Discover Walking downloaded several iPhone pedometer apps with and without gps for this review
Discover Walking’s criteria for evaluating pedometer apps might be very different from your criteria. Some of you enjoy social networking your walks. We are not fans of telling the world where our house is and where we walk every day even though that is a cool feature for many walkers.
When deciding which app to choose, know your criteria and read the reviews in iTunes. It will help you narrow your choices.
Our first criteria was to choose a free app. Many free pedometer apps encourage you to upgrade for more features and the free app gives you a good intro.
These are the free apps we downloaded. They each have their pros and cons:
- Pedometer 24/7 Free by Covtunenco Serghei
- Pedometer Free GPS+ by Arawella Corporation
- LogYourRun Free by LogYourRunLLC
- iMapMyWalk by MapMyFitness, Inc
Of all the iPhone pedometer apps, our personal favorite was Pedometer Free GPS+ by Arawella Corporation
One of the other apps required watching a YouTube video to understand its interface. Pedometer Free GPS+ iPhone App is intuitive, easy to navigate and had every feature we needed plus many features we will never use.
This iPhone app counts your steps, calories, distance, time and average speed. Also, you can enter your body measurements to track your weight loss progress.
You can play and control your iPod tunes within the app which is very convenient. Love this feature.
You could use Google’s map to chart your distance manually on each walk but Pedometer Free GPS+ app does it for you automatically. If you want to take off and explore new areas, the app will show you how to return to your starting point. This mapping feature is very helpful when you are exploring a new city on vacation.
One of our favorite walking routes is next to a lake. Pedometer Free GPS+ did show us occasionally walking on water which was inaccurate but amusing. However, the mistake was within a very small margin of error. The mileage reported was very accurate and effortless to obtain.
Tip for Correcting Stride Length
We prefer the Omron HJ-112 Pocket Pedometer for counting steps per day since being tethered to an iPhone isn’t our favorite thing. Pedometer Free GPS+ iPhone App was losing hundreds of steps on our walks.
The app automatically calculates your stride based on your height but you can override the automatic stride length with your actual stride length. If you have an accurate pedometer like the Omron Pocket Pedometer and know you are losing steps, here is a tip to determine your actual stride length.
Start the accurate pedometer at the same time the Pedometer Free GPS+ App is started. After walking a couple of miles, note your mileage on your app and the steps on your pedometer.
Now do this simple calculation:
Mileage X 5280 feet X 12 inches Divided By Your Steps = Your Stride Length in Inches
You will be combining the accuracy of the Pedometer Free GPS+ iPhone App with the accuracy of your pedometer using this calculation. This method is better then using the usual calculation for determining your stride length over a short distance. Walking short distances might not be a true reflection of your stride length.
You will know your true average stride when you are walking which then can be input into your pocket pedometer and the Pedometer Free GPS+ iPhone App.
For us, the biggest plus of any iPhone pedometer app is having gps mapping capabilities to automatically and accurately determine mileage. The one huge negative is that any GPS pedometer app drains your iPhone battery.
If we had the app running 100% of the time, the battery drain would be a problem. However, since our purpose is to record distances of our walks and see our mapped path, we give Pedometer Free GPS+ App a big thumbs up.
Having this iPhone app will motivate you to walk further and explore new areas.