Withings Pulse O2 Activity
Withings Pulse O2 Activity, Sleep, and Heart Rate + SPO2 Tracker for iOS and Android, Black


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The Withings Pulse O2 is an advanced activity and health tracker. Versatile, it offers all wearing options: slap it on your wrist using the wristband, attach it to your clothes with the clip or simply drop it in a pocket. It tracks your activity all through the day (including steps, elevation, distance, running and calories burned). At night, slide the Pulse O2 in its wristband and launch the sleep cycle analysis to precisely assess your sleep quality. In addition to the daily and nightly tracking, you can also measure your heart rate and your blood oxygen level by putting your finger on the back of the device. If the screen of your Withings Pulse does not display anything after pressing the top button, this is certainly because your Pulse needs to be charged. After charging the Pulse, press & hold the button for 15 seconds and check if the Pulse displays “hello”. If not, your micro-USB cable may be the cause of this issue, please try to charge your Pulse using another cable, for instance the one provided with your Smartphone. If you are having a problem syncing your Pulse O2, there are a few steps to take. First, make sure that your mobile device has Bluetooth switched on, and that your are logged in to the newest iteration of the Health Mate app. Next, make sure that your Pulse O2 is fully charged. You can do this by plugging it in for two hours to ensure a full charge. Next, make sure your Pulse O2 is up to date with the latest firmware. You can check this in the Withings Health Mate app by going to My Devices, selecting your Pulse O2, then pressing the blue Update button at the bottom. Follow the steps on the screen to check if an update is available. Kindly check the video for trouble shooting steps.
It usually takes 1-2 hours to charge an empty battery. When turning on the device after charging, please press and hold the button for 15 seconds.If the device still won’t turn on after charging, there may be an issue with the micro-USB cable try charging it with another cable.

Withings Pulse O2 Activity, Sleep, and Heart Rate + SPO2 Tracker

Track. Improve.

A ‘wear it your way’ tracker to monitor your activity and sleep, read vital signs and improve your overall health.

  • Activity Tracking: Steps, elevation, distance, running and calories burned.
  • Wear It Your Way: Clip and wristband included.
  • Vital Signs Reading: Instant heart rate and blood oxygen level.
  • Sleep Monitoring: Sleep cycle analysis, wake-ups, total duration.
  • Real-Time Coaching: With the free Health Mate app (iOS/ Android).

I recently purchased the new Withings Pulse O2 activity tracker, (FYI now available for purchase on Withings website) after having to stop using the Fitbit Force, which was taken off the market due to a small percentage of users experiencing an allergic reaction to a metal piece that comes into contact with your skin. (Unfortunately after a few months of use I was one of those people.) I did not own the previous Pulse device.

For a quick, short review, the Withings Pulse O2 Activity tracks steps/feet climbed/miles traveled/calories burned, and can determine your heart rate, blood oxygen level, and sleep, which can all be displayed on the device along with the date and time. It can be synced wirelessly via Bluetooth, and you can set goals on the app. I enjoy the device; the 4 out of 5 start review is due to the material the band and clip are made out of, a soft, rubber material that attracts a lot of dust and lint. In comparison to the Fitbit, cannot track steps while in sleep mode or notify you when you’ve reached your goal. Those are not major reasons for me to stop using it, but since I’ve used different devices in the past, I have something else to compare to. I recommend this device to anyone looking to own an activity tracker that tracks the info listed, it is easy to use and sync. Below is a more detailed review, breaking down the different tracking options and comparing them with the other devices listed in the summary.

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I am a Fitbit fan; I have owned most of the different versions of the Fitbit. (Original Fitbit/Fitbit One/Flex/Force) For the most part all of the Fitbit’s track the same data, the original and One are clips, and Flex and Force are armbands. The Original, One, and Force display the info on the device, Flex syncs to your phone or computer where you can check the data. The Flex will show “dots” on the screen to show your progress to what you’ve set as your goal, and will notify you once you’ve reach it, which is how the Nike Fuel band works.
The Withings Pulse is very similar to the Fitbit, with the addition of being able to check your blood pressure and blood oxygen level. All of this info is displayed on the device, and you can sync by either plugging it into your computer via a cable or sync to your phone via Bluetooth. I recently received the Withings Pulse O2, so I only have a few days experience with the device, but that has been enough for me to compare it to different trackers I have owned.

DEVICE FEEL Withings Pulse O2 Activity:
The Withings band and clip are made out of a soft, rubber material. That is one of the reasons I gave it 4 out of 5 starts. The rubber material is the type that attracts everything, dust, lint hair. And I have very small wrists and the band, even on the smallest setting, is still slightly big.
The Fitbit Flex and Force is a more rigid, flexible rubber material, and uses a plastic clip to secure the band. You also select a size when purchasing, but similar to most wristbands, it has many slots to secure the clip. I found the Fitbit Flex/Force to be the most comfortable and secure device. The Original and One are clips and do not come in an armband options, but you are given a fabric wrist band to insert the device if you want to track your sleep.
The Nike Flue Band is a very rigid, slightly flexible rubber material. I did not like the feel of the Fuel Band; it was too rigid and did not fit comfortably because of this. The Withings and Fitbit bands are flexible enough to wrap around your wrists comfortably, the Fuel band holds its shape.
The Striiv is a device that you can wear many ways, you are given a clip, strap, and wrist band to wear. I have only used the clip; the device does not track sleep so I have never worn it in bed. It is larger than the other devices, but for me has been comfortable enough to clip on the inside of pants pockets.

TRACKING STEPS Withings Pulse O2 Activity:
All of the devices track steps, the Withings, Fitbit Original/One/Force, and Striiv all display this info on the device itself. There isn’t much to say here, one reviewer of the Withings mentioned it did not track as many steps as the Fitbit, I am currently using the Withings/Fitbit/Striiv devices and so far the Withings device is tracking the most steps. Striiv has the least amount of steps, which makes sense because I do not wear it at night, and I start using it once I am up and ready to leave the house. The Withings and Fitbit devices only come off when showering, so I am tracking those lost steps in between. As far as the Withings and Fitbit being off on steps, I’m not sure yet why, maybe more use will give me more info to determine the offset.
The Nike Fuel Band and Fitbit Flex do not display this info on the device, but it is tracked and can be viewed via the apps once the data is synced.

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TRACKING STEPS/FEET CLIMBED Withings Pulse O2 Activity
To note, most of the devices allow you to set what unit of measurement you want to use when tracking. All devices except for the Nike Fuel band track this information.
Withings tracks feet climbed, Fitbit tracks steps climbed, and Striiv tracks equivalent stairs climbed. At the moment all three show different data, which I am not sure why. I would have to do more research between the devices to determine the difference.
The Fitbit Flex does not display this info on the device, but it is tracked and can be viewed via the app once the data is synced.

TRACKING MILES Withings Pulse O2 Activity:
All devices other than the Nike Fuel band track miles traveled and you can set what unit of measurement you want. They are all relatively close, similar to the steps being off, Withings shows the most and Striiv is showing the least.
The Fitbit Flex does not display this info on the device, but it is tracked and can be viewed via the app once the data is synced.

TRACKING CALORIES BURNED Withings Pulse O2 Activity:
All devices other than the Nike Fuel band track calories burned. They all show different numbers, the Fitbit shows the most because it calculates an assumed number of burned calories when sleeping. Striiv shows more than Withings, which is odd since it shows fewer steps taken. I would have to look into whether it also calculates an assumed number from sleep as well.
The Fitbit Flex does not display this info on the device, but it is tracked and can be viewed via the app once the data is synced.

TRACKING SLEEP Withings Pulse O2 Activity:
I read some reviews of the previous version of the Withings Pulse that the sleep data is more informative than the Fitbit, from my experience it is about the same. It will show you deep/light sleep and any times you were awake. Withings looks to be slightly more sensitive to movement, but other than that the tracked data is very close.
With Withings, you need to set the device itself to “sleep mode” to being tracking the data. When it is in sleep mode, it will not track any steps taken if you wake up at any point and get out of bed. I did run into trouble trying to set the device to sleep mode. I read on their website to restart the device, and that did resolve the issue.
The Fitbit does not have to be set in a sleep mode, you can either use your phone and indicate on the app that you have “started” sleep, and when you wake you indicate that on the app, or set the time you got in and out of bed manually on the app. (phone or computer) Once you sync your device it will calculate your movement and determine the same info, along with tracking any steps taken if you do wake up and get out of bed. It will also calculate calories burned during sleep, which is really just an assumption from the personal data you’ve entered when you receive your device.
The Fitbit Flex does not display this info on the device, but it is tracked and can be viewed via the app once the data is synced. The previous version of the Nike Fuel band I owned did not track this information, according to Nike’s website they have a newer version that does.

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ADDITIONAL DEVICE INFORMATION Withings Pulse O2 Activity:
Withings can also determine your heart rate and blood oxygen level. On the device, same place to set sleep mode, is a heart. If you press the heart it will tell you to place your finger on the device, there are sensors on the back of the device. Within a few seconds it should display the info. So far I have been having trouble getting the device to read that info, it worked a couple of times, since then it gives me X’s to state it could not determine my heart rate and pulse ox. I am not too concerned about tracking this info, but I may contact customer service if the problem continues.
The Fitbit Force tracks “Very Active Minutes”, which can be helpful if you are looking to track the amount of minutes you may have exerted yourself. (Recommended 30 minutes a day of vigorous activity) One additional feature I like about the Fitbit is that it will notify you if you reach your goal by gently vibrating. I haven’t used it, but you can also set a silent alarm, it will gently vibrate to wake you.
The Striiv activity tracker is very unique in comparison to any other activity tracker. If you are interested in learning more about it, check out the following link Striiv Smart Pedometer, Accessory Bundle I have also posted a review about this product as well. There is too much detail to get into here about that tracker, but it has many other features that Withings and Fitbit do not have.

APP INFO Withings Pulse O2 Activity:
All of the trackers have applications that allow you to see your data that has been tracked. You can either view it on a smartphone or computer, and these applications are very different from one another.
The Withings and Striiv applications are very similar; you have a dashboard that shows you each of the items tracked. This is all you can do on the app with Striiv. With Withings you can download your information, look at previous day’s information, manually enter your weight/height/BP/Pulse Ox, and earn badges.
Fitbit allows for much more on their application. You can track your food and water intake, enter additional activity, enter heart rate, BP and glucose info to track, has a journal option to note any additional info, and the beta version of the dashboard now has a “Trainer” option, which is a 12 week plan you set to help keep you motivated.

Between all of the devices, I feel the Withings Pulse O2 and Fitbit Force are very comparable, the Fitbit Flex tracks the same info but it is not displayed on the screen. I am a Fitbit fan myself, but so far have enjoyed using the Withings device. It is tracking the same information I was tracking previously with Fitbit, with a few additions. For what I am looking to track, it works great and fits great. As stated earlier, the 4 starts is for the type of rubber material they decided to use, not being able to track steps while in sleep mode, and not being able to notify you when you’ve reached your goal.

 

 

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