Ozeri 4x 3Motion Digital Pedometer Review
When I received this pedometer in the post to review I was surprised at the box it came in. First off it felt empty, but when I opened it, There was the pedometer sat there in a bed of bubble wrap. To reduce postage costs, I think the company could of picked a smaller box to transport it in. Despite that, it was well protected.
The pedometer I received was a pretty bright yellow coloured one. Ideal for if you ever lose it. For example, heaven forbid, the lanyard breaks or it falls from your neck or it drops out of your pocket.. At least its bright enough to spot easily. Also I really like the general look of it. Its very stylish in my opinion as sports devices go. Also the blue backlight is a nice colour.
Included in the package is the pedometer itself, a thin screwdriver, for if you want to change the battery. I have never known a company provide a screwdriver to change the battery. A warrant leaflet, an instruction leaflet and a lanyard.
The first thing I noticed about the content was that there was nothing there to attach it to your wrist or your belt which according to the instructions, you can. So that just leaves the options of hanging it around my neck or in my pocket. I have seen some review state that when its worn around your neck it gives a false reading due to it bouncing all over. Well to test this theory I am going to try it alongside an Android fitness app called Endomondo to see what the differences are.
Firstly you need to pull the plastic tab from the rear battery compartment and remove the protective screen cover. After that just follow the instructions to set the date, time, your weight, and stride length ( which is measured toe to toe or heel to heel ), and finally attach the lanyard if required.
According to what the manufacturers state, because of the multi directional axis in this, it can be used in any direction like upside down, sideways, or whatever so its ideal for in you pocket.
The first time I tried this I noticed I found operating it a bit confusing. Not having used a pedometer of this type before I wasn’t sure what to do. I started both the pedometer and the app at the same time and set off on my walk. The app was running on my phone while in my pocket and the pedometer around my next on the lanyard. During the walk I had to pop to the doctors so spent time in reception. I was able to pause the app, but could not find a way to pause the pedomenter. Once back home, I checked and the pedometer and the app were a lot different. Assuming this was because of it hanging around my neck and bouncing around.
On the second test, I kept the pedometer in one pocket and the phone with the app in my other pocket and went for a walk. Again both apps were miles different. It was then I decided I was getting nowhere as I could not tell which was correct. So what I did was a very simple test this time. Armed with only the pedometer, I set off on yet another walk but this time, I counted every single step. Luckily it was not a long walk. When I got back and checked, it was spot on. So this little pedometer is the one giving the correct info.
As for the calorie counting. I honestly have not idea if this is correct as I am currently not on a diet. I assume it is worked out using the info retrieved from steps, speed, distance etc etc.
I like the ability to be able to check the last 7 days activity. Its a good idea if you forget to make a note of your workout on a given day.
Spilt mode is a great idea. This is what I used for my tests. You have the main ‘today’ screen which shows what you have done so far today, then 3 different split screens which can be used independently from the ‘today’ screen to show your activity, say like for a certain event during the day. You would end up with the ‘today’ screen showing everything, and the split screen showing what you did for that event.
All in all, would I buy one of these? Well, yes I have to say I would if I was into sports like running and walking etc or on sort sort of keep fit regime. Once you get used to how to use the functions and buttons, its a cool bit of kit.