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Until the iPhone came along, nobody really mentioned mobile apps. Cell phones typically had a couple of games and s...
Until the iPhone came along, nobody really mentioned mobile apps. Cell phones typically had a couple of games and sometimes a basic Web browser, but it wasn’t until iOS and Android that the market for apps exploded.
Fitness apps have proven particularly popular, with many people using things like RunKeeper to track their activity. Now, there’s a trend towards apps that can monitor and record your heart rate.
Here are five examples for both Android and iOS:
Instant Heart Rate (Android and iOS)
Instant Heart Rate clearly has a great many fans, with over five million users, according to the marketing spiel.
Instant Heart Rate measures your heart rate using subtle colour changes in your fingertip, which you push against your device’s camera.
This is a pretty simple app without too much superfluous functionality, but you can record your historical measurements and share them using social networks.
If you really take your fitness seriously, then iCardio could be the app for you.
iCardio goes well beyond simple heart rate monitoring. It is designed to integrate with all kinds of third-party fitness gadgets such as Fitbit and Jawbone UP.
iCardio can also track blood pressure and sleep, making for a complete fitness tracking and exercise logging package, especially if you’re after something that will integrate with your other high-tech equipment.
Runtastic Heart Rate Pro (Android and iOS)
Runtastic Heart Rate Pro is a low-cost paid app, although there is a free trimmed-down version available.
This is another heart rate app that uses your device’s camera to take a heart rate reading, but it is rather more sophisticated that Instant Heart Rate, encouraging you to take resting readings, and readings after exercise, to get a more detailed view of your overall heart health.
Runtastic offers the usual social networking integration features and also integrates with the vendors’ website, so that you can store your historical results online.
Cardiio is a polished iOS app that has attracted attention from various high-end media outlets, including The New York Times. It’s a free download, but you can pay to upgrade to the Pro version.
Like some of the other apps here, Cardiio uses your device’s camera to take heart rate readings. If you use the Pro version, you can find out lots of interesting (or scary) information about your heart rate, such as how you stack up compared to other people of a similar age, and even your potential life expectancy based on your average heart rate.
If knowing this information excites rather than terrifies you, then this is the app for you!
Cardiograph (iOS and Android)
Cardiograph keeps things nice and simple, measuring your heart rate and tracking it with a historical graph.
One great extra feature that is unique to Cardiograph is the ability to set up separate profiles for different users on the same device. So, if you want to track the heart rate of several family members concurrently, this is the perfect choice.