Best run and sleep track app to make the watch a bit more sporty?

MRISX

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Well, I still don't own the watch but I have been inquiring a lot, up to the point that I had the opportunity of using it couple days. I don't know if this is one of those things you fall in love with time, but I am sure it was not instantly and couple days were not enough.

I know the differences between wearables focused more on the sport side, like the fitbit, garmin, etc and Apple Watch, which is obviously much more "smart" and integrated to the apple ecosystem. But having that said I would imagine that third party apps should have close a bit that gap. On the running department I had the nike app, which is great for a basic runner (which probably describe me) but still lacking more advanced features to personalize a bit more your training like intervals, coaching, etc. (compared to what GARMIN offers).

On the other hand, although there are a lot of sleep track apps, nobody seemed to fully deliver. Which one are you using?

It could have been that I just used free apps during my small Apple Watch S4 journey, but do you have good free/paid options for the above requests?

I also noted that best apps are Apple apps in general, although I didn't tried a lot.

Don't get me wrong, the notifications, music controls, camera control and connectivity in general to be fair exceeds the competition by far. But without the sport department a little bit more refined, I felt it somehow incomplete...

Thanks!
 

Thai

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The SLEEP app that i am using is...AUTOSLEEP by Tantsissa. It is good, but not always accurate. All of them are like that...but AutoSleep is the best of the bunch.
 
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oeagleo

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+1 for AutoSleep, and for the running, have a look at an app called "WorkOutDoors", it is the absolute finest app for any activity that is used outdoors, giving virtually any metric one could want. It's a paid app, but worth twice the price for anyone who exercises outdoors. In fact, the author "CFC" is very visible in these forums, and is very helpful.
 
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Well, I still don't own the watch but I have been inquiring a lot, up to the point that I had the opportunity of using it couple days. I don't know if this is one of those things you fall in love with time, but I am sure it was not instantly and couple days were not enough.

I know the differences between wearables focused more on the sport side, like the fitbit, garmin, etc and Apple Watch, which is obviously much more "smart" and integrated to the apple ecosystem. But having that said I would imagine that third party apps should have close a bit that gap. On the running department I had the nike app, which is great for a basic runner (which probably describe me) but still lacking more advanced features to personalize a bit more your training like intervals, coaching, etc. (compared to what GARMIN offers).

On the other hand, although there are a lot of sleep track apps, nobody seemed to fully deliver. Which one are you using?

It could have been that I just used free apps during my small Apple Watch S4 journey, but do you have good free/paid options for the above requests?

I also noted that best apps are Apple apps in general, although I didn't tried a lot.

Don't get me wrong, the notifications, music controls, camera control and connectivity in general to be fair exceeds the competition by far. But without the sport department a little bit more refined, I felt it somehow incomplete...

Thanks!
Buy it, use it and make up your mind. You got 14 days to decide.
 

KeanosMagicHat

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SleepWatch for me.

Decent functionality for a free app.

Not a runner, so can’t help with the other.

Although if you get the Nike+ model (like I did) you have extra watch faces and Nike Run Club pre-installed.
 
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jaworskimatt

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I use the native Workout app for tracking all my workouts (outdoor and indoor running, weight lifting, yoga, and an occasional swim).

It’s so good I didn’t even bother looking into other options (over the years I used Runkeeper, Nike+ and further in the past even an actual Garmin GPS watch).

With Apple Music synced to the Watch I don’t even take the phone running anymore.
 

MJ22

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I’m a “serious” runner and regionally competitive and I am perfectly happy with the stock Workout app. I need nothing more than time, pace and distance on a run. When you log into the activity app after you run you see more data, and you can patch things over to Strava using HealthFit if you have the burning need to use Strava. I have not had any issues as far as accuracy or how the watch works. The only issue I could foresee is battery life for people who tend to run longer than 4 hours at a time.
 
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