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SportsTracker: A Great Companion for an Athletic Life


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  1. quantumrand

    quantumrand Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Description
    SportsTracker is a full featured GPS tracker for anyone with an active lifestyle. You can use SportsTracker to record just about anything, from a walk to a drive. It records all of your path info, including speed and altitude, and can superimpose it onto Google Maps. It's even compatible with some heart rate and step counting accessories.

    Featrues
    SportsTracker has a healthy list of useful features. Its tracking capabilities are spot-on, and it even goes beyond that by creating a community out of its users.

    GPS Path Tracking
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    As you'd expect, SportsTracker's tracking capabilities work really well. You can choose from a full list of activities for quick and simple categorization, and even create your own customized categories if you like.

    Most negative points come from limitations in the hardware, rather than the software. The GPS signal strength can be problematic in poor weather or heavily developed areas. Still, SportsTracker manages to work well even with poor GPS signal quality.

    Live Feedback
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    On top of recording your path, SportsTracker also gives you live information at your fingertips. At just a glance, you can see your current speed, average speed, and maximum speed. It also tells you how far you've gone, how long you've been going, and altitude changes. With the appropriate accessories, it can also tell you your heart rate and help you stay within your target rate with alerts.

    Mapping
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    Simply tracking your progress would be pretty useless if there weren't some sort of visual feedback. SportsTracker does a great job lying your live progress or recorded tracks over Google Maps, providing both standard map view and satellite imagery. It can also playback your progress, complete with your instantaneous speeds.

    Charts
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    When it comes time to review your overall progress, charts really are the best solution. SportsTracker takes all of the information available on the main page and records it into chart form. The charts are simple and straight forward, but lack a bit of functionality. Double tapping lets you zoom in, but only one zoom level, and scrolling becomes a bit cumbersome.

    An Active Community
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    This is SportsTracker's most unique feature. Users can upload their tracks to SportsTracker's server, making them available to anyone who uses the app. Although it's a very unique feature and has a LOT of potential, it isn't particularly useful. It offers essentially no search features, making it very difficult to locate nearby trails and tracks. Search capabilities are, however, available through the SportsTrackLive website.

    Unfortunately, in order to take full advantage of the community features, you need to purchase the full version of SportsTracker (currently $10). Without a full account, you can still view uploaded tracks, but you cannot upload your own.

    Summary
    SportsTracker makes a great companion for any runner or power walker. The free version is more than capable to suit your needs, but the $10 for the full version is a bit steep for just a few extra community based features.

    Breakdown
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  2. GeorgeLucas

    GeorgeLucas New Member

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    Totally awesome review. I actually used this app today for a run, and everything you said is right on. It needs to put the search features in the app and buying the full version isnt worth it until they do.

    And that breakdown thing you do in your reviews is awesome. They should have everyone do that lol.
     

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