In the last six months to a year, there’s been a ton of development for both beer and fitness smart phone apps. If you’re upgrading to the new iPhone or just want to update your current phone, here are a few apps that work for me or others who have recommended them on Facebook, Twitter and DailyMile. Click on each app below to go to their site.
A no-brainer for this list. Untappd has emerged as the fastest-growing and perhaps biggest app in the beer social networking field. It may not always have the most in-depth description about any given beer — all information is crowdsourced from its members — but it makes up for that in quantity. You can see what friends, beer writers and locals are drinking, post photos of your drink, get recommendations of similar styles and use GPS to find a beer near you – not to mention earn frivolous but fun badges. They’ve recently taken a huge step forward by adding native apps for iPhone and Android to their mobile web app.
For those still waiting on an app developed by DailyMile, Electric Miles is a slick and useful option developed by the fitness social network site’s community members. The iPhone app lets users update workouts and photos, view other athletes’ workouts near you and integrate with Twitter and Facebook.
My go-to running app. Runkeeper offers a premium service at no cost after it made its pro version free. Users can still upgrade to Elite on the site for additional stats, but the app provides interval training, audio cues, current and average pace and speed, a record of previous activities, and much more. “Runkeeper has been a life savior,” says Dan Walsh, who has been using Runkeeper to track his 23 days-and-counting runstreak. “I’m such a novice/casual runner, and I needed guidance and help when I’m running. Telling me how far, fast, current pace has made me a smarter runner. It has made my runstreak much easier and has helped me run faster.”
I use the free version of this app to track all my cycling. To be honest, the main reason is because I forget to switch back and forth from running and cycling on Runkeeper, so I keep each app at a default activity. But I’ve grown to appreciate this app and its functionality on its own merits. Like Runkeeper, you can program this app to audibly tell you your total and lap time at designated markers. One unique function is it can automatically pause if it detects a lack of movement for a few seconds, which is useful if you don’t want to include your stop light time on the bike. I also like that it often has “challenges” you can accept on its website and compare your progress to others.
I think the name sums it up nicely. I haven’t used it much, but it was recommended by Mike Eaton on Twitter for its ability to keep notes on his beers and see what others have said about their drinks. This seems like a fairly bare bones app, but has a nice visual interface and users tend to upload quality photos.
This apps holds a lot of promise, and was worth the 99 cents. To start, it asks a series of questions to determine your beer experience, tastes, preferences and what kind of beers you’d like to explore. It takes that criteria to suggest beers nearby or available in different regions of the country, which makes it one of the most useful apps to plan a beer road trip. One quirky feature even lets you hide macro beers in your list from others, so you don’t suffer the shame of a “lite weight” badge if you can’t help but compulsively index your beers.
Craft Beers ‘n Brews recommends this one for cycling, though it also has settings for running and several other sports. Looks slick and it’s free, and one of its biggest benefits is it looks like it can be used by a wide variety of phones.
I recently bit the bullet and paid $4.99 for this app because I’ve heard great things. It lived up to the hype. I’ve only scratched the surface of its functionality so far, which includes a rich display from average pace to elevation, precise mapping, and the ability to store and compete against your best times. A cool unique feature I haven’t seen anywhere else reads aloud encouragement that others post for you on Twitter and Facebook while you’re running.
Any others that you’d add to the list? Want to share why you like Nike+GPS, Beerby or others not on this list? Leave a comment!