STRIIV SMART PEDOMETER REVIEW
The Striiv Smart Pedometer turns fitness into a game, much like the Striiv Play. The only fitness tracker with a full-color touch screen, it tracks your steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, active minutes, distance travelled, and tells time. But its standout feature is its suite of motivational tools including MyLand (a game that's powered by walking), fitness challenges, races and more!
A Note About My Striiv Smart Pedometer
As usual, when I've tested a product first-hand, I like to clear the air: this is a product I bought with my own pocket cash because I was curious about trying it out myself. I'll always give you my own honest opinion about a device whether I buy it myself or receive it as a test unit from a company. But in the event that you're concerned a test unit might bias in me in some way, I'll always make it a point to let you know how I get my hands on a device.
My Experience with the Striiv Smart Pedometer
So far, I've had the Striiv Smart Pedometer for only a few days -- since about April 23 2014. So I can't give my full report (I'll come back in a week or two with more detailed feedback). But so far, I've enjoyed it! The motivational features are fun. Stay tuned for my fully-informed opinion in a few more days. Until then, you can read the basics, below:
The Striiv Smart Pedometer: Master of Motivation
The Striiv Smart Pedometer is packed with motivational features from trophies, to charitable donations, races and, of course, MyLand -- Striiv's built-in fitness-powered game. All of its features are accessible via the device's full-color touch screen. Below, you can see several of the screens, including progress toward charitable donation, progress toward the next stairs trophy, and a chart of stairs climbed over time.
The Striiv's Got Game: MyLand Game and other Motivational Features
Just like the Striiv Play, the Striiv Smart Pedometer lets you use your own steps to power your progress in MyLand, a built in game that pushes you to be more active. The Striiv CEO describes MyLand as a cross between Farmville and Cityville, and users claim its just as catchy. Your steps are converted into game tokens that you can use to build your island/world in MyLand.
People who use MyLand tend to embrace the idea of exercise as a game and claim it is addictive and motivating, inviting friends, family, and fellow Striiv users to compete with them. You can also invite friends to "race" against you in real-time, and your progress against each other will be acted out by avatars on your device (see image below at left).
The device also provides challenges at up to three intensity levels to allow you to earn more points that you can use in the MyLand game (for example "climb 5 flights of stair in the next 5 minutes"). And, if you're feeling altruistic, you can donate your points to a charity, resulting in real-world benefits - like a supply of clean water to a family or village in need, or preservation of a patch of rainforest.
I've enjoyed playing the MyLand game (on the pedometer and the Striiv Play, but also just using the standalone smartphone app without the device). In fact, I wrote a blog post that details some Striiv MyLand game strategy based on a chart of plants/buildings, their coin & energy costs, and their earnings.
A Self-Contained Activity Tracker
The Striiv Smart Pedometer is small, at 2.75 inches by 1.7 inches by .5 inches, and weighs only 1.4 ounces. The display measures 2.0 inches diagonally and provides full color and touch-sensitive interaction.
Packed inside is everything it needs to make the magic happen: a 3-axis accelerometer, altimeter, 500MHz dual core processor, vector graphics support, proprietary algorithms, and rechargeable lithium ion battery.
In addition to all the fun and games, the Striiv Smart Pedometer still gathers and displays in chart format all the core data that gadget lovers have come to expect of smart pedometers and fitness trackers: steps, distance travelled, stairs climbed, calories burned, time active, and time of day.
So, how does it compare to the Striiv Play? In general, more users give the Smart Pedometer a 5-star review than the Play. Because there's no syncing involved with it comes to the Smart Pedometer (vs the Play, which syncs wirelessly to your iOS device), that means fewer consumers with syncing problems, and fewer less-than-perfect reviews, and more happy customers. There still are some reviews of consumers experiencing software glitches as with the Play, but overall people seem to really like this little guy.
If you like playing games on your phone or find games motivating or addicting, the Striiv Play might be just what you need to get more steps in and become healthier!
LET'S BREAK IT DOWN
Features & Added Benefits
The Striiv Smart Pedometer tracks steps, stairs climbed, calories burned, time of day, distance, and minutes of activity. The biggest differentiator between the Striiv Smart Pedometer and other fitness trackers is its focus on turning fitness into a game you can play with friends. But it's also unique in being the only activity tracker that has a full color touch screen and that does not interface at all with additional data display on your phone or computer.
Hardware & Wearing
The Striiv Smart Pedometer can be worn in a pocket, clipped to your belt or waistband, strapped to your arm, in a purse, or on your keychain.
Battery Life & Charging
The Striiv Smart Pedometer's fully charged lithium-ion battery lasts for up to 7 days. It can be recharged in 2 hours via a wall adapter or 4 hours via a USB cable.
No syncing (neither manual or wireless) -- all data is stored on-device and manipulated on-device. You can, however, view a limited summary of information via the MyStriiv Dashboard on your computer if you sync via a USB cord.
You can sync to a Mac or PC to view a limited set of data via computer screen. However, the vast majority of the device's functions and features happen exclusively on the device itself.