I got the Withings Activité Pop Watch in January as a Graduation present from my parents. I’ve been using it for about a month now and a few people have asked about whether I think it’s worth splashing out £120 for so I thought I’d write a brief review! I picked this watch over the other activity trackers because it just looks more stylish and I would be more likely to wear it even if I got bored of the activity tracking element as it’s still a lovely watch.
I think I got bought the watch as part of a pre-release offer because the emails said things like “thanks for being one of the first Activité Pop users!” and now the site says “notify me” instead of buy now so you might not be able to buy it in the UK for a while.
What does the Activité Pop watch do?
The main things I use it for are monitoring activity and sleep patterns. The watch has a “High precision MEMS 3-axis accelerometer” which detects movement, from walking, running and swimming to fidgeting in bed. The amount of activity you do is indicated by the analogue dial on the face. The watch is water resistant so you can use it to track swimming but I haven’t done that yet.
You sync the watch with via bluetooth to your iPhone (I don’t think they’ve sorted Android yet). The Health Mate app tallies up the activity and sleep patterns (and gives you achievement badges or sad faces according to you activity levels).
I really like how you can see the activity levels spread throughout the day – really shows you when your peaks of energy are.
You can also compare activity levels across the week – it’s pretty upsetting how little I move at work :<
Even after one month I’m still enjoying waking up and checking my sleep patterns to see how much deep vs light sleep I got. It’s interesting to see the correlation between nights with less deep sleep and tiredness levels in the day.
The watch also has a silent alarm which vibrates to wake you up. I don’t use this as I have a lumie light bodyclock that I got for Christmas.
Pros and Cons of the Watch
Unfortunately, the watch doesn’t really capture exercise such as cycling (unless you put the watch around your ankle, which I have done a few times haha). Also the first watch I ordered was faulty – it didn’t sync with my phone at all. The support from Withings was really good, they remotely upgraded the internal software (as each watch has a serial code) and when this didn’t work, immediately sent me a replacement and paid for the delivery of the faulty watch back to France. They are also very friendly and quick to respond which I really value.
Positives about the watch include the fact that it is really comfortable to wear – light and flexible so you don’t want to take it off at night. I really can’t wait for the other coloured straps to be released though because the beige is not that exciting (I picked it so that the face would match all of the straps). I also like that you don’t have to charge it or plug it in to sync with your phone. It’s very handy that it is water resistant because I cycle to work and it rains a lot in England. Looking at the activity dial throughout the day encourages me to get up from my desk at work and walk around, it shows how easy is is to be sedentary!
Overall, I love the watch! I’ve recommended a few of my friends get it too so we can track each other’s activity on the social leader board – let me know if you have this watch and want to join it : )