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Human, a fitness tracker for iPhone and iPod touch, aims to help you lead a more productive and healthy life by letting you know how active you are throughout the day. Unlike other more robust trackers currently available, Human simply tracks your daily activity levels in minutes and not calories. All you need to worry about is staying active with your device in tow. Though its ease of use makes it great for those seeking an uncomplicated way to manage their fitness levels, Human’s sparse features and inaccurate sensors may make it more trouble than it’s worth.
With a goal of 30 active minutes per day, Human primarily uses your device’s GPS to track the location, distance, and length of time of your daily routines. Activities such as walking, running, and cycling are recorded and added to a daily log, which lets you review them in great detail. Every minute gets you closer to reaching your goal. However because speed and distance are taken into account each time an activity is recorded, indoor or stationary activities like driving don’t impact your total. The results might be surprising, as most of us don’t spend as much time being up and about as we’d like, so trying to remain active for 30 minutes can be challenging for some, but may be a breeze for others.
As enlightening as the results may be, Human doesn’t always track your activities properly, so it may mistake a 10-minute train commute for a 15-minute jog. These slip-ups not only impact your daily goal, but they also make using the tracker almost pointless should they recur in your routine. Activities can be reviewed and edited, but this becomes a hassle, especially if you decide to leave Human running in the background and only check on it at the end of your day.
Daily notifications and weekly stats keep you updated on your progress, but inaccurate readings make it hard to trust their reliability. And because Human uses a combination of Wi-Fi, GPS, and motion sensors, the app definitely takes its take toll on your phone’s battery life — that is, if you want the app to be as accurate as possible, which it sadly struggles with regardless.
The bottom line. Human makes it easy to see how active you are each day, but accuracy issues can severely limit its effectiveness.
iPhone or iPod touch running iOS 6.0 or later
Sleek, easy-to-use interface. Helpful daily notifications. Detailed log of your activities.
Inaccurate readings impact your daily goal. Frequent mistakes when tracking an activity. Heavy toll on battery life.