We spend about 5 hours daily on our phones and don’t even ask the number of hours our phone is with us. With new technologies, tracking and maintaining health has become very feasible. Two popular health tracking apps, Samsung Health and Apple Health, are good enough to be your digital assistant in 2021. How do both work? The article covers Samsung Health vs. Apple Health.
|Feature||Samsung Health||Apple Health|
|Sleep tracking||✔ (better)||✔|
Don’t like reading? The video covers both, and you get to see both apps in action.
Step tracking is the most basic, but both use different algorithms. To find the most accurate service, I went outside and walked for a couple of minutes. I also compared both with Google Fit to get some additional help in picking up the right tool.
The results were pretty fascinating because when I started, in both apps, the current step count was 267. Even before starting the test, the number gives a strong signal of both being very accurate. The table below covers the results, and the video above shows both in action.
|App||Start step count||End step count||Difference|
|Google Fit (reference only)||465||735||270|
Both offer an interface to see an overview of the steps and the distance. Furthermore, Apple Health allows you to add data manually, and it does not show the calories data.
Samsung Health contrarily shows the calories data, and you can’t add the data manually.
Both come with many activities. Samsung Health comes with around 100 exercise options to track automatically and manually. You can start the activity, and the app automatically calculates the calories depending on the exercise and time.
The app also offers:
- food intake
- sleep record
- water intake
- stress exercise
- blood pressure (other devices)
- stress (other devices)
- blood glucose (manual)
The food intake option offers, if not thousands, then hundreds of food items to track. You see the food data, including the calories, nutrient, and your overall summary. The app automatically adjusts the calories data, while you can set a target goal.
All those features make Samsung Health a perfect app to be your digital health assistant.
On the other hand, Apple Health does not come with many fitness-related activities, but it offers many health-related options and data. The problem with Apple Health is that you must add data manually for almost all the activities or connect a device to track.
I like the sleep tracker of Samsung Health. The app comes with extended options. Once you record your sleep time, the app starts sending notifications in the morning to add the sleep data. It uses your phone’s on-screen time to calculate the sleeping time and shows it in the notification. All you have to do is tap on the save option.
The app also comes with sleep limits, where you can only record the sleep data of up to 17 hours a day.
Apple Health sleeping tool is challenging to use, and it does not support the notification. Moreover, anyone can record 20 or 22 hours of sleep, which is not ideal.
Samsung Health has a together feature to connect your app with your friends and participate in events. This allows you to push yourself and challenge your friends. The events are hosted monthly, where thousands of participants share their step data and fight to get to the top.
Apple Health does not come with any similar feature, but it shows articles and apps as you browse. For example, in the steps section, you find more information and apps that offer to track steps.
The same can be found in other activities sections, I don’t know if it’s a paid partnership, but those apps may be beneficial, considering Apple Health does not track workouts.
So, what third party apps and device both support? Samsung Health does not support the Apple Watch, but you can sync data between the Apple health on Apple Watch and Samsung Health on your iPhone.
Samsung Health also supports many devices and apps. The accessories tab in Samsung Health shows all the supported app.
In Apple Health, as you browse, you see featured apps. These apps are offer support for Apple health. Apple Health supports third-party devices as well.
In this section of Samsung Health vs. Apple Health, we see some of the minor features which might make a difference.
- Flight of stairs: Both show the total floors your have climbed.
- Achievements: The app keeps a round of your most steps, floors, most active time etc.
- Lock app: You can lock the app and use your biometrics or PIN to unlock the app.
- Medical ID: The app generates a medical ID that shows your age, weight, and height. The medical ID can be opened in the phone lock state.
- Clinical documents: You can store your clinical documents to access and share with other health providers easily.
Which one should you choose?
I believe that Apple Health offers more features, but it is limited to what it can do. Most of the activities and data it comes with can only be recorded manually. Samsung Health offers the right amount of features, and it does most of the job for you.
My understanding is going with Samsung Health; if you don’t care about creating an account, but you like a simple step tracking app with a quick sign up process, Apple Health is the application to select.
Tracking health can be challenging, but it should not stop you from achieving your goals. The article Samsung Health vs. Apple Health covered pretty much all about both apps. If you have time, please share your views and the app you will be using from now as feedback so other users can easily choose between the two.