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Can you be motivated by great hardware alone?

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Withings has crafted an excellent piece of hardware that might actually beat the Fitbit One at its own game. We just wish the company would add more motivational tools to its companion app.

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Critic reviews

8.4
12 reviews
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    7.5
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    8.5
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    8.1
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7.2
17 reviews
8.0
Engadget Aug 16, 2013

As you may have gathered, we generally like the Pulse, but it has some problems that could ultimately hamper its success.

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9.0
PC Mag Jul 2, 2013

The Withings Pulse takes everything you love about existing top-notch activity trackers and adds a nifty built-in heart rate sensor, giving you a more comprehensive picture of your overall health.

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9.0
Gizmodo Jul 18, 2013

Assuming you have a newer phone that it will work with (check compatibility before you buy), then you should at least consider it. It's a really nice piece of hardware, and it gives you more metrics than just about any other tracker.

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9.0
TechCrunch Jul 22, 2013

The Withings Pulse is probably the best available option in fitness trackers, but that might depend on how you want to wear one.

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8.0
CNET Jul 17, 2013

Despite a few design quibbles, the Withings Pulse is one of the best wireless pedometers to date.

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8.0
Wired Jul 24, 2013

It’s a solid choice, and it has many strengths. Having said that, it’s not my current favorite, due entirely to the fact that it is an attachable device, not a wearable device.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Jul 29, 2013

While we wish it were easier to view the Pulse's screen through the wristband, this little device does more--and costs less--than the competition.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Sep 23, 2013

We've seen the highs of Pulse, of which there are plenty, but we've also seen the lows when it's refused to read our heart rate, run out of battery mid-day in our pockets, been forgotten about, misplaced, or just inaccurate based on our activities.

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7.0
TechHive Aug 9, 2013

For the most part, though, while the Pulse feels different from the Fitbit Zip I love, I can’t say that it’s better. If you don’t mind missing out on the vibrant social community that Fitbit offers, the Pulse is a fine option.

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9.0
iLounge Jul 3, 2013

We can easily say that Pulse is the best consumer-level fitness tracking tool we’ve yet tested. It’s an unobtrusive accessory that looks great, and presents useful data in an easy and fun-to-access way.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Jul 22, 2013

The Withings Pulse packs a lot into such a small body. It’s so easy to use, has a great battery life and has the unique features that make it the best fitness tracking device to buy right now.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 6, 2013

The company may find comparisons with the Fitbit One uncomfortable, but the two devices really do feel like they're from the same family ... The biggest difference is the built-in pulse monitor, which requires you to jam a finger onto a sensor based on the underside of the device.

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Engadget Jun 26, 2013

Obviously it's going to be hard to pass judgement on the Pulse after just a few short minutes handling it, but it definitely shows promise.

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Gizmodo Jan 6, 2013

It's an odd little shaped device in that it's kind of like Apple's iPod Shuffle ... Most of the functions are cycled through using the button at the top but you can cycle through previous days recorded steps and the like by swiping from left to right.

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SlashGear Jun 26, 2013

There’s a lot to like about the Pulse, such as being freed from the need to wear a wristband – unless you’re sleeping, in which case you can slip the device into a bundled wrist strap to use its sleep-quality monitoring feature.

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Ubergizmo Jan 6, 2013

Something tells me that those who pick up this puppy might actually lose it all too easily, considering the super small dimensions and near non-existent weight.

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9.0
cjtylr cjtylr

Having tried a couple of fitness trackers, all from FitBit, Withings' Pulse is the first one I actually like. FitBit's Flex was a good concept, but failed in its execution. The FitBit Ultra was a great little gadget, but its wonky syncing requirements kept me from using it to its full potential....

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9.0
frankspin frankspin

When I first received the Pulse I was excited to get to using it, however the first one I got had issues. After many emails with Withings they sent me a new one and things have been pretty good so far. Immediately you recognize how nice it is to use when you turn it on. The OLED screen is clear,...

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6.0
LukeCool LukeCool

I wanted to like this device, I was trying to convince myself that it was better than the Fitbit One, but it just can't beat 4 years and 3 revisions of experience. I own the Withings Smart Scale Which is amazing, and I wanted to keep within that ecosystem, but it isn't cutting it. I owned both...

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8.0
gomer43 gomer43

I was excited for this product simply because I use a Withings Body Scale, and I had a strong desire to contain all my data in that app. Plus, after looking at things like the Fitbit and the Fuel Band, I realized I wanted something to measure pulse and sleep in one device, and this is that...

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8.0
amf amf

The HR monitor is a great feature (would love if it can measure HR during sleep). Goals cannot be edited. There is noticeable lag between button presses and the display. BT syncing with iOS is very slow.

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7.0
austicious austicious

I really wanted to like this device. It is less expensive than the competition, and I know Withings is capable of a quality device (I own one of their scales, and it is spectacular. However , the unit has terrible battery life. Advertised at two weeks, I'm lucky to get 4 or 5 days. Also, the...

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5.0
wayneis wayneis

I really tried hard to like my Withings Pulse. I have a Fitbit Ultra and used it at the same time for a comparison. The good bits First. Small compact light and when it worked the Bluetooth transfer along with extended battery life able to use for 7 days no problems. In the sunlight same problem...

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