Samsung S Health app now works in all android devices – but is it any good? – My Review

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Samsung has done something unthinkable and released their S Health app on the Google Play store, that not only works for their phones but for other android phones. So having used the S Health before with several of Samsung’s smartwatches and wearables I gave it a shot with the LG G4. So is it any good? Let’s find out.

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The first two screen shots give you an idea of what you have been up to in a given day and display a fair amount of information. The main screen is made up of cards which can have a ton of options. You can manage what you want to see really easily.

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Activating each option, brings up a card on the main screen, which in turn has its own options as appropriate.

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So for example if you turned on food, you would see a mini card, press on the card to add your food.
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For speed this shows icons for breakfast, lunch, dinner, morning snack, afternoon snack and evening snack. There is then a search option, frequent tab and favourites tab. The food database is extensive. For example just typing bread over 100 breads and more from types, brands and combinations. Selecting Hovis, I then choose the serving size, and I was presented with the calories and all the nutrition information. The calorie total is then shown on the main food splash page with a bar indicating how far towards your daily calorie total you have reached. Total fats and protein are also shown. The breakfast icon now is ticked with the calories spent shown on the icon. I have to say the food tracking is fantastic. It is only beaten by myfitnesspal as MFP has a barcode scanner option.

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You then have the options of settings goals and also choosing a programme.

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You will notice on the manage options is Qardio. S Health works with this brilliant piece of hardware which I own and have linked to S Health.

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Above and below you can see the main screen card layout and options that I have selected.

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You also get rewards and badges for achievements and completing goals. Since writing this review I have achieved more medals for walking even higher than previous for example.

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So let’s have a look at a hike I did on Dartmoor. The level of data provided is excellent. Just look at the options available. Also during the walk at every kilometre or mile walked (depends on what you have chosen in units, settings) you get an audible message saying how many miles, time taken, altitude and the distance again. A really liked this.

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Samsung S Health app makes a mockery of Google Fit apart from the fact it is perhaps not as open as Google Fit. Personally, I would rather have an app that actually does everything I need and really comprehensively. But how closed is Samsung S Health. Well, I mentioned it connected to Qardio Blood Pressure measuring equipment. It also has the following partner apps that work with it – Breezing, Hydro Coach – drink water, Lark Chat, LFConnect, Lifesum – Calorie Counter, Nike+Running, Qardio, Sleep as Android, Technogym, Workout Trainer, Your.MD Symptom Checker, activity.club, Babylon Health, BP(Blood Pressure) Diary, Dminder, Earthmiles – Fitness rewards, Fit + Healthy, Force Patient, Hydro Coach Pro, iHealth Gluck-Smart, Joywell, Openrider – GPS Cycling, Quealth Life Changer, Recipes + Nutrition, Sickweather, Smokenote, Violet, AramViewer, Nitelink, SE Wellness, Smokenote Pro and Bfit App Coach. Hardly closed!!!

But the best part, the single accessory that will improve the stats is with a Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch. Coincidence? Hardly, but with this level of capability it would be a good companion and a fabulous watch too.

So there you have it, S Health on the LG G4. It rocks…

Google Play Store link to Samsung S Health app

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