Analysis and handling of the steel hr from Withings.

As a preamble to this test

Nowadays, there are several hundred watches connected.Some of them are oriented towards monitoring physical condition and even go as far as monitoring calories burned, others are more for office automation with e-mail synchronization.

So what we have to remember is this one big strength :
Its health-oriented functionalities
Several weak points on this watch :
Its weight/size
Its daily use
Not enough sport-oriented features
The impossibility of putting new applications

Our analysis has identified all cases of use of this connected watch.

The watch that tells you about your health?

Many technological developments have taken place since the first health monitoring watches.They complement or replace the fitness monitoring devices you may be familiar with.
The design of the steel hr is impeccable.It was clearly not designed to be the ideal tool for monitoring your health.

Instead of running his watch with a known system, Withings decided to use his own portable operating system.It will be necessary to get used to the interface before taking full advantage of your watch.We would have preferred something more conventional.
After a few weeks, you will be more comfortable with its handling.
If monitoring your sleep is a priority, you will be interested in this steel hr.
The watch’s Propriétaire operating system serves as a sleep monitor.With its advanced technology, it is able to analyze it, with elements such as tracking noise and movement while you sleep.You will know if you are resting properly during the night, and if the quality of your sleep is regular.
Through the accelerometer, the watch will be able to follow your physical activity.This will allow you to interpret your movements during the day.In other words, through the identification of a dozen hand gestures, and in correlation with its embedded application, you will have tips to improve your health on a daily basis.
It also allows you to easily monitor your heartbeat and generate alerts in case there are too many beats.
For those who need to analyze their heartbeat curve, you will have to choose another watch, as this model does not have one.

A connected and practical watch

Wondering about the use of a connected watch?Besides, you don’t know if you’ll need it every day.This is precisely what the steel hr test shows.
This model is not well placed when compared to other smartwatches at the same price.It is one of the worst models available on the market today.
Fossil says the device will last about 25 days.
One of the features that will delight sportsmen and women is the presence of GPS.A detail for some, but not for many.On the other hand, you should note the decrease in battery capacity in active GPS mode.
Note that it has a watertightness certification.So you can safely swim with it.We haven’t tested this last point, but we can take the company at its word.
No security glass has been fitted to this watch.
We will regret the absence of a touch screen on this model.This watch is very comfortable to wear.Indeed, it is only 59 gr; that is to say, what is lighter.
The NFC option is not integrated in this watch connected, which means no contactless payment.
Finally, even if it is not essential, we would have appreciated being able to listen to music.That wasn’t planned here.

The watch to improve physical performance?

The connected watch offers an interesting alternative to tracking devices, which are only oriented towards sport or health.It is a relevant choice for many physically active people.We explain what steel hr can do for you.
This new model is not for those who play sports on a regular basis.It does not allow you to follow your evolution in the sport you practice.
With its weight of 59 grams, it is still one of the heaviest watches.
It includes GPS tracking.This functionality is made possible without a smartphone being connected.
You will not be able to read the tracking data on your watch; you will have to do this on your smartphone.A disadvantage that turns into an advantage in terms of the battery life that will be extended.
Fossil watches are also designed to track fitness data such as heart rate.
And even more, it is able to measure the number of calories burned during the day.

On the music side, it is also important to specify that this watch does not allow music to be played.

The right choice for downloading applications?

There are different operating systems installed on smartwatches.This influences the number of applications that can be added, and the practical functionality that will result.More or less complex applications that facilitate measurement or analysis.
Most of the time, you will have to content yourself with the applications installed by default on this smartwatch.
This watch works with a specific operating system, making it impossible to add new applications.Also, apart from the original applications, there is no possibility of having any others.
The screen is of sufficient size – 1.4 inches, and the data is displayed correctly.With a contained weight of 59 grams, you’ll forget you’re wearing it on your wrist.
In conclusion, as far as the installation of new applications is concerned, this will not be discussed on this connected watch.However, it remains an interesting product as long as it is easy to use.

The steel hr – in a nutshell

The overall score of this watch is among the lowest.On the other hand, you know that with a very attractive price, it can be a simple choice.
Here’s the one thing she’s got going for her:
– Its health-oriented functionalities
Several weak points appeared to us on this watch:
– Its weight/size
– Its daily use
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications