Price: $ 70
Here is what we like
- Easily replaceable bands
- Insanely long battery life
And what we do not
19659015] Low-grade materials
Hybrid smartwatches are an appealing segment that combines the benefits of a health monitoring standard A ctivity Tracker with the unobtrusive, fashionable appearance of a traditional watch. Withings is one of the few participants in this field.
The company's most disappointing model, the Withings Move, is all the more disappointing. The low price is associated with a few features that make the most of a connected phone, and the materials and workmanship of the watch itself do not conform to the standard set by the Withings Steel and its contenders.
If you are looking for both a very affordable Activity Tracker and a very reasonably priced watch on the market, you can combine both purchases with Withings Move. But if the charm of a hybrid watch is similar in its likeness to a fashion accessory and the appeal of an activity tracker in its accuracy and usefulness, then the move falls flat on both counts.
You Receive Watch You Pay For
Functionally, the Move is very similar to the Withings Steel, the original hybrid watch design the company had adopted as a Nokia subsidiary. Like the Steel, the Move tracks the steps and sleep with the integrated hardware. The only feedback is via a sub-dial, which indicates the progress towards your daily step goal. The watch can vibrate, but does not provide other interactive features.
Unlike the Nokia / Withings Steel, the Move looks … well, cheap. It uses a plastic housing and a window, something that would be tacky even with a low-cost conventional watch. The silicone band is easier to place and I appreciate that it can be quickly changed thanks to quick release pins. But if you want a nice band, that's an extra $ 20-30, which appears on such a cheap device as an unusual extravaganza.
The plastic case would be fine if Withings had used the savings on a mineral glass window. Something, like hardened gorilla glass or synthetic sapphire, is too much to be hoped for on a $ 100 device, but the plastic window will scratch easily and repeatedly, even if you do not use the move on frequent high-intensity workouts. 19659035] The Move is compatible with standard bracelets, and the included strap has quick release buckles. ” width=”2000″ height=”1333″ data-credittext=”Michael Crider” src=”/pagespeed_static/1.JiBnMqyl6S.gif” onload=”pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);” onerror=”this.onerror=null;pagespeed.lazyLoadImages.loadIfVisibleAndMaybeBeacon(this);”/>
This cheapness is probably a feature and not a bug. With only $ 70, the Move is indeed one of the cheapest activity trackers of a reputable provider, despite the hybrid watch design. It's just over half the price of the original Steel for the same functions … and to get around with heart rate tracking, you have to pay $ 180 for Steel HR. For most users, that is way above the impulse buying range.
A Splash of Color
Withings pushes the adjustment angle with the Move and the more expensive cousin Move ECG. It is offered with a variety of color combinations for the band, face and "tracker" hand, and later this year will offer a completely web-based color adjustment tool.
This may be more compelling than the low price, as activity trackers and smartwatches often have only one or two choices, with spare tapes often being proprietary. However, there seems to be no way to change the hour and minute hands, which are a rather flat color with no indicators. There is also no glowing color or "Indiglo" in the Timex style. So you'll pick up your phone if you want to know when the lights go out. It is a strange omission of a device that offers sleep monitoring as one of the only functions.
Withings classifies the movement as watertight up to fifty meters, which is a certain standard for a watch, for a smart or otherwise. While it can not keep up with the fancy "Diver" -Automatik, it takes in the pool or while showering without complaints sweat and splashes on.
Like the simplest Withings Steel model, the Move can continue to choose a device for a year and a half without having to recharge the battery, even though you need to open the case (or have an expert call it) and the coin battery on it Exchange point. Of course, the scope of this review may not extend to the maximum length of this charge, but I suspect that frequent use of the vibration alarm feature will significantly shorten battery life. It's a plus if you can not stand having to charge multiple devices every day.
Do not forget your phone
The Move does not capture your heart rate and it requires a Bluetooth connection to your handheld iPhone or Android phone to track your position via GPS. To start exercising, hold the crown – the only button on the device – until the watch vibrates. Running, cycling, swimming, or whatever you plan to do, hold down the button again to end the session. The phone app records your time and distance, but you need to know what you have done yourself.
This raises the question, why do I even use a clock for that? Position tracking comes from the phone, and I need to open the app and mess up my recorded data to add meaningful context. These are all things that you can do only by phone. Google Fit even does it automatically, detects your activity, and estimates things like calories burned and altitude. The watch can not interrupt your workout either, so if you're resting for a drink or a break, you'll need to watch multiple sessions.
So what does the Move offer, except for a clumsy start and stop button? It can track steps and sleep more accurately than a phone alone. However, Withings' general tracking and social programs are far behind FitBit, Google, Apple, and Samsung, and the Move does not make any notifications. The only thing it can point to is an alarm, and even if the vibration is so weak that I would not trust it to wake me up. The alarm clock will not even sync with the clock app on your phone.
The analog clock hands of the Move synchronize with the time of the phone. Android's Smart Lock feature bypasses the lock screen. In terms of pure functionality, the Move is hardly better than your phone alone and offers an easy-to-understand step tracker and not much else. For my part – and for my money – I would rather wear a cheap Seiko and follow my own trainings on my phone.
A Few Other Extras (But Not Enough)
The Move gives you access to a semi-social network of health and wellness tools, including more comprehensive sleep tracking, guided meditation, and pregnancy knowledge. However, this is all you can find in other fitness tracker systems (or only on your phone itself) with heart rate tracking. The Withings ECG provides a technical record of heart rate when it comes on the market, but not in a constant live fashion like Steel HR – it's more of a medical tool than a fitness tool.
Withings' customization tool, once in operation, could make some sales with some funky color combinations and interesting faces. However, our philosophy is to rate a product as it is, not as it may be … and even with more style options, they will not obscure the basic affordability of the device. Compared to the original Steel or the more useful upgrades, the Move is not comparable at all. Its a big advantage, claiming battery life over a standard coin cell for a year and a half, is becoming less and less attractive as advanced watches extend their batteries to several days.
There are better options
If The Move offered live heart rate tracking in a way that was more discreet than other models, enabling more accurate training tracking. If the notification tools were not so deficient, if the fit and the end result were better, to hell, if I could just read them in the dark while tracking sleep – I'd have been much friendlier on the device if it was one of them would have his favor.
But it does not. Buy a better-looking traditional watch or a low-cost fitness tracker for $ 70, or save for a better option in both categories.
Here's What Like
- Easy to swap bands
- Insanely long battery life
And what we do not
- Low material quality
- Few features without phone  Plastic dial window
- Low power vibration
- No notification function