“ Brand: Argos / Type: Pedometer „
I was intrigued to find out how many steps I walk in a day whilst at work doing a 12 and a half hour shift and also how many calories I burn. Therefore I decided to buy myself a pedometer. I did not want to spend a lot of money on a fancy flash pedometer as all I wanted it to do was the real basics.
After looking on a few websites and then in the Argos catalogue I decided to go for the Argos Value Pedometer. I paid £2.99 for the pedometer when I bought it around a month ago. Argos claims that this pedometer is a great little tool to keep track of your fitness.
The box that the pedometer comes in is small and compact, although it is very thin so would not provide much protection for the pedometer. The box is in standard Argos Value Range colours which are blue and white with the red and white Argos logo. The pedometer comes with a set of instructions about how to use the pedometer. These are quite handy and explained reasonably well so you can understand how to use the pedometer fairly easily.
The pedometer itself is blue and white and is approximately 6 and a half centimetres tall and 4 and a half centimetres wide. It has 3 buttons on the front. One is a mode button, one is a set button and the other is a clear button. The pedometer has a clip on the back allowing you to attach it to your waistband when you work out or when you simply go for a stroll. I found that whilst at work, the best place to attach the pedometer to was the inside of my tunic pocket, as it was both comfortable to wear here and also discrete. Just below the clip is the battery compartment where a plastic case slides off revealing where the battery goes. One good thing about this pedometer was that it came with an AG13 Button Cell battery.
The Argos Value Pedometer has five main features. These are: a stopwatch, a calories burnt indicator, a distance travelled indicator, a step indicator and also a time spent in training zone indicator. The pedometer also displays the time for you. When setting the time, you can either use the 12 hour format or the 24 hour format, whichever you prefer. The pedometer allows you to input your weight and also step length so that it can work out how many calories you have burnt as accurately as possible. Both of these I feel are great added features as the pedometer is tailored personally to you then. When selecting the distance indicator, the figure can be presented in either miles or kilometres which again is handy as some people like myself prefer working in miles, whereas others prefer working in kilometres.
The pedometer is not waterproof, so care has to be taken when going jogging or walking in the rain to avoid causing damage to the pedometer. The pedometer itself is very light, and does feel a bit cheap, but when you pay £2.99 you expect it to.
I have found the pedometer to be pretty accurate when using it to see how many steps I have walked during my shift at work. In one 12 and a half hour shift I had clocked up 20,000 steps, which makes sense as I was on my feet walking up and down the ward all day. One drawback of the pedometer is that is seems a lot less accurate when jogging or carrying out other exercise such as cycling. Sometimes, it says I have burnt a lot of calories during my 30 minute cycle, other times it says I have only burnt 50 calories. I don't know if it just gets confused by the motion of exercise such as cycling so fails to record some of the movements.
Overall, for £2.99 I don't think this pedometer has been too bad for me. I have found it to be mainly accurate for the purpose I bought it, which was seeing how many steps I walk at work. It is easy to operate and allows you to enter your personal details to tailor it to yourself.
I've been trying to lose weight recently as i've started being really unhealthy and eating more junk food and snacks and doing less exercise.
A few months back I thought buying a pedometer would be a good place to get started.
I had recently read an article before considering buying a pedometer, about the benefits of owning it and how it can motivate you into trying to be a bit more active by setting yourself daily goals of steps to meet on the pedometer. I found the articles to state to moniter your steps each day and then try and set an average.. with building yourself to reach the goal of 10,000 steps a day or more.
I wasn't quite sure where to look into buying a pedometer from and was passing Argos one day and decided to pop in. Looking through the catalogue I saw this pedometer was only £3.99, it stated that it had the features of counting each step, how many calories you've burnt and a timer. I thought this was everything I needed and would be a bargain buy and so purchased it.
It was only when trying it for a few days that I found it to be completly unreliable.
At first when I took it out the box I noticed the plastic to be really flimsy.. but as this was such a cheap price I thought it was to be expected. Then when I put it on (it has a little clip at the back that you can attach to your waistband on your jeans etc) I found it to rattle everytime I walked.. although it was a small rattle I still found it to be annoying but kept using it as I thought using the pedometer itself would have advantages.
The screen is easy enough and clear to read to see how many steps you have taken and at first I was quite pleased with the product. It was only later on after using it for a while I found it was completly wrong. I noticed it was sometimes counting 1 step as 2 or 3.. and othertimes it would automatically reset itself whilst walking even though I was nowhere near pressing any of the buttons. I paid attention to it whilst using it to walk up my stairs at home and saw that the counter was completly off.
I ended up taking it back to Argos to exchange it as I thought it was just a faulty product.. I later found the one I swapped it with was doing exactly the same thing. A quick search on the internet later told me it wasn't just myself having problems with this pedometer and infact it was a useless product. So I returned it!
I really wouldn't recommend this product and i'm surprised Argos are still selling it as i'm sure so many others must get returned looking at all these reviews. Although it seemed like a bargain buy, if the step counter itself is not accurate then there is really no point in it. The timer on the pedometer worked fine and the calorie counter worked too but I didn't really see the point in that and wouldn't think it was very accurate either as there was no options to set your weight etc on the counter.
If I could I wouldn't even rate the product 1 star.. but i'm having to.. so a very poor 1/5 from me.
If you are after buying a pedometer.. don't buy this one!
In general they can be really good products and a nice place to start in trying to become more healthy.. but they are not all as bad as this one!
Thanks for reading :)
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After finding out I was pregnant I never re-joined my local gym as I felt I wouldn't get my money's worth & was adamant I wasnt gonna loose my fitness, soo I decided to help count my calorie burning by opting for one of these pedometers. After looking around and seeing prices ranging from £2 right up to about £60 I decided to aim for cheap but cheerful & get one from Argos which was only £4.20.
When returning home with my purchase I got my dogs at the ready and off we began on our walk.
The product it'self is easy to work with its mode button & a left and right button, this also includes a stopwatch for keeping track of how long you have been walking and a distance and calorie punt mode to state how far you have walked & how much you have burnt (if only it worked)
After walking for a good 30 minutes I stopped to check the little screen which stated I had done a whole ... 189 steps ( try quadrippling it for a correct reading) a few times along the Way I then checked & noticed that the item is absolutely terrible for given accurate information and really is not worth 4p let alone £4.
Overall opinion of this product is stay well clear & spend a little bit more buying something that works! Would not recommend
Now I'm a former fat person, still with a way to go, and because of this I attend the gym regularly, walk to and from work, exercise at home and attend classes to keep myself working on weight loss and motivated for the future too. The more I go, the more I want to go and so it is a happy circle of losing weight and feeling great then going to the gym more, then losing weight and feeling great etc. It is the best type of 'vicious circle' I have ever been in and one that I am hoping to continue until I reach my target weight and then just work on maintaining that.
A pedometer is something that I have used on and off over the years and I tend to see its use much like a fad diet where I will do it for a few days and then give up, however, this time someone at my work started to wear one and we got quite competitive trying to out do each other with weight loss and now with the amount of steps that we had taken at certain times of the day. It has even got to a point where we are both offering to run errands and do extra jobs in order to do just a little more exercise so I'm sure our bosses are quite pleased and we're both getting extra exercise while at work.
Because I am on a budget, mainly thanks to all the weight loss gadgets and equipment I have been buying I figured I'd scrimp on my pedometer and I paid just under £4.00 for one from Argos. £4.00 buys just what I thought really and that is a very basic looking pedometer. As all I wanted it for was literally for counting steps I figured that it couldn't be much different to any other pedometer and it must work or they wouldn't sell it.
This pedometer is a blue and white one and it is made from a chunky plastic. There are three buttons on the front of these and they are 'mode' 'clear' and 'set'. Simple but easy to press they allow you to use the pedometer and clear the footstep counter but there are instructions provided that let you know what everything is for and they're simple and yet informative instructions that will only take a few minutes to read and I read them just once before putting them in my recycling box. I felt confident after reading the instructions that I would have no problems using this pedometer and the buttons are clear anyway so it is very simple to work out how to reset the pedometer. The mode button makes it simple to switch between steps taken, calories burned, distance travelled, stopwatch and time spent training. The only feature I ever use is the steps taken as it is almost impossible to predict how many calories any individual burns by walking as every person will burn a different amount dependant on weight, stride of steps and other factors too.
This pedometer, like all pedometers, is designed to be worn on a waistband. I wear a suit or smart black trousers to work on most occasions and this pedometer is simple to fit on any waistband. This does move around a little and over the course of a full day at work, and therefore lots of movement, I probably have to re-adjust it 4 or 5 times on average. This is a little annoying but I'd probably fiddle about with it anyway and therefore have to adjust it even if it wasn't moving around. This feels a little heavy and yet flimsy at the same time while I am wearing it and I can definitely tell that this was a cheap product.
Upon wearing this for a whole day for the first time I was incredibly pleased to see that I had walked over 16,000 steps. This pleased me no end and then the next day it said that I had done 18,000+ steps - even better I thought! Well, when I told my friend she was incredibly jealous and started walking to work herself too, almost the same distance just from a different direction, and she remarked how she'd only ended up doing 8,500 all day despite the walking to and from work and the walking around at work. Then I started to wonder if perhaps I was walking very small steps, no, this turned out not to be the case and in fact I realised, upon testing it, that the pedometer was often counting one step as two! This of course is a massive flaw in the workings of this, twice I tried to reset it and start again and twice it did this to me and so unfortunately I've not been able to continue using this as it's inaccurate and it is not even every step that is counted as two so I can't half the amount to get an accurate figure either (something that I could live with).
The cheap price of this pedometer represents a false economy as the step counter is completely inaccurate and a total waste of time. I would firmly not recommend this, while it was fairly good at staying on my waistband the calorie counter has no option to enter weight (not that I would really expect that for under £4.00 however why include it if it doesn't work?), the step counter might as well be replaced with keeping track of my steps in my head for all the use it provides and the money that I spent was absolutely wasted as this machine filled me with a false hope that I was beating the 10,000 daily steps I had aimed for and therefore I was more slack with other exercise as I figured I was already walking loads so I could relax a bit! 0/5 stars would be the rating if possible but I'll have to very begrudgingly give this 1/5. Should you be interested in buying this, for some bizarre reason, it is currently £3.99 from the Argos website and in Argos stores.
I'm a big walker, be it running around after my daughter, going on a walk around the village three times a week, or just trekking around the office at work. I wanted to get a guage on how many steps I was doing, as I feel it's enough exercise for me and that I don't need to spend money on the gym for no reason.
With that in mind I thought I'd get a pedometer, so I could wear it out on my walks and so on and get an idea week on week how much I'm doing. The Argos Value Range Digital Pedometer seemed OK at £2.99 - I've seen pedometers given away free with breakfast cereals and so on, so I wasn't wanting to pay a lot as there doesn't seem to be much to them.
The pedometer came in a plain cardboard box with a flimsy sheet of instructions, and came supplied with batteries, which I suppose is one good point. The pedometer looks good initially in white with a blue 'insert' with a digital display and three buttons (mode, clear and set), but it does feel awfully light, flimsy and cheap. Hmm. There is a belt clip which just about works but it's quite flimsy and I'm not sure I'd trust the pedometer to stay in place if I went jogging.
Still, though, I thought I only need it to measure my steps, it's not some bells and whistles mp3 player or whatever, so I clipped it onto my belt and went for a walk with my daughter in her pushchair and my husband around the village, which we do two or three times a week, and is about three miles. We got chatting, stopped a few times here and there, and I forgot all about the pedometer. When I got home I checked it and it said 171 steps..er, 171 steps!? I went on a three mile walk, and trust me, my steps are small to medium, I'm not a slow-walking giant or anything!
I tried clipping it direct to my trousers, it seemed to work OK in the house but again as soon as we got out and about around the park, it gave up on me and tried to call me lazy!! Basically it's more or less useless. If you stomp, it still doesn't always register the step, so it'd be no good donating it to any passing stormtroopers, more's the pity. What a complete and utter waste of £2.99. It's not even worth the petrol to return the flipping thing, and I'm still none the wiser on my steps!
I think the moral of the story here is sometimes you need to spend just a touch more to get something which isn't totally useless! The Argos Value Range can be hit and miss at the best of times but there's nothing so useless as this (that I've found yet!). Save your money, if I could give this no stars out of five I would - it's a lump of plastic you don't need clogging up your belt or your bin.
At the start of the year I decided to buy a pedometer to see how many steps I was doing both at home and at work and as way of monitoring this to help me keep in shape whilst pregnant. As I have lost various pedometers in the past due to them falling off belts etc. and either being lost somewhere on my travels or breaking as they fall to the ground I was pleased to see Argos doing a value pedometer for £2.99 and thought it was worth a shot to see if it worked.
The pedometer is fairly basic in design made from blue and white plastic with three buttons on the front all around the small digital screen. The buttons here are for mode, set and clear and are surprisingly sensitive and I have found that on occasions I have reset things by mistake by knocking the machine. The clip to the rear of the machine looks and is fairly insubstantial and weak and I find that the unit does tend to move easily on my belt and hence contributes to the inaccurate readings I think by the machine.
The instruction leaflet is very easy to understand and gives clear instructions on how to set the machine up. The functions that the machine has are steps taken, calories burnt, distance, stopwatch, and time spent training. However the calories burnt can really only be an estimate rather than a true guide due to the lack of data inputted that would give a more accurate reflection such as weight etc.
The first time I tried this at work I was really pleased with it as it gave me such a high reading of the steps taken and I felt that I must be getting all my steps a day in by walking up and down the corridors to see patients and staff. The calories burnt also was quite high and made me think that it was ok to pinch a few chocolates from the stash in the office as I was burning loads off a day.
I then decided to try it around the house and for a day with my active 4 year old to see how many we did in our usual playing, going to the park etc. Again I was amazed at how much I was doing and pleased about the results it would give.
However this soon was all to fall flat around my ears, my husband was really rather startled when I was telling him the results about the day with our son and thought maybe the machine wasn't working properly. To prove him wrong I demonstrated my magical machine at going up stairs and wandering around the home and was shocked to find that it actually seemed to be counting each step as about 2 or 3 and even when stood still if it jangled on my belt I could do a few steps stood still. I tried over the next week or so different positions different sides to see if this helped give a more accurate reading but each time it always seemed to count more than I was doing. This coupled with the fact that it would on occasions get knocked and reset itself meant that it wasn't much use at all to me and the results that it showed were not to be believed.
Overall and recommendation
Despite its cheap price I can't recommend this pedometer it doesn't record accurately, the buttons are easily knocked resting the machine. The clip for the machine is flimsy and in all likelihood would have broken if I had worn it for a good length of time and wobbled on my belt or trousers . At £2.99 it may seem a bargain price but I would put the money towards a better machine than this as in this case even at £2.99 it is not good value for money.
I like to exercise regularly both at the gym and at home and being 22 weeks pregnant at the moment its really important for me to keep myself as fit as possible. I used to have a pedometer a few years ago but it broke and I've never got around to replacing it. Just before Christmas while browsing the Argos catalogue I spotted their Value Range Digital Pedometer and bought 2, one for me and one for my husband.
The Argos Value Pedometer costs just £2.99 and despite being cheap the picture of it looked quite nice. On opening up the packaging I noticed that the blue and white plastic the pedometer is made from is quite flimsy and the little clip on the back didn't look very strong, but considering the small price tag I wasn't too surprised. It comes with a leaflet explaining how to use the pedometer and set it up, it didn't seem too complicated. The front of the little unit has just 3 buttons on it situated around the small screen, these are mode, set and clear.
The pedometer has several functions considering the price. These are :-
Calories burnt, distance, stopwatch, time spent training and of course it counts your steps. I was impressed, quite a lot of useful information there for a little price tag.
I tried the pedometer for the first time one weekend when I was just busy at home, I was keen to see just how many calories housework actually does burn and how far I walked. I clipped it to the waist band of my trousers set about my work. After a couple of hours I had a look at the unit and was impressed at just how many steps I had taken. The pedometer showed me how many calories I had burnt and overall I was pleased with the pedometer and silently congratulated myself for not only taking all those steps but finding a bargain as well.
The next day Mark and myself walked into town to do some shopping and we both wore our pedometers, when we reached town about a 15 to 20 minuet walk we checked our units. Naturally they were different as Mark is well over 6 foot and I'm only slightly over 5 foot. He would naturally take longer strides with his long legs but I started to wonder just how accurate these pedometers were, the difference was several hundred steps! After this I started to pay more attention to the unit, I noticed I only had to walk upstairs and according to my pedometer I had done a whopping 458 steps!! Sometimes the pedometer would just re set itself and I would end up registering less steps than I started with.
Had it just been mine that was doing this I may have thought I had just been unlucky and got a faulty one but Marks was playing up too.
I shouldn't be surprised that this very cheap pedometer is rubbish, in most cases you get what you pay for but we all love a bargain. I wouldn't recommend this pedometer, the flimsy plastic I could have lived with but totally unreliable results is just defeating the whole object of wearing one. If you are thinking of getting one I would suggest spending a bit more and getting something reliable.
It doesn't really deserve any stars but I have to give it at least 1.
I lost my previous pedometer that I had had for years when I was out walking with my mother's dogs in the woods. I was really annoyed as I loved my pedometer and had relied on it for years to ensure that I was getting the necessary steps in to keep my weight down and my fitness levels up.
I bought the Argos digital pedometer on a whim one day whilst I was buying something else because it was so cheap. I have bought a few Argos value products over the years and whilst they are usually not the best looking products they normally do the job just as well as the more expensive versions.
It was only £2.99 which I thought was an absolutely fantastic price for a digital pedometer but the old saying about getting what you pay for is true when it comes to this particular product.
It is made from plastic and although with a pedometer you want it to be light so that it is comfortable this one just felt cheap and toy like and I was scared immediately of dropping it as I didn't think it would survive even a light fall to the ground.
The pedometer has a plastic clip for attaching it to your belt or pocket and a small digital screen. You can use the pedometer to keep a track of not only the steps you take but also calories burnt, distance and it also functions as a stop watch.
I found the calories burnt function to be pretty much useless as it doesn't take into account my weight and height but the absolute worst thing about the pedometer is that it doesn't work properly.
I know it was cheap but I expected it to at least be able to keep a track of the amount of steps I was taking. It is totally off.
The first few times I used the pedometer I was pleased to see that I had done loads more steps than I had thought I had. It wasn't until a few days after buying it that I put it on and then checked to make sure that I had turned it on properly that I noticed it said I had done over 200 steps when there was no way that I could possibly have done that many.
I tried again this time keeping a track of how many steps I was doing and then checking the pedometer and each time I found that it was more than doubling the actual amounts of steps I was doing. I was shocked that Argos would sell something so useless and I would have taken it back and complained had it not been so cheap to begin with.
Needless to say I in no way recommend that you buy this pedometer and do what I did and put a few more pounds to it and get yourself a decent one that will be more accurate. The only good thing that I can find to say about this pedometer is that the stop clock function worked on it.
These pedometers are a great idea if they work properly, as they can keep track of the amount of walking or running you are doing and give you useful information, like distance walked, number of steps and calories burnt. They can be great if you're trying to lose weight or attempting to follow a diet that involves exercise - but they are also good for the person who just casually wants to know how far they're walking in the average day.
What's nice about this product in particular is that it's easy to attach to your clothing - you can just clip it to a belt, your pocket, or as I did to the top of my shorts, and because it's light and small you don't notice it - you just unclip it when you're finished and you can look up the information.
-ooo- The Product -ooo-
This is, like I said just before, a very small and lightweight little device with buttons to change between mode - there's a stopwatch and a selection of pieces of information like those listed above. It fixes on with a plastic strap at the back of the pedometer, which is easy to use and secure. The instructions are clear and easy to use, and I was able to get it out of the pack and using it within no time at all, really.
This is a really cheap product - only £3, but this would be great if it worked effectively.
-ooo- Would I Recommend? -ooo-
Unfortunately, it just wasn't reliable - it looks fine and has all the options, but it only seemed to count about half my steps, and would say I'd walked a mile when I'd been walking for about an hour - this means all the information about calories and time, and distance etc. were all wrong, so this was really no use and after a few days of using it I put it away and haven't used it since.
So, it's really cheap, but it's not worth it - as it simply doesn't do the job.
In my continuous quest to get fit and actually do some exercise I'm going to have to take some drastic measures as nothing seems to be working at the moment! At the start of the summer (if you can call it that with the current rain coming down outside my window) I decided to walk whenever possible rather than going somewhere in my car... luckily I don't live in the most remote part of the Lake District where I'd have to walk five miles just to get to a village shop! In order to mark this pledge in someway I decided to buy a pedometer to keep track of the miles I was racking up on a daily basis and promised myself a treat when I managed to walk a mile for five consecutive days... and I was determined to do it as well!
I ended up purchasing the Argos Value Range Digital Pedometer as it was so cheap at just £2.99... normally I'd have gone for the most expensive one I could find in the hope that the amount of money I'd spent would actually guilt trip me into using it but for once I decided to be sensible. The pedometer came in a small box with some very basic operating instructions. It's white in colour with a blue triangular part on it as well as a small digital screen which shows the information. It feels very light indeed and sits comfortably in the palm of my hand; it can be clipped onto a belt or trousers using a plastic clip on the back of the pedometer. I've found it sits securely on my trousers when walking without falling off at all.
The pedometer offers the use of a stopwatch so you can time how long you've walked for, a time indicator to show how long you've spent in training in total, an indication of the calories you've burnt as well as the distance you've travelled and the amount of steps you've taken as well. The instructions leaflet provides basic information about how to operate the pedometer using the buttons which include "mode, clear and set" which allow you to manage the pedometer as well as resetting it when starting a new exercising session. Using these three buttons alone it's really easy to start the pedometer off (just start walking) as well as locating the information that you need (using the mode button to switch between screens).
I've had this pedometer for over two months now... and I gave up using it after about a fortnight! Despite it being really easy to operate and only taking me a couple of minutes to get started I found it to be largely inaccurate. After walking for about fifteen minutes I was amazed to see that it had only registered thirty eight steps... despite not being the quickest walker I certainly wasn't going at a snail's pace as suggested here! Over the following fortnight I used the pedometer on several occasions and found the distance and steps travelled to always be inaccurate... which made me think the other measurements may well be as well. I've stopped using it and would have taken it back if I could have been bothered walking!
Thanks for reading.