Monday, June 23, 2014

One step at a time

Disclaimer: I received this product to facilitate my review, no other compensation was received and all opinions are 100% my own

I love tracking things. I've used my phone as a pedometer before and I love my running watch that tracks my speed/distance during runs. However, my running watch isn't good for tracking overall steps during the day and while my phone does a good job, I don't like having to have it on me at all times (especially at work). So, when Ozeri sent me their 4x3 Motion Digital Pocket 3D Pedometer (say that 3 times fast), I was excited to see how it compared and how accurate it was. 

Initially I was a little confused about how to set things up, and then I did this genius thing called read the directions and realized it was a million times easier then I was making it. You have to calculate how large your stride is and put in your height and weight to get started. Then you pick whether you want to track in steps or miles. That's it for set up. After that you just have to wear it and it tracks. 

Now, I'm always curious with pedometers about how accurate they really are. A lot of times you can just shake them up and down to get "steps" added, or it's easily tricked by random movements that aren't really steps. I was impressed by the Ozeri because it seemed to only count actual steps. I'm not sure how it could tell the difference, but it seems like it could.

Size-wise, it's a good size to stash in your pocket. It says you can carry it in your purse, but I don't know if that would affect accuracy... and then you'd have to make sure you carry your purse at all times. The other way you can wear it is on a lanyard around your next. Again, I don't know if this affects accuracy or not. I also didn't like it on the lanyard because it felt funny, kept bumping against my chest and it's also not exactly the height of fashion (though clearly that's not always an issue for me.) With some outfits it was hard to find a way to wear it- see the next paragraph for a prime example.

Overall I really liked the Ozeri pedometer. Liked, you ask? Do I no longer like it? Well, I don't know. After wearing it religiously for almost a week, I had a major blonde moment and sent it through the wash. See, I was having trouble figuring out how to wear the pedometer when I was wearing yoga pants and a tank top. At first I just wore it around my neck, but it was driving me nuts, so I rolled it up in the top of my yoga pants. It fit perfectly and was tracking well, so I figured I was all set... until I took a shower, threw my clothes in the wash, and forgot all about the gorgeous piece of technology I had just ruined. I did the put it in rice trick, and I think it mostly bounced back, but the display isn't as clear anymore and I haven't tested it out to see if it's still as accurate. 

I would give this pedometer a 4 out of 5 points. I took off one point because of the hard to wear piece, but otherwise I loved it. 

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