Adding to its lineup of Activité-branded watch-style activity trackers, Withings today announced the Activité Steel. The Activité Steel is designed to fit in between the expensive original Activité and the more affordable Activité Pop.

Withings Steel
Like the other Activité activity trackers, the Activité Steel is designed to look more like a traditional wrist watch than a fitness device. It features a stainless steel case, chrome hands, and a sub-dial that was inspired by a tachymeter. According to Withings, the Activité Steel was designed to have a "distinctive masculine feel."

"While the tracker market is booming we see growing demand from health conscious people who are not willing to compromise their style," says Cédric Hutchings, CEO of Withings. "Steel is the perfect Christmas gift for those demanding trendsetters."

The Activité Steel keeps track of steps taken, showing progress towards a daily goal on the small sub-dial on the watch face. It is also able to automatically detect several activities, including running and swimming, and at night, it's able to monitor sleep length and quality.

There's a standard watch battery inside so there's no need to charge the Activité Steel, but the battery will need to be replaced approximately every eight months. As it does not charge, the Activité Steel is water-resistant up to 50 meters like the other two Activité watches.

All of the information gathered by the Activité Steel can be viewed in the accompanying Withings Health Mate application, which lets users insert activity goals, keep track of food consumed, and interact with friends to reach fitness goals.

The Activité Steel, initially available in classic black, can be ordered from the Withings website for $169.95.

Top Rated Comments

beanbaguk Avatar
113 months ago
I actually love this little watch. It's what a "smart" watch should be all about. Subtle, useful and works just like a traditional watch. And more importantly, it looks fantastic.

While it doesn't have a fancy screen, Dick Tracey style calling, maps and other nonsense, I think Withings have got a perfect balance with this. It's just a shame their marketing machine isn't as powerful as Apple.

I can't wait to get mine.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
beanbaguk Avatar
113 months ago
There doesn't seem like there is anything smart about this watch. Does it do alerts? It's a watch with a pedometer in it, that can track sleep.
You nailed it.

I don't want to be alerted every two seconds on my wrist that I have another sodding whatsapp message or email. I don't care about GPS navigation on my wrist. I also don't give a monkeys about paying for something through my wrist.

For me a smart(ish) watch should complement my phone. In this case, my iPhone.

It doesn't replace an Apple Watch or even come close to one, but as an Apple Watch owner who has his watch in his drawer, back in the box, this is perfect.

This Verge review sums it up perfectly:

http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/26/7438345/withings-activite-review
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
beanbaguk Avatar
113 months ago
Random question, but anyone know of any normal watches which look like this but without the 'smart' side of things, just a normal watch? Just I really think it is stunning looking watch but don't need all the other stuff. Thanks! :)
"How long is a piece of string?"

It all dependent on budget. If money is no object, I would go for something like this:



This Junghans is also stunning.



There's plenty out there. At a lower budget scale, you can look at Longines but also have a look at a lot of German watch makers.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
kwikdeth Avatar
113 months ago
Im a big fan of the withings product line. I have their scale, the watch, and the wireless blood pressure meter. They all tie in great to their app which also has tie-ins for third-party apps, like food trackers, so you can see stuff like your calorie intake next to your exercise. Works great for a guy like me who is just starting to take his health seriously, where you can see feedback on a daily basis and know what is working and what isnt. Thanks to these products ive lost nearly 30 pounds since July. It works for me, thats all i need.

They do make a tracker that does heart rate, but its not nearly as good looking.

My only gripes are that i wish the glass on the Pop was better. I have put a LOT of scratches on mine. Hopefully this new one has better glass. Also i wish they would either offer more band choices, or open it up to third parties.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ob81 Avatar
113 months ago
I have one of these and an Apple Watch. The Apple Watch isn't really a good looking watch. It is a great gadget to have. I like my Activite much better.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
snowmoon Avatar
113 months ago
Well technically the app itself has a heart rate monitor, one can set daily alerts or just do it whenever we want and have it merg with iOS health.

Personally, I use it daily and it works really good.
The fitbit hr shines in 24/7 HR tracking. I charge it when I shower and generally forget about it. Unlike the Apple Watch it does not need to charge overnight which is very useful for resting heart rate calculations. The closest competitor for me would be the basis, but it doesn't have the ecosystem that fitbit has and is a tank ( I much prefer something small ).
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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