Disclaimer: I was able to give the Google Pixel and Moto 360 a try thanks to Verizon in exchange for a review. I do not get to keep the products–I am returning it once I am done testing it out! All thoughts and opinions are my own. Also–congrats to Verizon for being announced top network by RootMetrics!
Verizon reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying any products. I have been so curious with the smart watches that I asked if I could try the Moto 360 Gen 2 and the Google Pixel XL phone with it. I thought I’d use the Pixel a lot more but because I didn’t have my number transferred–I found myself still using my iPhone more regularly. I did give the Google Fit app a try though because I was curious if I’d like the tracking. For some background–I used to use the FitBit pretty regularly and really liked the user interface and the app. It was really straight forward and had a huge social aspect to it.
After giving Google Fit a try, I don’t see myself switching from using my regular Garmin Connect and Strava apps! Google Fit has a ways to go before it catches up with the other fitness apps out there. However, if you aren’t into sharing your data and being social–the Google Fit app could be a good way since most people are using Google Calendar and Gmail–it’s nice that it’s all there.
Here are some of the pros and cons I saw with using the app:
The Interface. It’s simple but not as clean and pretty as the Fitbit interface.
No social aspect. I love building community through fitness. There is no social aspect of
No custom activity. You can’t log custom activities like you can on Fitbit.
Big Picture view. The calendar view and color coded activity view on the web interface is a fun way to view the big picture of your activity levels.
Fitness challenges. I like that there are fitness challenges programmed into the watch app. They will explain the proper form and keep track of everything. I wish you could have a big picture view of this challenge from the app or web interface so that I could plan ahead.
Connected Apps. Google Fit seems to be compatible with a lot of apps. I link my Garmin to Strava and you can link Google Fit through Strava. It also is compatable with Runkeeper, MyFitnessPal, Calm, Nike+ Running and more. (See the full list here)
Running activities add steps. I am very loyal to my Garmin watch for running. When I used my Withings watch and logged runs after the fact–it did not log steps. When I log my runs with Google Fit after the fact it will log steps even if I don’t enter steps when the run is being input.