I have recently been using a little gadgie called “iPhone” during my runs. It’s basically a calculator that takes pictures, but you can configure it to play music and tell you how slow you’re running. I’m not terribly impressed and I don’t think this one will be catching on with the kiddies anytime soon.
Anyway, thought I should share some deets in case any of you are looking for a tool like this.
First of all, iPhone sucks at taking its own picture. I feel like this is really unacceptable. Mainly because I am AWESOME at taking my own picture. I do it all the time. When I’m at work, drinking coffee, camping, getting attacked by my friends’ cat…
Here’s the back of iPhone. This part gets really sweaty when I run with it. So far it doesn’t seem to be effected, though. I’m planning a full sports bra immersion soon to really test it’s sweat resistance rating.
There’s a really small mirror on the back. It’s shaped like an apple. This is hands-down the worst mirror I own. The practicality of it is just comical! I can’t put my mid-run eyeliner on with this- it’s just TOO SMALL. I’m pretty sure the mirror was actually intended as an emergency signaling mirror. I should be able to test this theory soon, perhaps during my first marathon attempt coming on May 20th.
The iPhone can be configurized using appetizers, or “apps.” For running, my favorite appetizer is Nike+ GPS. Unfortunately, this one isn’t free, but for $1.99, it’s way cheaper than most appetizers. I personally have never seen nachos, cheese sticks or a charcuterie platter for anywhere near $1.99!
Nike+ GPS allows you to select your time, distance or keep both unspecified. You can choose to have a robot give you feedback at the interval of your choice. My robot tells me my total elapsed time and pace every half mile.
The appetizer allows you to select your music source and if you’d like your Faceboob friends to cheer/heckle you while you run. I haven’t used this feature yet… Not really sure how it works. I’m guessing random creepy voices patch through and read comments as they happen.
iPhone has a couple more features, but I’m bored with this post so I’m gonna wrap it up. I know it’s a long shot, but if any of you own one of these, make sure to post a comment. What’s your favorite running appetizer?