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Activity tracker without smartphone dependence

Discussion in 'Personal' started by lunarita, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. lunarita

    lunarita Senior commenter

    My father-in-law is looking for an activity tracker having seen most of his children and grandchildren take to wearing them. However, he doesn't have and doesn't want a smartphone. He does have an android tablet but as far as I can tell, most trackers require a phone rather than a tablet.

    Does anyone know of a suitable tracker which would work without a phone? All recommendations gratefully received.
  2. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

  3. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    I think most work without a smartphone. Phone connectivity is to upload data to a phone app or internet so that you can use the various health tools and monitor activity over time - you don’t have to carry a phone with you to use the tracker - it has its own memory and read-out. A tablet is fine if it has Bluetooth connectivity as you can sync regularly.
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Maybe this man can help?

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  5. lunarita

    lunarita Senior commenter

    You'd think so, wouldn't you?

    But my own couldn't even be started without "pairing" and some others we've looked at, the apps will install to phones but not to tablets.

    I think a basic pedometer is the only option but was hoping someone might have experience of something more.advanced.
  6. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    I have a basic pedometer.
    It counts steps, converts to distance, kcals used, time exercised, and records cumulatively to 1,000,000.
    I transfer steps to a spreadsheet to ensure a monthly average of >10,000 steps a day.
    Nothing more is needed.
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  7. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Lead commenter

    10000 steps a day. The power of marketing!
  8. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Lead commenter

    Fitbits will work without a smartphone but do need to pair with something that has bluetooth and an internet connection (you can get a dongle for a desktop if it doesnt have Bluetooth 4)
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  9. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    There are a huge number of devices out there; many of them crud. The ones that need a phone have little or no computing power of their own. Decent makes do, and for sure are stand-alone. Fitbits for example will work on a PC with a dongle and probably Bluetooth tablet. If he is only going to use the tablet, take it to the shop where you buy the device and ask them to check it syncs before buying.
  10. lunarita

    lunarita Senior commenter

    Thanks all, plenty of food for thought there
  11. Jude Fawley

    Jude Fawley Star commenter

    Just walk until you're knackered. And then try and get home.
  12. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    But it incentivises me to go for a walk each day, which I wasn't doing.
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  13. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Walking for an hour at an ordinary speed is approximately three miles.

    Why do we need goals to "incentivise" us?

    If you know it's a mile to somewhere, what else do you really need to know?
  14. sbkrobson

    sbkrobson Star commenter

    "Is there a pub there?"
  15. chelsea2

    chelsea2 Star commenter

    Because I prefer to vary my walks.
    Because some days I don't need to go for a walk so far (because I will have walked further in other ways - shopping, badminton, mowing the lawn).
    Because I do a monthly average, so that the days I walk many more steps (like when I go for a 'proper' walk of 20,000 steps +) can offset the days when I can't do my 10,000 average.
    Because I am basically lazy and do better when I have a target to aim for.
    Because it is something to bore people with! :p
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  16. Easyasabc

    Easyasabc Occasional commenter

    My father in law uses my mother in law to track his activities.
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  17. lunarita

    lunarita Senior commenter

    Mine even motivates me to get to bed at a reasonable time.

    As far as exercise goes, I don't have a car and probably tend to walk more than most people yet even so, some days I'm way off the daily target and that is also a useful motivation.
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  18. stanley4shoes

    stanley4shoes Occasional commenter

    I’ve tried and returned several in the £20-30 range from Amazon as they appear to just pluck numbers from the air. The most recently returned one reported that I was deeply asleep when I’d walked th dogs and driven across the Penines. The one that I’ve replaced it with claims to measure blood pressure, which I find hard to trust, and very much hope is wrong or else I’m seriously hypertensive.

    I only actually wanted a clear watch face and a vibration alert for alarms and texts without having my phone in my pocket, but the inaccuracy is interesting.

    To the point though, most of the ones that I’ve tried will work without a smart phone, you’d lose a lot of the analytics though.
    Easyasabc likes this.
  19. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    I've tried many too but never found a simple one that counts steps when you gave a limp. Sometimes when you're not very mobile you don't walk in big chunks, but you do a fair bit around the house garden, at work etc. I'd love to see how much I do that way but can't find one that works.
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  20. stanley4shoes

    stanley4shoes Occasional commenter

    grumbleweed you could use something like Strava's free version app on your phone, that would track the distance you've walked rather than steps
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