Review: “Steps” App — Wonderful Easy-to-Use Pedometer for iPhone!

Yesterday evening I downloaded three different pedometers from the App Store for the purpose of comparison with the built-in “Health” app on my iPhone Xs Max. These three apps are Steps, Pacer and Stepz. I had never used a pedometer before now, but I wanted to more accurately gauge my progress with my outdoor stairs exercise.

So, after installing the three apps, I went outside and did my stairs exercise in order to acquire a fresh set of data so as to compare the three third party pedometer apps with my iPhone’s built-in “Health” app.

After carefully examining the features of all three third party apps, and comparing the results of my just-completed stairs regimen, I must say that I like the “Steps” app the most!

Please note that “Steps” is NOT the same as the “StepsApp” which is also listed in the App Store. There are actually quite a few pedometers listed in the App Store. I chose to test the aforementioned three apps after reading a variety of online reviews concerning them.

So why do I like the “Steps” app the most? Let me tell you in the following few paragraphs.

First of all, the “Steps” app is simple and straight forward, and it has just the data that I need — steps, miles, time, flights and calories burned — without all of the extra data clutter that some of the other pedometer apps have. It keeps me focused on just what I want and need to know. Of course, you can also add walking workouts and use its GPS feature if you like.

I also like the ease with which I can scroll left or right to see my walking history. There is also the option to tap on one of the seven day buttons, or else tap on a calendar button.

The graphical interface of this app is very clean, simple and uncluttered, and easy to look at. The gradient themes are also pretty and easy on the eyes. While I paid the very reasonable and low price of $1.99 for the “Pro” version in order to get more themes to choose from, I must say that in retrospect, I like the default “Sunrise” theme the most. 😀

Let me also add that the steps count with this particular app is very close to the actual steps I physically counted as I did my stairs exercise. I carried my iPhone in my front shorts pocket as I exercised, and I walked on both flat pavement in the parking lot, as well as up and down two flights of stairs.

As far as your walking goal is concerned, you can set it to whatever amount of steps you like in increments of 500 steps, and then the app will show you what percentage of your goal you have achieved for that particular day. As your stamina and endurance improve over time, you can increase your goal.

In other words, if the so-called “gold standard” of 10,000 steps per day is too high for you due to your age or health issues — I am approaching 70 years old myself — then simply set the goal lower to something that is more achievable for you. After all, the purpose of this app is to encourage and motivate you, and NOT to discourage you and make you feel like a failure because you can never reach that 10,000 mark.

To continue, the fact that this app integrates with the “Health” app — and imports health data from the same — is an added plus. In fact, this app can import data from the “Health” app going back days, weeks, months and even years before you ever installed the “Steps” app on your iPhone! How cool is that!? 😆

There are a few other features and settings in this app, but I have limited this review to the ones which are most important to me. So, for the aforementioned reasons, I give the “Steps” app five stars! I encourage everyone to give it a try! 😀

About Bill Kochman

Bill Kochman is a Christian writer, poet, graphic artist, online evangelist and founder and webmaster of the Bill's Bible Basics website and blog, as well as the founder and administrator of the Christian Social Network. His interests include tropical fish, Macintosh computers, web design, writing poetry, God's natural creation and his cats, Obsidian, Mischief and their progeny, such as Polo and Eljio.
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2 Responses to Review: “Steps” App — Wonderful Easy-to-Use Pedometer for iPhone!

  1. M Higgins says:

    How did the Steps app’s step count compare with the built-in Apple Health step count?

    • Bill Kochman says:

      Hello! Due to a leg injury, I haven’t walked since Dec. 23rd of 2022. However, as I recall, both apps measured about the same with very little variation in the number of steps recorded.

      Also, based on my actual physical counting of my steps when I conduct my walking/climbing exercise, I would say that both apps are pretty accurate with regards to the number of steps.

      Where both apps seem to be significantly under-counting is in the number of flights that I climb and descend. They don’t seem to be calculating properly in that regard.

      Being as the Steps app integrates with the Health app, and imports data from it, I am not sure if the problem lies with the Health app, or with the Steps app, or maybe both.

      Or maybe I just don’t understand properly how the flights calculation works. Anyway, I intend to write to the Steps developer to see what they say about it, because for the full week that I used the app from Dec. 18 to Dec. 23rd, both apps under-counted my flights every single day.

      My recommendation is that you actually use BOTH apps, because one has features that the other doesn’t have, and vice versa, so they complement each other. Steps is a free app, so there is nothing to lose, and the pro version is only a mere $2.00.

      But what I particularly like about the Steps app is its colorful history screens. Using that feature, you can scroll left or right to see the three most recent weeks of steps activity, one day at a time.

      And, if that is not enough for you, it lets you import your data from the Health app. I just did that, and it imported my steps data all the way to March of 2019 when I first bought this phone.

      I searched all through the Health app, and I was unable to find a similar — and colorful — history function where I can scroll day-by-day and see number of steps walked, miles walked, minutes or hours spent, flights climbed and calories burned for each individual day. That is precisely why I use the Steps app more than the Health app.

      Also, it is really cool that you can take a screenshot of each day’s accomplishments — which is saved in the photos app — and then easily share the progress screens with your family and online friends.

      I hope the above info helps you! 😀

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