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Please read this BEFORE BUYING.,
This does seem to be a wonderful podometer which does deliver everything they say it does. The problem is that it is SO SENSITIVE that if you're riding a car and the road isn't PERFECTLY smoothe, it will register the vibrations as steps!! If it had an on/off switch or a PAUSE BUTTON to turn it off and stop counting steps whenever you're on any motorized vehicle it would be THE perfect podometer.
A few days ago I realized at some point in the day that the pedometer was marking waaay to many steps for how inactive I had been that day. I then thought of checking the steps before and after I got into the car and realized that any minor vibration is registered. One would have to write down the number of steps before and after any ride on any motorized vehicle and do the math at the end of every day! I find this extremely frustrating
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Initial post: Aug 15, 2009 6:57:49 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 15, 2009 7:00:25 PM PDT
There is a wonderful comic strip named "Frazz" and is about the adventures of a young janitor/philosopher who works at an elementary school . In one strip he convinces a teacher, an overweight middle-aged lady, to take up jogging. After her first run the pedometer showed that she had run 238,000 miles (cut to students making appropriate jokes). Apparently, her jiggling body and the jackhammer road work nearby registered a step with each and every vibration. So your situation is apparently not that uncommon. Too bad one can't set or reset the sensitivity on such a wonderful pedometer. Did you ever find one that was either not as sensitive or that you could adjust the sensitivity? Thx for a very good review.
Posted on Aug 1, 2011 4:20:24 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 20, 2011 11:33:45 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 21, 2011 9:44:04 AM PST
Dorota Jarosz says:
The "after 10 minutes" only pertains to aerobic walking credits.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 1, 2012 12:32:15 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 1, 2012 12:55:22 PM PST
You have go to do something about the shocks on your car if it records steps even on a relatively smooth road. I've had mine for years and if I am on a real bumpy road it will record but how does it know whether I'm driving or walking other than I think it is 5 continuous steps before it records, then it records those steps also. The bumps usually aren't that close together. I guess i t doesn't matter enough to me if it records a few extra steps in the course of a day. Now when I mow a bumpy lawn on a rider mower I can really brag to myself about how far I walked that day.
Posted on Mar 16, 2012 7:08:39 PM PDT
Hal A. Pena says:
Correct review, but I can live with it.
Posted on Mar 22, 2012 12:30:43 PM PDT
I read your comment and it gave me pause. But I have another Omron product which I think is great, so I went ahead and ordered this. Plus I wanted something I could put in my pocket rather than hang on my belt. After a couple days use I finally took it in my car. You were right. It does record a step for good bumps. Strange that Consumer Reports did not catch that.
However, when I first got the device I wanted to see how accurate it was. I tried a variety of things, including walking with the device facing towards the sky so I could see it actually click over for each step. Surprisingly it didn't register at all when I walked like that. So I decided to try something in the car. I took the pedometer from my pocket and put it on a flat surface in the car so it was facing up. Although it slid around a bit and bumped into the hard surfaces on the sides of the tray, it did NOT register any steps. So now I put it there when I drive. My only problem is remembering to put it back in my pocket when I get out of the car.
Posted on Apr 25, 2012 6:34:29 PM PDT
Although it does not have an on/off button, if you put it down flat, it will stop count. The menu explains this function.
In reply to an earlier post on May 19, 2012 6:32:03 AM PDT
Al Gozinya says:
Posted on Oct 23, 2012 6:40:55 PM PDT
Rod Nelson says:
Posted on Jan 5, 2013 10:14:49 PM PST