on October 21, 2011
I have had this pedometer for just over a week. It is a great way to remind yourself how inactive you can become when you work long days behind a desk and make little time for exercise. It is also a good way to realize how far you need to walk in order to reach the daily recommended 10,000 steps (approx 5 miles for the average person). So for me it is about the awareness to be more active. I also plan to use it for hikes.
I read a lot of reviews before purchasing this pedometer and I found that many were sub standard and had some unexpected problems. I wanted to make sure I purchased one that did not have a bunch of limitations or design flaws and this one met that criteria.
It is clear to me a lot of thought went into designing this pedometer. Here is my assessment of the pros and cons.
* Text next to the lower display is very small, hard to read for aging eyes in low light, but can easily be memorized (time, miles, kcal, Extime, total steps). I would imagine every pedometer has this issue.
* Easy to setup, including setting stride length to calculate mileage
* Many options (daily steps, time, miles, kcal, Extime, total steps)
* Energy saving mode so battery life is preserved (came with spare battery)
* Nice design where it only counts real steps, so it is very accurate
* Can wear on belt or in pocket
* Light weight, thin and small, but not too small
If you select this pedometer, you won't be disappointed.
on May 21, 2012
In the past, I've used many mechanical pedometers. The durability of those pedometers is less than desiring as I have to constantly replace them. I went online and researched the different types of pedometers, read many reviews and finally decided on the Ozeri 4X3 Razor. The price is reasonable and it has many good reviews. The pedometer arrives fast and I was surprised on how thin it was. My other pedometers have twice the thickness.
Setting it up was very simple. I wasn't sure of my step length though. I first set it up to 2.5 as recommended by the many reviews but after testing a few times on a treadmill, I lowered it to 2.25. At 5' 4" tall, my step length is not too long. I would have like it if I could set it in 0.05 increments, but 2.25 is close enough. I walk on the treadmill a lot so have done some statistical analysis of what the pedometer tells me and what the treadmill reports.
I've note down the information after having walked 1.05 miles on the treadmill at different incremental speeds. At 3.6mph and 3.7mph, the Ozeri pedometer is almost right on. As I increase the speed of the treadmill, I take larger steps so the accuracy go down, but not by much as noted below. The only discrepancy is when I ran at 5.5mph. My strides are longer so the Ozeri did not count correctly. I have to note that this pedometer is not made for joggers, but for walkers. It does its counting and statistics calculation extremely well in the latter.
Brisk walking (time, miles per hour, steps counted, miles reported, calories burned)
* 17min 45sec, 3.6mph, 2450 steps, 1.04 mi, 104.6 cal
* 17min 14sec, 3.7mph, 2452 steps, 1.04 mi, 102.2 cal
* 16min 50sec, 3.8mph, 2339 steps, 1.00 mi, 97.7 cal
* 17min 06sec, 3.8mph, 2349 steps, 1.00 mi, 93.4 cal
* 16min 20sec, 3.9mph, 2391 steps, 1.02 mi, 104.3 cal
* 16min 00sec, 4.0mph, 2289 steps, 0.97 mi, 100.6 cal
* 11m 40s, 5.5mph, 1566 steps, 0.67 mi, 55.7 cal
Another thing I noticed is that if I walk slowly and infrequently and although the pedometer would report many steps by the end of the day, the calorie count would be low. It reflects my infrequent steps. I could take 10,000 steps a day and burn less than 200 calories! Where as if my steps were sustained within a short period of time, the calorie count would be much higher. The same 10,000 sustained and continuous steps would show around 400+ calories burned! This pedometer wants you to move.
What I like about the Ozeri 4X3 Razor:
+ Counts silently
+ Counts even when in sleep mode (no display)
+ Memory retains up to 7 days of steps
+ Calories-burned count is differentiated between infrequent stops and sustained steps
+ Accurately counts distance walked (provided that you set your stride length correctly)
+ Does not matter where you wore it (be it pocket, belt, over neck), it counts
+ If you don't wear a watch, you can use it to check the time
+ Durable... it probably fell a dozen time when it slips out of my hand or when it fell out of the belt clip, but it keeps on counting
What I didn't care for:
- I wear it on my belt a lot and sometimes when I run, it would slip out of the belt clip and fall to the ground (my solution to this is to stick a little bit of double sided tape on the back area between the clip and the pedometer).
- I would like to be able to set a "reset" time as I sometimes still exercise after midnight when it resets to 0 for the following day.
- I would like to be able to set the stride increments of "0.05" instead of "0.25"
I read some reviews on how easily the face of the pedometer is scratched. I solved this problem by trimming a cheap cell phone LCD screen protector and sticking it onto the Ozeri. Not a single scratch since I did it.
It has been roughly 40 days since I purchased and used the Ozeri. So far, it counted 520128 steps! I bring it with me everywhere and have challenged myself to walk as much as possible. You would be surprise on how much more you would walk if you give yourself a goal everyday. Overall, I love this little unit and would definitely recommend it.
--- Update 9/17/2013 ---
Just an update on my Ozeri pedometer. As of 9/17/2013, the pedometer is no longer working. I've owned it for a little more than a year. I guessed one too many drops earlier in its life did it in. The pedometer still works but the LCD is no longer displaying information. There are a bar here and there, but nothing that can be read. It was great while it worked.
As a reminder for others who walk/jog a lot using this pedometer; if you use a belt clip, I suggest you add a little piece of double stick tape in between the belt clip and the pedometer to prevent it from sliding out, causing premature malfunction like it did mine.
on September 7, 2011
Perfect for slipping into a pocket and forgetting about it. Just be sure you don't send it through the wash because you forgot it was in your pocket. It doesn't have the backlight feature like the other 4x3 motion pedometer, but the battery will last longer due to it counting steps even when in sleep mode. It counts steps a little lower than the original 4x3, or maybe the other one counted too high, but they are comparable. Overall, a good pedometer for the money. You need to press a button now to see the count, whereas the other ozeri pedometer would display it whenever it was counting. But the trade off is the longer battery life vs the convenience of the display.
on April 5, 2012
When I first received this pedometer it was great. Easy to set up, easy to use, etc. However after a week of carrying it, it stopped working. I pressed buttons, my husband changed the battery...and there it is, it wasn't that the battery had died, no the little drawer that holds the battery keeps popping open just enough to break the power connection. I have now lost my data 3 times, because it seems to be a "learned" move on the part of the pedometer. The drawer opens just enough to break the connection pretty much every day now. Not what I bargained for.
on April 6, 2012
I got my pedometer a week ago, and was very pleased with it. It keeps track of steps, and will track steps from previous days, which is awesome. Unfortunately, on the fifth day of my life with my little Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pedometer, it fell into the toilet. It remains to be seen whether it can be dried out and repaired by using the spare battery that comes with it. So, I encourage you to use the strap when securing your pedometer to your belt or belt loops. One of us making this mistake is bad enough (and embarrassing!). Don't repeat what I did!
on April 28, 2012
As part of my goal this year to get more physically active, I looked for a pedometer that would motivate me to walk 10,000 steps (or about 5 miles) a day. The Ozeri 4x3razor Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer with Bosch Tri-Axis Technology seems to fit my needs perfectly. It records my steps, distance, calories, fat burned and exercise time, and has a 7-day memory which I often glance at to see how active I've been in the past week. Its slim profile stays secure in my pocket with the detachable lanyard. I use it predominantly for running outdoors, and on the treadmill, and it stays in my pocket during the entire workweek, and on weekends. Initial setup was really easy, and the included extra lithium battery was a great addition. So far, I've been really impressed with its accuracy and compactness, and never leave home without it!
A couple of things that could further improve it:
A courtesy light to view the numbers while in the dark
Capability for data uploading/tracking on a computer or a smartphone app
Overall, I'm very impressed and would highly recommend this product.