Withings wrote the book on making a fitness wearable that wasn’t an ugly hunk of rubber on your wrist: now, it wants the Steel HR Sport to do the same for smartwatches. Freshly returned to original co-founder Eric Carreel after a stint as Nokia Digital Health, this first product under new management argues you don’t need to sacrifice classic watch style just to get modern smart features. In an Apple Watch Series 4 age, though, does Withings’ nod to the analog past make too many compromises for its future?
Analog style, digital heart
The original Withings Activité watch, first released back in 2014, remains one of the most elegant ways to track your steps, with its analog-inspired design and sleek lines. It was also, of course, hardly worthy of being called a “smartwatch” in the context of what an Apple Watch or Wear OS device can do today.
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