Withings Activité

75
Engadget
Score
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Withings Activité activity trackers are beautiful, but limited

Summary

If you're looking for a wearable that's as much a status symbol as it is a piece of gear, consider the $450 Withings Activité. The entire thing is hewn of premium materials (think stainless steel, calfskin leather and sapphire crystal), but its lovely looks are offset by its inability to do anything beyond tell time and count steps. You won't feel embarrassed wearing it, but you will feel poorer.

from $341.22+
Pros
  • Beautiful design and materials
  • Step counter works well
  • Easy-to-understand user interface
Cons
  • Hefty price tag
  • Companion app lacks polish
  • Limited functionality
Withings Activité activity trackers are beautiful, but limited

Forget notifications, forget apps, forget all of the noisy little distractions masquerading as help -- sometimes a wearable is at its best when it stays out of your way. As it turns out, that's just what French hardware house Withings had in mind when it built the Activité ($450) and Activité Pop ($150). In addition to that, though, these fitness bands have something perhaps even more important going for them: With their round faces and classic dials, they don't actually look like activity trackers. Indeed, they're not quite traditional fitness devices, nor are they full-on smartwatches, and I sort of love them for it. Just know that one of them probably isn't for you.

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Scores

Engadget

75
 

Breakdown

Durability
8.0
Portability
8.0
Ease of use
6.8
Design and form factor
9.2
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Specs

Activité

Type
Watch-style
Tracking metrics
Motion / steps, Distance, Calories, Sleep
Display
no
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Specs

Activité

Type
Watch-style
Tracking metrics
Motion / steps, Distance, Calories, Sleep
Display
no
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04.26.16
Nokia will buy Withings for $191 million
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Nokia will buy Withings for $191 million

The French health and wearables outfit will become a part of the former phone maker by the end of this year.

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