The Withings Move can easily be personalised and is an affordable hybrid smartwatch. It tracks strolling, running, swimming and rest, but its lower price means that a few corners have been cut. It lacks a pulse screen and uses more plastic, for instance. Despite that, though, it retains the Withings feel.
What sets the Withings Move apart is its cost. At $70/£60 it is much cheaper than the rest of the Withings lineup. Previously, prices began at $130/£120 for the Withings Steel and ended upwards of $200/£190 for the Withings Steel HR Sport. The Move’s price is even more notable given that Withings sells leather straps for $50/£45.
Withings has a solid reputation for delivering watches which resemble normal timepieces. The face is clear and simple to see and fast discharge bars means any industry-standard strap can be fitted. There’s a wide choice of colours, Withings have been somewhat traditional in this department in the past. Five choices are available for the case and face. In addition to a further four or five strap alternatives for each, depending on the version chosen.
It’s light and less bulky than many smartwatches. However the plastic case – no sapphire glass here – is vulnerable to scratching and is evidence of cost cutting.
The auxiliary dial on the watch face records The Move’s wellness tracking. This indicates the percentage of daily step objectives accomplished.
The watch syncs with your smartphone each time the Health Mate application is opened and the recorded steps are sent. Adjusting will in general take around ten seconds.
Since there’s no display, no GPS, no pulse screen and no capacity to make phone calls, time between charges is long – a fortnight or even up to a month between charges.
As with all Withings smartwatches, the Move’s Health Mate application is iOS and Android-friendly. Generally, Health Mate is a useful application which covers the majority functions the average user needs, and it displays information clearly.
It shows daily and week-by-week information and items such as improvements in fitness, complete rest and normal rest. Features include an eight-week course intended to enable users to rest better, with others to monitor heart fitness and pregnancy. Furthermore, a new feature for the Health Mate application is the ability to update two Withing’s watches with the same information.
Despite its low value, the Move retains Withings’ tasteful house style and is an ideal choice for somebody looking for their first cross breed smartwatch/wellness tracker.
It’s certainly a great deal. It looks good, is available in a range of colours, can be fitted with a wide range of straps and has the useful Health Mate app.
The only real disadvantage is the plastic case.