The Omron Pink HJ203 Pedometer is a solid product
Written: Jan 31, 2012 (Updated Feb 1, 2012)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:small, easy to use, nice features, battery life
Cons:the activity tracker feature is a step backwards
The Bottom Line: It's easily worth what I paid.
I’ve been using Omron pedometers for years to track my steps for years. For me, the Omron brand has meant accuracy, reliability and durability. Also, there were some issues in earlier pedometers, like short battery life and a calculation of aerobic steps that was vexing.
So when I saw this unit the HJ203 on Ebay for $10, I snapped it up.
The HJ203 has the following features:
- comes with a clasp and short cord. Can be used while in a pocket
- tracks and reports steps, calories and fat burned
- 7 day memory
- 1 year battery; longer lasting than earlier models
- easy setup; automatic stride calculation
- activity tracker
- available colors pink (this one), yellow, black, purple
- made in China
The HJ 203 is about half the width of the earlier model, the HJ113.
In use, it has worked reasonable well. Setup proceeded smoothly and I found the automatic calculation of stride length was easy as it was based on height. Other set up parameters include weight and age. The HJ203 has large buttons that are easily pushed, despite it’s small size, and the display is ;arge enough to read easily.
The display goes off automatically and I think that is contributing to the improved battery life.
I acknowledge that the activity tracking feature was an attempt to improve upon the aerobic calculation in earlier units, and I was critical of that. The aerobic steps calculation happened automatically using steady steps for a duration. It was also cumulative by day. The thing I disliked was that it would not register unless you were walking steadily for 10 minutes.
Now, the activity tracker on the HJ203 is turned on and off by the user. The activity tracker reports calories and time. That is an improvement in the sense that there is no requirement of 10 minutes of continuous activity (easily disrupted by a stop light when walking on the street). However, the HJ203 will only record one session and it can’t be incremented. So, even though I disliked the aerobic steps calculation on the earlier units, that calculation is better than the activity tracker on the HJ203.
The HJ203 is a solid product at a fair cost and I can recommend it.
Thanks for reading. God bless!
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