This app records walking-related information including the number of steps, distance, time and speed. This information is recorded as daily, weekly and monthly totals. The app also calculates the calories (energy) burned.
For the complete app description, go to Google Play (android)
The app is very simple and easy to use.
It takes user’s gender, weight and step distance into account.
The app may also measure other activity such as bike-riding and add it to the step count.
The accuracy of the calories used reading is not known because there is no information describing how this calculation was done.
Date of this review: July 2015
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Reviewer:Dietitian App Review Working Group, Auckland DHB, July 2015. Clinical score: ★★★★☆ Review: "This app adds a simple pedometer function to the user's phone with some ability to track their progress over time. It could be a helpful way to monitor and motivate users to increase their activity levels. However the accuracy of the 'calories used' reading is not known because there is no information describing how this calculation was done. Safety concerns: none." New Zealand relevance: ★★★★★
The tech review relates to the technical aspects of the app, such as security, privacy, etc
Reviewer:Sara Jebreil, July 2016 Technical score: ★★★☆☆ Review:
Security: This app is not secure as it does not require a login or provide password/pin protection
Performance: Perfect/timely response; no technical bugs found/contains a ‘loading time left’ indicator
Impact of the app on battery life and device performance: Does not reduce device performance using on average 24 MB of data over 3 hours.
Interactivity: Offers a variety of interactive features/feedback/user input options
Customisation: Allows complete tailoring to the individual’s characteristics/preferences, retains all settings
Data sharing: Yes, various options are available such as Google drive, Dropbox, Facebook, Twitter, MMS, email WhatsApp and Viber
Multiple device syncing: No
Use of locations services such as GPS: No
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