Finding a computerized pedometer that works with both Mac and PC can be a challenge. The Fitbit not only does that, but it is tiny and works completely wirelessly and automatically. Then Fitbit added Bluetooth syncing to an iPhone app with the Fitbit One and Fitbit Zip models in 2012 and the Fitbit Flex Wristband in 2013. The sensor is unobtrusive when worn on your waistband. You can see your steps, distance, and calories burned on the pedometer. It uploads to your computer and onto the Fitbit web site whenever you are in range of your computer, or to a phone app with the One or Zip models. Online and on the app you can track you steps, calories burned, log your calories eaten, and share the info with friends. Best of all, there is no additional fee to use the web site, it's included in the price of the sensor. The Fitbit One and Fitbit Ultra also track your sleep quality and count the stairs you climb.
WalkingSpree uses the Omron HJ-720IT pedometer to link you to their web site to track your walking data. They are US based and use imperial units (miles and pounds) vs. metric as you may see at Fitbug. With the basic Club Pack you get access to charts and graphs of your walking activity, the ability to track non-walking exercise, forums, blogs, and coaching tips. You can set up online walking clubs and buddies. If you also want to track you diet and nutrition and get expert advice from a personal trainer, you can purchase the Wellness Pack for an additional fee or monthly subscription. If you have a Mac, WalkingSpree has Mac and iPad compatible software (as well as Windows) while Omron has only Windows software.
The Omron HJ-720ITC Pedometer Pedometer is the workhorse behind WalkingSpree, but can also be used as a stand-alone uploading pedometer. You can connect it via USB with a PC and tract your data on your own computer rather than uploading it to a web site. It tracks steps, distance and calories. With Omron's program, you don't have the range of features you get with WalkingSpree.
6. iPod Nano
As of the fifth generation, the iPod nano includes a pedometer function. It's a built-in app that doesn't need anything extra, it works using the accelerometer already in the unit. While the GPS-powered pedometer apps for the iPhone suck battery power like a vampire, the iPod pedometer can work all day without being a big drain. You can just use it for walking workouts, if you remember to turn it on and off. You can explore your data on the iPod nano itself, or upload it to the Nikeplus.com web site when you sync your iPod. You only get readouts of steps and calories, no speed or distance. As of the 7th generation iPod nano, you can sync it to a Bluetooth-enabled heart rate monitor.
This foot pod sensor transmits stride and speed data to any ANT+ compatible device. It is an advanced accelerometer that needs no calibration. There is a sensor key and apps available for the iPhone and iTouch. Most apps include speed, distance and calories. Apps should be available that also show step data. This device is only used for workouts, not for all-day step data.
The Nike + iPod Sport Kit comes with a shoe sensor and an adapter for your iPod nano, Touch, or iPhone 3GS or 4. It also is compatible with a Nike Sportband and Sportwatch. You can record and track your walking workout, get audible updates on your speed and distance, and view it all on the Nikeplus.com web site. The sensor is supposed to be used in the sole of Nike+ shoes, but there are various ways to attach it to other shoes.
Clip the Actiped fitness monitor onto your shoe and it uploads data to your computer automatically, tracking steps, distance and calories. It uses a USB stick to make the wireless connection. The data lives on the ActiHealth web site and you can view it there in many ways. I didn't like the fact that there was no display on the unit itself, so you had to go online to see your current total. That doesn't seem like a good, steady motivator.