Stride is the latest, and the cheapest, step tracker from GOQii. Stride is the latest, and low in cost, step tracker from GOQii, a startup based in California that brings a clientele predominantly in India. Stride does the most fundamental thing, that is counting your steps. But there is a catch―you need to wear your shoes to use Stride. It has been devised to be clipped on to the shoelace. That could be quite a disquiet for many considering you might not be wearing shoes all the time; or if you change into an additional pair, you will need to think back to place the Stride on the new pair. Add to it the reality that it might not look good on all types of shoes.
I am not sure if placing a step tracker on your foot would better its accuracy. But the Stride I assessed counted 10 percent fewer steps than the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro that I wore simultaneously.
Setting up the Stride is a flurry of air. Put in the coin-like cell and clip it on your shoelace. Then download the GOQii app (available for Android and iOS) and sync the device via Bluetooth. The GOQii app is not your regular health app; it is a whole reach of services—from live coaches to doctor on call to a health store. In fact, when you buy a GOQii, you pay not just for the device, but also for an offering to these services. The Stride comes with a free 3-month subscription. You will have to pay to renew it subsequently.
The Stride comes in four divergent colours. It is waterproof, and the battery can last 3 months. At Rs 1,199, it costs as much as some of the popular fitness bands. For instance, the Mi Band 3, which has an OLED touchscreen display and a heartbeat monitor, costs just a few hundreds more. But then the GOQii app services take the whole game to another measure—from fitness to health care. And that could be the deciding factor for many.