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Details: Whatever your fitness level or style, the Withings Pulse O2 can help you be more active and improve your health. During the day it captures steps, distance walked, elevation climbed and calories burned. At night, it monitors your sleeping cycles. And when asked, it measures your heart rate and blood oxygen level. The Pulse O2 offers an empowering experience, as you are able to better yourself by making informed choices.
Personal Experience: As someone who already owns and loves a Withings product… my awesome Smart Body Analyzer Scale… I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to review the Withings Pulse O2 Activity and Sleep Tracker. The day my package arrived was like Christmas for me! So, has it lived up to the hype? Let’s see…
I am not sure if you must have a smart phone, but it was the only way I was able to get mine set up. I had to wait until I was home on my wifi network to set it up. Set-up was really easy. I installed the app to my phone, signed in to my Withings account (already had one for my scale), connected my Pulse O2 to my phone via Blutooth, and I was ready to track.
I think, if you had to pick one reason that most want to buy this device, it would be for the Activity Tracking. This is the primary function of the Pulse O2 and it does it very well. This is not your basic pedometer!
I was very impressed with how accurately my steps were counted. I didn’t notice a lot of accidental counting that I would see in basic pedometers… you know, like those extra steps you rack up pulling up your pants in the bathroom, bouncing along a bumpy road in your car, or other random acts of mysterious distance walked. Even more impressive was the ability to track elevation. It has me climbing those stairs to get my next badges!
Badges? If you have a competitive streak, even if it’s just against your previous record, these fun little badges will have you pushing forward. You get them for distance walked, average steps, and total elevation. Each badge represents an actual world location that you’ve tackled. It’s very motivating.
My biggest goal right now is to get my average daily steps at a steady 10000 or more. The Pulse O2 made me painfully aware of how much my job has me wasting away time at a desk. I’ve found myself parking the car away from my destination, sneaking in walks on nice days, and taking the stairs instead of the elevator to get in extra steps and elevation. It all adds up!
You can wear the device in many different ways. The most basic is to place the Pulse O2 directly into your pocket or a handbag that you might be carrying with you. They include a clip that your Pulse O2 can be placed in, which allows you to clip it onto your waistband, sock, or even a bra strap. The latest Pulse O2 includes a strap that resembles a watch. I personally found that clipping it to my pocket gave me the best results. I had the accuracy of wearing it in the pocket combined with the security of the clip. I personally was not a fan of wearing it in the wristband during daytime hours. I found it very inaccurate and kept the wristband strictly for nighttime. (Many comments on Amazon reviews and message boards indicated that this is actually given as the recommended usage, but I didn’t find that in the instruction booklet.)
The Sleep Tracking feature was one I didn’t think I would use much until I had that information available to me. I know I sleep horribly, but I thought my son’s poor sleep habits were the sole reason. After watching my small patterns over the last few weeks, I’ve found that I still wake on nights that he doesn’t. Either I’m still following his old sleep schedule or this has been an issue for some time. I always was a night owl. Being aware of these patterns has actually had a positive effect on my sleep… I’m actually sleeping deeper and longer. Some nights I actually get a full eight hours!
As we grow more aware of how are bodies work, we are understanding how important it is to track this like Heart Rate and Blood Oxygen on a more consistent basis and not just at rare doctor visits. The Pulse O2 has means to check these important stats built right into the back of the device. It won’t take the place of a visit to your doctor, but it will give your doctor and yourself a much more complete picture.
Charging the device is very simple. Just plug the mini USB into your computer. It charges very quickly and holds a charge for a very long time. I have had my Pulse O2 for about four weeks now and I only need to charge it twice. In both cases that I charged, I still had over 25% of my battery life left.
The Pulse O2 has made me more aware of my step patterns. I have a long way to go to a steady 10,000 plus steps a day, but I am trending in the right direction. I am also gaining some control over my erratic sleep patterns. I love having my information synced between an app on my phone, the website, and even with MyFitnessPal. It’s giving me a much broader knowledge of my overall health in an easy to understand way. It takes very little effort on my part… my new constant companion is doing all the work!
Pros: Compact and full of information about your health. Tracks numerous aspects from daily steps to sleep patterns. Built-in, on-demand heart rate and blood oxygen level monitors. Syncs to phone app and website for easy monitoring. Holds charge for a long time.
Cons: The device is tiny… which can be a negative if you are prone to losing things or forgetful.