Review: Activity Tracking without an Apple Watch

I have an Apple Watch, but there are times when I don't always wear it. That's why I was pleased to try the Activity Tracker app (free) from Bits&Coffee. Even as I type this, my Apple Watch battery has less than 10 percent left. This is why I can't always wear it, but I almost always have my iPhone with me. When combined with the Activity Tracker app, I can keep track of steps via the built-in pedometer independent of my Apple Watch.

Activity Tracker

The app itself is quite beautiful and clearly takes some styling cues from Apple Watch, such as the color scheme and circular progress chart. Despite not having all the benefits of a dedicated fitness band such as the Apple Watch or a FitBit, the pedometer is remarkably accurate. There is plenty of functionality for free, but for $2.99 you can add Pro features, including Watch & HealthKit sync, Weekly & Monthly stats, Hourly Stats (last seven days), and Import/Export capabilities. Keep in mind that it doesn't track stationary activities, such as stationary bicycling.

Activity Tracker


  • Beautiful app
  • Takes styling cues from Apple Watch
  • Remarkably accurate without a dedicated fitness tracking device
  • Plenty of functionality for free


  • Doesn't track stationary activities

Final Verdict

If you want to track your steps and activity, without a dedicated fitness wearable, the Activity Tracker from Bits&Coffee does a great job.

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Author Details

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Author Details

Todd Bernhard

Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP,,, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.