The Withings Steel HR Sport is a hybrid smartwatch for the health nut in your life
This is their first device after buying themselves back from Nokia.
You might not be familiar with the name Withings, but you may recognize Nokia Health. They recently repurchased themselves from Nokia and their first connected device on their old name again is the Steel HR Sport.
The company is no stranger to this type of device, back in 2014 they launched the Activité, which was the first analog watch with activity tracking features. This new multisport hybrid smartwatch has all the bells and whistles you’d expect from the name, sleep tracking, heart monitoring, GPS tracking and a new fitness level tracker based on VO2 max. It also has multisport tracking for over 30 different activities, so the stylish watch is the sportsman’s companion.
As Eric Carreel, CEO of Withings, states,
With its advanced sport and health tracking capabilities, Steel HR Sport is a perfect example of how Withings is delivering against its original mission to help better manage health. The public reaction to the return of Withings is extraordinary and renews my belief that elegantly designed devices with health tracking abilities can dramatically improve individual and society’s health.
Encased in 316L stainless steel, with a 40mm diameter face, the Steel HR Sport is water resistant down to 50M (5ATM). You can choose between white and black-faced variants, and there’s a selection of different watch bands. It’s understated enough that your sporty watch doesn’t have to be left in the gym bag with your trainers, and wouldn’t look out of place in the boardroom.
The analog face shows the time while saving on battery life, and there’s a sub-dial that shows the percentage of daily goals achieved. You can set your personal goals in the companion app, Health Mate. The small OLED display keeps you informed of important health and sports data like calories, daily steps, and heart rate, and can be navigated by the push of a button. Smartphone notifications also are shown on this screen, along with a discrete vibration.
Companion apps and fitness tracking with the Withings Steel HR
There’s a free Health Mate app that provides a companion to the Steel HR Sport, available on both iOS and Android. The app can also connect with other third-party apps such as Apple Health, Google Fit, or MyFitnessPal.
The VO2 fitness indicator gives a measure of the heart and muscles ability to convert oxygen into energy during activity. It stands to reason that the fitter the user, the higher that VO2 max will be. This helps you to optimize your training, giving an increased performance and helping you meet your fitness objectives.
There’s also an industry-leading battery life of 25 days, that can even be extended for another 20 days in a power reserve mode. That’s even while the Steel HR Sport is tracking your fitness, activity and sleeping patterns 24/7.
If that sounds good to you, head on over to Withings site, where you can pick up the Steel HR Sport for $199.95 with a gray silicone watchband. Other watchbands are also available.
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