I continue to look for interesting and useful new iPhone applications – ones I can use on my mountain bike and keep track of rides and stats. Over the last 3 years I have reviewed a whole bunch of apps and have found them overall usually relatively useful. The list of the ones I have reviewed is long – Argus, Bike Brain, MapMyRide, Runtastic Mountain Bike Pro, and a bunch of other ones.
Every so often I have come across some that are buggy and tend to be a disappointment.
My latest review is of the Under Armor Record – I thought since it is developed by a very popular and well adopted in the exercise circles brand – Under Armor – it will be well put together. The application comes with tons of accolades from the company itself – it is promising and with a lot of features.
The front screen is a dashboard with a running feed of all your activity, which Record collects from your iPhone’s internal motion tracker. You can also get sensors from main suppliers and interface to the app. If you are so inclined you can also challenge friends, check on your friends’ progress, and track also food, sleep, and calories burned.
This is all fine, but the application REALLY DOES POORLY on tracking your bike sessions.
You can see in the follow on screens a summary that makes you wonder – who designed the application that way. Here is what happened – the result of which you see on the next application screens. Earlier this weekend I went on a bike ride and used the Under Armor Record and in parallel ran the Runtastic Mountain Bike Pro, and Strava. The results did not bode well for Record. Why? Well see below
Check the time duration and the calories burned…!
This is “amazing” – I did 23 hours on the bike….NOT!
Well, turns out I did attempt to stop the application as I completed the bike ride. As I did with both Runtastic and Strava. But Record decided to keep on going. And kept on going until the next day (today) when I was getting ready for my next bike ride. I thought that behavior was a fluke. So I just started a new session. I biked for 1-hour 15 minutes…and then when I came home I tried to stop the application…. Well, I wish the programmer who wrote the app could see it. I kept trying to stop – I kept getting the screen with Application Session Paused — with the option to slide the screen button to Finish it. I did over 10 times – each time the Application just exited – i.e. CRASHED! Every time I tried to get back in – Record went back to the same screen – with the request to Pause and then Slide to Finish – and the same repeated over and over again.
Then I took the drastic action – I deleted the Application! That is it – Under Armor Record was gone. The app worked OK for tracking elliptical trainer workout, and walks but as far as the biking is concerned the assessment it TWO THUMBS down!