A longtime favorite of both experts and consumers, the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 is a budget-friendly tracker that doesn't sacrifice dependability. It uses dual accelerometers, which reviewers say are accurate for both overweight and slow walkers. Most important, the pedometer is easy to use and durable.
Dependable and accurate. In both clinical and consumer testing, the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 precisely counts steps at slow and fast walking speeds. It uses dual accelerometers and remains accurate when placed in a shirt pocket or bag as well as when worn at the hip. Scott Crouter, Ph.D., an assistant professor of exercise and health sciences at the University of Massachusetts, tests the HJ-112 and says it shouldn't be affected by body size thanks to the internal accelerometers.
The GoSmart also tracks aerobic steps, distance and calories, and most users say it performs well. Because the device tracks so much data simultaneously, however, battery life does suffer. Reviewers add that its bulky size limits its versatility, and a few report problems with the step count resetting during the day.
Simple interface. The Omron GoSmart is frequently praised for its simple user interface. It's easy to set up, and toggling between the various modes and features is intuitive. However, some owners find that the reset button can be accidentally pressed because the pedometer lacks a protective cover. The HJ-112 comes with a holder, strap and clothing clip.
Several reviewers say the pedometer automatically goes into aerobic tracking when walking more than 60 steps a minute for more than 10 minutes, but that doesn't pose a big problem and some actually consider this a bonus. The GoSmart has a replaceable CR2032 battery with a lifespan of six months at 10,000 steps per day.
Useful features drain battery. Because the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 boasts dual-tracking accelerometers, battery life suffers. Owners must buy more batteries than with other tracking devices, but the CR2032 battery is easily replaced by users. The pedometer, excluding the battery, is covered under a one-year limited manufacturer warranty. Owners post no feedback on Omron's customer service.
1. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
Researchers enlist nearly 100 subjects to test the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 while they walk on a treadmill at varying speeds. Steps are manually recorded by an investigator and compared to the control pedometer, the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-701. Full text is available only to subscribers.
Review: Validity of the Omron HJ-112 Pedometer During Treadmill Walking, Rebecca E. Hasson, et al., April 2009
Editors test and rate 10 conventional pedometers as well as three cell phone apps and GPS watches, including the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112. Each pedometer is rated based on accuracy, ease of use and features.
Review: Pedometers Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, February 2012
3. NEA Today
The magazine of the National Education Association publishes a brief review of five pedometers. It includes opinions from Scott Crouter, Ph.D., an assistant professor of exercise and health sciences at the University of Massachusetts, and an unknown panel. The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 is praised for its accuracy, and Crouter says the device shouldn't be affected by body size, thanks to internal accelerometers. However, the site doesn't display the correct picture next to each pedometer.
Review: Picking a Pedometer, Gini Kopecky Wallace, January 2008
Bumgardner, the walking guide at About.com, names the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 as her top pick among 10 pedometers. She praises its secure clip, seven-day memory and silent operation, but dislikes that it's larger than other pedometers.
Review: Top 10 Pedometers, Wendy Bumgardner, April 10, 2013
The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 attracts more than 4,650 owner reviews, including more than 3,300 5-star ratings. Users call this pedometer sturdy, accurate and easy to use. Those who don't like it say it's too bulky and the clip isn't strong enough. A few report that the lack of a protective cover means the reset button can be pushed too easily, erasing your step count.
Review: Omron HJ-112 Pocket Pedometer, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of August 2013
The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 gets about 965 customer reviews and an average rating of 4.7 stars out of 5 at Walmart.com. Users like its accuracy and ease of use, but say the belt clip could be a little stronger and the size is a bit bulky.
Review: Omron HJ-112 Premium Pedometer, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of August 2013
Drugstore.com sells several models of pedometers. The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 gets 4.5 stars out of 5 from more than 230 owners, with most calling it a good all-day pedometer that's accurate and easy to use.
Review: Omron Pocket Pedometer, HJ-112, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of August 2013