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Withings ActivitГ Steel Tracking and app

Step tracking on the ActivitГ Steel has generally been very accurate but for the first time, the device overestimated our activity by at least 500 steps or so on one day and 50 – 100 steps otherwise versus both Google Fit running on our Android phone and a Misfit Shine 2.

That’s odd as previously we’ve seen Withings devices go slightly under rival trackers- perhaps the algorithms (which are never perfect) have changed as it’s the same 3-axis accelerometer inside.

It’s still useful in terms of seeing that you’ve gone over your goal or that you’re still languishing at 25% (shout out working from home days) but it’s worth bearing in mind when you’re digging into estimates of calories burned etc. As we said, there are no new sensors and GPS is still missing so this isn’t the kind of device that’s ideal for runners.

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As for the bursts of activities, this could be helpful if you do plan to entrust your running routine to the ActivitГ Steel but it gets a bit annoying seeing the Health Mate app chunk up sections of walking of as little as two minutes at a time.

Sleep tracking, on the other hand, is pretty damn good – it’s automatic and got our going to sleep and wake up times spot on. One thing it wasn’t so accurate at tracking was the number of times we got up in the night – it missed the occasional toilet break – but that’s less important.

Also, on one occasion – so we’ll let it slide – it registered Thursday’s night sleep as Friday’s in the Health Mate app which was pretty weird. We assume this has something to do with going to bed past midnight every night and we hope it sorts itself out eventually.

Still, on the good news front – you can see data on time spent awake (very accurate) as well as light and deep sleep. It’s also worth repeating that the ActivitГ Steel is more than comfortable enough to wear in bed plus there’s the fact that you don’t need to charge it every night so you’re more likely to wear it 24/7.

The Health Mate app is pretty comprehensive with a profile for entering height and weight, Badges to unlock with alerts when you do and graphs to dig into. One niggle is that you get day and week views but no monthly/yearly views – that’s a shame if you’re using the ActivitГ Steel to make long term changes to your lifestyle.

We tended to keep the Bluetooth on our phone switched off since we weren’t getting alerts to the ActivitГ and just sync up every night when we returned home – pairing is easy but we found the syncing to take a bit longer than usual for fitness trackers, a bit of a pain.

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Withings ActivitГ Steel: Battery life

The ActivitГ Steel boasts the same great battery life from its swappable coin cell battery. Withings quotes eight months of battery life from one battery but you should get at least six months from it.

Compare to that to two day, three day and five day trackers which show you very little else in terms of glanceable info beyond the time and your activity progress and the ActivitГ Steel comes out on top.

That’s the benefit of ditching the screen as many other smart trackers/watches from the likes of Fossil and HP have done since the first ActivitГ.

Withings ActivitГ Steel

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This tracker isn’t for sports enthusiasts or regular runners – it’s for everyone who wants to get a bit fitter, move more and keep an eye on their sleep schedules. The option is there to do more, adding smart scales and accessories but the ActivitГ Steel succeeds as a simple tracker that looks damn good while it does its basic job. It nows plays nice with both Android (yay) and MyFitnessPal and we look forward to more collaborations. As ever, accuracy isn’t 100% but we’ve found that the combination of the dial and the Health Mate app does spur us on to reach our goals. If you’re aware of what you want to get out of it, this is a damn fine choice for the money.

Hit

  • Looks stylish
  • Awesome battery life
  • MyFitnessPal integration

Miss

  • Not ideal for run tracking/sports
  • Limited views in the app
  • No new sensors

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