Fitbit vs Runkeeper

For the past few days when I’m out running I’ve been tracking my runs with both Runkeeper and my new Fitbit Surge. Even if I was extremely happy with Fitbit’s tracking I would still be doubling up with Runkeeper at least until the end of the year when my goal is reached.

The first day I ran with the Fitbit I was impatient and didn’t wait for it to find GPS and hit quick start. It seemed to be taking a really long time to find and I just wanted to go. Since then I’ve waited for it to connect to GPS before starting out though. Today I started both Runkeeper and the Fitbit within seconds of each other and the results were pretty off. It looks like Fitbit didn’t really have a good GPS signal after the first km it seemed to catch up and track things properly.

You can see the difference between the maps above, Runkeeper on the right is pretty much bang on what I ran. Fitbit on the left should have started the same place as the ending is marked.

Has anyone else had issues with the GPS in their Surge? It’s not a really big deal, but I’d like to be able to depend on one and so far I love everything else about the Surge so I would like it to be it.

3 thoughts on “Fitbit vs Runkeeper

  1. Mine is really accurate for my daily hike when compared with the app I had on my phone. Same distance noted and same route. But today I did stop and go a different way and accidentally recorded my walk as yoga. That was a bummer for speed stats, but it still got the heart-rate and steps at least. The anomaly I found was that I came home, and it had recorded that I did 7 flights of stairs. In reality I did go down three steps to go off my porch then three steps up at the end. There were a couple of inclines on the walk that couldn’t even remotely be called hills, but I think it counted them as stairs.


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