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How accurate is the Steel HR’s step counter?

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    Raven

    I also ask Withings about the same topic before and I found out that the watch has a "post tracking" feature that reduces the number of false steps. I mean that the watch is only tracking the valid step count based on arm swinging and forward motion. I hope this helps. 

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    fredrik.matheson

    Thank you, @Raven! Is there a way to turn this off? I’m getting wildly different numbers from my Apple Watch and from my Withings.

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    gill

    Which all sounds fine except the step count doesn’t work (ie undercounts or ignores) when I’m dancing either - plenty of arm movements there!! Do I actually have to travel a distance as measured by phone GPS for it to pick up? In which case that’s a problem as I don’t always carry my phone when I’m stepping - dancing, working, volunteering ... flawed it seems to me!!

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    fredrik.matheson

    Same here. The sensors in the watch seem to discount me moving around the house or office, and only log the steps I take while walking outside. Quite odd.

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    dfspcc

    I ran into the same problem with my Fitbit Charge 3 and Charge 1 vs. the Withings Steel HR.  My Fitbits (and I have more than one) were over counting steps, so I did a study one day.   I walked a measured mile with my Steel HR, my Fitbit Charge 3 and One on, as well as one other tracker.  I had been finding that on my treadmill, the Fitibits were always 25-30% higher in step count and mileage, in spite of the fact that the mileage on the treadmill seemed accurate.  I became even more concerned when I noticed that my Fitbit Charge 3 was counting 400 steps while I was sitting at my desk working.  I checked on line and found others that had the same or a similar problem.  Back to the study. 

    I took all my devices to my office which is on a straight road, and I had previously measured out exactly one mile with my car odometer.  Because I had been told that the Fitbit's measured arm movement, thus accounting for the inaccuracy in my step count, I didn't put any of them on until I started my walk.  All were essentiallu zero.  I walked a half-mile down the road and then returned to the office, for a full mile walk.  All of them them were within about 100 steps of each other, mostly less.  However, when I kept them on at the office, the Fitbits became wildly inaccurate, overcounting my perceived steps by between 25 to 30% when I wasn't even walking.    

    To follow up, I wore the different fitness trackers for a few days - the Withings seemed the most accurate of all, the Fitbits seemed the least accurate IF you are trying to find out how many steps you take in a day, rather than over a measured distance of a run or walk.   I have stuck with the Withings ever since and they are my standard for accuracy.  

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    alanmyrtle

    My Fitbit Charge 3 and my Nokia Steel both estimate steps based on arm swings. When I go for a fast 30 minute walk they both calculate about 3000 steps.

    The Nokia Steel ignores arm swings that do nit have the continuous cadence of a steady waling pace. The Fitbit credits me with steps while steering a car on a bumping road, lifting the tv remote and washing dishes. The Nokia ignores all arm movement not related to a steady continuous walk.

    By 9 pm, the Fitbit is showing 13,000 steps and the Nokia Steel only 10,000 steps. But the Nokia is showing REAL walking that helps my fitness. The Fitbit is showing a lot of arm movement unrelated to fitness walking.

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