Apps that survived through 2014

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – App stores were packed with new options in 2014.

Including health apps that track pace, distance, and offer route navigation for various workouts. Kamillah Smith of Northampton told 22News she hasn’t downloaded any health apps yet, but she’d consider it. “I run track and it might be a good thing to document the kinds of things that I do, especially the nutrition stuff,” she said.

In the iTunes Store, consumers gave” MapMyRun” 4 out of 5 stars. It’s free to download, but you’ll pay a monthly fee for MVP features including personal training plans.

Many popular health apps track your workouts and your meals, and are free for Android and iOS users, but if you look at their reviews, many consumers say all of their popup ads make workouts less enjoyable.

GPS apps like “Magellan” offer voice navigation and lists nearby parking garages. Similar apps are free while this GPS costs nearly $45, but as Holyoke resident Kimberly Boucher discovered, some “free” apps have hidden charges. “One of my navigation apps was using extra data in my phone that I did not know about, costing me almost $100 in my bill,” she said.

AT&T Retailer Sales Manager Vial Guelen told 22News an app called, “WhatsApp,” tries to help you avoid roaming charges, but this one also can come with a hidden price. “It’s an app that consumes data, so if you’re traveling internationally you’re going to incur a lot of international overages as far as data’s concerned. So if you’re using it overseas, you’ll want to connect to Wi-Fi,” he said.

If you’re not sure whether to download an app, you can check its ratings right on the download page.

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