New Nike iPhone app: just download it

Sep 7, 2010
Tech

Just in time for marathon season comes the just released Nike+ GPS iPhone app to help runners in all skill levels in their training. The $1.99 app, which taps into the iPhone’s accelerometer and global positioning system technology, allows runners to track their speed, distance and even number of calories burned. Further, integration with Google […]

Just in time for marathon season comes the just released Nike+ GPS iPhone app to help runners in all skill levels in their training.

The $1.99 app, which taps into the iPhone’s accelerometer and global positioning system technology, allows runners to track their speed, distance and even number of calories burned. Further, integration with Google Maps provides a comprehensive view of the entire run, mapping out trails passed as well as documenting the pace traveled within specific increments.

Runners with short attention spans who like to be entertained while they train can access music from the app’s PowerSongs feature. Others who want to brag about their performance can find an immediate path to Nike’s training community at Nikeplus.com.

Nike should be commended for developing a functional app that can improve the running experience, rather than another splashy commercial packaged in the form of a mobile application. Other worthy iPhone apps from Nike include NikeWomen Training Club and Nike Futbol+. Nike+ GPS is a worthy download for consumers looking to burn off a few pounds, as well as for more serious runners looking to complete 26.2 mile races.

While nothing was announced, expect a similar Android App from Nike in the months ahead. Too bad our iPads can’t fit in our pockets – yet.

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Brad Spirrison

Brad Spirrison is the managing editor of appoLearning and Appolicious Inc. In this capacity, he has sampled and evaluated thousands of iOS and Android applications. He also holds an M.A. in Education and Media Ecology from New York University.

Spirrison worked in concert with appoLearning Expert and Instructional Technology Specialist Leslie Morris while curating and evaluating educational applications.

A longtime media and technology commentator and executive, Spirrison is also a regular contributor to ABC News, The Huffington Post, TechCrunch, Bloomberg West and The Christopher Gabriel Program.

Spirrison is married and lives with his wife and young son in Chicago. As his son was born just weeks before the debut of the iPad, Spirrison takes his work home with him and regularly samples and enjoys a variety of educational applications for young children.

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