FitPort for iOS: A Beautifully Designed Fitness Monitoring App

| Quick Look Review

Recently, I went looking for an iPhone fitness tracking app that's better than Apple's Health app. My requirement was to be able to see the numeric data for any selected day in the past. Unfortunately, the Apple Health app only shows a graph, and the previous day's data must be estimated.

After some searching, I found what I needed in the beautifully designed FitPort for iOS from

Presentation is Everything

Firness data isn't going to be useful if it isn't presented in a clear fashion that's easily understood and acted on. That's why I was initially attracted to this app.

Also, while the Fitport app can be used for many fitness parameters, my initial quick look review focuses on my current focus: my walking steps, the mileage, the ability to see a goal and also see numeric data for any day in the past. Here are my initial options:

Once one has specified the contents of the dashboard, there's an array of color coded variables. In this case, steps (in blue) and distance (in gold). It's easy to modify the default goal in steps and miles.

Just a tap on one of the circular graphs reveals details: the goal and the numeric quantity. Touch it again to return to the dashboard. It's amazingly elegant looking. Also shown at the bottom is a very pleasing and very desirable (for me) timeline that's neatly color coded to the circle above.

All one has to do is slide a finger across the timeline to reveal the data for the given day. Unfortunately, there's no way to keep the presentation on the display without holding a finger in place. That makes screen shots a bit tricky.

The down arrow at the very bottom shows, in this example, a summary of  results in the last 30 days, for example, the goal streak, total steps, average, and so on. To exit, just swipe downward.

Health Data Access

Another nice thing about this app is that it accesses the same database, populated by the iPhone's motion co-processor, that's displayed by Apple's own Health app (albeit poorly). When one first launches the app, it requests permission to access that health data. That's a sensible, desirable approach in contrast to trying to maintain its own database because deleting the app would then delete all that valuable data.

The User Interface

Everything about this app is delightful. It has many more dashboard options that I have yet to explore. But in the initial look, I saw a visual design that is low-key, technical and readable with good color choices on black. The gestures to move between displays are well thought out and intuitive.

There are no ads. The app costs US$1.99, and I was happy to pay that in order to have a clean, ad-free experience.


Even though the app has been written by two developers in Tokyo, Japan, it is very easy to contact them. Prior to purchase, I was able to contact the company by email with a technical question, and it became clear the author who responded reads and writes perfect English. My question was answered quickly and clearly.

Closing Thoughts

If you're looking for an easy to use, visually pleasing iOS fitness monitoring app that's intuitive, accesses the iPhone's accumulated health data, can show the results for any previous day, and doesn't cost very much, this is one to investigate. I'm looking forward to exploring more of its capabilities, especially with an Apple Watch that won't just sit idle on my desk during writing hours like my iPhone.


Postscript: This review uses the new TMO product scoring system.

Product: Fitport


List Price: US$1.99


We Like It. You Should Get It.


Nicely presented and easy to read. Intuitive interface. Has the capability to monitor a wide range of fitness data. Accesses the iPhone's own internal data. Can display historical data easily. Low price.


Not easy to let timeline data remain on the display.

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Thanks. When I got my iPhone6 I took a brief look at the Health App and filed it away in the “Unneeded” folder. It was just awkward.  FitPort might be enough to get me to drop the old spreadsheet.

As an aside, I have to agree with your statement about the iPhone sitting idle for hours.  I just discovered that Health App thinks I walk for two minutes morning and night and never move a muscle otherwise. On a normal day I work out, I walk up and down stairs, make breakfast etc. etc.. Then I pick up my bag with my phone in it and walk to the car, go to the office and put down the bag. Eight hours later, after walking all over the building, moving large/small/heavy/light things from place to place and usually working up quite a sweat, I pick up the bag and walk to the car and drive home where I put down the bag and don’t touch it till the next day while I garden, walk about, and do other things.

I might have to start carrying my phone on me more.



The interface looks clean and intriguing. I see that it, too, tracks NikeFuel. While I await my Apple Watch (which I’m not likely to see before mid-June when I leave Asia following my meeting in Hanoi), I still use my Nike Fuel Band to track my workout and general activities. Though lacking the minimalist cleanliness of this app, the NikeFuel interface still provides me with most of what I monitor, activity-wise, and shares it with a number of my other fitness apps. I’m curious as to how all that will play out when I do get my Watch. Anyway, I’ll likely play with this one, as easy interpretation is a time saver.

@geoduck: My FuelBand takes care of the ‘phone down’ thing, so I never think about my phone location for monitoring activity, but you could always opt for a belt clip if pocket carriage doesn’t work for you. Alternatively, there is a US $349 solution that you might’ve heard about.


I have the same dilemma - my phone sits on my desk whilst I move. 

I wear a Fitbit flex [and a Pebble with Misfit] so not carrying the phone isn’t an issue, but it would be great to have this all in ONE app [Fitbit’s ecosystem really needs to join in :-( ]

Having owned a Pebble for a year I have learned the value of being able to read SMS / Notifications on my wrist and answer or decline phone calls - even when my phone is still in my pocket, and a 6+ is just a little too big to do everything I want.


{quote]  Alternatively, there is a US $349 solution that you might’ve heard about.

Well, let’s not get crazy here.

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