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The Coun­try Walk­ing team pitched wear­able gad­gets against smart­phone apps in a track­ing test. See the re­sults on Page 92.

IN­CREAS­INGLY, THE ELEC­TRONIC tech we take on walks may be more than just a nav­i­ga­tional aid or a ba­sic mo­bile for emer­gen­cies. Gad­gets can mea­sure our fit­ness, record where we’ve been and tally up how far. More of­ten than not, the tech­nol­ogy to do this is worn on our wrist, con­tained within our smart­phones and en­abled by apps.

Track­ing tech­nol­ogy is the fo­cus of this mar­ketwide test, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from high-spec smart­watches to smart­phone apps that cost you noth­ing (for the ba­sic edi­tion, at least). Some are made by big-name tech gi­ants, oth­ers by smaller brands spe­cial­is­ing in rugged out­door gad­getry. Al­though such de­vices and apps are pre­dom­i­nantly aimed at run­ners and ‘mul­ti­sport’ su­per­hu­mans, we’ve looked at them as walk­ers.

We’re eval­u­at­ing what they do and how well they do it; their track­ing, con­nec­tiv­ity and nav­i­ga­tion func­tions. We also ask how use­ful (if at all) they are for walk­ers and if they’re worth your hard-earned cash. Fi­nally, we’ve pitched them against each other in a test of their mileage mea­sur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties (an es­sen­tial trait for any­one aim­ing to #walk1000miles in 2019).


We’ve tested 15 prod­ucts, which we’ve di­vided into Ac­tiv­ity Track­ers, Smart­watches and Smart­phone Apps. We re­view their fea­tures, ease-ofuse and (in the case of track­ers and smart­watches) what they’re like to wear and op­er­ate on a walk. Our over­all ver­dicts are in­cluded in the ta­ble on Page 92.

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