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Gonna have to work harder, I guess

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

So the motion sensor on the new phone seems to be stingier than on the old one. I played volleyball for two hours Monday night, an activity that pretty reliably gave me credit for 6000+ steps on the S Health step tracker app on my Samsung phone. On the iPhone I got on Friday, I got credit for just ~4800 steps, at least a 20% loss of steps. We only had 10 people show up Monday, so we played 5 v5, rather than the usual 6 on 6, so there was more room to cover, and it certainly felt like I was putting in the steps, but the Apple Health program just didn't give me as much credit as the Samsung app used to.

So I decided to do an experiment, seeing as how I didn't have to turn in my old device when I obtained the new one. It started with searching, on a whim, to see if the Samsung Health app was available on the rival Apple App Store, and it actually was. Color me slightly surprised! So I put it on my phone, because right now, I have 64 gigs of storage to play with, which feels like an eternity of space, if you'll allow me to mix my metaphors and units of measurement. And then I went for a short walk, counting out 200 steps as I traipsed around my place for a few scant minutes, holding one phone in each hand.

While I took exactly 200 steps, the Samsung health app on the old phone read back 207, which could possibly be due to a little extra jostling when I paused to grab a piece of paper that caught my draft as I ambled past and drifted to the floor. A 3.5% overage, a little extra credit, but within tolerances, I think. The Samsung Health app on the iPhone, however, a) did not update steps in real time, i.e. as I walked along, and b) only gave me credit for 180 steps, a solid 10% under what I counted out. This did agree with the Apple Health app, but not only did that app not count steps as I went along, there was a minutes long delay in it updating to show me how many steps I'd taken. Which means that I'm unlikely to notice late in any given day that I'm a few hundred steps short, and then take the Tour de Kitchen a few times, trying to make up the deficit before the clock strikes midnight, and I turn back into a pumpkin with zero steps to my credit.

The upshot is that the motion tracker on this iPhone is just not as generous as on the Samsung, which is slightly annoying. Also annoying? Despite having used the Samsung app for a number of years (pretty much after my the fitbit I had decided it didn't like holding a charge), I apparently don't have an account under which all those years of data were saved. So...guess there no evidence of how lazy I've been!

Edit: there's evidence, I was just searching for the account using the wrong e-mail. Woops! Although...there was an error downloading it so the new phone, so maybe it'll just stay hidden for a little longer until I figure out how to get the apple to accept the samsung data. Because right now, it's 130 AM, and I haven't got the wherewithal to figure out how to get past an "unsupported file type" error message.

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