive, but it's so worth it. More accurate, not tied to my ipod, etc.
     
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    I didn't like Nike+ so I tried a few other running coaches and there is no better App than runtastic. Very feature reach but clean UI. Even if Nike+ is currently free I would still recommend runtastic for running or endurance sports in general (they really have a lot of sports types to choose from).
     
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    This app is well worth the original price of $1.99. Hell, it would be worth the price of $19.99. For free? You'd be insane not to download it.

    I've logged 270km on Nike+GPS. It's helped me set goals and get in better shape. After a run it can tell you you mile/km split times and plot your route including elevation and pace. It's fantastic to pour over this data and just plain old geek out while you're resting from a strenuous run.

    As for accuracy, it seems to have gotten better over time. When the app was first available and I tried it out it showed me crossing the street several times where I did not, but after a few updates the plot of my route is never off by more than a few feet.

    It's true that the Nike+ website is done in flash and is pretty slow and can be obnoxious.
     
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    Runkeeper. Its free (now) and has a better community and web layout, and is pretty spot on. I live by it.
     
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    same here. I love RunKeeper :)
     
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    Not to mention a lot less awkward to wear. For 10mile+ runs this is crucial.
     
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    I got the kit a year ago and couldn't stand the little pedometer so I returned it.
    Gps is better.
     
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    Why NOT download it? I liked the idea of Nike + iPod because I run but I was more interested in the exercise then mapping it with a bunch of running junkies (lol). Just downloaded it though I'll probably give it a try tomorrow.
     
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    Isn't the accuracy of any of these apps going to be highly dependent on local conditions and the accuracy of the iPhone GPS?

    I understand that each app may have different algorithms for determining location, just not sure how much an impact that could have from app to app.
     
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    Does Nike+ run in the background?

    Either it's user error or Nike+ doesn't run in the background? Am I doing something wrong? I know Runkeeper does and I LOVE that app. I like checking email and stuff when I slow down to walk halfway through my runs. I also noticed this is just a running app, right? Runkeeper can also track my cycling, walking, hiking, etc.
     

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