How accurate is iPhone 6 and health? (no fitbit etc)

Discussion in 'iOS 8' started by thedommer, Sep 26, 2014.

  1. thedommer macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
    Been messing with the health app. It suggests I talked a total of .59 km this morning. I really only walked to the street car then from the streetcar to work. Can't be more than a 1/4 kilometre. Just curious if people have noticed the accuracy. Same for steps etc. it says I did 940 already. I really didn't walk more than 5 minutes. Its possible its correct but feels off. It did get the floors climbed correct though.

    Anyone have thoughts on the accuracy?
  2. crazyman3005 macrumors regular

    Jul 11, 2008
    I don't even see where in the health app this is recorded,
  3. digitalfx, Sep 26, 2014
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2014

    digitalfx macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2007
    The Fitbit app is free and it works without any external device. It accurately tracks steps, etc with functionality built into 5s and 6 iPhones.

    Withings app does the same. I found the Health app seriously lacking compared to these two.

    BTW- they all seem fairly accurate and match each other. They also match the readings on my Elliptical.
  4. darkredcaffeine macrumors member

    Sep 16, 2014
    You probably walk more than you think.

    Taking your steps as an example. 5 minutes = 300 seconds, and personally I'd say I probably walk two steps per second, three if I'm in a rush. So that's somewhere between 600-900 steps. Plus if you walked around your house with the phone at all, it would include that too.

    Not saying it's perfect, but I was surprised when I saw how much I walked too. Then I worked it out and realised I do walk further than I thought.
  5. flashflooder macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2011
    I think the Health app grossly overcounts steps and stories (stairs climbed)
  6. PNutts macrumors 601


    Jul 24, 2008
    Pacific Northwest, US
    The only way you're going to know is to count your steps and compare it to the phone. People's legs and gait are different, there are stutter steps when going up/down curbs, avoiding things, even slowing down to look at your phone, etc.

    I've used Fitbit for a long time and it is amazingly accurate so I'm anxious to see how close the new phones are.
  7. cricet1998 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2008
    It appears the Fitbit app is not compatible with the M8 chip yet. Fitbit responded that they are aware and working on it.
  8. digitalfx macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2007
    just noticed that...worked fine on 5s


    You base this on what?
    The Health, Fitbit and Withings apps all are fairly close to each other in what they report and are pretty accurate. I can use an Elliptical and they match precisely.

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