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    I am still working my way around my Gear Live. Overall my impressions are favorable. Being able to quickly view notifications is great. One of the reasons I picked it up was also for the fitness piece. I currently use a Fitbit and figured if I am going to wear something it may as well have the added benefit that Android Wear can bring.

    That being said with today being my first day using it, I noticed a significant drop in steps compared to the Fitbit. Have people had similar experiences already or with any of the other Gear devices. I am going to try and use both tomorrow and see what the difference is at the end of the day.

    If there are any other questions I would be happy to answer, but also look forward to others feedback.

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    how do you know it is not the fitbit that is off? i understand the gear devices haven't exactly been known for their step accuracy, but it occurs to me that a fitbit with an accelerometer vs. a gear live with an accelerometer, gyroscope and compass should in theory result in the gear live providing superior accuracy...
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    Fair question. I am going to try and wear both tomorrow and see how close they are. I am basing it mainly off a run I did today.

    I ran a little over 5 miles and as of a minutes ago my total steps for the day is 8716. That run alone should take me over or close to over 10,000 steps. Plus the additional steps of a regular work day and I really would be closer to 15k. Now the 15 may be high but I also am thinking the 8k is exceptionally low. I will see how it reacts over the next few days.

    I can just adjust my step expectations, so consistency will be most important.

    Any other people have experience with other trackers and how they compare.

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    also, it just occurred to me that maybe it's the built in app that's off? are any other step counting apps even compatible with android wear as of this moment?
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    Can you run with just the watch. And then sync to phone when you're done? Would like to be able to do this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cdmta View Post
    Can you run with just the watch. And then sync to phone when you're done? Would like to be able to do this.

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    Yes. You can run as a standalone and it will count steps. Just remember there is no GPS, so you are only relying on steps for distance which may not be very accurate.


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    Can this thread be moved to the Gear Live section? It wasn't there when I started this. Thanks for the help.


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    Default Re: Step Counter Off (Gear Live)

    This is from my run today. I took both steps counts right before starting and immediately following.

    Gear: Start - 2649; End 5335; Total Steps Counted - 2686
    FitBit: Start - 389; End 7060; Total Steps Counted - 6671

    There is a 4,000 step difference between the two. For reference, I ran approx. 5.2 miles as measured by my Garmin. I really think something is way off on the Gear.


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    With my Galaxy Gear, I just manually counted my steps in my head and compared it to the watch. I did 4 trials. First was 200 steps. The Gear was within 2 steps accuracy. Then I did a 100 step, stopped for a min, then another 100 in the same direction. Was accurate within 3 steps. Then I did a 200 step and then walked back the same route for 200 steps and was still accurate within 2. Last was a dynamic route with stops and turns for 200 steps Accuracy was within 3. IMO, the Galaxy Gear's pedometer is pretty accurate. I can imagine the built in pedometers for the Gear Live and Galaxy Gear are identical.

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    Wow! That is a huge discrepancy. I wonder what is causing it.

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    I found your post searching google for this exact issue. My gear live is signifigantly lower than my fitbit which I've checked for accuracy before. Just got home from work... gear-3363 fitbit-4761
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    Quote Originally Posted by itinj6 View Post
    With my Galaxy Gear, I just manually counted my steps in my head and compared it to the watch. I did 4 trials. First was 200 steps. The Gear was within 2 steps accuracy. Then I did a 100 step, stopped for a min, then another 100 in the same direction. Was accurate within 3 steps. Then I did a 200 step and then walked back the same route for 200 steps and was still accurate within 2. Last was a dynamic route with stops and turns for 200 steps Accuracy was within 3. IMO, the Galaxy Gear's pedometer is pretty accurate. I can imagine the built in pedometers for the Gear Live and Galaxy Gear are identical.

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    I don't think the last part is necessarily true from a software or calibration perspective though. I would agree that they probably have identical innards, but something is definitely off with the Gear Live's calibration and/or software. The numbers are too far off. My Fitbit has been consistent with other devices I have used to track. They are never the same but I am 3,902 steps off today as of right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by electricfx View Post
    I found your post searching google for this exact issue. My gear live is signifigantly lower than my fitbit which I've checked for accuracy before. Just got home from work... gear-3363 fitbit-4761
    I kept searching Google as well hoping to see something. I may reach out to Samsung tomorrow if I get time.
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    My fitbit flex is reading 10,822 right now. Gear Live is reading 11,021. Earlier today, the Gear Live was a bit lower. Close enough for my purposes.
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    I wonder if I have a dud. Your numbers are fine. Mine are way off comparatively.

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