How to decide between an app and a GPS watch
Deciding between an app and device is actually pretty simple. First, let's rule out the possibility that your decision is based entirely on cost since we know apps are usually free. There are three things you should consider before committing to an app or device:
- The purpose of your training
- What you intend to do with your data
- How you would prefer to access it
For casual runners, anyone seeking motivation, getting started, or just trying it out, mobile apps for the win! There's no quicker way to get started with running than taking out your phone and downloading an app. It's great for sharing, there's usually some type of community support, and you can access your data on your phone! Some apps also provide a web platform for better accessibility in reviewing your historical data.
If, on the other hand, you've been running for a while, training for a race, looking to improve performance, or want to create custom workouts, a GPS watch is a better choice. It's inherently designed for data analysis and its GPS accuracy makes it a more reliable training partner. Additionally, your runs are still shareable and it's often easier to move your data around. Some GPS watches come with third-party software that allow you to edit your raw data and export it in different formats. All GPS watches have a dedicated web platform for viewing and analyzing your runs.