Are some apps better at finding a GPS signal than others?

What is your experience?

So far I have installed runkeeper (which did not work at all on my phone - an HTC, forget which model exactly), now I'm on mapmyrun which works sometimes, but not always. Thinking of trying endomondo next.

Has anyone found a distance/speed tracking app that works first time every time? Your thoughts please.

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  • I used to use RunKeeper and it worked fine but then it stopped picking up the GPS so I moved to Endomondo which so far seems to be working ok. I think the phone also has something to do with how well the GPS signal is picked up :)

  • I agree fitbefore40, my previous phone never had any trouble picking up the GPS :-(

  • I tend to use mapmyrun but have had some gps problems but that is because of the area Iive in I think because my sons both use it very successfully in London.

  • I've been using Runtastic which has been fine, no problems.

  • Thanks sofaqueen, I will install it and see what happens.

  • Certainly with me neither Mapmy... or Endomondo work if I run under trees

  • I ran in a very wooded section yesterday and mapmyrun was useless! Maybe the trees are different in Belgium? ;-)

  • I use Sportstracker. I have no problems with GPS and it is almost exact. I run always the same distance and it shows my only a difference of 10 to 15 meters on a distance of more than 7 km

  • I use marmyrun+ and make sure it has been on GPS and network for a while before my run, then it works fine even in woods... It does not work well without network!

  • I've used several together and I tend to find when one stops working, they all stop :-(

  • To complicate the issue, I don't think they all actually use GPS. I think some of them find their position by triangulating from the phone masts they are getting signals from (which isn't actually using GPS in the way that, for example, sat nav does)). This can lead to odd results. MapmyRun occasionally shows me running straight through the boating lake of my local park (I'm keen but not that keen) and doing zig-zags which I know I haven't done. Overall it all tends to even out but the results do occasionally need to be taken with a pinch of salt!

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