Note: This page has been updated after WearableZone’s extensive look at the Withings Steel HR. Read our in-depth review of the device here.
When Withings released the cartoonish Withings Go earlier this year, we were confused. It was marketed as a rival for other basic, budget fitness trackers like the Jawbone Up 2 and Fitbit Flex, but it wasn’t anywhere near as impressive as the more fashionable Withings offerings.
“Is this it?” we wondered. “Where do we go from here?”
Fortunately, Withings revealed the Steel HR at IFA in September, and then officially released the device a month later.
With its rare combination of heart rate tracking, long battery life, and competitive price, the Withings Steel HR turned the heads of fitness aficionados and style gurus alike. Here’s what you should pay attention to most in the full review.
Withings Steel HR Review: Battery Life
Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: that battery life. The Withings Steel HR has an insane 25-day battery life, which sets a new standard among smartwatches. It accomplishes this by placing a greater emphasis on the one thing a smartwatch should do well — tell time.
Withings Steel HR Review: Design
Like the Withings Activite line, the Steel HR looks like an accessible form of luxury. It’s designed to place smart notifications and activity data in a small digital screen at the top of the watch, which you can navigate via a button on the side of the case.
A dial at the bottom of the screen displays your daily activity progress on a 0-100% scale. The Steel HR is available in two versions: the 36mm with a black or white watch face, and the 40mm with a black watchface. Both versions come with a black silicone strap, but there are also leather straps available for either size.
Withings Steel HR Review: Features
A waterproof device with smart notifications, heart rate tracking, sleep monitoring, and a lengthy battery life sounds like a smartwatch lover’s dream — but some of the features didn’t live up to their image. Read the full review for more details on the Steel HR’s overall performance.
- Heart rate tracking: Monitor your resting and active heart rate, as well as heart rate zones.
- Automatic run tracking: Steel HR will automatically start tracking when you run.
- Sleep tracking: Snooze intelligently with automatic sleep tracking.
- Waterproof: The Steel HR is waterproof up to 50 meters.
- Activity tracking: Track your steps, distance, and calories with the Steel HR and the Withings app.
- Smart Notifications: View call, text, and email alerts directly from your wrist with the Steel HR’s digital screen.
Withings Steel HR Review: Price
The Withings Steel HR costs $179.95 for the 36mm model and $199.95 for the 40mm model. In comparison to similar smartwatches, that price is competitive — particularly because of the smartwatch’s sleek design.