Verdict: The best exercise app yet for those fitness fanatics.
What is it?
Strava is a seriously compelling tool for runners and cyclists, letting you create, find and follow routes and track your speed, distance, pace and elevation. For those who are competitive runners or cyclists, whether on a more serious level or with friends, the app provides leaderboards, personal records and comparisons to friends and other app users.
Rather than just showing your route and times, this goes a whole step further by really driving that competitive edge. The interface is excellent and really simple to use despite having a plethora of options and menus. It also supports Bluetooth devices, so you can hook up a heart rate monitor to it, if you have one. The GPS and mapping are also spot on for planning routes.
You can only unlock the full potential of the app by buying the premium version. Although the base version still has a lot of features, you’ll only find filtered leaderboards, daily progress tracking and long-term goal settings behind the paywall.
Evernote is an app focused on note-taking, with multiple digital ‘notebooks’ helping you keep your thoughts tidy. It features simple to-do lists, a powerful search tool so you can easily find specific notes and the ability to sync between devices. It also lets you share your notes and collaborate on projects with others, easily track expenses and attach files, all through an attractive, clutter-free interface.
Life is busy and there’s not always time to read that article you spotted on your way to work this morning. Pocket solves that by allowing you to easily save web pages and even videos for later, storing them all in one place. It’s much more than just a bookmarking system though, as it also makes them available offline, so you can catch up with things any time you don’t have an internet connection. You can even synchronise your saved articles across every device you’ve installed Pocket on, allowing you to pick up where you left off and continue reading.