Moves Review – Just keep walking
App Type: Uncategorized
Version #: 2.0.2
Date Released: 2013-12-04
Price: 2.99User Rating:
When I was a little younger my school gave me one of those clip on pedometers I would fasten to my jeans as part of some health campaign. With each step I took there would be a comforting jingle down my pants as the pedometer logged each one. At the end of the day I would take the little device off and see if I hit some arbitrary recommended goal which I vaguely remember to be somewhere around 10,000.
It was a fad amongst my friends at that time but now that I look back, I cringe when I visualize what a dork I had been. But some of us do want to count our footsteps, using it as a reference or indicator of physical activity. So rather than having that geeky little device clipped on, why not use an app?
Moves makes use of both GPS and the accelerometer built into iOS devices to log each individual footstep taken by the user. Through some unknown sorcery, the app is also intelligent enough to distinguish between actual footsteps and movement via vehicles. Moves also keeps a log of places you’ve visited throughout the day as well as the respective time stamps for when these locations were accessed.
The app even presents data neatly through a timeline that is easy to scroll through. The entire user interface is extremely smooth and easy to navigate around.
Priced at $2.99, Moves is rather reasonable for something that keeps tabs on so much of your life. Some might ask about battery concerns but for the week I used this app, I found that the battery drain was pretty negligible.
Would I Buy Again:Yes
Who Is It For:Anyone who wants to keep tabs on general health and fitness
What I Like:The app is easy and convenient to use.
What I Don't Like:Privacy concerns
Final Statement:Just keep walking
NEW IN MOVES 2.0
• New beautiful design
• Battery Saving Mode that saves up to 40% of battery (iOS 7 only)
• Support for the M7 co-processor in iPhone 5s
• Automatically tracks walking, cycling and running
• Recognizes the places in your daily life
• Shows your day as a simple storyline
• Plots your routes on a map
• Step counter (pedometer)
• Calories burned for each activity
More features available from the Connected Apps catalog.
Seeing your everyday life in a new way can motivate you to move more. Set simple goals (e.g. 10,000 steps a day) and start with small changes that can lead to a fitter lifestyle and healthier habits.
Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. Moves has been designed to use GPS and other sensors sparingly. The app relies mostly on acceleration data, cell tower and Wi-Fi locations. The new Battery Saving Mode will further minimize battery consumption when stationary in a place.
IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT IOS 7
Moves needs to run continuously in the background to track your activities:
1. Ensure that you have BACKGROUND APP REFRESH turned ON for Moves (iPhone Settings > General > Background App Refresh)
2. If you close Moves in the multitasking view by swiping up (this is the view you get by double-pressing the home button), Moves will be turned off until you open the app yourself again.
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Article By Eng Wei Jie
A water polo player from Singapore, Wei Jie devotes most of his time to training. However, when he's not occupied by water training or pushing himself in the gym, expect to see him squinting at his iPhone testing out new apps.
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