Runtastic Pro - Day 18 of BlackBerry's 25 Days of Gifts

Runtastic Pro - Day 18 of BlackBerry's 25 Days of Gifts
By DJ Reyes on 18 Dec 2013 05:41 am
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It's day 18 and what does BlackBerry have in store for us today? Why it's a sports app - Runtastic Pro. I'm personally already invested in another app but you can't beat free and I may give it a try. As a small note, this is an Android port.

As usual, if you're not seeing the 25 Days of Gifts banner give BlackBerry World a refresh. You can try doing a search for the app or use the link below.

You can trek back to the original post, too, if you want to see the full list of gifts so far. You can also take a trip to the forums when you get tomorrow's gift and give us a heads up.

Learn more / Download Runtastic Pro from BlackBerry World

100 comments

captainronald

Terrible app xD

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Genghis2k3

This android port had harsh reviews before it was offered free in the US - since then I see the rating went from 3 1/2 stars to 2 stars. A thorough dental exam of this gift horse is warranted. Download completed, excessive permissions needed, app deleted!

felixweber

I don't get why they did not offer CascaRun instead. Same functionality but way better and native. They should better support small native developers than an app by Germany's biggest publishing company.....

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nuldahtal

+1 totally!!

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slagman5

I agree. I don't even want to download it or claim it because I'm afraid BB might be paying the developers for every download and I don't want to support this one...

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Dave79

+1 - same thought here

1magine

WTF Blackberry? Every freakin time I think this company can turn a corner, they pull out their pistol and aim toward whatever remaining toes they have left. It's not bad enough that it is an Andrroid port (cause in all honesty some are ok), but a running application android port. Yep. Why not point out that 1 year into the launch of BB10, that in order to fill the app gap, BB requires android ports which are still not fully supported. Let's give away a free example! A popular exercise application, but please note that NO ANDROID APPLICATIONS CAN UTILIZE HEART RATE MONITORS. Which is really ok, since HRM support is pretty shabby to begin with in BB10, even after 1 year.

You know the show, what not to wear? BB needs this type of intervention.

Oh and to add continued insult to injury or more injury IDK - - it's not a free app. It's a free 14 DAY TRIAL.

slagman5

Dude, I agree that it's a bad app, but it's a free giveaway that they don't need to do. So just don't get the app. Don't act like BB is doing some injustice to you by giving you something you don't like for free...

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KidCaboose

I think the point of his post is that it's a free app which showcases poor implementation, like BlackBerry's promoting how poorly android apps can run.

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1magine

Exactly Kid. But if someone's knee jerks every time another criticizes BB then that person will never see the point of the criticism.

The entire point of the Giveaway is Good Press, and Good Will. That is severely undercut by throwing a poorly coded app, that highlights the shortage of exercise applications and the fact that BB10's use of the Android runtime is somewhat crippled by the inability to use certain BB10 elements, like BT Heart rate monitors.

lucifer89

Is "the other app" you're invested in Endomondo?

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DJ Reyes

Maybe.... :D

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1magine

A great application in BB 7/7.1. But lack of HRM in BB10 leaves it as a 'good app'. CascaRun is actually just as good at this point, is native (hence full HRM support) and with a little support could give Endo arun for the money (pun intended).

And if you dig the social interaction and such of Endo, I can show you how to quickly export your exercise activity from Casca to Endo.

wyrdfool

So many bad reviews. And I declined the permissions. Won't be using it till it goes native.

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mamat7055

Comments on this apps terrible why BlackBerry still have to gave this? Android port........ booooooo

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III 4U2NV III

A 2 star app for a giveaway. #smh #nothanks

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acopernic

Why BlackBerry doesn't offer only native app...?!

phylez

Because they want you to think that ports are sufficient to fill the horrible app gap. Probably not the best approach to use ports with such bad reviews though. Thanks BBRY for pointing out that ports are, generally, to be avoided.

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VoxLatina

Android port! Bleah!

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djraz_official

A free ported app. What a waste. This app has poor reviews. First fail on BlackBerry part

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lord_bad

This is useless!!

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BB10QNX

Ok, well, still a few days left to hopefully see Neutron pop up for folks ;-).

djraz_official

No neutron.

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root56

Yep have been waiting for that app to pop up

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sk8er_tor

Is Neutron a native app? Some of the reviews suggest it's an Android port.

mnc76

Its native.

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slagman5

I have Neutron, I think it's an Android port. The UI is not at all like a native app...

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slagman5

It works well though, well, everything except the search function that only finds what you type in like 1 out of 10 times, I honestly don't understand what is going on there...

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backfire101

Installed it, but the permissions they need are ridiculous. Can't switch them off and that from a german company, a country with high level of privacy laws? No I prefer nogago tracker.

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Siya10

Not German... Austria.

Runtastic GmbH
4061 Linz / Austria

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Siya10

This app is from Austria... I know where the headquarter is... should I convey a message to them? X)

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BlackBerrari

The company may be incorporated in Austria, but it's owned by Axel Springer in Germany...

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Anovascular

Lol, another lazy Android port

Motorola V3xx --> Nokia E63 --> Nokia N900 --> Nokia N9 --> BlackBerry Z10

bratrazvan

Terible App like the name ''runtastic'' lol

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RobC450

Why would an android port be included in the 25 days promotion? Who makes this kind of decision?

I started to install it until it needed all kinds of unnecessary permissions. Then deleted it.

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djraz_official

Clearly some monkey who had no idea what they were giving away. Must be one of the two monkeys who just left.

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Gees97

Lol did they really give is a 2 star app for free? Some nerves. Downloaded for history, then deleted..

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ririeisdead

I think id stick to nike apps on my ipod. This app needs an acc to work? Than theres various permission needs to be approve? Overall, its a crap

CyberMan2013

This whole thread and the negative reviews, "just because it's an Android port" are part of what is killing BlackBerry right now. It totally defeats the spirit of what BlackBerry is trying to do for all of the BlackBerry 10 early adopters who are on a Brand New platform with a limited selection of apps. It's better to not rate an app down just because it's an Android port. That only discourages developers who don't really need BlackBerry's new platform as a vehicles to get their products out there. It hurts us all more than it helps. The BlackBerry faithful fanboy and girl community is not a large enough market to sustain the company. Would you prefer that they just scrap Android compatibility instead?

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Flip4Bytes

That's totally unrelated.. I'm a native developer, and the sheer fact that this this is an android port and it costs $3.99 is absurd.. it's the dev taking advantage of us "early adopters" because I guarantee you that 99% of their paid downloads were from people unknowly downloading it then realizing it's an android port and runs like crap. Apps like this NEED to be rated low to warn the consumer. It took this developer a whole 5 minutes to port their app over from android, there's NO need for them to charge $4 for it. Them getting a low rating portrays to them that hey, you need to make this native or its not going to do very well in BlackBerry World - JUST AS IT SHOULD!

And that's totally ignoring the fact that BlackBerry gave it for free (which means that BlackBerry personally PAID THE DEVELOPER COMPENSATION) for their app to be "free" for today. So please tell me why they didn't instead pay the NATIVE developer the same amount of money to make their app free for the day and the early adopters like us are happy, the developer is happy, and it motivates the NATIVE DEVELOPER to want to continue to develop more NATIVE APPS.

This is just a total fail on BlackBerry's part. I'd kill for them to come to me and offer my app to be in this giveaway and pay me commission. And the person that gets that opportunity is some BS company that ported over a junk Android app? Okay we should give them a great rating because they did this! Yeah, no..

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Boots4283

I agree. I'm more turned off because of the application permissions.

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gokulesh

+1.

Crappy App and a Crappy decision to offer it free.

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niss63

Excellent comments.

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fhk100

Totally agree. What is BlackBerry thinking?

Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1055

BerryRipe

Well stated! It's been a rollercoaster ride just being a BlackBerry user and providing an app of this caliber free or not is not the best way to do Business.

Get your A game together BlackBerry! I really could care less about the free apps since I'm more than happy to support our NATIVE app developers by purchasing their apps.

*Fitness Tracker* is a great Built For BlackBerry app which is more simple and easy to use. The main thing about exercise is getting out there and doing it, not going through menus and functions on the app to set it up properly. *Fitness Tracker* is great alternative to this StunDrastic app!

Keep The Faith

moosbb

Didn't pass the autorizations screnn here as an android port...as fastly removed as dowloaded!

CascaRun all the way!! And kudos for natvie devs!

QtHelex

I prefer myself "Journey Tracker", it seems like a WebWorks app so sometimes it acts not very fluid. But it offers exactly the features I expect and need including export functions and data management. And this at a extremely stable and even battery friendly way.

alpinechem

BlackBerry must remove this from app store, a totally garbage and nothing good comes out of Austria. About time that BlackBerry should insist on qualities apps.

Karan Mohal

"nothing good comes out of Austria" ... bit harsh, no? What about Arnie?? :)

alpinechem

Well I don't if that's. Good think. Anybody can lift weight and build a large butt.

xiaohuaxing

I appreciate the reviews letting me know that it doesn't run well as an android port but I'm so sick of the stupid complaints about permissions. "Why does it need permissions for the camera and my files?????" HMM could it be for the geotagging photo feature from the description??

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niss63

Let me select the permissions and I'm ok with it. Apps that don't give an option to toggle permissions on or off, yet require a high level of access are always suspect.

No thank you.

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93Aero

The apps allows photos to be taken from within the app, it also allows for photos already on your phone to be uploaded to the comment section after a workout.

Dukun

From what I understand, your example should require access to GPS and camera, not shared files (as the apps can be made to work within their own sandbox) , but that is beside the point. I appreciate people mentioning the permissions requirements of an app, particularly if they cannot be turned off. Accepting that an app could be doing nearly anything by giving it a huge laundry list of permissions to do so is, in my mind, one of the biggest downfalls of other platforms. That was the primary reason I chose the Z10 as my first smartphone.
I prefer to leave all permissions off and only turn them on as needed. What if I never plan to take a photo and geotag it? Is it unreasonable to expect that only those functions that require the permissions I denied be crippled rather than the entire app?
I wanted to chime in because I think it is important that people talk about the reasons they don't appreciate an Android port. It certainly isn't just fan boy screams.
I appreciate knowing these things about an app from here and in app reviews. In fact, I think permissions and whether or not they can be toggled should be listed in the BBW description.
On topic: I agree with others that the natural choice would seem to be Cascarun, but whether it is socks or a bb gun, it is still a gift!

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Tatwi

Yup. I took back an HTC One and got a Z10, because I do not agree to be tracked and I do not feel it is appropriate for app developers to have access to my calling patterns, contacts, nearby devices, etc. Android is an awful operating system that has no respect for privacy.

On BlackBerry I, the owner of the device and information, still have the right to disable tracking. Remove that right and i'll smash the BlackBerry and go back to using my Motorola KZR flip phone.

xiaohuaxing

Totally not the point. It would be legitimate if it wasn't crystal clear that people complained without ever reading the entire description. If it mentioned nothing about the features and yet requested 100 permissions, then yes I would like to hear about that, but that is not what is going on here. I hate the complaints that obviously come from people not taking the time to read. Many good apps probably never got a chance because of this.

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xiaohuaxing

I forgot to mention, the main reason I hate when I see that people have not read or thought about the security requirements is that sometimes with native apps, it's clear that someone denied permissions then gave a bad rating when the feature didn't work. It makes me frustrated on behalf of the dev who worked hard to make the app only to have it down rated and possibly ignored because they didn't take 2 seconds to think about it.

I've written to BB to suggest that they offer guidelines or a standard form for devs to fill out explaining the permissions required and have that show on the app's landing page.

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Genghis2k3

I appreciate the fact that opinions - even in the form of a complaint - are to be expected in response to any given CB article. I also appreciate the fact that some opinions/complaints will be viewed less favorably than others, by some. Most importantly I appreciate that I m able voice MY opinion/complaint, and respond to others who have done the same. As such, I'll attempt to enlighten you as to the glaring stupidity of your asinine comment.

This app appears to be feature-rich based on the BBW details, and presumably some features work independently of others. If I'm not using geo-tagging (today, this month,or ever) I would like the option to decline the requisite permissions to the extent it doesn't impede the performance of other desired functions. I don't have that option with this app BECAUSE this is an android port. There are several reasons one may want to limit app permissions. For an app like this it may be helpful to limit the battery use, while also using (for example) a music app. My BlackBerry has many functions, but also allows me to restrict some of these functions as I choose. I'm not unique in my insistence for the same control over my apps. With that said, my layman's understanding is that a "complaint" over the inability to edit permissions is inherently an android port complaint.

You're welcome, and your apology is accepted!

Your reply is neither required nor welcome, as it would undoubtedly be rife with stupidity - IMHO. ;-)

xiaohuaxing

Wow. I don't even know what to say about this post. you must live a sad life

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Genghis2k3

Spectacular life - especially this year. Your utilization of the classic retreat of the leg-less was predictable, and is hereby accepted.

Go now.

killroy2000

Why oh why would BlackBerry give this app out if Everybody does not want to give out there private information and why would you BlackBerry give out a app that does not load maps etc.............. I hope you read this and all the other bad reviews BlackBerry and just buck up and give two free ones tomorrow..........

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agarwal.apar

I agree, they should support small developers who have designed native apps for BlackBerry. Atleast, they want their users to take full benefit of BlackBerry features unlike a rubbish Crapdroid applications!

crazycanuck329

Doesn't run on my Z30 anyways

...we are all connected...

NeonGreenCrayon

Also, if you end up signing up for it, you only receive 14 says free and after that it goes back to the basic version.

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drewread

I somehow thought that the comments would look like this... ;)

sjsavva

We all receive that one gift each year in which we think 'why?!?' Well, this is that gift. lol

No thanks ...but VERY GRATEFUL for the others, (except Dr Who). :P

OS 10.2.1, this side of Christmas pleeeeease! :)

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Lumberman

Haven't used Runtastic forever and I still can't successfully unsubscribe from their mailing list. I had to make an inbox rule just for their continued spam.

GjDub

Poor app, Casca run is native and is flawless

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vanrickman

I wonder if I can re-gift it to my android using wife? :D

Sent from the phone of the gods.....Z30

KDB84

This one was not the best choice for this promotion...thanks for the other freebies though!

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thepotenza

Any way to download some of last free mum app? I missed downloading startracker.Love that app.

Regards.

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Ishutter2

This is a rip off. Disappointed !!!!!

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93Aero

This is so funny half the people who downloaded this will NEVER use it, because they don't even exercise and if they've used any of the fitness apps they'd know why it wanted/needed these permissions whether you agree with them or not at least understand why its asking then make your informed decision.

But to repeat what you've heard the last person say about the app/product is is just crazy to me.

Endomondo which I also use as well as other fitness apps ask for the SAME permissions on BlackBerry and iPhone, yes "I" workout bike and run using these apps.

fhk100

Given the poor comments on this app, and the poor reviews, any chance that BlackBerry will offer another free one today (and hopefully a highly rated app)?

Z10STL100-3/10.2.1.1055

imcurved

You meant something like CascaRun?

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mnc76

Works fine from what I've seen. Runs very fast (not laggy at all).

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Karan Mohal

ditto... *shrug* dont see what all the hate is about... its an app, it works... maybe the dev let it go free on AW for cheap, making it affordable for BB to give away... The permission thing is the same with any droid port - so no fault of runtastic there... permissions make sense to me, there is a legitimate use for each permission it requires. Dont like it? Dont use it. Nuff said.

Kobe Barksdale

Did BlackBerry drop the ball on this one? You can't gift a heavily disapproved app as a free gift. I mean we're grateful but this? No thanks

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jayemmbee

It wouldn't even load up

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Randy Jones

I guess I'm one of the few that like this program. I bought it when it first came out and had problems with the GPS, but since it updated, I really like using it. Does great on my outside runs - I use a Timex HRM and manually input. But this is the only program I know of that works as well for tracking my treadmill and strength training exercises (manual entries).

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imcurved

Wow look at the reviews. Is this really bad running on BlackBerry 10? Does it only gives you access to PRO version for 14 days and then go back to basic unless you pay for it? Isn't there a way to toggle the permissions? Is it true that map doesn't load? Creating an account to use it seems to be in line with other fitness apps. However, I prefer simplicity. Does CascaRun require to open an account? CascaRun is a native app, isn't it? Are you saying day 18 blows? Should one download this app and try it out or just skip it altogether?

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BerryRipe

Check out Fitness Tracker in BlackBerry World! You can find it at http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/125839

Keep The Faith

chadwick777

This is poor.

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christoph77

C0038297E Quote of the Day, just to keep positivism a bit up :-).

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alpinechem

Let bring our disappointment to twitter and help native developers. Send your message to #blackberry

thecarpy

Seriously, I do not like the app, but it is a gift guyz... is that what you tell your mother in law on Xmas day, no, so? this is no different.

Thank you for this gift, you cater for everyone, good !

Every platform has crap apps and you always find somebody who likes them...

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Asuhmiaseh

Nixed this sucker aftere I saw the permissions it demanded with no option to toggle off.
Realized then it must be an android port. Sheesh. Thx for the freebies BlackBerry but I will pass on this one.

Don Diego endorses the Zed.

Andy321

There is merit to the comments about this particular app being included, but in the overall context of 25 days of give aways, many if which have been really great apps, many of these comments come across as exceedingly ungrateful and entitled. If my wife cooks me a lousy meal, I smile and I thank her and I take a second portion. If one app sucks, fine, be disappointed, don't download it, feel free to comment on its limitations, but otherwise chill and wait for what tomorrow will bring. So far the promotion, in my view, has been fantastic regardless of this particular app.

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Davidro1

One star.

I chose to register without using Facebook. So I have to enter an email address. 
I chose the "walking" exercise. Then, I remained seated for many minutes while I did other things. 

1. After it took my email address and password, it tells me that my email address has been taken already, but I still receive a confirmation email message anyway, and click on it.
2. The app's home screen has an arrow at bottom left so it looks like a way to go to a home screen. I click on it and find out that I've logged out and now have to enter my email address and password to log in. 

3. It sends a notification message to my bb10 notifications "hub" saying nothing meaningful: dumbest thing is "click here", but there's nothing to click on. The fact that the app is "live" or open is not worth a notification. So, it's a useless alert. 
4. It speaks to tell me the gps signal is valid, or lost connection, or valid, or lost, constantly constantly constantly. Sometimes one second apart. Useless, meaningless. I haven't moved from my seated position yet and it's already showing me it doesn't handle well the most basic user status of "getting ready after expressing an intention".
5.  While walking it gives me more useless information. Gps signal valid, lost, valid, lost. 
6. The calorie count seems too high. 
7. Suddenly many other things don't work well on my z30, for the first time. Phone seems locked to my home wi-fi even though I've walked for an hour. So, I have to go into settings and turn wi-fi off. 
8. I declare to the app that my walk is over. The app gives me useless summary information in a robotic voice. 

Overall, I'm glad to have been allowed to try it out.

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Karan Mohal

Lol wow.. sorry to hear that..

Regarding that alert in the hub, I think the button they want you to click is located on the bar at the bottom of your screen.. the notifications (the bell shaped ones) in the hub are pretty lame imo.. I always wondered that too- where's the Damn button.. then 2 months later I figured out its not the text ur supposed to click on, it's the button on the back bar

Davidro1

More bad news to report. It's the only change I made to this phone today. After downloading and opening this app, I've had to contend with a temperamental device. Hard for me to define the problem. It's all in the style of "grab hold of my phone and not let go". The phone is slow in many ways. Texting is slow. Calling is slow. Opening the browser is slow.

Back at home, I cannot connect to my home wi-fi. So I reboot. Seems to have done the trick. But I fear this app may have done bad things to my phone or it may have sent nosy reports to information collecting entities. Or some such shenanigans.

Note that they've named it Runtastic PRO.

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Me2

The bad reviews aren't because it's an Android port, they're because the application (which many paid for) doesn't work, it constantly crashes out during a run, it often loses GPS, the UI and voice prompts are slow and laggy, the menus and buttons don't fit properly on the Q10 screen, and it won't display any maps. It's a shame as it was my program of choice on other platforms (including Android and WP). Plenty of other apps do better, Android-ported Endomondo if you want voice prompts, or natively (but without voice), Sports Tracker to sync with history on other platforms, Cascarun and my current favourite native newcomer, which is optimised for the Q10 display, Sportrate.

Gator99

How do the complainers figure they were screwed over (as suggested)? It's free, and you're still not happy? What exactly makes you feel you are entitled to something more?

Sent from the future on my Z10

Me2

Plenty if people were complaining about the poor quality if this port, and the total lack of any fixes or updates in the 6 months since its release, before it was free. Though it is funny to see some of the moronic comments complaining that a fitness _tracker_ app with online web backup and sync, photo taking, music playing, and social sharing functions requires access to GPS, Internet, a portal account, and the phone's file system and contacts to work (or, ironically, in this PoS version, not work!)

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Davidro1

The complainers cannot answer, as a group, since they are all individuals and not coordinated.

I think a key BlackBerry employee could have used more brainpower and diligence to check out - and double check - any app that they are negotiating to pay for as a free giveaway.

The post from the app developer named something like "...4bytes..." expressed it well. A cruddy app is not a good representative of the BlackBerry brand. Can anyone disagree with this?

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woohoo70

Ok here in Australia on day 19 all I can say is boomshakalala

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