| | 05-17-2012, 11:00 PM #1
Help, help, help...why are these nutty things happening to my GPS exercise tracking apps and to my audiobook library app??? Is this a Nokia problem, a Windows problem, did I get a lemon of a phone...or is this the problem of having a Windows platform???
I have tried several exercise tracking apps on the Lumia 900 and each one fails miserably.
Endomondo: the program pauses continuously (typically within 3 seconds) to the point of not tracking anything. Additionally, while this app can integrate music, you can't fast forward to the next song -- you are stuck with whatever pops up...which could be an audio book you didn't want to hear.
Sports Tracker: doesn't always capture the entire route, and even when it does, it claims ridiculously high speeds (1000 miles per hour). There's no way that I see to manually insert an activity. No music integration.
Runtastic: more accurate than the others - but not completely without frustration. No music integration.
I've tried a total of 5 GPS exercise tracking programs and am baffled how each of them fail so significantly. I used Cardio Trainer on Android, and it was virtually flawless (every now and then a minor blip, but not like these -- I find these unusable).
Audiobook app: Overdrive (used by library systems)
On this Window's based phone, Overdrive is out of control. On my 2 previous Android phones, Overdrive was excellent. But on Windows, it is very primitive, with little ability for applying settings. Worse, it will not STOP unless I reboot the phone. You can pause it, but 10 minutes later, it's playing. It automatically restarts after trying to stop the program by "pausing"...since there is no "stop" or "exit" to the program. It automatically kicks back on randomly...driving me nuts! Over, and over...until I reboot the phone. Furthermore, if I restart the audiobook at a later time, it just resets to the beginning, or to the beginning of the last chapter. There is no subtle fast forward...only skip to the beginning of a chapter (the next one or the last one). You can't pick up where you've left off unless it's within a few minutes of your pause.
I am ready to throw this out the window.
When I've tried the GPS navigation, it has directed me in absurd directions. I couldn't understand what it was possibly thinking. I had 3 GPS navigations competing / comparing against each other (one Android, one Nuvi, and the Lumia). The Lumia was off it's rocker...except, it did give very clear directions, but with a very inappropriate route.
I use the exercise tracking and audiobook apps all the time, and this is not working for me. Aside from these problems, it's a nice phone. Very responsive.
Any suggestions? And yes, the location setting is turned on. Auto pause is turned off.