Withings Pulse O2 review: my favorite fitness tracker to-date

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I love the idea of using technology to stay healthier. I’ve already listed 10 terrific fitness tracking devices in addition to 100 ways tech can help keep you fit, but I haven’t yet written up my hands-on experience with an actual fitness tracker.

As far as fitness trackers go, I’ve used both the wearable kind (think FitBit) and the app-only kind that lives on your smartphone (think Moves). Recently, though, I’ve been putting the Withings Pulse O2 ($119.95) through it’s paces and I have to say I’m pretty impressed—impressed enough to call it my favorite wearable fitness tracker to-date.

I really like the band. It’s comfortable, light, fairly stylish and doesn’t cause a rash, if you know what I’m sayin…

For starters the tracking abilities are pretty robust. You’ve got all your basics from steps to calories burned but you’ve also got some fun extras. The ability to measure your resting heart rate is stellar as it’s a good overall indicator of a person’s health. You can also track elevation gained as well as how well you’re sleeping. The device also features a touchscreen which will allow you to scroll through previous days accomplishments for a quick look at how much progress you’re making. These features can all be found on various devices, but rarely all in one (and certainly not in ...

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