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Motivates me to walk and climb more even if a little inaccurate at times.
on July 10, 2012
I have used a few pedometers and calorie counters. Some have been pretty good overall in their functionality but failed in design and some others vice versa. This has been by far the best one I have used (It was reserved for the fitbit until I broke 2 of them because they're so delicate/have such weak tension to withstand rough use). It is not the most accurate device I have used. I say this not because it is not good at discovering when I am walking or climbing, but because it seems to be most inaccurate for small bouts of walking. If I take 10-12 steps, it seems to not register that occasionally. I feel it is in the process of writing some of those walks off as an error reading. I don't particularly care much but I presume that it adds up over time.
It is pretty accurate with stair climb counts which is very surprising. The points system, gamification and other factors like donations through energy points are icing on the cake to make this an overall very good user experience. I have it attached to my keychain, so if I leave for anywhere, it comes with me.
The one thing I have not figured out and I am increasingly thinking it is a calculation error is the calorie calculation by the device. Yesterday, I walked about 4 miles in 95 minutes and climbed about 51 steps (subway steps). IT calculated by total calories burned at 786. I find this value absurdly high even if I was willing to include some error. A basic Google search for calorie counters using my age, height, weight, speed of walking and time said it shouldn't be more than 400 calories. I can also personally corroborate this because I run on the treadmill for 45 minutes at 6 miles an hour (With age and weight inputted) to get about 700 calories. This is not a dealbreaker, but I hope an update can fix this calculation (or maybe I just didn't calibrate it or something...not sure).
Overall, I like the device and find it to be the best one I've used so far. Also, I feel good beating their challenges with the ultimate goal of making 'donations' to needy people.