Apple iPhone 6S – Apple Watch versus FitBit Charge HR – Part 2

A few days ago I mentioned I was going to try and see whether using the Apple iPhone 6S with the Apple Watch or Fitbit Charge HR would work as a better solution for fitness.

This is an interesting exercise as my wife is using her iPhone 6S and I am using my iPhone 6S Plus. We are both testing the Apple Watch and Fitbit Charge HR to see which one works best.

We are both syncing data from the Apple Watch to the Apple HealthKit app which in turns syncs the steps to MyFitnessPal. My wife noticed that MyFitnessPal under the home tab showed the correct step count value synced across from the Apple Watch. In the Diary tab at the bottom, the number of steps shown was up to 50% inaccurate meaning the total number of extra calories created that day were down by a fair amount. This can make a lot of difference if you needed extra calories for a snack in the evening.

So as I had the same issue, I did some investigation and noticed in the Apple HealthKit app it displayed my wife’s Apple Watch twice. So a call to Apple Support and I was advised to wipe the phone clean and restore from iTunes. What was scary was the guy from Apple Support did not know the to save your HealthKit data you need to backup to iTunes using encryption. Restoring a backup from iCloud will not bring back historical health data. This is not good as not everyone uses a PC/Mac so therefore backing up to iTunes is impossible.

I also emailed MyFitnessPal re the inaccurate steps showing in the Diary tab and whilst I have not had an email back yet from MyFitnessPal it now shows different text in the Diary tab. My wife opened the app on her phone, and it had the previous text entry under the Diary tab. MyFitnessPal had done something to my account.

So how is the FitBit Charge HR going. In one word, it just works and really well. For pure fitness it is far simpler and easier to use. It also syncs really smoothly with MyFitness Pal.

So how does the Apple Watch compare? To be honest it is a totally different device that can do so much from paying for goods, controlling my weather station and more. As a fitness device is works fairly well but it is not perfect. Activity is minus the GPS map tracking. After a workout you can’t read your heart rate scores taken throughout the time exercising. All you get is a heart rate summary. On the other hand I do like how the Apple Watch makes you stand up every hour and also displays your activity.

If I had to choose just one device for fitness, currently the winner goes to FitBit.

It is also worth noting that FitBit has just had a Class Action lawsuit taken against them that alleges that the heart rate tracking in the Charge HR and Surge, are inaccurate and by a significant margin.

3 thoughts on “Apple iPhone 6S – Apple Watch versus FitBit Charge HR – Part 2

  1. Thanks Gavin….. I’ve never understood the MyFitnessPal apps readings it takes from the iPhone and then converts into its own figures.
    It would be interesting to see if using just a FitBit as a source would make these figures mean any sense for me.
    My friend who has a FitBit but not an iPhone who has been ‘telling’ me to ditch the phone and use the FitBit, I’m obviously not going to do that but I am going to ask if I can use his device for a day just so I can sort out how these figures are converted.

    At the moment though I would say I’m happy just using the iPhone and watch. It seems accurate enough and I do like the fact you can either use Activity Tracker on its own or Workout to provide motivation.
    Motivation basically is the key word: sometimes it doesn’t really matter if your readings are only 90% accurate, it’s how they get you doing the exercises in the first place….. Informing you to Stand Up is one such motivation. It means nothing in figures but the end result is without being prodded I would most probably been much less active.

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    1. Hi Mike. I’ve trying this app as an alternative to myfitnesspal.

      Calorie/kJ Counter PRO by MyNetDiary – with Food Diary for Diet and Weight Loss by MyNetDiary Inc.

      There is a free version with ads. I’m going to see which one I prefer.

      They reckon their app is better than myfitnesspal. I’m not sure yet but this is the developers explanation.

      They have a FAQ somewhere re Fitbit which says they get more data from it.


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