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Review

CardioTrainer vs Endomondo

by on May.09, 2010, under Exercise, Gadget, Review

On my first run, I used Endomondo android application, in the second, I tried to run both CardioTrainer and Endomondo simultaneously but Endomondo closes half-way probably due to the GPS is being used by another app and it cannot serve two apps at a time. On my 3rd run, I used CardioTrainer alone and I will explain here why I chose it.

Endomondo

Web App – Sharing

Endomondo has a great commenting system due to it’s simple social networking capabilities similar to facebook. You workout, and all your friends in Endomondo can comment on it. The workouts can also be shared on public using links or embed as IFrame on any web page. The workouts can also be shared in facebook and twitter and can be set to do this automatically every time you workout.

Web App – Import/Export

Another great feature of Endomondo is its friendly importing and exporting features. It accepts files from Garmin and other file types such as .gpx files.

Web App – Statistics

Workouts are laid out in a calendar form with other tabs for lists and statistics which has a selectable criteria for better analysis. The shareable workout has a map and stats as well which is perfectly designed.

Web App – Other Features

Other web features includes creating challenges, teams, drawing routes and live map where you can see your friends route overlaid on top of another.

Mobile App


The mobile app is available to various phones on their download page. Currently, I’m using the android app for my HTC Magic and the interface is very clean and simple.  Upon starting the app, you can immediately start your workout in one press. There is also an audio coach and goal setting. But the disadvantage are its lack of settings flexibility.

CardioTrainer

Web App

The web interface is very simple and secure. It requires a special access key from the mobile app in order to view the workouts uploaded. Sharing can only be done via email so no facebook/twitter integration here. The stats are very plain and there’s no way to put comments. The only thing I love about the web app is that the workouts can be exported to various format either as batch or individually.

Mobile App

This is where the CardioTrainer really beats Endomondo. Here is the feature list:

  1. Supports add-on modules like Weight Loss Program and Race Against Yourself (both are donate version)
  2. Excellent Music Integration – You can select to automatically play all your music randomly or select a specific playlist. How cool is that! I really like how pressing the start workout button plays my music. It really kicks an andrenaline rush immediately.
  3. Voice Output - Great voice and sounds very clear. The app will play alternating voice feedback about the distance, pace and time. It can also be change to activate either by distance or time and change the value of its parameters. Selecting time is very advantageous because you can use it as an alternative to lap timer. For example, setting it to 1 min interval will give a feedback when to run and when to rest. Really handy feature.
    One neat feature I want to see here is having a nagging comments to help push the person to keep going. Like “Is that all you got?” or “You seem to be slowing down, are we done already?” :D

Best of Both Worlds

The good thing about these two apps is that you can still used them hand in hand. CardioTrainer on mobile app, upload and export to gpx then import to Endomondo web site for sharing and analysis.

So there’s no need to choose which one to use. Use them both!

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HTC Magic

by on Apr.02, 2010, under Gadget, Programming, Review, Sariling Wika, Technical

Simula ng makatiyempo akong makabili ng murang HTC Magic dahil nagsale ang vodafone dito sa qatar noong Nov, 2009 (original price ay QR 1,999 pero sinale ng QR 999 katumbas ng 13,000 Pesos lamang!!! kaya’t di ko na to pinalampas), naging abala ako sa pagkalikot nito at sa pagpapalit ng ROM na tinatawag. Ito yung kung ikukumpara mo sa computer ay ang mismong OS nya tulad ng windows xp/vista/7.

Ang HTC Magic (kilala rin bilang HTC Sapphire o G2 kung minsan) ay ang ikalawang Smart Phone na gawa ng HTC na may Android OS (gawa naman ng Google ito). Ang una ay ang tinatawag na HTC Dream na ang tawag naman ng karamihan ay G1. Ang dream ay may physical na keyboard ngunit may touch screen din. Samantalang ang HTC Magic ay walang physical keyboard tulad ng nasa larawan. Gayunpaman, mas mataas ang specs ng HTC Magic at mas improved na ito kaysa sa dream kahit na wala itong physical keyboard na sliding.

Ang Android OS ay Open Source na ang ibig sabihin ay lahat ay maaaring tingnan at kumopya ng source code nito (ngunit may kaakibat na kondisyon na tatalakayin ko sa susunod). Kaya’t maraming mga developers o programmers at hobbyist ang gumagawa ng sarili nilang version ng ROM para sa HTC Magic na kanya kanya ng improvements o dagdag na features. Hacking ang tawag sa ganito. (Ipaliwanag ko ang hacking sa ibang paksa). Ang phone na ito ay hindi na bago sa ngayon, sapagkat may mga bagong labas na rin na Android based smart phones particular na gawa ng HTC at google tulad ng Nexus One, HTC Desire at iba pa. Ngunit dahil sa angking galing ng mga developers ng Android (at sa oras na pede nilang igugol dito hahaha) ay nagagawa nilang ipasok ang mga features ng makabagong phones na ito sa HTC Magic. Kaya’t ang nasa larawan sa taas ay maaring maging kamukha nito.

Ang nasa larawan sa taas ay base sa HTC Hero (mas bago sa HTC Magic) pero bago pa man ilabas ng HTC ang update para sa ganitong itsura sa HTC Magic, ay nagawa na ng community ng developers sa phone na ito na ilagay ito sa HTC Magic.

Nakakalibang ang ganitong gawain para sa akin na isa ring developer. Nagpapalit palit ako ng ROM at hinanap ang pinaka the best n ROM para sa akin at dumating pa sa punto na, ang ginawa ko na lang sa phone ko ay magpalit ng magpalit at di na gamitin sa pang-araw araw hahaha. Ito ang obsession ko sa ganitong larangan. Dumating din sa point na gusto ko na ring magdevelop para sa android. Nagsimula na akong magbasa ng libro tungkol dito ngunit wala akong oras para ipagpatuloy ito (hindi itong entry ko kundi yung pagaaral ng android haha)

Sa totoo lang, wala akong balak bumili ng ganitong smart phone dahil may kamahalan nga sila. Isa pa, ayos pa ako sa SE phone ko dahil may flashlight ito haha. Pero ang gusto ko talagang bilin ay ang X1 o kaya ay Ipod Touch lamang para na rin sa pagkalap ng information, pag organisa ng mga gawain at iba pang kayang gawin ng smart phone. Bakit Ipod Touch at hindi Iphone ka ninyo? Dahil may phone naman ako para sa pagtawag at ang Ipod Touch naman ay tulad na rin ng Iphone. Yung nga lang di ka makakatawag o makakapagtext (pede sa chikka hehe). Kaya’t kung masnatch man ang Ipod Touch ko ay may cp pa ako na pantawag ng tulong haha. Di ko talaga iniisip ang OS ng phone na bibilin ko at dito ko lang nalaman ang kahalagahan ng OS sa pagpili ng cell phone.

Sa susunod ay tatalakayin ko naman ang mga detalye sa ROM na gamit ko, pati na rin ang mga taong gumagawa nito kasama na rin ang drama sa kumunidad ng mga developers na nangyayari sa kasalukuyan. Pati na rin ang aking opinyon sa Iphone at kung ano ang advantage ng open source sa tulad ng Iphone.

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My Favorite Apps: Directory Opus 9 (File Manager)

by on Apr.12, 2009, under Review, Software, Technical

logo_normal1If you are satisfied with the windows explorer then I say you’re missing a lot. If you’re like me who got tons of files to view, synchronize and organize to different locations, then I bet you sometimes felt that there maybe something missing with windows explorer.

Around 3 years ago, I discovered that there is an alternative. I’ve used XYplorer where in that time, still is a freeware and was stunned by its features but soon, I found the Directory Opus File Manager. I am so amazed with it that I immediately make it my windows explorer replacement. And I have yet to regret it. I can say that Directory Opus was carefully crafted and developed by its creator. It’s very easy to use, flexible and got lots of options for users to choose from depending on their preference.

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