I know this is supposed to be a triathlon site where you can come get some amazing information on training and techniques in swimming, cycling, and running, but I need to deviate from that for just a couple of posts. I recently picked up an iPad to review it for a client to determine if it would make the implementation of a project more efficient. I have started to dive into the world of Apps for the iPad and I enacted to pass along my opinion on some of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Now you may or may not agree with me on all of my opinion, and that is alright. You can put a comment on this post and let me know why you think that I am just an idiot with a keyboard. Make sure you have a good argument though, because if you say that your nephew was the designer on the app and that is why I should love it, I may laugh heartily at your expense.
The evaluation criteria that will determine if I give an app a thumbs-up or thumbs-down is simple: Does the app do what it says it will, is it intuitive, and does it actually work? I will focus my thoughts on apps that are related to fitness, health, swimming, biking, and running. If there is an app that you are dying to find a review on but can’t, email me and give me the name and I will buy it and test it for you. Most of my readers want to know too.
Let’s get started.
TI Swimming ($0.99)
I love, love, love Total Immersion Swimming. I literally think it is one of the best systems to use to improve your swimming efficiency and strength. When I saw their app I literally geeked out. But once it was installed and I opened it up, I was very disappointed. The app is designed for the iPhone only and as a result, the best way to view the interface is when it is small. The app is supposed to allow you to download videos that clearly demonstrate drills. I downloaded the free videos and couldn’t figure out how to actually view them. I spent 20 minutes with the interface trying to figure out how to play the skill drill videos and never figured it out. I didn’t even try to download the videos that require that you pay $.99. The content is also available on the Total Immersion website. Because of he crappy interface and poor logic used in it’s design, this is definitely one you should skip.
Verdict: TI Swimming will leave you feeling all wet.
RaboCycling, RadioShack, and Team Sky (Free)
LAVA Magazine ($19.99)
There are two more apps that I want to review, but i think it should wait until next week. I will take a look then at MyNetDiary for nutrition tracking and accountability and Pocket Yoga HD. Again, if there is a specific app you want me to review, let me know and i will be happy to download and use it.