Withings Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker + Sleep and Heart Rate Monitoring, Black

Withings Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker + Sleep and Heart Rate Monitoring, Black

Withings Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker + Sleep and Heart Rate Monitoring, Black

  • Activity tracking steps, elevation, distance and calories burned
  • Instant Heart Rate measurement
  • Sleep quality monitoring
  • Easy upload of your measurements using Bluetooth
  • iPhone (3GS or later), iPad (except the original iPad ? App not iPad optimized) or iPod touch (4th generation or later), with iOS 6.0 or later and Internet access (mobile data or Wi-Fi). Bluetooth-enabled Android smartphone or tablet with Android 2.3.3 or later, Internet access (mobile data or Wi-Fi)

Withings Pulse is a powerful pocket-sized personal tracking tool designed to help users achieve their personal health and fitness goals. For the first time ever on an activity tracker, the Withings Pulse adds heart pulse measurement and run stride tracking to the number of steps taken, distances covered, calories burned and quality of sleep. The device syncs via Bluetooth with the Withings Health Mate App where all the data is collected and stored in real time.

  • To start the heart rate measurement, you have to hold your finger on the heart logo for few seconds. It should then display ‘press finger’ or a moving dot below a heart logo.
  • If this does not trigger the heart rate measurement, then attempt to reset your Pulse (press and hold the button for 15 seconds).
  • If your Pulse does not display anything on its screen charge, after charging the Pulse, press & hold the button for 15 seconds and check if the Pulse displays “hello”. If not, your micro-USB cable may be the cause of this issue, could you try to charge your Pulse using another cable, perhaps one provided with your Smartphone.
  • f your Withings Pulse isn’t able to sync or if you don’t see your Pulse as an available device into your phone bluetooth settings, please press and hold the Pulse button for 15 seconds in order to reset it. Reboot your smartphone or tablet
  • If your Pulse’s screen lights up but does not respond press and hold the button for 15 seconds in order to hard reset the Pulse. This will reboot the Pulse. You will not lose your data by doing this.
  • If you encounter battery, touchscreen or activity measurement issues please check that your Pulse is up to date
  • List Price: $ 99.95

    Price: $ 95.00

    2 Responses to Withings Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker + Sleep and Heart Rate Monitoring, Black

    • L. Thomas says:
      119 of 127 people found the following review helpful
      3.0 out of 5 stars
      I really wanted to like this., August 10, 2013
      L. Thomas (Tucson, AZ) –
      (REAL NAME)

      This review is from: Withings Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker + Sleep and Heart Rate Monitoring, Black (Sports)
      I wanted to like this device, I was trying to convince myself that it was better than the Fitbit One, but it just can’t beat 4 years and 3 revisions of experience. I own the Withings Smart Scale, which is amazing, and I wanted to keep within that ecosystem, but it isn’t cutting it.

      I owned both the Pulse and the One at the same time for a few days and I had my gripes with both, but the Fitbit won in the end. I will list how the Withings is better:
      – Easy to slip in and out of the belt clip
      – Touchscreen and history is a great addition.
      – Bluetooth 2.0 support, no need for a dongle for your PC. (I own an Android)
      – The heart rate monitor is a neat feature, but it is nothing my phone can’t do.
      – Micro USB charging is convenient and you don’t need a proprietary device to charge.
      – Elevation is measured in feet, and not floors.
      – The battery life is impressive, but isn’t any better than the Fitbit One. I never went over a week without the “20%” notification popping up.

      Now I will list its drawbacks from the One:
      – The overall build quality feels cheaper.
      – Belt clip is not as tight and it HAS disconnected from my body a couple times.
      – Soft touch plastic scratches way to easy.
      – No vibrate function, which is honestly very handy with my Fitbit.
      – No right/left handed options. So when it it clipped on your right side the display is upside down.
      – No way to calibrate your stride.

      ** 8 Aug 2013 – I don’t know if the Fitbit does this, but I lost an entire day of activity because my Pulse didn’t turn off of sleep mode. I think that this device would benefit from a firmware update that would automatically turn off sleep mode when it detects steps for a certain amount of time. I was running around airports all day and noticed tonight that I slept for 22 hours…**

      Sure the ability to view history and take your pulse is neat, but those functions are rendered obsolete when you are using the device with a smartphone. I can view history on my phone, take my pulse, track my diet, and much more. Fitness trackers are made to show you how active you are in the day and night. At the end of the day, Fitbit has a much more refined product. Sure it isn’t compatible with USB 2.0, but the Fitbit can be synced using the computer. I spend hours of my day next to a computer, and syncing is no problem. Just not immediate.

      It’s the small things that the Withings wins in, but that’s what they are, small things. Fitbit has used their experience in the fitness market and made a great upgrade to the older devices that were already fantastic. Maybe Withings will come out with a armband that will blow things out of the water.


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    • Ron Cronovich "Ron" says:
      314 of 324 people found the following review helpful
      5.0 out of 5 stars
      A little better than the excellent Fitbit One, August 3, 2013
      Ron Cronovich “Ron” (Kenosha, WI) –
      (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

      This review is from: Withings Pulse Wireless Activity Tracker + Sleep and Heart Rate Monitoring, Black (Sports)

      I’m a big fan of activity trackers. After buying my first one, an original Fitbit when they first came out, I started paying attention to how much walking I was doing, which motivated me to walk more. I upgraded to a Fitbit One when they came out, and loved it. Now I have a Withings Pulse. If you’re trying to choose between them, you can’t go wrong with either, the similarities outweigh the differences. But there are some differences, I think the Pulse is a little better, on balance.

      Both of these activity trackers use accelerometers and altimeters to track your steps and elevation gain, and both provide rough estimates of calories burned and distance traveled. Both can be used to track your sleep (albeit somewhat crudely and inaccurately). Both are tiny and easy to wear (and to lose, if you’re not careful!). Both allow syncing to smartphones via bluetooth.

      Reasons why I like the Pulse better:

      The Pulse has better battery life: I’m getting 11-12 days between charges, with frequent syncing and pulse checking. With the Fitbit, I never got more than 6 days from a charge. (UPDATE: My first full charge with the Pulse lasted 11 days. My second lasted 15 days. I think this is because during the first week, I was checking the display and/or syncing with my iPhone very frequently because the Pulse was new and novel.)

      The Pulse can measure your heart rate, the Fitbit cannot. It’s easy to do, though you have to press the button a few times to get to the heart rate screen and then touch the heart icon on the screen in order to activate the feature. The readings are accurate in my experience–I compared them to the readings taken at about the same time from a drug store blood pressure cuff and also my Withings BP cuff.

      This feature is important to me. Your resting heart rate is an important indicator of your level of cardiovascular fitness, and for most people the Pulse will be their only gadget to regularly measure (as well as track over time) their heart rate.

      The Pulse’s altimeter is a little more accurate than Fitbit’s. It only counts elevation gain when it also senses that you’re walking, so it won’t count elevator/escalator rides.

      With the latest firmware update, the Pulse can display data from the last couple of days, not just the current day, so you can see how many more steps you need to take to beat yesterday’s total.

      You’ll need to use the Withings health mate app on your smartphone to initially set up your Pulse, update its firmware, and of course track your measurements over time. I think the app is perfectly adequate but I’m not crazy about it. It shows all the information it collects from the Pulse, and shows neat graphs of your measurements over time, and more. I already had the Withings scale and blood pressure monitor, which use the same app.

      The Withings app connects with lots of other fitness apps to share each other’s data. I’ve connected my Withings app with MyFitnessPal (for tracking food consumption) and RunKeeper (for tracking my bicycle rides and jogs). There are some apps it doesn’t work with, such as MapMyRide, my preferred bike ride tracking app. But it works with many apps, and more are added every few months. The Withings app also works with competitors’ apps, like FitBit and Jawbone UP, so you could get a FitBit One or FitBit Flex and use it with the Withings app (though not sure why you’d want to do this, unless you already have the Withings scale or BP cuff). The extent of integration and information sharing with external apps varies from app to app; it might be that your favorite app can import just a little of the data collected by the Withings app, or vice versa.

      The Fitbit has one feature the Pulse lacks: you can set an alarm and the Fitbit will vibrate when the alarm goes off. I never used this, but some people find it helpful. A friend must sleep with ear plugs (her husband snores), so she can’t hear her alarm clock in the morning; the vibrating FitBit alarm is therefore really handy for her.

      On the negative side, the Pulse’s display in direct bright sunlight is very faint and almost impossible to read.

      Another negative for some people: you MUST have a compatible device with Bluetooth 4.0 to setup and to sync the Pulse. Compatible devices include most Android phones and iPhones/iPads/iPod touches released in the past few years. It doesn’t sync with Blackberries, Windows phones, certain older Android phones, or even computers. The Fitbit One can sync with computers (using a tiny USB dongle that comes with the Fitbit) or with a smartphone with Bluetooth 4.0.

      This is a dealbreaker for people without the right gear. So, please check that your phone or tablet is compatible before buying.

      If you DO have a compatible smartphone or device, the setup and syncing in my experience work perfectly (though…

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