The elegant Withings Activité will track your fitness in style

If you’re looking for a fitness tracker with a little more style, then you’ll be interested to see the latest device from Withings. It’s called the Activité – that’s French for activity, language fans – and rather than being another boring black wrist strap, it wraps traditional fitness tracking tech up in a swish, elegant wristwatch design. It’s a far cry from the Pulse, one of Withings previous attempts to break into wearable fitness tracking.

The round face is covered in sapphire glass, which should keep it free from scratches and more serious damage, while there’s a choice of either a leather or plastic strap, depending on whether you want to wear the Activité in the gym or at the office. The body is made from stainless steel, comes in either silver or black, and has been designed by Swiss and French watch makers.

It has a pair of analog dials, with the main one telling you the time, and the second providing at-a-glance information on your daily fitness targets. The glass is touch activated, so a tap can change its mode, while a Bluetooth LE connection ensures the data it collects is always synced with your smartphone.

Track your fitness in style

The Activite has a pedometer for tracking your steps, along with a variety of other sensors for measuring the distance you’ve walked and estimating the calories burned. Interestingly, it’ll also track your sleep patterns, and provide data on light and deep sleep, plus the amount of time it took you to fall asleep. The watch is waterproof to 50 meters, and can be used by swimmers too. Don’t worry about switching modes, the Activité automatically detects what you’re doing, and selects the correct mode for you.

Other features include an alarm – which uses vibration to wake you up in the morning – and integration with the Withings Health Mate app. It’s iOS-only at the moment, and is where you set daily goals and track ongoing progress. Finally, the Activité doesn’t need to be recharged, because it uses a standard watch battery which will last around a year.

You’re going to have to splash out on the Activité though, as it’s priced at $390, with a release date set for later this year. That’s two to three times the price of competing products, but considering the design and use of high quality materials, many may consider it good value.

Product Review

With sapphire glass and analog dials, you'd never know this watch is smart

The world of hybrid smartwatches is getting much larger, and the latest comes from a name with history — New York Standard Watches. In our NYSW GTS Activity Tracker review, we find out what makes this watch special, and why we were so…

Walmart slashes the price of the Fitbit Versa smartwatch before Christmas

If you're scrambling to find some great last-minute gifts, Fitbit watches are being discounted online from Walmart. If you were looking to gift a smartwatch, take advantage of Walmart's holiday deals while supplies last.

Our favorite fitness trackers make it fun to keep moving

Looking for your first fitness tracker, or an upgrade to the one you're already wearing? There are plenty of the wrist-worn gadgets available. Here are our picks for the best fitness trackers available right now.

These are the best smartwatches for everything from fashion to fitness

Tempted to buy a smartwatch? If so, then the growing number of great models available means you've got plenty to choose from. But which one should you pick? Here is our list of the best smartwatches.

Here are 19 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great stocking stuffer ideas), we've rounded up 19 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth…

How to use Samsung’s Bixby assistant for all of your smartphone tasks

Samsung Bixby is a powerful tool, but not the most intuitive one we've encountered. Here's how to set up and use every feature of Samsung's digital assistant, as well as what to expect in the future.

Microsoft patent filing shows wearable that mitigates involuntary movements

A patent application from Microsoft has shown the company is looking into using wearable technology to alleviate symptoms from various diseases and disorders that cause involuntary movements.

Declutter your life with our favorite wireless chargers for Android and iPhones

We checked out the best wireless phone chargers to make tangles and uncooperative ports a thing of the past. Whether you have an iPhone or Android, find out which wireless charging pads are worth buying, and how their features compare.

AT&T makes 5G a reality for a dozen U.S. cities, with more to come in 2019

Ready to experience a radical transformation in mobile communication? AT&T is launching mobile 5G in cities across the country over the next few months. Here's everything you need to know about the AT&T 5G rollout.

5G’s arrival is transforming tech. Here’s everything you need to know to keep up

It has been years in the making, but 5G is finally becoming a reality. While 5G coverage is still extremely limited, expect to see it expand in 2019. Not sure what 5G even is? Here's everything you need to know.

Scientists have charged a phone and a Fitbit with solar-powered clothes

Scientists from Britain's Nottingham Trent University have discovered a way to incorporate solar panels into clothing, and they've even managed to charge a phone and Fitbit with the energy created.

The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT packs the most RAM ever seen in a smartphone

The next generation of smartphones has begun, and it's begun with a bang. The Lenovo Z5 Pro GT comes with the next generation Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.

Which smartphone manufacturers won and lost in 2018

As the curtain comes down on 2018, we take a look at the big successes and failures in the smartphone market over the last 12 months. Which phone maker had the best year, and who had a year to forget?

The best iPhone XS Max screen protectors to safeguard that huge display

If you love big screens, then the iPhone XS Max's huge 6.5-inch display is perfect for you. But it won't fare well against concrete. Protect your display with the best iPhone XS Max screen protectors.