Smartphones are actually better than most wearables in tracking activities

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Smartphones are actually better than most wearables in tracking activities

  • 2015-02-13 14:53:55
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News / Mobile phones Smartphones are actually better than most wearables in tracking activities

Many people usually purchase wearables because they are presumably better at tracking activities and step counts than smartphones. As it turns out though, smartphones are as good as dedicated fitness wearables in tracking the steps you walk during the day and other activities you make take part in.

According to a paper published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, fitness tracking apps on smartphones do a pretty good job of accurately recording any physical activity and step counts. In the experiment conducted by the association, 14 participants had to walk on a treadmill for 500 and 1500 steps, twice, to record their step counts using a variety of fitness wearables and smartphones. The devices in the experiment included the iPhone 5s, Galaxy S4, Nike Fuelband, UP24, and a few other dedicated wearables.

Compared to the steps actually walked by the participants, the maximum deviation recorded by smartphones was a maximum of 6.7 per cent. Wearables, on the other hand, deviated by up to 22.7 per cent with the Nike Fuelband reporting a 20% lower step count from the actual steps.

The report concludes that wearables differed more than smartphones from the observed step counts, which suggests that smartphones actually do a better job than them in tracking physical activities and step counts.

[Source: JAMA; Via: Gizmodo]

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