Omron Alvita Wireless HJ-327T Activity Tracker - Review

Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker HJ-327T
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The Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker HJ-327T is small and full-featured. You clip it on or carry it in a pocket, which some prefer to wearing a wristband fitness tracker. You can view your current daily activity totals on its screen. It links to an app via Bluetooth to track your steps, aerobic steps, distance, and calories and set and achieve daily goals. No recharging needed - it has a 6-month replaceable battery.


  • Tiny clip/pocket pedometer  accurate when carried or worn in any position.
  • Tracker screen displays today's total daily steps, aerobic steps, distance, activity calories and time of day.
  • Syncs to app via Bluetooth Smart to iOS or Android mobile devices.
  • Has a 14-day memory between syncing.
  • Set goals and earn badges with app.
  • Goal-setting for activity calories and aerobic steps helps motivate you to achieve the amount of exercise recommended for health and weight loss, beyond logging a step goal such as 10,000 steps per day.
  • Uses replaceable CR2032 battery, 6 months average lifespan.


  • Does not track individual workouts. It only counts all-day steps and a total of aerobic steps for the day.
  • No previous day data is available on the tracker's screen, you must use the app to review previous days.
  • The Omron Fitness app has fewer features than activity trackers such as Fitbit.
  • Must sync with a a Bluetooth wireless device, does not sync to a computer.

    Expert Review - Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker HJ-327T

    This activity tracker is Omron's first step into a wireless activity tracker paired with an app. The size is about 1.25 inches square, only slightly larger than the comparable Fitbit Zip. It has a built-in metal clip for attaching it to your waistband, pocket or neckline.

    It counts steps accurately in any position.

    Display: The display is blank until you give it a shake to activate it. It scrolls through screens showing time of day, steps, distance, active calories burned and aerobic steps. I found the size of the display to be very readable with my aging eyes, although it doesn't have a backlight for night viewing. The display goes blank again after 20 seconds. You also activate the display to sync it with the app.

    Wearing It: You can clip it to your waistband, pocket or neckline or carry it loose in a pocket, pack or purse. It doesn't come with a pedometer safety leash, which made me worry about losing it if it were just clipped to my waistband. As a result, I usually carried it in a pants pocket.

    Power: The pedometer uses a replaceable CR2032 battery, with a lifespan of 6 months if you walk 10,000 steps per day.

    Steps: It tracks all-day steps, resetting to zero at midnight. You can't track individual workouts.

    Aerobic Steps: Aerobic steps are automatically tracked when you walk or run more than 60 steps per minute for more than 10 minutes or more.

    This is the minimum duration recommended by health authorities to count as an exercise session. If you pause for one minute or less after walking for 10 minutes, it continues to record aerobic steps for that workout. You can't track an individual workout by starting and stopping a timer. You would achieve the minimum daily exercise recommendation of 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise if your aerobic steps each day were 1800 or more.

    Distance: The Alvita estimates distance with a stride length predicted by your height and weight. If you find the distance isn't accurate, measure your stride length and input it to get a better distance reading. Input a longer stride length if it seems to underestimate distance, or a smaller stride length it if it seems to overestimated distance.

    Calories: The calorie count is for walking/running calories burned, over and above your basal metabolic rate.

    Memory: The activity tracker will store up to 14 days of data, but you only see the current day's total on the tracker. Sync it with the app every 14 days or less to save your data in the app, where you can view past days in detail and see totals for day, week, month and year.

    Omron Fitness App

    The app is available for free for both iOS and Android. You need the app and a Bluetooth Smart capable device in order view your activity in detail. Open the app, shake the tracker to wake it up and it syncs.

    You can set daily goals for steps, aerobic steps, distance and calories. When you reach the goal, you get a badge.

    You can view an hourly graph of your totals for each of these items, and the hours turn from blue to gold after you achieve your goal. This is a fun way to spot how soon in the day you made your goal. You can review all past days in detail.

    The app can share data with Apple Health. There is no integration with other apps at this time (April 2015). There is no integration with social networks or a way to share data with friends.

    The app is easy to use and it works well for tracking daily totals. But it is not as motivating as apps that include challenges, social sharing, competition with friends or games. It is not integrated with a diet tracking app. Omron could improve this with future app updates.

    Bottom Line

    I am a fan of Omron for their highly accurate pedometers. I love the small size of this tracker and that you can view the current day's data on its screen without syncing. However, for the same price I prefer the Fitbit Zip as its app has more motivational features and the option of syncing to a computer if you don't have a Bluetooth-capable wireless device.

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