In Galaxy S4, Samsung first introduced the S Health App. Because there are so many bling-bling features in S4, S Health app failed to get deserved attention.
In Galaxy Note 3, Samsung slightly simplified the S Health app, and removed some features. Actually it is a correct move by removing confusing features and controversial data.
As Samsung wants to make Galaxy S5 part of our healthier lifestyle, they further enhanced the Galaxy S5 S Health app to make it a reliable fitness tracker.
With Galaxy S5, Gear Fit is also released so that you can track your activities easier.
New features in Galaxy S5 New S Health app
The most significant new feature of the new S Health app is the new, unified dashboard. It may sound trivial. But this really helps new users to use it easily. There are a lot of complaints on the confusing user interface of the S Health app in both Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3.
Now the new S Health App finally make it simple and straightforward.
In addition to walking mate and food tracker, Galaxy S5 new S Health app now also can track your heart rate, because of the new addition of the heart rate sensor.
Hiking was added to the Exercise Mate. So, in the new exercise mate, the workout includes running, walking, cycling and hiking.
S Heath app can sync with your Gear Fit, in addition to other fitness gadgets.
How to use Galaxy S5 New S Health app?
Using the new S Health app is very simple and straightforward thanks to the unified dashboard.
In the dashboard, you can find the results of walking mate (steps), exercise mate (walking, running, cycling and hiking), and food tracker (calories taken). Tapping any of them will bring you to the details of the corresponding tracker.
You can also start the walking mate, exercise mate and heart rate monitor from the dashboard.
What are the difference between walking mate and walking in exercise mate?
The walking mate uses the pedometer to record the steps. The distance is estimated and no location info is recorded. You can keep walking mate on to record your daily activity: walking to the car park, walking to your office, climbing the stairs. It will not take too much battery as the pedometer is not as power hungry as GPS.
The walking workout in exercise mate is measuring the distance and speed from GPS data. It is designed for outdoor exercise. You will get more accurate data on the distance, duration and speed (maximum and average), and therefore the calories burned.
These two are mutually exclusive: when you start walking mate, your exercise mate will be paused, and vice versa. So, your steps will never be counted twice.
How about alternatives for Galaxy S5 New S Health app?
There are some alternatives for Galaxy S5 S Health app. Some actually can track more activities and may have more functions, for example, Endomondo Sports Tracker.
The advantages of Galaxy S5 S Health app against those fitness tracker apps include:
- Simple to use. If you haven’t used any fitness tracking apps before, this new S Health app is a good start-point.
- Tight integration with Gear Fit.
- Easy to pair with other fitness accessories.
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To know more about Galaxy S5, please check our Samsung Galaxy S5 features explained page.