iPhone Vs. Watch: Steps Don't Match

Discussion in 'Apple Watch' started by Arkanok, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. Arkanok macrumors 6502a

    Arkanok

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    So I took my watch out for a jog/walk today, taking my iPhone with me in my pocket. I fired up the Nike+ running app to track my runs [I use the Nike site to compare two friends] and the way I went.

    After my jog I checked the steps within the Health app to compare how close the phone and watch step counts, however, there's quite a big difference between the two.

    So as you can see, the first entry says 38 steps with the watch and 21 with the phone. If you look down further, the one at 3:20 PM has 109 using the watch and 166 with the phone. To me that's quite a difference and i'm just not sure either of these two devices are accurate.

    Is this normal?
     

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  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Watch is attached to your wrist, phone is in your pocket, I presume? So the motion they detect won't be the same. I would be surprised if the numbers came out the same. 38/21 is just too small a sample to make any sense out of, and a difference of 109/166 feel normal to me. Actually, I have two different step-counting apps on my iPhone, and they often differ from each other by about that much.
     
  3. Arkanok thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Arkanok

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    So would it be ideal for me to just hold my phone in my hand during walks, jogs or runs?
     
  4. exxxviii macrumors 65816

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    My dad has compared iPhone, watch, and external tracker steps. His finding is that an iPhone in a pocket or any hip, pocket, or belt attached activity tracker is more accurate than the watch. But, it is just the nature of the beast.
     
  5. exxxviii macrumors 65816

    exxxviii

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    Put your phone in a waist pouch or pocket for best total accuracy.
     
  6. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

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    No, why would you do that? Just pick one -- iPhone or watch -- and use that. You don't need an exact step count, you just need to know how you did today in comparison to what you did in the past.
     
  7. woodynorman macrumors 6502

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    Im confused. At 3:17 you had 167 steps, and at 3:23 you had 21 steps. Were you walking backwards in time? And I still can't figure out how on a jog/walk you would only take 146 steps in 6 minutes? You had to have been walking backwards really really slow. ;)
     
  8. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

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    It's not showing the total cumulative steps, just how many steps you took in that particular minute.
     
  9. woodynorman macrumors 6502

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    Ok, I get it I guess. I still don't see how you could walk at a pace of 21 steps a minute. Thats one step every 3 seconds. Try it. It's harder than you think :)
     
  10. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

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    It's easy if you just take 21 steps and then sit down.
     
  11. Lennyvalentin macrumors 6502a

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    I would have expected that the combined sensors of both devices would be used to determine things like steps taken. It's disappointing that this is not the case.

    Then again, Apple is very bad at integrating all of its products. I get a text message to my phone, read it, and it still shows up as unread on my iPad. I dismiss calendar reminders, yet they still show up when I fold my macbook open, and so on.

    They could - and definitely should - work a lot more on fixing stuff like this. They want to create their own ecosystem. Then USE the full potential of that ecosystem, god dammit... You got the money; huge giant piles of it. It's just the will that is lacking here.
     
  12. woodynorman macrumors 6502

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    Touche'
     
  13. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Out of curiosity have you done the calibration process so the watch can assess your stride?
     

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