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 a package that looks this nice).
How well does it work? Well, any fitness tracker isn’t going to be 100% accurate, that’s just the way it goes, but the Pulse O2 seems as accurate as any other device I’ve tried if not more so. Of course it’s always best to wear it on your least active arm (if you’re wearing the band as opposed to clipping it on) for best performance.
Speaking of the band, I really like it. It’s comfortable and light and doesn’t cause a rash, if you know what I’m sayin… The band, unlike most other fitness trackers, is more watch-like than it is Livestrong anti-cancer yellow band-like. I find it easier to get on/off than other bands (the FitBit bands tend to leave imprints on my wrist from needing to apply so much pressure to get the to latch).
The device itself features a small mini-USB charging port and a small button on the side for changing what’s on the display. Holding down the button for 3 seconds will force the ...