Withings is a well-known name in the wearables world. We got our hands on one of its Activité Pop fitness trackers to test it out
Alex Wright, Muscles and Macros fitness blogger and JBC Nutrition brand ambassador reviewed the Activité Pop:
The characteristically sleek appearance of most wearables makes them pretty easy to spot – digital displays, gadget-esque wristbands etc. This can become an issue when you swap the gym gear for more formal attire as they can stick out like a sore thumb. This is a problem that the Activité Pop doesn’t face.
You’d actually be forgiven for not registering the Withings Activité Pop as a fitness tracker at first glance as this wearable comes in the form of a minimalistic and unobtrusive wristwatch.
The Activité Pop boasts range of tracking features including distance covered, calories burnt and steps taken.
It has a connected app, Health Mate, that offers a range of information to help users set goals and hit targets as well as offering the capability to link to calorie counting apps such as MyFitnessPal.
As well as a traditional watch design the Activité Pop has the capability to track both steps taken and other cardio activities such as swimming.
I put the tracker through its paces using various forms of exercise including, but not limited to, weight training, cardiovascular endurance training and calisthenics.
I found that obvious cardio movements such as running, cycling and rowing are registered, tracked and calculated well by the wearable but when it came to more powerlifting centred exercises like squats, deadlifts and bench-pressing, the Activité Pop encountered difficulties and wasn’t able to track anything this complicated.
Calisthenics work such as clap push ups, pull ups and burpees were registered, however the accuracy of this did not seem to be at the same level as the cardio work-out.
As well as a step-tracker the Activité Pop also has sleep tracking capabilities that automatically register when the wearer has fallen asleep.
Through the connected app the fitness wearable can also act as an alarm with the watch gently vibrating on the wearer’s wrist in order to wake them up.
The sleep tracking function made a promising start as my sleep was tracked well and the vibration alarm was very useful in the mornings for a gentle wake up or on long train journeys if I fell asleep and wanted a quiet alarm.
Health Mate is the smartphone app that the Activité Pop connects to via Bluetooth.
It enables readings taken from a blood pressure monitor (BPM) device to be calculated alongside readings taken by the Activité Pop wearable. This enables users to track their calorie consumption more accurately alongside their sleep and activity data.
The Activité Pop does not have BPM capabilities, which is a shame as I think this is something that could perhaps improve the device.
Having said that, the Activité Pop is still in the lower-end price bracket for fitness wearables and Withings have addressed this minor drawback through the versatility of its app.
All in all, the Withings Activite pop is a sleek and simple sleep and activity tracker with a versatile design.
If you are someone who focuses their fitness regime around bodybuilding/weightlifting and is looking for an intense fitness wearable then this is perhaps not what you’re looking for.
However, if you want a fitness watch that you can wear day to day which has the ability to track steps and cardio and can synchronise with apps such as MyFitnessPal – the Withings Activite Pop is just what you’re looking for.