Reviews for Withings Steel HR Sport - Multisport hybrid Smartwatch, connected GPS, heart rate, fitness level via VO2 max, activity and sleep tracking, notifications
People say Withings is really similar to Samsung.
Great looks with everything you want, nothing you don't.
I have owned several smart watches. The Fitbit Charge 2, Fitbit Versa, and Samsung Gear Sport to name a few. All of them either performed ok or had issues. With the trend towards smart watches like the Apple watch and others I found myself wanting the functionality of a smart watch while ending up not using half of the features, and always disappointed with aesthetics or how long the battery lasted. This hybrid smart watch is dare I say it...perfect. I'll go a couple weeks and completely forget about charging it. The battery lasts insanely long compared to any other smart watch on the market. It looks great too! Simplistic, easy to read and just a classy looking watch. The interface for the smart features has one button...that's all you need or want. All the exercise features you'd like are there. None of the features you'll never use aren't. The band that comes with the watch is soft and extremely comfortable and resists any smell from exercise. I wear mine when I run, work out, or play ice hockey.
I've had the watch for about 1 week. I'm admittedly a luddite when it comes to smart devices, but I needed a step tracker as my new phone didn't have one. Purely as a step tracker, this watch performs exactly as desired. The mobile app is useful, it syncs with Virgin Pulse seamlessly (better than my Samsung Health ever did), the watch interface is simple to use. The watch design is what I really like. Some people complain about the dark dial being hard to read - this is fair but I don't find that bad. It is similar to other dark dial watches I have owned. I also like that it is a reasonable size - I don't like the current design trend of oversized dials. I've never worn watches at night, so I was skeptical of the sleep tracking. The sleek design means it doesn't bother me at night.
This was a great purchase
I've been without a watch for sometime but did not want to jump into the too smarty tech like the watch from apple or Samsung. I wanted a classic watch with a bit of tech but not too much. This was just perfect. The best part is that the smartwatch part of it is subtle. Yet you get information you need with the app. For me was the sleeping track as I am terrible with my sleep. This sleeping tracking has helped me realized how bad and little I sleep, thus, I am making changes because of it. It is very nice to look at that my friends are buying them too.
Looks Good for Business, Useful for Fitness
After 3 Days My aim was to buy a watch with fitness/workout/sleep tracking comparable to an Apple Watch but which was stylish enough to wear to work. I wear a suit to work in a Four Diamond hotel, so not just any watch would be fitting for my daily dress code. The Withings Steel HR Sport meets these requirements wonderfully (and, compared to Apple, cheaply)! Setting up the watch and syncing it to my phone was a breeze. The Withings Health Mate app has a great aesthetic, and the process was very straight-forward. The app does have you calibrate all of the dials (the crown on the watch doesn't turn - it's just a button - so you move the dials with the app on your phone), which felt tedious, especially for the small steps-goal %. Fortunately, you can re-calibrate at anytime through the app if you get it a little bit wrong. Withings recommends wearing the watch one finger-breadth above the bone on your wrist. This is to ensure the HR monitor isn't put at any funny angles and can't take readings. I've been wearing mine comfortably lower than that (closer to my hand), and I've had no trouble getting HR readouts. The HR monitor is really slick. Throughout my day, it's taking measurements (every 10 minutes, I believe), and I can pull up the app and see what has been measured. I can also use the button to initiate an HR reading at anytime (It will immediately display the results from the most recent reading, if it quietly took one in the background, and then take a new reading if ... Read More
Almost a 5 star
So close to a 5 star rating. IMO the watch is quite good looking. The notification functions work better than my Samsung watch, which was twice as expensive. As hybrid it can be smaller and thinner than a LCD version with a speaker. The band is super comfortable, much better than my Samsung. The watch charge lasts for a week+. The fitness app is good but a little on the basic side. My only dings are, no seconds hand, the numbers and their demarcation are very similar in color to the watch face and therefore difficult to see sometimes. All said the watch's fit and finish are quite good and it is well worth the price. Latest info. I purchased a Garmin Vivomove HR , I still have not been able to pair it to my phone. The fit and finish is not as nice as the Whitings. Nor does it feel as solid, as the Whitings has a metal case and the Garmins' is PLASTIC. Both watches were nearly identical in price but the Withings is superior in every way.
2-3 Week Battery (depending on usage)
Overall, this is a great product but a few things need work. I've noticed the sleep tracking will completely discount naps. It will show the nap in the app but after I sleep at night, it overwrites the nap, resulting in less sleep tracked. Airplane mode should be an option when you don't want the watch to be transmitting at al times or are on an airplane. With my previous Samsung Gear Fit Pro 2, I would have it on airplane mode throughout the day and turn it off at night to sync the data to my phone. The watch band had to be replaced after a week. The band is too long even for my big wrists and it gave me a rash. I think it would be better without all the holes in it. The auto-tracking workout feature is decent, tracking time and calorie estimates, but it never tracks heart rate, which is the most important piece of data to me. Sometimes i forget to start tracking manually, so if it could give me heart data on auto-tracking, that would be great!
Best heart rate / sleep tracker I could find!
This is an excellent watch for what I was looking for and I'm really glad I found it. The one remaining concern I have for it is longevity, because for $200 I expect this to last at least 3 years. But to sing some praises first: - Great battery life, quick recharge 8hrs in exercise mode (continuous HR monitoring) takes about 40% of the battery for me. Otherwise the battery seems like it will last a month if I didn't use that mode. - Looks good I literally had someone comment on how they would rather wear this than an Apple watch because it looks like a normal, nice watch. I agree, although the Apple watch has a lot more features and I'd use one if I liked their phones at all. - Solid HR tracking This was the reason I bought and kept this watch, the HR tracking is solid. The sensor could be better like the multiple larger lights in the galaxy watch, sure. But the galaxy watch and almost every HR monitoring wrist band on the market right now sucks. Either because they all skimp on the HR monitor or because the design doesn't make effective use of the sensor (including algorithms to get accurate HR from the sensor) because they don't think anyone wants to have accurate, continuous monitoring. But I do. I use this watch in workout mode to record my HR during exercise, where tracking can be hard for light based sensors. Other watches, including galaxy watch, suck at this. Sometimes sweat buildup messes up the reading on this one too, sure, but it happens way less often and swipin... Read More
Good fitness tracker but also consider the Pulse HR at less cost
I should have saved a few dollars and bought the next model lower down. I don't use VO2 Max as my idea of excercise is walking and not running. I find that this watch and the app are really good. The step counter is accurate during a workout but it does not update the count much if you are just puttering around the house. I mostly wanted this watch for the heart rate, sleep function, and the exercises it monitors. Much of the watch concerns the "watch" itself. Personally, I find it very difficult to see the hands. I tried the white watch and the black watch. Both are not much for being able to sneak a look at your watch to tell the time. I always have to push the button to tell the time. It has something to do with the slender and shiny hands and the many reflections on the crystal. Really hard to see. Having complained about that, let's talk about battery life. It is fantastic. Almost a month of life. Maybe only two weeks if you press the buttons a lot but that is still excellent. The app is fantastic and integrates well with all the Withings device I own. It reports on every bit of data it collects. I like that the sleep function works well and that heart rate is recorded while sleeping. The smart alarm for wakeup is also nice and it works. Some have complained that the watch buzz is too gentle but I am the type of person who is almost always awake when the alarm goes off, anyway, so it does not matter to me. I also have a fancy and expensive Galaxy watch 3 which does all s... Read More
"Great" battery life
Tried another watch brand (less expensive), you get what you pay for. Needed a watch that had the time always at a glance, this is perfect. I chose the white face, easy to read day or evening. I am in my mid 70's and do not need features other than health associated. I cycle and the app and the watch are absolutely wonderful and the GPS is fantastic. The step counter, as with many other smart watches, has much to be desired. I have Samsung health on my smart phone and the disparity in steps is amazing. The constant heart rate is especially suited for me as I have A Fib. Have had the watch about a month and a half and am extremely pleased. Check this out; started the watch on a full charge July 4th and as of today July 23rd there is still 59% left. The first time I set up the watch it was not fully charged. The watch is constantly receiving and sending data as I never turn it off. "GREAT" smart watch!! UPDATE: Day 28 and still have 39% battery left.
Fantastic HYBRID Smartwatch
I bought the Withings Steel HR Sport since I did not need all the extra features that I never used with my Fenix and Apple Watch. In theory integrating a bunch of smart features with a cumbersome menu navigation in traditional smartwatch's seems like a good idea. However, I rarely used any of those features with my Fenix and Apple Watch. The Withings Steel HR is easy to use and track my activities with their Health App. Also integrates into Samsung Health, Google Fit, Strava, My Fitness Pal and run keeper. So far all the metrics are consistent and have been cross correlated with third party applications that had less than 1% deviation. If you are looking for a simple Hybrid smartwatch that can keep track of your workouts and heart rate this watch is for you. If you are looking to launch the next space X exploration while texting, taking phone calls and computating stock market trends this is not the watch for you.