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Nike+ GPS adds Tag

Nike has released an update to its Nike+ GPS app for the iPhone and iPod touch adding a new competitive game mode. Dubbed Nike+ Tag, the game allows users to challenge their friends to a virtual game of tag where players must avoid being “it” by running a greater distance, longer amount of time or earlier in the day than their friends. Players create a tag challenge and specify the rules based on distance, time running or time of day and then invite their friends to participate. A game of Nike+ Tag lasts three days or until all of the friends have taken part, and the runner with the lowest score becomes designated as “it” at which point the other players can post comments to their Nike+ home screen. The player designated as “it” continues to hold their designation until the next game of Nike+ Tag. Nike+ GPS is compatible with the iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPod touch running iOS 4.0 or later and is available from the App Store for $2.

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It grabs onto your iPod functionality with steel claws and doesn’t let go.  If you stop music playback using the iPod interface, a voice alerts you that you’ve paused your workout.  I thought to get around this, I could start a workout with the ‘no music’ option, open the iPod program and use it independently of the Nike program, but it immediately latches onto to the fact that you’ve started music going and if you pause audio in this scenario, you’ve again ‘paused your workout’.  I regularly switch between an internet radio app and the iPod program when I jog—using Nike+ GPS, this isn’t possible.

I placed a call via voicedial using my headset while on a jog, it turns out this shuts off the program without warning.  To make matters worse, it doesn’t turn back on after the call is finished.

I’d much rather have the option to run Nike+ GPS in the background and have it track my workout while controlling music playback completely separate of Nike+ GPS.  Having the 2 so tightly integrated has me putting this app on the shelf for now in hopes of more intuitive functionality in a future update.  That Nike+ GPS stops running completely if you make or answer a call greatly adds to the annoying quality of the software.

In use, I like the female voice that gives you a summary of what you’ve done so far at each mile—but the encouraging words from some male sports personality really needs to go.

It looks pretty, but is very annoying to use.

Posted by benjitek in Toronto on January 17, 2011 at 3:10 PM (CST)

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