Withings Activité Steel - Activity and Sleep Tracking Watch -
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- Activity tracking: steps, distance, swim, running and calories burned
- Sleep monitoring: sleep cycle analysis (light and deep sleep) silent alarm to start your day with a gentle wake-up vibration
- Free health mate app for real-time coaching.With a battery that goes the distance and 9 looks to choose from, Activité Steel helps you get fit with a look that fits your personality.
- This watch has a 316L stainless steel case, chrome hands and a soft silicone sport strap.
- Please refer user manual attached below for instructions and troubleshooting steps
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Works with free Health Mate app
- iOS (7 and up)
- Android (4.3 and up)
Styled for life. Built for health.
Meet the award-winning activity tracking watch that automatically tracks all your activity (steps, runs, swims, distance and calories burned), analyzes your sleep, and lets you visualize all progress on your smartphone and at a glance on the analog activity dial. No charging and no button to press -- the sleek design and stainless steel finish make it the perfect accessory to help you get moving without compromising on style. (Syncs with the free Health Mate app - iOS and Android).
- Automatic activity tracking - Walk, run, swim (water resistant - 50m) and calories burned
- Sleep monitoring - Sleep cycle analysis (light and deep sleep) plus silent vibrating alarm
- Automatic synchronization - Visualize trends and data on your smartphone with the free Health Mate app
- Premium materials - Stainless steel, chrome hands, silicon sport strap
- No charging - Up to 8-month battery life
In The Know and On The Move
Track your activity at a glance. Fully automatic tracking means no buttons to press. The tachometer-inspired sub-dial tracks progress towards your daily goal. Activité Steel automatically detects and tracks all activity, including walks, runs, swims, and sleep. Set your personal goal in the Health Mate app. Activity automatically syncs to the app via BTLE (Bluetooth Low Energy).
Water Activity Encouraged
Activité Steel is water-resistant up to 5 ATM (50 meters - 150 feet). Steel automatically detects swimming, so you can track and analyze your water workouts in the Health Mate app.
Sleep Tracking with Silent Alarm
Activité Steel automatically detects sleep, and recognizes sleep patterns including light and deep sleep cycles, sleep interruptions, and the total duration of sleep. Set a silent alarm in the app to start your day with a gentle wake-up vibration.
No Charging Needed
No need for any cables or dock - Activité Steel operates on a standard button cell watch battery to provide up to 8 months of battery life. No charging means you never miss a step.
Visualize Trends and Data
Steel syncs automatically with your phone so that you can track all progress and view graphs in the free Health Mate app. The app offers expert coaching every step of the way with Activity Insights, a Leaderboard, and Reminders to help you reach your goals.
In-App Food Tracking and More
Full MyFitnessPal integration combines food logging and activity tracking to help balance calories (intake and burned). Health Mate is also compatible with over 100 top health and fitness apps such as MapMyRun, Nike+, Apple Health and many others.
Beyond technology, Steel's state-of-the-art finish boasts a 316L stainless steel case, chrome hands and a soft silicone sport strap. Its sleek design make it the perfect accessory to help unlock your potential, without compromising on style.
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APPEARANCE AND BUILD
The watch looks classy, and notice I call it a watch? It truly looks like a normal watch, people are amazed when I tell them it is an activity and sleep tracker. The steel case has held up well, I don't have any scratches or nicks(yet). Same with the glass. I have rubbed/bumped it against door frames when moving furniture and worn it while working outside(horse ranch), so I didn't expect it to survive the first two weeks how it did. There literally isn't a mark on it yet. I had planned on replacing the silicon band with a steel or leather watch band, but I just haven't gotten to it yet and the silicon band has kind of grown on me. It stays relatively clean, washes easy(even dried paint on it), and dries fast.
This is where it is just okay for me. I was shocked when my first few days didn't count many steps. Granted, a lot of my steps I am carrying items- so my arms don't swing free. But other activity trackers have managed to still be fairly accurate. I compared this to the built in iOS Health app(which isn't very accurate) and this consistently counted 20-40% less steps! Call me a baby, but I felt cheated on my daily steps. I contacted Withings about it and they had me perform a hard test of syncing, walking exactly 50 steps, then syncing again and reporting to them how many steps it counted. Well, it only counted 40/50 steps. That's exactly 20% off! Their response- "It appears that you [sic] watch is properly counting steps." SERIOUSLY?!?! Twenty percent off is within their standards?
The sleep tracking function is also just okay. It is strictly movement based. The minute I hit the pillow and my arm is stationary- I am in "light sleep". It normally takes me about 30-60 minutes to fall asleep, but I lay still. I don't expect this level of sleep tracker to notice that, but I know some others do if they track heart rate and perspiration.
The alarm function needs improvement, and everyone has been asking for it. You can only set one alarm- PERIOD. You can specify which days of the week it goes off, but that is it. You cannot set a weekday alarm for 6:00 AM and a weekend alarm for 8:00AM, you would have to modify your one alarm each time you want to change the wake up time. This seems to me it would be a simple fix in the app, but it has yet to come in the updates. Also, the alarm vibrates a predetermined number of times then STOPS. There are no options to have it snooze or vibrate later if you don't go into the app to tell it you are awake. I am a deep sleeper, I have slept through the vibrating, but I always have other alarms on my phone since I knew this going in. Also, it has never woken me up at any other time except the exact time I tell it to. It is supposed to wake you during light sleep(I set it for within an hour of my wake up time). I have had light sleep in that period but it has not taken advantage of it. I have even woken up before the alarm and thought "I wonder if it will vibrate since I am awake... (roll over) ...nope, I guess not".
So, overall, I'm undecided if I will keep this. It might be going back to Amazon as right now it is just a fancy looking watch. I can't rely on the steps, or sleep, but the alarm has potential. The fact that Withings' goal is less than 80% accuracy doesn't convince me to hang around and see if the bugs are worked out.
First, I want to start by stating that I have owned an Apple Watch Sport for a year now. While I have had fun with it for the past year, but the novelty has worn off for me. For starters it is bulk, heavy, not really that great looking, and just seems to constantly interrupt my life with notifications and information.
I was eyeing the Activite Pop when the Apple Watch was announced, but decided against it. So, as I grew tired of my Apple Watch, I turned back to Withings and saw they released the Steel and decided to give it a try. I have to say that this thing looks really sleek and stylish. I actually like it more than the Apple Watch as far as form goes. The round dial, simple minimalistic markings, and steel case and hands make this look very nice. If you pair this with a nice leather strap it really makes it look great.
This leads me to the included watch band/strap. First, the thing is cheap as heck. For $170, they could include a much nicer band. The material is very cheap and uncomfortable. I used to think that Apple's fluoroelastomer was a joke, but there is a huge difference in comfort between the materials. Even the buckle and loop are crappy, with sharp edges that kept catching on things or stabbing me. The first thing you will want to do is buy some replacement straps.
The only style element that I am not pleased with is the 18mm strap width. It is obvious that Withings was trying to strike a balance between male and female sizing and decided to try and strike a balance. The end result is that watch bands are not quite as easy to find at this size, most are female oriented, and on a thicker wrist the watch band looks just a bit too dainty for my taste. I would prefer a 20mm or 22mm strap width for my wrist, so I wish they made this in two different sizes.
As for performance, the watch seems to measure steps relatively accurately. I state relatively as I seem to log about 40-100 steps while I am sleeping, so it is not the most accurate. My Fitbit would always show less than 10 and I charged my Apple Watch at night (since it doesn't do sleep tracking), so I can't speak to how it compares in this regard.
As for sleep tracking, well this is a complete joke. Out of the 11 nights I have slept with the watch on, it has only tracked sleep 5 nights. This is less than 50% of the time that it has accurately identified that I actually slept. Out of the 5 nights it said I slept, 3 of them it said I slept less than 4 hours (which is about 3-6 hours off depending on the night). Only 1 night (the first night oddly enough) did it actually log my sleep correctly. So as far as I am concerned, it has tracked my sleep accurately 9% of the time I have owned it.
Because of this poor performance, I opened a support case with Withings and it was closed the following day without anyone contacting me. I replied to that email and never heard back. I then opened a second ticket and had not heard back as of 7 days later. I also opened up 3 other tickets about other questions and issues and have yet to hear back on those after 8 days. I just reached out to them on Twitter to see if that helps, but as far as I am concerned anything over a 1-2 day response time for a $170 product is pretty bad customer service.
The app seems to be syncing periodically in the background, but I try to open it a few times a day to make sure it keeps things synced up. That was definitely a nice feature of the Apple Watch, never having to worry about the steps syncing. The app syncs steps and sleep activity with the Health app in iOS. One odd thing I notice is that sometimes the time shown under my step count is a couple hours in the past, even though the app claims to have synced everything up to the current moment.
I was disappointed to see that you can only log weight automatically if you have the Withings scale and to log calories you have to use MyFitnessPal. The app does not read from Health, so if you use other apps or devices it will not sync back to the Health Mate app. For example, I log my food using LoseIt and I have the Fitbit Aria scale. I have to manually log my weight in the Withings app (even though MyFitnessPal is synced with my scale) or I can go and buy another $100 WiFi scale, which seems ridiculous to me. I don't know if I want to abandon all my food logging history by switching apps, so I haven't yet made the move.
In the end, I haven't decided if I am going to keep the watch. Part of me is frustrated with the support experience and this is making me question if I should keep it. The app itself could use several improvements and the lack of support for LoseIt and Fitbit Aria (or an API to load these data points) is also pretty annoying to me and has created a disconnected experience for me as a user. Lastly, the lack of accurate sleep tracking is another issue for me. Basically, if I keep it, then ii is most likely due to style and not function.
As I also use CPAP and have an app monitoring my sleep I wasn't too worried about tracking that. I have discovered that the sleep tracking function doesn't jibe with my CPAP data as to length of time sleeping. However perhaps it does give clues as to whether I am restless while asleep, which is why the length of time sleeping doesn't seem to match. I would love more information on how they track or what the tracker uses as data to determine sleep and the levels of sleep it says it tracks. On one occasion it said I was sleeping but I was reading the news.
As I don't run unless it's to save others or myself from an horrific event, I do not have experience with the runner tracking. However tracking my walking is very handy in helping me to analyze how much I am walking and motivating me to walk more. I really like to see the dial move up.
I did have a little difficulty getting the three taps to acknowledge and show me the alarm time. But eventually I found the sweet spot and it worked.