Elegant run tracker with integrated music
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 18 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One S
Functions quickly, stylish design, completely free
Only for running
Pumatrac is a running tracker from Puma that has a stylish interface packed with words of encouragement. In order to use Pumatrac you will need to create an account or sign up with Facebook or Twitter. Having done this, you will be able to share any runs you log as routes, and you'll also be able to search for running routes nearby that other people have shared.
Pumatrac lets you listen to music on your phone through the app, or to connect with Spotify. It generates 'insights' - such as whether you run faster listening to certain types of music, or at certain times of day, or in rainy weather. There are global in a similar form insights, which can also be filtered by country.
The stats (like calorie burning) will only work for running, though you can select between treadmill or outdoor running. If you want to log other types of activity in the same app, this probably isn't the tracker for you; but it's a great choice for pure runners.
The ability to search for routes is cool, and you can filter routes by distance. If you wish you can choose to "run" a particular route, and then you will have a map of the route available while you are running. It would be nice if there were more ways to filter routes, or some faster way to get a good suggestion.
I am very impressed by the clean look and feel of Pumatrac. While running it has your distance and time in nice big letters, a simple GPS indicatior. You can switch easily between music, time and map. There's a large bar which you need to press and hold several seconds in order to pause your run. For each run it calculates a "score", and while I don't know the details of how it calculates up with this, it's a nice simply motivator.
Your profile in the app shows how your number of runs and run score is stacking up over time. I like the way that Pumatrac has loads of information available, but at the same time encourages you to get straight into the running. Slick music integration, statistical insights, and route suggestions bring it all together in a functional, beautiful simple design.