activity app better ?0

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by DdDr2, Sep 15, 2016.

  1. DdDr2 macrumors member

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    is it running better on on the new OS 3 update ?
    I had a lot of issues with my first one when I bought it in December. The step tracking was always off my a few thousand steps a day, took awhile to update and I hated that I couldn't watch the step count increase in real time. I sold it and went back to my old Fitbit flex.

    I called Apple support and was told there was no way to manually input your stride length. That I would just have to do gps connected walks outside. ( well during Chicago winters....that stinks)

    So I'm curious if any of these things have changed with the new update to the original watches ?
    Thanks !!!
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    Not exactly sure what you are asking but stride length has nothing to do with cadence (step) count. Stride length is only relevant to measuring distance covered (stride length x cadence = distance). The :apple:Watch has been proven to be a very accurate step counter and with calibration a decent distance tracker. Here is an old good comparison test.

    https://www.cnet.com/news/smartwatch-step-counter-and-distance-tracker-accuracy/
     
  3. DdDr2 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've been thru everything with that watch. Even on the phone with support, they told me to try to do the calibration to get it better. It was never right. They ran diagnostics and said the watch was working fine. No explainations as to why the steps were so far off for me Always off.

    I was wondering if the update changed the way steps update. Can you look at your watch and see the steps increase as you walk ?
    Can you manually input what your stride length is in your profile now ?
     
  4. Julien, Sep 15, 2016
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    Julien macrumors G3

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    There is not much to change in the algorithms. A step is a straight forward calculation. One complete arm swing equals 2 steps. When you say that it is always off what is your bases for this assumption? Are you wearing anther pedometer and comparing? If so have you used multiple pedometers to check? The only way to be 100% sure is to manually count but this is a major PIA and you need a hand held 'clicker' counter.

    And you can't manually input your stride and even so that is not the problem you are describing. Stride length is how far each step is and not the number. The number is an absolute. If a person has a (long) 1M stride and a person has a short ½M stride and they both take 100 steps they will both have the same exact step count of 100. It is just the distance traveled will be different at 100M and the other 50M.
     
  5. DdDr2 thread starter macrumors member

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    I've manually counted. Yup. Pain in the butt. It was off. I used another tracker on my same wrist. Watched that one increase with each step.

    Did 100 steps. Refreshed the Apple Watch acitivy app and it was off by 50 steps.
    Happened consistently. I don't know why either. I was so bummed.
     

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