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TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
71%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Withings Go is easy to use. It reliably and accurately tracks steps.
  • The e-ink display conserves battery life, so the Go can last up to eight months before you need to replace its battery.
  • The tracker is comfortable to wear and, because it's waterproof, you can wear it in the pool and the shower.

CONS

  • Some reviewers felt that the Withings Go's design looks cheap and won't go with all outfits.
  • The Go lacks a vibration alert, and its sleep tracking features are limited.
  • The Go shows you the time, but only if you tap the screen.There's no option to show the time continuously, which limits its appeal as a watch.
Keeping things simple is the idea behind the Withings Go, an easy-to-use, easy-on-the-wallet fitness tracker. This slender disc can be popped into a band and worn around the wrist, or snapped into a pendant holder and slipped in a pocket or on a piece of clothing. It tracks steps, distance covered, and calories burned, as well as sleep and--thanks to the fact that it’s waterproof--swims. Progress is shown on the Go’s e-ink display and on Withing’s Android and iOS apps.
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We've already mentioned that the Withings Go sports a e-ink screen. It's simple, but that's a huge part of its appeal. That screen is always…

We've already mentioned that the Withings Go sports a e-ink screen. It's simple, but that's a huge part of its appeal. That screen is always on, but the low power draw needed means the device can last for up to 8 months before you need to change the battery.

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Being able to handle the wet stuff (up to 50 metres) is a massive advantage over similarly specced and priced trackers that would fizzle out…

Being able to handle the wet stuff (up to 50 metres) is a massive advantage over similarly specced and priced trackers that would fizzle out when exposed to anything more than a little sweat, as it means you can truly wear it everywhere – whilst in the shower, washing your hands, in the rain, in the gym and of course, the pool.

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My brother said it looks like a prop for the late-1970's science-fiction TV series Blake's 7 – which, for young readers, isn’t a good thing.

My brother said it looks like a prop for the late-1970's science-fiction TV series Blake's 7 – which, for young readers, isn’t a good thing.

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80%

The Withings Go isn't chintzy, it doesn't over-promise, and best of all, it essentially disappears on your arm or pocket. No, it's not invis…

The Withings Go isn't chintzy, it doesn't over-promise, and best of all, it essentially disappears on your arm or pocket. No, it's not invisible, it's just super comfortable and designed in such a way that it only requires your passive, not active, attention.

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70%

The lack of advanced functionality, however, make this a poor choice for serious fitness fanatics. There is no built in heart-rate monitor o…

The lack of advanced functionality, however, make this a poor choice for serious fitness fanatics. There is no built in heart-rate monitor or advanced activity tracking.

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It’s not the prettiest thing to have around your wrist but it delivers baseline data that fitness tracker newbies will find easy to digest.

It’s not the prettiest thing to have around your wrist but it delivers baseline data that fitness tracker newbies will find easy to digest.

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I wish there were a way for it to constantly show the time, but you can’t have everything in a $70 device.

I wish there were a way for it to constantly show the time, but you can’t have everything in a $70 device.

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And my biggest knock on the Go is that it costs $79.95 for what feels like a me-too wearable, with companies like Fitbit, Misfit, and Jawbon…

And my biggest knock on the Go is that it costs $79.95 for what feels like a me-too wearable, with companies like Fitbit, Misfit, and Jawbone having introduced similar trackers years ago for $30 to $50.

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60%

The Withings Go, with a few key changes, could have been a nearly perfect budget fitness band. Instead, the Go is a cute little fitness butt…

The Withings Go, with a few key changes, could have been a nearly perfect budget fitness band. Instead, the Go is a cute little fitness button that doesn't quite add up to something I'd want wear.

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It's comfortable, has good battery life, and I find its E Ink display rather charming. But I can't shake the feeling that you should be gett…

It's comfortable, has good battery life, and I find its E Ink display rather charming. But I can't shake the feeling that you should be getting more for the price, like the ability to permanently display time, set vibrating alerts, or, at the very least, see the display at night.

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The ability to track swims sets the Go apart—comparable activity trackers at the same price point aren’t as water resistant.

The ability to track swims sets the Go apart—comparable activity trackers at the same price point aren’t as water resistant.

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Drop the price $20 and add a bit more functionality and you’ve got a compelling product on your hands. The way things stand now though, the …

Drop the price $20 and add a bit more functionality and you’ve got a compelling product on your hands. The way things stand now though, the Withings Go is more of a curiosity than it is compelling — or, for that matter, tempting.

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It's not a typical technical feature, but the Go's e-ink display is one of its best aspects. While not as eye-catching as the shiny, bold, a…

It's not a typical technical feature, but the Go's e-ink display is one of its best aspects. While not as eye-catching as the shiny, bold, and bright OLED displays of smartwatches or even the touchscreen LCDs of some fitness trackers, it's a subtle way to present information without drawing attention to the device.

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If I could change anything about this tracker, it would be to always show a digital clock and to show the step count instead of tick marks.

If I could change anything about this tracker, it would be to always show a digital clock and to show the step count instead of tick marks.

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