A week ago I decided to pull together a listing of the applications that are available for free for iPhone to make your phone a biking computer / tracking device. Here is the link to that summary posting. Today, I will provide a summary review of several of the applications. I have been using each of the ones I have for a week at least in an effort to assess which one(s) I would like best.
Here we start with a couple of reviews:
- TPCycleLite — available for FREE from the iTunes Applications Store; This is a relatively easy to start application. Clicking on the Go button initiates the tracking software. Here though also lies the problem — the stop button is very tough to find. The other bad aspect of this application was that the dashboard (image 1 below) did not want to stay on — the application kept allowing the iPhone to dim the screen — you go and unlock the iPhone screen with a passcode while you are bikiing on a trail …! Not a fun option!
- Overall rating – marginal – I won't keep it
- The second reviewed application is BikeComputer; Also a FREE application – available from the Apple store for download; Launching the application was easy and contrary to the TPCycleLite application – this one stayed with its dashboard screen running and not allowing the iPhone to "sleep the screen"; So is there something I did not like about the application? Well overall it was very simple – not enough statistics and definitiely not one of the best ones;
- Overall Rating: Easy to use but not enough functions; I will not keep it.