Runkeeper vs Strava vs Runtastic vs Google Fit

A brief overview of the features I liked (or missed) with four Android activity tracking apps. I use each of them for running, biking and hiking.

Runkeeper by ASICS (winner)

  • πŸ˜€ Excellent web interface
  • πŸ™‚ Activity view shows all important information consciously
  • πŸ™‚ Activity route editor
  • πŸ™ Can’t rename activities
Runkeeper shows all activity information on one page.
Runkeeper has a sophisticated route editor for modifying completed activities.

Strava (runner up)

  • πŸ™‚ Good web interface
  • πŸ™‚ Gamifies your progress
  • πŸ™‚ Custom, reusable segments on the map
  • πŸ™‚ Flybys
Strava Flybys show you other user that were nearby.

Runtastic by adidas

  • πŸ™ Bad web interface (can only update account settings)

Google Fit

  • πŸ™ No more web interface (discontinued)
  • 😦 After the app goes into the background, I had to close and reopen the app before I could complete the activity.

Synology Drive [new] + Photo Station + Glacier Backup

It took some trial and error…and error…and more error, but I finally got the photos library on my desktop to automatically sync (using Synology Drive desktop app) into Synology Photo Station!

And for bonus points, I also hooked it up toΒ Β Synology Glacier BackupΒ whichΒ  uploads the files to AWS Glacier every night. Amazon only charges $1 per month for 250GB of “glacier” storage! Keep in mind glacier is for backups only. You should still use your NAS for regular photo access.

So, how?

First, make sure you have the Drive and Photo Station packages installed. And Glacier Backup, if you’re going for that, too.

Photo Station Album

Create an album in Photo Station. As you’re creating it, use the Assign Privileges button to make sure the user you’re going to use with Drive also has Browse and Upload access to the photo album.

Drive Team Folder

And here’s the magic: Setup the photo folder as a Team Folder in the Drive config.

Drive Client Setup

To start the sync, download and install the Drive desktop client for your OS. Go through the setup until you get to “Almost Done!” at which point click on the Drive server config to edit it. From here select the “photo” Team Folder, which we setup in the previous step.

If the files don’t start flowing, you might have to go into the Advanced settings “Sync mode” tab to make sure “Two-way sync” is enabled. There are other idiosyncrasies about Drive that I won’t get into here.

Amazon Glacier Backup

This part is pretty straight forward. At least choosing the folder is. Just select the “photo” folder. As far as getting the AWS IAM permissions with access key and secret key setup, all I can say is: “Good luck!” Perhaps another blog post…