Withings Steel HR Review – The Most Stylish Activity Tracker

Product: Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch

Price: Starting at $179.95

Best Place to Buy: Withings.com

Warranty: 1 Year

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

 

 

The Withings Steel HR is the most stylish activity tracker available. The company holds the claim of inventing the first hybrid smartwatch. It looks like a nice analog watch that you could wear out for supper, but it is also hiding a little screen on the top of the face at the 12 o’clock position that keeps track of several metrics. Then add in the smart watch features of notifications from your phone and you have the best of all the world’s!

If you want to own one watch that does it all then this is the perfect one for you, it is right up there with some of the best smart watches available when it comes to technology, and looks better doing it. The Steel HR is slim with a light weight design, it isn’t bulky like other smart watches or activity trackers and I have had no problems wearing it every day for over a year.

Metrics Tracked

Heart rate

Beats per minute

Steps

Based on user’s motion

Distance

Based on the user’s profile for high precision

Calories

Health Mate app widget displays active & metabolic calories, as well as the total caloric expenditure

Running

Automatically detected
In-app daily recap of duration and distance

Swimming

Automatically detected
Duration and calories

Sleep

Time it takes to fall asleep
Duration
Sleep cycles (light and deep sleep)
Sleep interruptions

I found the Withings Steel HR to be far more accurate than my previous activity tracker when it comes to calories burned and steps. With my previous tracker I would have a caloric expenditure over 6000 and then the next day it would be 1800 yet my steps and resting heart rate were very similar. With the Withings the trend on my Health Mate app looks to be more realistic and the amount of burned calories is also more believable.

 

Within the app you have the ability to add different activities to your workout list so that you have quick access to 5 activities from your watch. This is another feature I really like, this way when you go back and look at your stats you can see the specific activity that you did that day. The options for the quick access workouts is pretty extensive as well, from the normal things like running or elliptical to the more obscure activities like windsurfing or rock climbing.

The smart wake-up is pretty cool too. You set it like any other alarm and then pick the smart wake-up time and the watch will start to slowly wake you up with small vibrations at the optimal point in your sleep cycle. Gone are the days of the blaring radio or loud beeping to startle you out of bed.

Connectivity

iOS compatibility (iOS 10 and higher)

-iPhone 4S and mode recent
-iPod touch 5th generation and more recent
-iPad 3rd generation and more recent

Android compatibility (6.0 and higher)

-Requires a Bluetooth Low Energy device

Bluetooth connectivity

-Bluetooth Low Energy needed

The Withings was very easy to connect to my iPhone and sync’s easily when I open the app, I haven’t had to disconnect or turn off the Bluetooth to get it to sync like I had to do with other devices.

Specs

Dimensions and weight

36mm model: 36.3mm diameter (1.4’’), 13mm thickness (0.51’’), 18mm wristband width (0.71’’), 39g (watch only)


40mm model: 39.5mm diameter (1.6’’), 13mm thickness (0.51’’), 20mm wristband width (0.79’’), 49g (watch only)

Conditions of use

Water resistant up to 165 feet deep (50 m, 5 ATM)
Operating temperature: -10°C to 45°C (14°F to 113°)
Storage temperature: -20°C to 85°C (4°F to 185°)
E-Ink™ Screen

Silent Alarm

A slight vibration to wake you up at a preset time.

Sensors

Heart rate infrared sensor
Day & Night motion sensor
High precision MEMS 3-axis accelerometer
Low power consumption

Battery life

Up to 25 days in normal use
Up to 5 days in workout mode
+ 20 additional days in power reserve mode (time and activity tracking only)

The battery life on my Withings Steel HR is unreal, I haven’t made 25 days but I am using it 5-6 times per week to track workouts so the screen is showing metrics for the full duration and uses a little more battery then when it is off. If you mostly use the app to track day to day stats and aren’t checking the screen on your watch I bet you could make the 25 days no problem.

If your main goal is steps in a day, then you will love the smaller dial on the lower half of the face, it shows you the percent of your goal reached that you set in the app. With a quick glance you see how many more steps you need for the day to achieve your goal without having to push the button to activate the screen.

I purchased the 40mm model and it is about the same size as a regular analog watch, it isn’t over sized and bulky like other smart watches or activity trackers. Most people are surprised to find out that it is a smart watch just because it is so slim and sleek. It has a round face with small hash marks around the outer edge, the one button on the side gives it true analog look but allows you to flip through the different metric displays that you set up within the Health Mate app.

There are different face and case colors to choose from and you can select from different colors and styles of bands to customize the watch to make it your own. They come standard with the silicone band which I have found to be quite comfortable with a bit of stretch so that is what I have continued to use. They also have leather and metal bands though if that is what you prefer.

Conclusion

One complaint I do have is that when I am outdoors on a bright day it is difficult to see the information on the little digital screen, put on sunglasses while you are running or hiking and it makes it worse. If you strain a bit you can make it out but that can be tough while running down a trail.

I have found that as I start to sweat my Withings will lose the heart rate intermittently, if you tighten the wrist band a little tighter than you wear it day to day it happens less often, or you can stop and wipe the moisture away from under the device and it usually picks it up again. 

Outside of that I love my Withings Steel HR. It is a nice looking watch that works good as a smart watch and an activity tracker.

I also purchased the Withings Body+ digital scale and have that sync’d to my Health Mate app for even more metrics all in one place. So if you are looking to make your fitness goals convenient to track all in one place then you might want to start looking at Withings products!

Let me know in the comments what your favorite activity tracker or smart watch is? What do you think of having the analog look with the smart ability of the Withings?

 

 

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9 thoughts on “Withings Steel HR Review – The Most Stylish Activity Tracker”

  1. Tyler, that is a nice looking watch! I have never liked the idea of having a big “smart” watch, I personally think it’s pretentious and unnecessary but some of the features, especially the work out ones are fantastic, this is something I think I could really buy! And at under $200 that deal isn’t half bad.

    Can you customize what the lower dial informs you? If I’m not interested in steps? 

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    • Hey Charles, 

      Thanks for the comment, unfortunately you aren’t able to change the lower dial to track any other metrics. I found at first I wasn’t interested in steps but having the indicator actually motivated me to get up and move around more during the day. 

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  2. this is a great review of a very cool watch.  I’ve had trouble finding a good activity tracker because I’ve been wanting to get one that kept time like my analog watch, but with the digital accuracy so I’m glad to see this one comes out and also tracks your sleep and heart rate accurately.  I will definitely take a closer look at this. 

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  3. Excellent review, i’m intrigued if they do international shipment ? its only black the only colour available ? This kind of reviews helps us to choose a moderate smart watch focused on Gym activities. What about social, mail, chat functions? Are they available? How comfortable it is while you are sleep ? I asked because I do own one, much smaller, but it’s quite annoying when i’m sleeping, so basically the sleep function is not food for me. 

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    • Hey Walter, 

      If you don’t enjoy sleeping with a normal watch on then I don’t think you would like the Withings either, for me I don’t notice it though. They do international shipments and have several colors available other than black. It doesn’t have the chat functions like a true smart watch, Withings focused more on the activity tracker and less on the smart watch. 

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  4. Heloo Dear, a big thanks to you for sharing this insightful article on withings steel he, the most stylish activity tracker. I saw this watches online and really like it but decided to make more research on it so as to be very sure of the product. Anyways judging from this article, I think the withings steel is indeed the most stylish activity tracker, it’s features are great. Although it’s really expensive but I will say it does worth every single penny. 

    But I really want to know if the watch is very vurnurable to scratches… 

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    • Hey Sheddy, 

      Thanks for the comment. I ended up getting a protective cover, almost like a screen cover for my Steel HR just because I have had issues with other activity trackers in the past scratching. You can’t even tell there is a cover on the watch. 

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  5. Hello there, thanks a lot for sharing this wonderful piece of information here with us. I must say I really did enjoyed going through your article. I’m into fitness and I think this would be a really good fitness equipment to get use so I think would be getting one of these. Thanks for sharing this

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  6. Hey nice article you have there. I have heard little about the Withings Steel HR Hybrid Smartwatch from a friend, having gone through this article, I now have a better perspective of its specification. It is indeed an inovation at its peak, as it can track activities with accuracy and has a durable battery. It will definitely suit my diverse needs.

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