Wearables vs. Smartphone Apps: Which Are Better to Count Steps?

February 10, 2015 4:08 PM

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Wearables vs. Smartphone Apps: Which Are Better to Count Steps?

If you think your Fitbit is better at counting daily steps than your smartphone, you may want to think again. A new study suggests that many smartphone apps are just as good as specialized wearable devices at tracking physical activity.

In the study, 14 participants donned a number of wearable devices and also carried several smartphones loaded with activity apps, while they walked on a treadmill for a set number of steps (either 500 or 1,500). The researchers then compared participants' actual step count with the number recorded b...

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