In both clinical and consumer testing, the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 precisely counts steps at slow and fast walking speeds. The pedometer uses dual accelerometers, and it remains accurate in a shirt pocket or bag as well as on the hip. Most users have nothing but praise for this pedometer that also tracks aerobic steps, distance and calories. A few downsides noted are its bulky size and problems with the step count resetting in the middle of the day.
For slightly more, the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer with PC Software HJ-720ITC (*Est. $35) includes Omron Health Management Software. It is nearly identical to the HJ-112, but it stores 41 days of data in memory and has a USB connection for uploading this data to a computer (Windows only). If you want a basic pedometer that only counts steps, the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-200 (*Est. $20) is more compact, and users have reported that it has a long-lasting battery.
We found the best feedback on the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 in a study published in Science & Medicine in Sports & Exercise. ConsumerReports.org editors also tested the Omron HJ-112 among 10 pedometers. More informal reviews of this pedometer are at the National Education Association magazine's website and About.com. Unlike most other pedometers, there is a wealth of owner-written reviews on the Omron HJ-112, especially at Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Drugstore.com, which feature thousands of user-generated reviews.
1. Science & Medicine in Sports & Exercise
Researchers enlist nearly 100 walkers to test the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 while they walk on a treadmill at varying speeds. The steps are manually recorded by an investigator and compared to the control pedometer, the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-701. Interestingly, not only does the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 score excellent results for accuracy, it outperforms the Yamax Digi-Walker SW-701 at every walking speed.
Review: Validity of the Omron HJ-112 Pedometer during Treadmill Walking, Rebecca E. Hasson, et. al., April 2009
Editors at this consumer organization rate and test 10 conventional pedometers as well as three cell phone apps and GPS watches, including the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112. Each pedometer receives a rating based on accuracy, ease of use and features.
Review: Pedometer 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 pedometer should not be affected by body size, thanks to internal accelerometers. It should be noted that the site does not display the correct picture next to each pedometer.
Review: Picking a Pedometer, Gini Kopecky Wallace, January 2008
Wendy Bumgardner, the walking guide at About.com, ranks the Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 as her top pick among 10 pedometers. She praises the secure clip, seven-day memory and silent operation. Her only complaint is that it is larger than other pedometers. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 10 Pedometers, Wendy Bumgardner, Updated April 10, 2012
The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 attracts more than 3,400 owner-written reviews on Amazon.com, including more than 2,500 5-star reviews. Owners say this pedometer is sturdy, accurate and easy to use. Those who don't like this pedometer say it's too bulky and the clip isn't strong enough. A few say the reset button can be pushed too easily (erasing your step count) because there's no protective cover.
Review: Omron HJ-112 Digital Pocket Pedometer, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 attracts nearly 800 reviews at Walmart.com, where it receives a nearly perfect rating. Users note the accuracy and its ease of use. Downsides noted are that the belt clip could be a little stronger and the size is a little bulky.
Review: Omron HJ-112 Premium Pedometer, Contributors to Walmart.com
Drugstore.com is a retail site that sells several models of pedometers. The Omron GoSmart Pocket Pedometer HJ-112 receives 4.6 stars out of 5 from more than 220 owners. Most reviewers say it is a good all-day pedometer that's accurate and easy to use.
Review: Omron Pocket Pedometer, HJ-112, Contributors to Drugstore.com