Withings Pulse O2 Tracker + Heart Rate: Take on a healthier lifestyle with Pulse O2. By monitoring your activity day and night, it captures steps, distance, calories burned, sleep and more to help you set realistic goals. Sport it on your wrist, attach it to your belt or tuck it in your pocket during the day, and at night use the wristband to monitor your sleep.
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Pulse works for some. Things to know first
Posted by: Kayla from: Iowa on
My mom decided that this was the tracker she wanted after I tried it out for a week to see if it would do what she wanted. She wanted the basics of an activity tracker with the option of getting her heart rate if she wanted, while being a clip on model instead of wristband. I told her the Pulse wasn't something I would want myself and had a few drawbacks but it had the qualities she wanted.
She ended up loving it. She said she only takes her pulse during a few workouts and that's as much information she needed, she is no health nut. She actually ended up not using the clip or band and sticks it in her pocket bare instead. She uses all the features including sleep tracking, everyday. I got a protection plan on it because I didn't trust it at the start and I know she'd be upset if I needed to get another one if it quit working like so many people have said in the reviews. So far haven't had to replace it and she's had it for about a year now.
The good stuff?
If you want a clip on tracker I actually liked the main function of the Withings Pulse.
The device is perfect for the basics without any apparent issue. Such as: Battery life, step counting, distance, elevation and sleep.
This is definitely for the more casual user, not a workout nut like it may advertise. It's versatile with a clip on holder and wrist band holder. If you want to wear it wrist band style like the popular Fitbit, Jawbone and Garmin products without purchasing additional accessories it's very easy. The 2 week battery life makes it lower maintenance then most other rechargeable trackers. It does Heart Rate, so if you want to see it while doing a workout or run if desired it can be done without counting yourself.
The app for the Pulse is good by all means and lays out your information in a way that makes sense, so you can get a direction to your end goal of wellness, and see progression over time.
It gives you options and a taste of everything. If this was released closer to the Fitbit one I would have strongly consider purchasing one instead of my first activity tracker the Fitbit One. That is a closer comparison to the pulse for style and features in my opinion than the Fitbit Charge HR and other popular activity trackers it is in selling among.
Compared to other less popular activity trackers that are clip on, I find quality here based on my experience. I would say it's a great clip on tracker for those who want to watch their activity and get motivated. If interested there's also a scale you can invest in that will work along side your tracker to show you everything you want to know, wirelessly on you smartphone device. Also not as expensive as other trackers that have similar capabilities.
Now for the draw backs...
There have been a lot of reviews on here stating it just quit working. Which I figured would happen to hers after hearing a few things here and there. We never did run into this issue thankfully, but it complained about a lot. So a fair warning this has been happening to people before you go out and buy this product.
The biggest thing you need to know about the Pulse, is that the blood oxygen level feature is not something you should buy this for. The technology was obviously rushed into and has apparent issues, it's not going to work like it sounds. It can be off for readings and it's not reliable. It can be very slow and it take multiple attempts to get a good reading, then again, most of the time this wasn't a big issue because it was not purchased for that reason in this case unlike many others.
The heart rate/blood oxygen levels can only be measured with your finger. So don't expect this to operate like the heart rate monitors on some wrist strap activity monitors. It has to come out of the clip or wristband if you want to check this information. It takes more time because of the design and is more inconvenient, I would only consider this a perk at most and not the main reason to buy the Pulse.
The calorie counter on the devices that can do heart rate quickly and frequently without hassle are going to be more accurate. If you want to know how much your burning very closely and accurately, you're better off having a tracker with a quicker response on the readings that are also more frequent.
If you want to switch between the clip and arm band then I hope you're not too worried about the appearance of the wrist band, it looks very odd and thrown together.
The Pulse is a great idea, but it has flaws and some unreliability in a couple areas. But if you are looking for something with more flexibility without paying a lot. I'd suggest giving it a try. In the end my Mom is happy and has a better way to watch her health and get moving more.
I don't regret buying it for her.
This tracker isn't for everybody but there are some who really enjoy it for their needs, if the cons out weigh the pros listed above then I'd suggest looking at a different tracker.
Hope this helps!
31 out of 31 found this review helpful.
Beware of Water, Pulse Oximeter not "Convenient"
Posted by: Whyneednickname from: Hartland, WI on
I was pretty disappointed at first because I thought there would be something magical about the device. After all, it would have to take some feat of engineering for a portable device to read your pulse and oximetry while wearing it on your wrist! Turns out, it cannot do that. You have to take the device out of the watch band and place your finger over the sensor for it to read your pulse and oximetry. I kind of figured something like that would be the case, but I was hoping I was wrong. Turns out, I wasn't. I really wanted a device that would read/track my pulse as I was exercising. The Pulse O2 does not do that. Turns out the Pulse O2 is no better than an app I can purchase on my phone to read my pulse and determine oximetry levels. Considering the app is significantly less expensive, the Pulse O2 offers very little benefit in that regard.
Given as how I suspected tracking a pulse would not be that easy, I still figured I would give the device a shot. I have been using a Nike Fuel Band for quite some time now and was looking for something a little more robust. The Pulse O2 tracker seemed to do a fairly decent job of tracking my movement and it synced very easily with the free app. I have a Withings scale and the app took that information, along with the information I entered into MyFitnessPal and the data generated by the Pulse O2, to generate a very compressive picture of my activity. It also had a "sleep" function that somehow told me whether I was in deep sleep or something else. I am not sure how it worked, but the feature seemed pretty cool, at least for the one night I used it.
The reason I only was able to try that feature for a single night was because I went jogging the next day and was caught in a rather prolonged and heavy downpour. Shortly thereafter, the Pulse O2 stopped working. When I contacted Withings support, I was told the device cannot tolerate water (even though I was told at the store the device was water resistant). Withings then offered to allow me to buy another one for 25% off, which was somewhat insulting.
For the brief period of time I did use it, the device seemed to work okay. It had some nice features, although the display was difficult to see in daylight. The touch display also was not as fluid as I would have hoped. (Then again, I am used to my smart phone, tablet computer, and other devices with fairly responsive touch screens, so it may not be a fair comparison.)
Simply stated, the Pulse O2 would be pretty slick if you are wearing it for anything but activity in which you might get wet. Admittedly, I was absolutely soaked from the rain, and I'm sure the exposed mini USB port on the device did absolutely nothing to keep the water out of the device. With that being said, this device is sold to people who I am guessing, like myself, are somewhat active and may wind up getting wet. I can only suspect what would happen if someone forgot to take it off in the shower, sauna, hot tub, or before jumping in a pool. Again, this device is not designed for an athlete. It is designed for someone who intends to always stay dry.
Call me jaded, but I feel as though I was cheated out of over $100 for a device that worked for about three days before it was killed by the rain. Definitely not worth the price I paid. if you think there is a possibility of getting wet, stay clear of this device. If you are wearing the device on your wrist or with the included belt case, you will have to take the device out of either before you can read your pulse or oximetry as well, which really diminishes its value in my opinion.
24 out of 25 found this review helpful.
First time, last time
Posted by: FitnessShopper from: on
ZERO STARS. Purchased Withings O2 as gift. Ten days later it suddenly died during an app update. Contacted company and was put through multiple questions - did you get it wet, replace the USB, maybe it's your fault. Send us the device, we'll test it for humidity and sweat. How delicate does a fitness watch have to be to quit working because you sweat when working out? If your device fails the sweat test, sorry no replacement. For over $100, I expect more than 10 days of operation, let alone that it would be durable. Forget the idea of recommending to anyone. We won't be purchasing any of the coordinating devices either. Save your money. Buy a Striiv!
10 out of 11 found this review helpful.
BEWARE OF WITHINGS PRODUCTS!
Posted by: 7Summits from: on
I have been an earlier adopter of Withing products since they first introduced their scales. I have since purchased their Blood Pressure Monitor and the Pulse Activity Tracker. As an early adopter, I understand there can be the need for periodic firmware updates, etc., but Withings products have seemed to need exceptional user effort to maintain continued product functionality. That is particularly true for the Pulse. To make matters worse, Withings is a French company that offers limited customer support; none via telephone, at least to U.S. customers. I have recently wasted at least 6 hours of my life repeatedly attempting to solve problems with the Pulse, some of the effort due to incomplete and contradictory troubleshooting instructions from Withings "customer service". At least in my case, they have not stood behind their warranty. I recommend that U.S. customers avoid Withing products until their reputation for customer service significantly improves. [NOTE: I have degrees in Physics and Engineering and I am extremely technical and adept at troubleshooting electronic product issues. Products such as Withings, however, should not require special expertise to operate or maintain.]
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
It's all explained below
Posted by: wizzz from: on
I feel that the instructions are lacking. There is nothing in the instructions for the initial start up. Trial and error teaches that you must first charge, scan for with Bluetooth, link to Bluetooth, before the unit turns on. Why Not explain that in the instructions?
Overall I give it a good, based on the Bluetooth communications, sleep tracking has flaws and heart monitoring must be entered by hand???
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Do not buy
Posted by: Cbus13 from: on
Do not buy. Wrist band is junk-unbunkles and falls off. Clip no better. After 4 months unit falls out because case becomes too flimsy. Lost it.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Functionally good, but not very robust
Posted by: PulseO2 from: Kansas City, MO on
The O2 is great at what it's supposed to do, it tracks steps and distance, estimated calories, and sleep. It's light, unobtrusive, and easy to use. The O2 saturation sensor is interesting as well. My only complaint is that it's not water resistant, so you have to be very careful about moisture during workouts or just outdoor activity. My other complaint is that all the materials are very soft. Everyday wear has caused significant marking on the band and the face of the device has several scuffs.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
The Style and Make of Product
Posted by: AndreaP from: on
I had the product for a couple of months. Here is the issue that I find not great. 1.) You have to charge the product for at least 24 hours, it comes dead. 2.) The design of the product: You place the monitor into the band slots. Problem: THE MONITOR SLIPS OUT OF THE SLOTS: THERE IS NO PROTECTION TO STOP IT FROM COMING OUT!!! (I had to place tape around the band and monitor to keep it on. 3.) Band is made of rubber: It irritated my wrist when I sweat, leaving my skin chafe. (The material (Rubber) do not allow the skin to breath therefore leaving your wrist irritable.) Can't keep on at night..to allow it to monitor my sleep patterns. I really wanted this product to work for me. I like that you can charge the monitor. There is few activity monitors that is on the market that allow you to charge you monitor using a USB port vs replacing a battery. (if the company could consider redesigning the product to avoid the issue that I had, I would consider purchasing it.
I do like the software.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Lstremme1 from: on
At first, this was the best little tracker and helped me keep on top of my heart issues before things got out of hand. Two months into it, the band scarred my wrist; three months in, it just died. When I contacted withings, they told me that I'd have to send it in and that it was most likely sweat damage so I would need to buy a new one...not get a replacement but they would take it, recycle it, and I'd have to repurchase it AGAIN!
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Posted by: G2reviews from: on
Over all you'd be satisfied with this item. If you wear it at all times then your results will be much more accurate than if you only wear it at the gym. As the listing states it captures distance you walk, calories you burn and all that basic needs. The best part about owning one of these devices is that it keeps you motivated, seeing your overall accomplishments on a daily or weekly bases would be enough to keep you going. It connects to your phone via bluetooth so you can see the resultsIt's right away. Almost like having a gym buddy. I like it and i believe you'd like it as well. Of course it is not perfect, that's why i am giving it a 4 star rating. I'm sure these devices will improve greatly in the near future. It also comes with really nice wrist band and clip. It's almost like a small starter package.