Note: as of September, 2011, the Sportbrain web site is not responding. Check sportbrain.com before buying a unit as you will not be able to enjoy its features if the web site is not active.
The SportBrain iStep Pedometer
Size: The SportBrain iStep X is larger than most pedometers, 2 1/2 inches wide and 2 inches tall. That makes it a bit bulkier to wear, but for its features, I'll tolerate the bulk. It clips to your waistband with a plastic clip - and many users have reported the clip breaking, although they also report the company replaces the entire unit swiftly if that happens.
The iStep X comes with a safety cord but no clip - I guess you are supposed to provide your own safety pin. That seemed odd, so I stole the safety cord from another pedometer.
Noise: The iStep X clicks with each step. I do not find that annoying, it is not very loud.
Accuracy: Testing against a standard pedometer and on a known course, I found it to be quite accurate.
Uploading Your SportBrain Data
You can upload your data as often as you wish. You should upload at least once every 50,000 steps or every 5-10 days or some data may be lost. The USB cable makes it easy for you to travel with your iStep and upload from an internet-connected computer that has a USB port. However, it must be a computer you can download the SportBrain program into from the website. This is also convenient for using at both work and at home if you just can't wait to upload.
Costs: The iStep comes with a free Silver membership to the SportBrain web site. You can upgrade to a Gold membership to enjoy discussion forums, chat, clubs, and reward challenges.
Your My SportBrain homepage also shows a bar graph of your steps for the past 7 days, compared with your age/gender group. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is also displayed.
Still not enough data? Next we look at the "Sportfolio" page packed with even more information from your walking steps.
Next Page: SportBrain Graphs your Walks and Stats