If you have an Apple Watch you are probably interested in keeping track of your fitness activity in some way. Whether it’s knowing how many calories you burned working out, or how many steps you’ve taken in a day, you want to know. How easy this is depends on the apps that are available. The Apple Watch itself doesn’t provide a good way to keep track of your steps, like it can with your fitness activity. The best you can do is find a third party app. But which one is going to be the best for you?
I have an app on my iPhone/Apple Watch that I use to track my steps. It’s called Duffy. I had previously used Pedometer ++ and also StepsApp. They all kind of do the same thing though, so it’s hard to pick one and give it the title of “best” steps app. But today I am going to give you my assessment of Duffy and StepsApp – and then you can decide. Let’s get started.
Duffy is a solid pedometer app, with no frills to it. It uses information from your Apple Watch and syncs with the native Health app. As any good Apple Watch pedometer app should, Duffy has a clear complication that you can use in any spot on any face. When you open the app, you’re taken to a screen that shows you today’s step count and then a refresh button. Due to limitations with Apple, Duffy can’t update instantaneously. Which is annoying to me, but this is the way it is with all pedometer apps. Giving you a slight delay between when you take a step and when it shows up on the Apple Watch. You can swipe to a second screen. This will show you your step count for the day, and each of the days for the past week. That’s basically it. The iPhone app is essentially the same.
StepsApp gives you the information you need in a simple, easy to read format. Like Duffy, it tells you how many steps you’ve taken right in the complication. For me that is important. There are a few things that I want to see when I look down at my wrist, and steps happens to be one of them. If you launch StepsApp, which you can do by tapping on the complication, you’ll get the number of steps you’ve taken in a day, the number of calories burned, how far you’ve gone and how many minutes you’ve exercised. If you swipe to the left you can choose from four workouts to track. It’s very similar to the Activity app, but you’re limited to walking or running exercises. Which kind of makes sense, but I feel like I would just use the Activity app to track these things, and not a separate app altogether.
For me, I like Duffy and my reason is simple, which is – the app itself is simple. I only want to track my steps with this app. When it comes to workouts, I track them elsewhere. As I mentioned earlier, I have both apps on my Watch right now. I did a workout this morning and there is a discrepancy between the number of steps I took with each app. Duffy said that I took 2,400 steps, whereas StepsApp only logged 2,000. I have no way of knowing which app is more accurate, but I’m more likely to believe Duffy given that the number is higher. Both apps do a good job, but I like the no-frills appeal that I find with Duffy. If you’ve had a different experience with these two apps, we want to hear from you. And yes, I know I’m still a long way from my goal of 10,000 steps today.