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Withings Activité

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75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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Pros
  • Beautiful design and materials
  • Step counter works well
  • Easy-to-understand user interface
Cons
  • Hefty price tag
  • Companion app lacks polish
  • Limited functionality
75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

75
 

User Reviews

50
wilkinsonsoda
This watch has a major flaw. After a few days of wearing, the minute hand slips...read more
100
Oxenburgh14
I found the price inline with dumb watches bought for their looks. $480 is not...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
78
Average Critic Score
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Tom's Guide
We'll say this: The Activite (pronounced Activi-TAY) is the most elegant fitness device we've yet seen. If we didn't know better, we'd say it's made by the same company who came out with the Misfit Shine.
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GigaOM
At first glance, it looks like a fairly standard, analog, white-faced wristwatch. But look closer at the dial, and you’ll notice a smaller, second dial, which counts the wearer’s progress towards a daily step goal.
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Electronista
Built inside a stainless steel case with leather and plastic straps, the Activité uses sapphire glass and, despite not having a digital display, operates like a touchscreen device by using taps to switch between different modes.
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PC Mag
The glass is a durable crystal sapphire display with tap-enabled input. Available in black or silver, the Activité also comes with a fine leather strap, which you can swap for a plastic strap if you want to swim with the device, as it's fully waterproof. The battery is a standard coin cell.
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The Verge
The Activité is made to be a sort of entry point, the activity tracker for people who wouldn't normally want to wear an activity tracker.
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CNET
It'll come with both a leather and a rubber band, easily swappable without using any special tools. The watch will be available in both silver and black, in just one unisex-intended design. But the goal of the Activité is to be a watch first, while also being a good fitness tracker.
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Wired
Unlike a traditional luxury timepiece, the display masks an accelerometer instead of cogs, to track the wearer’s steps taken and hours slept. Settings provided by the user help calculate calories burned, and all of that data is streamed back to the Withings Health Mate app.
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TechRadar
Rounding out the diverse feature set for the Activité is a sensor that automatically detects whether you're sleeping or active, and a vibrating alarm clock function. (Anything beats that iPhone ringtone that we want to forget every morning at 5 a.m.)
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Fit Technica
The Withings Activité is a new activity tracker, but it looks very different to the devices you’re used to seeing gracing people’s wrists. You see, while most activity trackers are simple wrist bands that hide the clever accelerometers and wireless transmitters, the Activité is a wristwatch.
 
80
The Verge
It feels like a watch you’ll keep and care for, not a gadget you’ll throw by the wayside in a year or two. The only people who notice it will tell you it’s a nice watch, not inquire about that crazy bracelet or computer on your wrist.