The Good The Withings Pulse packs a pedometer, heart rate monitor, and sleep tracker into a tiny little black slab that syncs wirelessly with Android devices and iPhones. It also supports lots of connected apps.
The Bad Can't read screen in direct sunlight; no Windows or Mac syncing; not water-resistant.
The Bottom Line Despite a few design quibbles, the Withings Pulse is one of the best wireless pedometers to date.
Tiny wireless pedometer with heart
"Wearable tech" circa 2013 seems to break down into either experimental gadgets (, , and the like), or health gear. The Withings Pulse falls into that latter category. It's a small black Bluetooth-enabled pedometer that joins the company's collection of and mobile-friendly blood pressure monitors.
Things haven't changed much in that wearable-pedometer space: in fact, the Withings Pulse looks a heck of a lot like the Fitbit One, down to the OLED display and black-stick-like design.
The difference is that the Pulse, true to its name, adds a pulse reader on the back. Withings claims this is the smallest device with a heart rate monitor. It certainly seems so: the Pulse is slight, smaller than an iPod Shuffle. You could lose it easily. But it's undeniably cool-looking, and more stylish than nearly any other product currently out there.
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