One of the biggest challenges these days is getting in enough exercise. With the hectic run of our daily lives, finding an hour to hit the treadmill is often an insurmountable ask.
Concept and Functionality
Pedometer is an excellent app with a very simple and common concept – launch the app, tap start and begin tracking your steps.
The app will begin counting them and will continue to do so even if you switch to another app thanks to a persistent notification which allows it to continue tracking.
In testing out the app with a few laps around the office, we found that the app was very accurate in tracking steps, even when the app was closed and only running as a notification.
As with any pedometer, it wasn’t 100% accurate but being only a handful of steps off, we’ll call it more than sufficient. More importantly, the little bit it loses in accuracy it more than makes up for with ease-of-use and data feedback.
The app features a slate of reports that help you track over the course of a day, week, or month not only your steps, but also an estimate of the calories you’ve burned, the average speed you walk, the total distance you’ve walked, and the total time it’s been tracking your steps.
These tools are contained in very slick looking graphs that automatically update in the background as your steps increase.
There are a host of themes to adjust the look to your preferred tint, though the functionality doesn’t appear to change along with the theme.
You can also enter your height, weight, and the length of your gait (assuming you know it) to make the app more accurate. You can adjust the sensitivity of the sensors and it even comes with a low-energy mode to make running it in the background less of a drain.
One feature we enjoyed was that the app doesn’t start tracking steps until you’ve taken a few, so it won’t inaccurately record small movements that aren’t intentional walking.
Pedometer, as a free app to add to your fitness regimin, is certainly a worthy download.
It receives regular updates and with everyone’s increasing focus on health and fitness, it stands to reason that you’ll get a lot of mileage out of this app (pun somewhat intended).
Pedometer requires Android 2.3+. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review.
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