Withings Pulse O2 Activity, Sleep, and Heart Rate + SPO2 Tracker for iOS and Android, Black
The Withings Pulse O2 is an advanced activity and health tracker. Versatile, it offers all wearing options: slap it on your wrist using the wristband, attach it to your clothes with the clip or simply drop it in a pocket. It tracks your activity all through the day (including steps, elevation, distance, running and calories burned). At night, slide the Pulse O2 in its wristband and launch the sleep cycle analysis to precisely assess your sleep quality. In addition to the daily and nightly tracki
- Activity tracking: steps, elevation, distance, running and calories burned
- Wear it your way: clip and wristband included
- Vital signs reading: instant heart rate and blood oxygen level
- Sleep monitoring: sleep cycle analysis, wake-ups, total duration
- Real-time coaching: in the free Health Mate app (iOS/Android)
For a quick, short review, the Withings Pulse O2 tracks steps/feet climbed/miles traveled/calories burned, and can determine your heart rate, blood oxygen level, and sleep, which can all be displayed on the device along with the date and time. It can be synced wirelessly via Bluetooth, and you can set goals on the app. I enjoy the device; the 4 out of 5 start review is due to the material the band and clip are made out of, a soft, rubber material that attracts a lot of dust and lint. In comparison to the Fitbit, cannot track steps while in sleep mode or notify you when you've reached your goal. Those are not major reasons for me to stop using it, but since I've used different devices in the past, I have something else to compare to. I recommend this device to anyone looking to own an activity tracker that tracks the info listed, it is easy to use and sync. Below is a more detailed review, breaking down the different tracking options and comparing them with the other devices listed in the summary.
I am a Fitbit fan; I have owned most of the different versions of the Fitbit. (Original Fitbit/Fitbit One/Flex/Force) For the most part all of the Fitbit's track the same data, the original and One are clips, and Flex and Force are armbands. The Original, One, and Force display the info on the device, Flex syncs to your phone or computer where you can check the data. The Flex will show "dots" on the screen to show your progress to what you've set as your goal, and will notify you once you've reach it, which is how the Nike Fuel band works.
The Withings Pulse is very similar to the Fitbit, with the addition of being able to check your blood pressure and blood oxygen level. All of this info is displayed on the device, and you can sync by either plugging it into your computer via a cable or sync to your phone via Bluetooth. I recently received the Withings Pulse O2, so I only have a few days experience with the device, but that has been enough for me to compare it to different trackers I have owned.
The Withings band and clip are made out of a soft, rubber material. That is one of the reasons I gave it 4 out of 5 starts. The rubber material is the type that attracts everything, dust, lint hair. And I have very small wrists and the band, even on the smallest setting, is still slightly big.
The Fitbit Flex and Force is a more rigid, flexible rubber material, and uses a plastic clip to secure the band. You also select a size when purchasing, but similar to most wristbands, it has many slots to secure the clip. I found the Fitbit Flex/Force to be the most comfortable and secure device. The Original and One are clips and do not come in an armband options, but you are given a fabric wrist band to insert the device if you want to track your sleep.
The Nike Flue Band is a very rigid, slightly flexible rubber material. I did not like the feel of the Fuel Band; it was too rigid and did not fit comfortably because of this. The Withings and Fitbit bands are flexible enough to wrap around your wrists comfortably, the Fuel band holds its shape.
The Striiv is a device that you can wear many ways, you are given a clip, strap, and wrist band to wear. I have only used the clip; the device does not track sleep so I have never worn it in bed. It is larger than the other devices, but for me has been comfortable enough to clip on the inside of pants pockets.
All of the devices track steps, the Withings, Fitbit Original/One/Force, and Striiv all display this info on the device itself. There isn't much to say here, one reviewer of the Withings mentioned it did not track as many steps as the Fitbit, I am currently using the Withings/Fitbit/Striiv devices and so far the Withings device is tracking the most steps. Striiv has the least amount of steps, which makes sense because I do not wear it at night, and I start using it once I am up and ready to leave the house. The Withings and Fitbit devices only come off when showering, so I am tracking those lost steps in between. As far as the Withings and Fitbit being off on steps, I'm not sure yet why, maybe more use will give me more info to determine the offset.
The Nike Fuel Band and Fitbit Flex do not display this info on the device, but it is tracked and can be viewed via the apps once the data is synced.
TRACKING STEPS/FEET CLIMBED
To note, most of the devices allow you to set what unit of measurement you want to use when tracking. All devices...Read more
UPDATE: I have found that how the device is worn significantly affects the accuracy of step counts. I repeated the same walk (route, distance and pace) on two successive days. The first day I wore the device strapped to my wrist and got the following counts: 5,070 steps; 2.13 miles, 286 calories. The next day I wore the device clipped to a pocket near my waist and got the following counts: 11,702 steps; 5.37 miles, 626 calories. The second day counts seem about right. The manufacturer provides no specific recommendations, but apparently the wrist strap should be used only for sleep monitoring. In light of this finding, I have increased the product rating and will continue to evaluate this activity tracker.
Also, I see a lot of reviews on tracking devices saying that step counts are not accurate, this was the biggest thing holding me back until I shook the irrationality of it. 1. Are these people actually counting all the steps they take during the day? And why is it that every time people say whatever device that gives them MORE steps is the one that is accurate? 2. What matters is that with more activity you are getting higher numbers. That's the point, to improve, not to get perfect statistics. 3. If your tracker is off by 150 steps per day (compared to others, or compared to moving the device around/wearing it differently) it's not a big deal. When you're aiming for 10,000 per day, you shouldn't be worried about 150.
- The sleep tracking is awesome, when my deep sleep is off by 30 minutes, I notice the difference. The night that the Pulse tells me I only got 3 hours of deep sleep are the mornings I feel extra tired. (Before looking at what the statistics are.) This is important for me to pay attention to so I can take note of what makes the difference in getting a good sleep.
- Comfy: If you're used to wearing watches, this is no different, a basic rubber band that's no different than the average digital watch. If you don't like the watch, this comes with a belt clip which clings pretty well.
- Looks good: I got the FitBit for my mom and it's a bit bulky compared to this and honestly hard to put on (as opposed to the normal watchband this device comes with). I was tempted to get the Basis because it tracks heart rate constantly (as opposed to this which you have to take off and put your finger on), but the thing is huge and ugly. Something that attracts attention. When the display times out on this (after a few seconds) it's a thin and hardly noticeable wristband. (Also, for those curious about the sideways display you can change the settings via the phone app so that the time displays vertically which is easier to read from your wrist, and you can make it the default display when you turn it on.)
- Lots of data: This tracks not only steps and sleep but elevation and mileage. It really does know the difference between taking the stairs and the elevator. If you're rising and not stepping, you don't get the elevation points. ;)
- App: The Withings app tracks and graphs everything. The graphing is more valuable with the Withings scale (unless you want to manually do weight and things) but the device automatically syncronizes with your phone via bluetooth.
CONS: (Does NOT include step accuracy.)
- Bluetooth: When I first got my device it had to update as I was setting it up. This screwed up my phone and I had to restart the setup process multiple times to get it to work right. I think it'd be better if this could plug into the computer and interact with software from there. It charges via USB, why not interact with a PC? (Seriously, I get that smart phones are popular, but they are not quite on the level of regular computers yet, let's not go crazy.) The Bluetooth is slow and might fail if the phone is moving around too much. It takes a while to get used to, but the device will eventually sync, if it doesn't by the end of the day do it manually and hold the phone very still over the device.
- App: The app is buggy, it crashes a lot and is generally slow to load. It's much easier to just look at your online profile through a normal browser on a normal computer.
- The sun: You can't see the display outdoors during the day, not even if you put your hand over it and squint. The display totally fails against the sun and it's impossible to read with a bit of glare. If you're inside or if it's dark, it looks great, but don't count on looking at your step count right after an outdoor run, wait until you get inside.