Product Type: Argos Fitness
Newest Review: ... about this pedometer was that it came with an AG13 Button Cell battery. The Argos Value Pedometer has five main features. These are: a s... more
I should have read the reviews of this before purchasing!!
Argos Value Range Digital Pedometer
Member Name: theredrobin
Argos Value Range Digital Pedometer
Date: 19/01/13, updated on 20/01/13 (52 review reads)
Disadvantages: inaccurate step counter, flimsy, rattles when walking
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 :)
(review may also be found on ciao)
Summary: Useless product, not worth using