Garmin is the undisputed king of fitness tracking. Their Garmin Connect service lets you post your times, speed, route and more to the web and share it with other fitness fanatics. But you’ll need one of their many Forerunner devices to take advantage of the services, that is until today.
The company has finally introduced their very own iPhone app. You can pick it up from the app store for $0.99. It’s capable of tracking pace, calories burned, route and all the other info that you’ve come to expect from Garmin. If you’re looking to keep tabs on your heart rate, you’ll need to throw down an extra $50, which will score you the ANT+ adapter for the iPhone. It works with not only their heart rate monitor, but their footpod sensor, enabling you to track your pace and speed if you so happen to prefer to run on a treadmill. It should also be compatible with any other ANT+ devices on the market, which includes treadmills and those alike.
And unlike Garmin’s other devices, which require you to sync the device to your computer which subsequently uploads it to their Garmin Connect website, the iPhone can send the data directly and automatically. So now your workouts can be displayed to all of your friends and competitors as soon as you finish a triathlon, or you can download virtual partners and competing times any where you have a 3G connection.
Garmin has taken into account telephone calls and music. Calls or text messages won’t interrupt data collection and music can be controlled directly from the app, though it’s not clear if it will work with services like Spotify or RDIO.