nike+ vs run app

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by howard, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. howard macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    I'm thinking of getting the nike+ for my iPhone 3GS. I'm wondering though what benefit the nike+ gives me over free running apps such as mapmyride, or other gps based running apps. What do you use and what do you like for run tracking?
  2. patrickdunn macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2009
    St. Louis, MO
    I'm a Nike+ guy. I like the feedback on calories, pace and time on top of distance. However I have not tried a run app either.
  3. TBONE72 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2007
    The only Nike+ advantage there is for you at this point, is the Nike+ online community. I have the Nike+ Sportband. I used Nike+ for a while and accumulated a lot of runs and miles there before I got my iPhone 3G. Had it not been for that I would use RunKeeper exclusively. As of now, when I go for a run, I still use my SportBand, but use RunKeeper on the iPhone to track the run too. Speaking of which, I HIGHLY recommend RunKeeper!! I used the free version and liked it so much, I paid for the pro version. They are ALWAYS working on new stuff and continually improving the app. In general though, an app on your 3GS that uses GPS to track your run will be MUCH more accurate than the Nike+ system will be.
  4. howard thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2002
    I'll have to check it out.

    have you used mapmyrun before? I used the mapmyride version during part of a bike ride and it was way off.

    possibly a stupid question... but can you use these apps and listen to music at the same time?
  5. midlake macrumors newbie


    Feb 6, 2010
    concerns about running with iPhone?

    Do you think there's any reason to avoid running with the iPhone, other than moisture and possible dropping? I know it's solid-state, but if it gets messed up, would running with the device void Apple Care?
  6. coolings macrumors member

    Nov 27, 2009
    Pensacola, FL
    I use runkeeper. I have never used nike +. The gps for runkeeper is right one. even down to what side of the road i am running on. However, you have to let it get a solid fix before you start running. so i stretch outside with a clear view of the sky before running. While i am stretching, runkeeper is on. and by the time i am ready to go, runkeeper is locked on. it i will start before you obtain the lock, but it is using wifi and cell tower triangulation, which is not as accurate.

    runkeeper has a free version. try it. if you end up buying one, i would consider two apps. runkeeper and runmate. there is a previous discussion about the differences between the two. also, with runkeeper you are not tied to one brand of shoes.
  7. grantsdale macrumors 6502a

    May 11, 2008
    You don't need to have Nike shoes to have the sensor. Just buy one of the items that allows you attach the sensor to your laces.
    For example.
  8. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    I would have bought one, but they don't ship internationally. Lame.
  9. wrdabney macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2009
    I know this seems obvious but if you run on an indoor track at all (which I do a lot) Nike + is the only way to go. You obviously can't use a gps based program indoors. Just something to think about while choosing a program.
  10. docal97 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 28, 2006
    I use the Nike + system exclusively for for several years. I think that it is excellent, although I have not tried any other Iphone running apps. I don't dispute the GPS accuracy of the app mentioned in the above posts, but I simply find the Iphone too big and cumbersome to run with on a regular basis. If I ran on the treadmill more often than outdoors, than I could easily use the Iphone to monitor my runs, either with Nike+ or some other app. But for outside use, no way, I use an older ipod than is quite small. It records my runs, and I can easily clip to my shorts and not get in the way.
  11. greygray macrumors 68000


    Oct 22, 2009
    Nike+. It performs better and I'm a long-term user so I'm more used to it.
  12. Unconsoled macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2005
    Rain City WA
    I agree with coolings. I have been using RunKeeper Pro for a few months and it is great. You can customize work out times, intervals playlists. Voice over cues, your musics, gps works great. Take pics along to way to geo tag and works seamlessly with their website to show your progress and find other runners in your area to run with. Highly recommend it.
  13. alangrehan macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    I've used Nike and Runkeeper Pro

    Runkeeper pro is by far the best... Go runkeeper and you'll never go back!
  14. Pattycerts macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2007
    I use Nike+, but to all the runkeeper users:

    What if you run around an outdoor track? The GPS on the iphone doesnt seem accurate enough to measure this distance. If I'm running down streets then I'm sure its pretty accurate but I'm planning on going to a track nearby soon. It's an outdoor track. Thanks for any feedback :)
  15. alangrehan macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2008
    I find the distance measurement is spot on.... Every time I do the same route it clocks the distance perfect every time.

    If you set up your iPhone right (WiFi off) and get a fix BEFORE you start running it's very accurate.... check out this map....
  16. TBONE72 macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2007
    Ah, another reason I'm glad I use both Nike+ & RunKeeper. Since I live in a cold weather climate, I end up having to do a lot of indoor running due to ice/snow outside. Thanks for that reminder. It was asked if you can listen to music and use the running apps. I use RunKeeper Pro and it allows me to choose a playlist to start playing when I start my run.
  17. Moi un Mouton macrumors 68000

    Mar 18, 2008
    Bracknell UK
    Agree that Runkeeper Pro is the way to go. I have it and it's great. I like to look at the maps of my run afterwards, see my splits, etc. I don't think you can beat GPS tracking.
  18. Keleko macrumors 68000

    Mar 26, 2008
    The GPS on my 3G iPhone is not accurate enough for most of the runs I do to use with RunKeeper. I run mostly either in my neighborhood or on a park track that loops around it. RunKeeper is quite a bit off in both places because I do doubling back a lot, and the park track has fairly tight corners that it tends to cut short on the GPS. So I default to Nike+ most of the time.
  19. Boen macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2009
    I have the Nike+ and also have been using the free version of Runkeeper. I was about to buy the pro version until I did an indoor run the other day. Could not get a GPS fix inside, so it would not work. It allows you to enter a manual run, but instead, I just used my Nike+ for that run. Still not sure if I want to buy the pro version or not.

    One other thing to think about with the Nike+, the sensor has to be replaced when the battery dies. There is a write up I saw somewhere on how to replace the battery, but it involves cutting it open and gluing it back together. I think I paid about $20 (US) for a new sensor.
  20. TomyDingo macrumors member


    Jul 11, 2008
    Austin, TX
    DITTO! I love RunKeeper Pro! Plus the guy that runs it is really cool and listens to user's feedback.

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