Saturday, 18 January 2020

Pavement Testing Fitness Apps No.4: iSteps

DC Editor Adam writes…


This January 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 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 London Horror Story 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…







My Public Scheduled Tours for January 2020


18th January 2020 – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

30th January 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

30th January 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

SOLD OUT 31st January 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube SOLD OUT

31st January 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)



My Public Scheduled Tours for 
February 2020


1st February 2020 – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

2nd February 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube

13th February 2020 – Inside Covent Garden – 10am Covent Garden Tube

13th February 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

13th February 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

14th February 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube

14th February 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

SOLD OUT 15th February 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube SOLD OUT

27th February 2020 – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube

27th February 2020  – Old Kensington – 2pm High Street Kensington Tube

27th February 2020 – Jack The Ripper – 7.30pm Tower Hill Tube (by the tram)

28th February 2020 – Beatlemania! The Beatles In London 1961-65 – 10am Embankment tube

28th February 2020 – Rock'n'Roll London – 2pm Tottenham Court Road Tube (exit 1)

29th February 2020 – The Beatles + The Rolling Stones in 1960s London – 10.30am Leicester Sq Tube (exit 1)

29th February 2020 – London Horror Story – 7.30pm St Paul's Tube






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