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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:15 PM   #1
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Nike+ Shoe Sensor

On the overview of ipod nano 7 it says:

" Since Nike+ support and a pedometer are built into iPod nano, there’s no need to connect a receiver or use a shoe sensor "

I just want to ask if the shoe sensor will enhance the in build pedometer speed/pace/calories burned etc tracking of ipod nano? Is what Apple saying accurate?... no need of the shoe sensor?
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Old Nov 17, 2012, 04:47 PM   #2
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Two pedometers do not increase accuracy. No need for the shoe one.
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Old Nov 20, 2012, 10:44 AM   #3
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The 7G nano doesn't require the footpod, but it can utilize it. Here's why you might want to use it instead of the built-in pedometer.

Accuracy. The footpod is located on your shoe (or in it if you have the right Nike shoes). You're not going to get a more accurate placement than that. With the built-in pedometer, you really have to put it on your hip for best accuracy ... but then it's difficult to read while running. If you get an armband/wristband, then the accuracy may suffer due to your armswing.

To me, it's not contest. Get the footpod. It's only $20. A pouch goes for $5 on Amazon. It's worth it for the accuracy.

NOTE - Neither the footpod or the built-in pedometer will rival a GPS solution, but then again, GPS doesn't work on a treadmill or an indoor track.

NOTE 2 - there is more data collected when using the footpod. The footpod actually counts distance as well as pace. The built-in collects only pace, which the software will convert to distance ... at least that's how it worked on the 6G nano.

BTW, calories are calculated using a formula that takes into account your weight and distance traveled. Speed has very little to do with the calorie reported.
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