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App Review: JogStats 11

by Derek Kessler Fri, 17 Feb 2012 5:58 pm EST

JogStats

Way back in the day when you went for a run, you just ran. Then came the Walkman, which brought music. Pedometers gave us our first logging capabilities, but that was fairly rudimentary. In recent years you could go with a fairly rudimentary and exceedingly expensive GPS-based tracker, but the user experience of those almost always left something to be desired. Fast forward to today, a time where every smartphone platform has multiple inexpensive apps that not only can track your run live, they log it with more information and analysis at your fingertips than we've ever had before.

One such app for webOS is JogStats, a $3.49 creation by Rusty Apps. JogStats brings a level of polish and webOS-ness that some other run tracker apps lack, and has the added bonus of being mostly functional. Unlike some other run trackers, JogStats does not have a cloud backend, which while this means you can't automatically backup your runs and look at them from other devices, it also means (1) you don't have to deal with needed a data connection (GPS tracking is going to drain your battery fast enough) and (2) you don't have to futz around with online systems that change while the webOS app is left abandoned. The question is how willing you are to live without web access to your logs.

Upon first launch you're presented with a cleanly laid-out display of zeros, waiting for you to press start and get off to the run. The tracking screen displays your elapsed time, total distance, current speed (mph), and current pace (minutes per mile). A simple swipe to the right reveals your lap stats.

JogStats

To get started you hit the oh so obvious start button… but don't take off just yet. JogStats then prompts you to select your exercise type, allowing you to choose from jogging (duh), running, walking, hiking, and biking. In this "session" set-up you can also check off if you want JogStats to log individual laps and how long that lap is to be. Once you tap your forward momentum activity, JogStats will look for a strong GPS signal and start tracking. You'll want to wait for that strong signal before starting, because the app won't track distance or even time before thinking itself adequately located. If you happen to live in an area with poor GPS reception, the preferences do allow you to adjust the minimum accuracy. In our residential neighborhood we were able to get marginally accuracy than the default minimum of ten yards.

So you go on your run, jog, hike, walk, or ride, and manage to remember to hit the Stop tracking button before reaching for your water. Good job, take a breather before you check out the stats from your run. Within each log you get basic info like date, time started, and total time, plus how far you ran, how fast you ran, your top speed, and how many calories you're estimated to have burned. JogStats does let you note your weight in the preferences, but for the life of us we couldn't get the app to transfer that info into the statistics. You can at least enter it manually, plus notes should you like to keep track something else too.

JogStats

The statistics don't end there. A Graphs button lets you check out a chart of your altitude change (nicely composited between maximum and minimum height, cutting out sea level and Everest), your speed at any given point, and your route with a heat-mapped line showing where you were fast and where you were not-so-fast. You can also export your info to a GPX file and share your run directly onto Twitter (once you've entered your credentials) or to the webOS Facebook app. JogStats also includes a very thorough help page covering everything from what you see on the screen to errors to setting your preferences.

As far as run trackers go, JogStats sits towards the top of the pack as far as functionality is concerned. For many that may well be enough, though the lack of online sync may be a dealbreaker for some The simple, intuitive, and not visually offensive interface is a huge bonus, as is the thoughtful and not intrusive social network integration.

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11 Comments

O_O... Why in the hell is that pre 3 in the floor??? it will get scratched... oh the humanity!!!

Love this app. The post-jog map is snazzy.

Must say though, for the love of Pete, I wish the dev would make the session-type selection a drop down available before you start the run. Pressing Start then realizing that doesn't actually mean Start gets me every other time.

Also, by no fault of the app, there were times the GPS wasn't precise enough in my old neighborhood. It dropped lots of points and made a mess of things. Fortunately there *is* an adjustable setting for GPS accuracy. Cranking that up a bit got it tracking again.

And hey, I have those sneakers! Sure don't have that pace, though. :-P

I use this app nearly every day its really useful and simple. Pre3 + jog-stats + spotify + Bose headphones makes perfect combination. Same as previous comment that is a pretty impressive pa e.

I installed this app yesterday, not aware of this review. Thanks for this review. I have noticed there is no online sync with a webpage. Don't think I really mind about that. There is a connection wih Twitter, with Facebook and during the trial period I wil see if that is enough.

There is one thing that might be the real dealbreaker for me, and that is support, or the possible lack of support. The review does not say anything about that. The last comments from JogStats seam to be from 2010!

Till af few months ago I used Smartrunner, but after an update of webOS it wasn't able to record and sync results anymore. And Smartrunner isn't gonna update the app for webOS...

So is it wise to "invest" almost 4 Euros in an app with a possible short lifecycle?

Easiest way to view your run online:

Export and e-mail the GPX file to yourself (which the app makes very easy).
Import GPX file to your preferred online tracker... I use RunKeeper.
Done... now you can view your run on the big screen with a bit more detail too. You can share it with friends through Facebook, Twitter etc.

The review really should have mentioned something like this... the beauty of exporting GPX files is that you can do whatever you want with them!

Another amazing app that i use every day is iGPS => http://developer.palm.com/webChannel/index.php?packageid=com.zepalm.igps
Cheaper and with more features such as trace your route on a map, compass, ....
Give it a try

Give it a try? Is there a trial version of iGPS? Can't find any.

I LOVE this app. It's got me through training for 3 marathons. My only wish is to be able to resume a saved session. On long runs, I need to power down and switch batteries. So I end up with two 11 mile sessions. It would be nice to save a session, power off to change battery and then resume where I left off.

Just used this today, it was great! The form factor of the pre is a great plus as well. I cant imagine holding a 4+ inch phone while running.

Nice review, but readers may get the impression their is no way of viewing your run online but there is, albeit a slightly cumbersome approach is required:

Export and e-mail the GPX file to yourself (which the app makes very easy).
Import GPX file to your preferred online tracker... I use RunKeeper.
Done... now you can view your run on the big screen with a bit more detail too. You can share it with friends through Facebook, Twitter etc.

Granted, direct access to an online database would be nice, but this approach is "future-proof" (see: problems with abandonware), you'll always have those GPX files and you can choose whatever you want to do with them.