Saturday, 26 January 2019

Pavement Testing Fitness Apps No.4: iSteps

DC Editor Adam writes…


This week on The Daily Constitutional I'm revisiting some step-counting apps. Many of you will be using a step counter app as part of your January fitness regime. I'm out-and-about most days, up on my hind legs leading tours so here are a few road/pavement test results to help when you're trying to find the right app for you…


I Steps


iSteps Therefore iAm

I first tested iSteps way back in January 2014 on my Kensington walk. I enjoyed its simplicity immediately, but also the the gradual discovery of its underlying features - clearly this was an app that could be as simple or as easy as you wanted it to be.

The screen hasn't changed at all in the new version, so here's a shot of that first test…




One Step At A Time

The killer feature for me is that you can easily track individual walks or journeys. That's a big plus for me, being able to quickly set the thing to measure one London Walks tour at a time.




It's All About The Battery

These apps burn through battery like billy-o, but iSteps has a feature which allows the user to switch off all day running






Simple and effective.  

Not sure why every walking or step counting app doesn't have this feature displayed as prominently as iSteps. The log feature is also pretty handy - it allows the user to save data from multiple walks. 



Extra Functionality 

There is extra functionality – available as an in-app purchase upgrade for £1.99 – which gives you access to the mapping function. It's not a necessary addition to make this app function any better, but if you are a bit of a map nerd (guilty, m'lud) then it's quite fun. Especially when your Ghosts of the Old City route map ends up looking like this…




… so you can turn it into this…








I used it a few Sundays ago to make a step count on The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour walk. Here are the results…







Click the button below to book a place on one of my scheduled public tours…





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