It’s not the Rolex I used to wear, which she knows I love. But more importantly she had just bought me a new watch for my upcoming birthday so she was understandably nervous.
The new watch is also a smart watch and as I considered it, I said without a doubt I would love it, Withings or not.
My ideal smart watch is a Rolex that syncs with Apple Health, tracks my sleep and movements, vibrates when I have a phone call, and little more. So the new watch is overkill but I was looking forward to it, as it made me think about what I don’t like about the Withings.
## It’s Sensitive In The Wrong Way
I can trigger the double-tap to show the alarm by clapping, but rarely by tapping. I wear the band a little loose, so adjusting it sometimes causes the alarm time to show. I worry that it runs down the battery.
It’s also incredibly touchy. I’ve had to take the battery out once a week for the last month in order to get it to reset properly. And in doing so, I lose data. The last time happened because I hadn’t synced in 3 days except… As of March or so, you didn’t have to intentionally sync. Have the app running in the background and it was fine, it synced on it’s own. Then the app upgraded in May and it lost my connection to the watch and when I added it back, I lost the data. For three days. The days I didn’t notice, because I was trusting the background sync.
The Swiss Made gears are not the issue. It’s the little computer brain. It’s not got enough memory for the tasks and it’s too sensitive for the shaking I give it. I suspect if I wore the watch band tighter, this wouldn’t happen, but I don’t like to have my watch super tight. I don’t have to wear my ‘charge by waving my arm’ watches tight. I don’t really want to. Also my wrist is ‘between’ two sizes.
## It’s Not Sensitive Enough
Apparently I sit VERY still sometimes. If I’m on the couch, cuddling, or at the movies, I’m taking a ‘nap’ according to my Withings. Similarly, when I lie down in bed to read, I’ve ‘gone to bed.’ Not exactly…
Other weird quirks I noticed, it’s a ‘mostly’ decent motion tracker. It does track when I’m on an elliptical as long as I grip the handles that move. At the same time, some mornings it says I’ve taken no steps at all, even though the sleep tracker has detected I woke up at 4am and took a piss. In fact, many mornings I have ‘no steps’ until around 8am when I’m running around the office.
As mentioned before, I can rarely get the ‘tap to see when the alarm is set’ thing to work. I can clap (applause) and do it, but not the tapping. Also the vibrations for the alarm are in two modes. “Jesus FUCK what is that!?” and “Oh, hello.” After wearing the watch for a few months, I never got used to it.
## What Will I Do?
I gave the Withings five months of wearing. In the five months, I enjoyed it and I liked it a lot. But. I’m going to give the new watch five months. Then I’ll tell you how I feel.