ActivityTracker by Bits&Coffee is an app that can be used as a step counter and pedometer, eliminating the need for you to carry around extra fitness equipment with you to monitor your daily activity levels. We all want to improve our fitness levels, but it’s not always easy to find the time to exercise. This app can’t make you exercise, but it can remind you of how much activity you’re really partaking in and what you can do to improve – something as simple as taking the stairs at work instead of the elevator might have a dramatic affect on your health, and seeing how many steps per day it adds to your activity levels can really bring this home. ActivityTracker is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.
There are tons of health and fitness apps in the App Store and many of them are direct competitors of ActivityTracker. If you do a quick search for pedometers in the App Store you’ll find dozens and dozens of available choices. What separates this app from its competitors is the fact that it works without significantly affecting your battery life – most other pedometer apps rely on GPS technology running all the time to monitor your activities, but not ActivityTracker. While the built in GPS functionality in an iPhone is a great feature, it can be a significant drain on your battery life when it’s running all the time.
Probably the biggest drawback with this app is that it won’t work on older devices – you have to have an iPhone 5s or newer to take advantage of this technology. The reason for this is that the iPhone 5s introduced a new processor with improved capabilities which this app needs to work properly. It’s also not very practical on an iPad, although it will work just fine on newer models – it’s not very practical carrying an iPad with you wherever you go. The ActivityTracker app will require 5.5 MB of available space on your iOS device.
You don’t have to login or answer a bunch of questions to get started with ActivityTracker – you simply open the app and start walking! As long as you leave the app open and running in the background it will continue to record your steps as you progress through your day. It will also tell you how many kilometers or miles you’ve walked, and how many calories you’ve burned and it’s all continuously updated on the main screen. You can also access your weekly progress from the main menu, or you can view your level of activity on any given day to compare what days are more active for you.
In the pro version you can even track your hour by hour progress, but this is only available through an in-app purchase at a cost of $2.99. Another cool feature available in both versions is the ability to sync with the Apple Health app to import any past health data you’ve been tracking. It’s also compatible with Apple Watch.
Doesn’t drain your devices battery life significantly
Compatible with Apple Health and Apple Watch
Automatically records your steps, distance traveled, and calories burned
Only compatible with iPhone 5s’s or newer
Some features are only available in the pro version
If you own an iPhone 5s or newer and you want to start keeping track of your daily step count, without having to carry around other health monitoring devices, then you may want to consider downloading the ActivityTracker app. This app runs in the background of your device recording your total number of steps, distance traveled, and calories burned without creating a significant drain on your device's battery life.
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