Withings Activite Pop: Watch tracks swimming and has great battery life

Most fitness trackers come in the form of a wristband. The Withings Activite Pop looks like an analogue watch.

The main watch face has a minimalist design without any numerals, only the hour and minute hands. A smaller dial on the watch face shows your progress as a percentage of your daily step target.

It has no buttons. To set the time and your daily step target, you have to pair the Pop with the Withings Health Mate app and use the app to do so.

The Pop automatically tracks your daily steps taken, calories burnt, sleeping patterns and running activities.

  • TECH SPECS

    PRICE: $269

    WATER RESISTANCE: 50m

    WEIGHT: 40g

  • RATING

    FEATURES: 3/5

    DESIGN: 4/5

    PERFORMANCE: 3/5

    BATTERY LIFE: 5/5

    VALUE FOR MONEY: 4/5

    OVERALL: 3/5

It is also water-resistant to a depth of 50m. It automatically tracks your swim as well. It does not have a heart rate monitor.

My step count readings with the Pop came very close to my calibrated Nike+ FuelBand, differing by 2 per cent less. Surprisingly, it tracked 20 per cent more in my running distance.

You need to be swimming for at least five minutes continuously before the Pop is able to track your swim, and it tracks you only if you are doing the breaststroke or front crawl. The swim tracking is prone to stopping if your swim is interrupted, so it may not be suitable for crowded public pools.

The sleep tracking is spot on, especially with sleep duration. It pinpointed clearly when I slept and woke up. It will show the period you are in light sleep, deep sleep or when you are awake.

Using a CR2025 coin battery, the Pop is supposed to have a battery life of eight months. Four months into using the Pop, it is still working fine.

Trevor Tan

  • Verdict: If only its automatic activity-tracking performance were better, the Withings Activite Pop would be the only device you would need on your wrist.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 11, 2015, with the headline 'Withings Activite Pop: Watch tracks swimming and has great battery life'. Print Edition | Subscribe