iPod Pedometer Function
Manual vs. Always On: this is a function on the older iPod nano models. Change this to Always On if you prefer to track total daily steps. Or, you can select Manual if you will only be tracking workouts rather than total daily steps. With the 7th generation nano, it is always on for total daily steps and you can track specific workouts by using the Run mode.
Workout Goal: Set your total daily step goal, choosing from a list or setting your own.
Weight: Set your weight to get an estimate of calories burned.
Heart Rate: The 7th generation iPod nano has Bluetooth and you can pair it with an ANT+ heart rate monitor sensor.
Using the PedometerThese functions have changed with the 7th generation iPod nano. To track total daily steps, select Walk to start counting.
If you want to track a specific workout, you must use the Run function whether you are tracking a walk or a run. Unfortunately, your "Run" steps won't be counted in your daily walking steps total.
Once you have started the pedometer, it displays steps, time, and calories. You can click out via the Menu button to use the other functions of your iPod nano, such as listening to music, recording video, using the stopwatch function, or tuning into FM radio.
The total steps are visible from several screens on the iPod, such as the main menu, so you can view them without returning to the Pedometer function.
To stop recording your steps, return to the Fitness menu and stop it. The iPod will store your sessions so you can review them later, and will upload them to the Nikeplus.com web site once you visit iTunes.
Accuracy of the iPod nano PedometerI compared the iPod nano Pedometer, carried in a pocket, with an Omron hip pedometer, both for total daily steps and for a dedicated walking workout. The totals compared within 5%, which is a reasonable amount of accuracy for step totals.
Viewing Your iPod Pedometer Totals and Graphs
To see the current total, elapsed time, distance and calories, select Walk. To see further graphs and review sessions, swipe left. On older models you would use the Pedometer screen.
Upload Your Data to Nikeplus.com
The Nikeplus screen has a convenient Facebook button to post your challenge total to your Facebook page to brag to your friends.
Nike + iPod Sport KitYou can use the Nike + iPod Sport Kit with the fifth generation iPod nano and later versions. By using the transmitter and shoe pod, you can also record speed and distance. Nike + iPod Sport Kit Review. However, the sport kit doesn't record steps, so if you want to track steps as well, engage the Pedometer function.
With the stopwatch running, you can use the Menu to click out and use other functions. But to record a lap, you will have to return to the Stopwatch.
To stop the overall time, press the Play/Pause button again. To resume the same session, press Play/Pause again. To end a session, press Menu and select New Timer.
View the session logs by date, with a lap time for each lap, total time, shortest, longest, and average lap time.
Logs can be deleted by pressing the Center button when viewing the daily log and selecting Delete Log.
The stopwatch function can be very handy for people who want to time their laps and figure out their speed.