*Review || Withings Activité Pop

IMG_0756Now, those who know me know I’ve gone on a total fitness kick recently. Listen – can you hear that sound? It’s the moans of all my friends and family who’re sick of hearing about my carb limit and why I’ve had to strap my knee this week. And quinoa. They’re sick of quinoa.

But obviously, I need to track this mass of activity somewhere, otherwise how will I reach my goals? Did I tell you I’d entered the ballot for the marathon!? Sorry, I do digress…

The Withings Activité Pop is a new, stylish activity tracker – a cuter, more fun addition to its standard calf-skin family. It claims to be able to track when you’re walking, running, swimming or sleeping. The watch pairs with an Withings app via a Bluetooth connection on your smartphone and records your activity across the day and night.

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How’d ya like it?

At first, I was a little unsure about the watch. It doesn’t have any buttons at all and I wasn’t quite sure how to set it up. It has the look of a normal watch, with an added 0-100 activity gauge set in. You activate the watch with a little tool which vibrates the watch. You then sync with the app on your phone and away you go! It took me a couple of goes to set it all up, due to the app not being able to find the watch. Once set up, I started seeing results immediately. The watch is really sensitive and it’s fascinating to see your activity levels rise.

In fact, I’m absolutely obsessed. I will not rest until that tiny tracker reaches 100%. I suppose that’s good in the sense that I’m doing extra work outs to make it, but it’s bad in the sense that I’ve turned into a TOTAL bore and keep exclaiming things like “I’m only at 45%! I NEED to drum up some more activity here!” – and off I jog into the distance.

If you happen to go over 100%, the tracker starts at 0 again and continues tracking, just like below.

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You can win badges based on your activity level that day, so for example ‘Great Day!’ when you’ve gone over 100%, or ‘Quiet Day’ when you’ve been a lazy fucker and haven’t got off the sofa (but trust me, you’ll want to reach 100%).

The watch also – and I have NO idea how it does this – tracks your sleep. It recommends eight hours a night, with eight hours being 100%. It’s awesome. It’s SUPER accurate and it’s so satisfying to check in the morning. It tracks how long it takes you to fall asleep, your light sleeping period and deep sleeping periods. It also tracks if you’ve woken up in the middle of the night. I love it.

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At the end of the week, you get a weekly report with all of your activity – nice touch.

Can’t be all good news, surely?

Well, almost. There’s only a couple of things I would nitpick (but it is nitpicking), the pros TOTALLY outweigh the cons. The app doesn’t work in the background with the watch, meaning you have to turn on the app and sync it manually. Not the end of the world, this saves battery but takes a few extra seconds. You also can’t set your own goals. The goal is to reach 10,000 steps which is what healthcare professionals recommend, I get it. But it’d be nice to be able to input your own goal (especially if you really weren’t capable of reaching 10,000 steps!). One more thing – I really don’t know how I feel about the alarm. You can set the alarm and it will wake you with a gentle vibration. I didn’t like the vibration. It actually frightened me. I mean, it woke me up, but…

Also no snooze. And I’m the snooze master, sooooo.

Pros

  • Accurate
  • SO cute
  • Not too difficult to make it work, it turns out
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • No background syncing
  • Can’t set your own goals
  • Not sure about the alarm

Verdict

It’s a yes from me. I’ll be using it non-stop until the battery runs out. And then I’ll replace the battery. And use it some more. Withings, you’ve got a lifelong fan.

The Withings Activité Pop is available from John Lewis and is priced at £119.95

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