Nokia Sports Tracker

I’ve found a wonderful use for my smart phone: monitoring where I cycle and sharing the routes with friends.

When I first got my Nokia E71 I remember seeing a program called Nokia Sports Tracker was available, but I presumed it was some way of keeping a handle on the scores of games and so did nothing with it. Then, a couple of months ago, I was talking to a friend about cycling and he asked me if I’d been using the software. When I told him why I’d disregarded it he laughed, adding that he’d done the same thing until he’d started looking for something to monitoring his running and a search had flagged this program.

It turned out that sports tracking has nothing to do with keeping up to date the latest scores; it’s actually a combination of diary, route planner, GPS and stopwatch. The type of thing that costs a few hundred from Gaiman, but Nokia are giving away for free.

Since this revelation I’ve been playing with the software on a daily basis and so far I’m very impressed. It does everything a runner or cyclist could want, and allows you to upload everything so the routes and times can be shared with others. It will even do live public monitoring should you so wish.

At its most basic you can use the programme to link into the GPS network, show you a map of where you went, at what speed and what distance and height you traversed. Further features give the option to plot out standard routes, monitor cumulative data (how many times you’ve run that route, total distance travelled, total time taken) and show times in a graph format so you can see if you’re performance is improving. On top of this you can upload all (or some) of your data to Nokia and allow it to be viewable by others (as a whole or purely route by route).

Given all this it is unsurprising that in 2009 the software won an award for xxx, although it should be noted that it is still marked as being at beta stage so the free bit my vanish.

It’s a brilliant bit of software, with no obvious flaws, so grab it while you can rather than spending a fortune on a separate device.