Review: Wellograph

Review: Wellograph

The Wellograph fitness tracker was one of the gadgets which caught my eye at last year's International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. That is because it is one of the few such devices that look like a proper dress watch.

The review unit had a silver satin body with a brown leather strap. The watch is also available in black chrome and white pearl finishes, with matching leather straps.

There is even a pink and gold version which will be available soon from Wellograph's website at www.wellograph.com/store.

The watch body is made of stainless steel. Tough sapphire glass protects its 1.26-inch display. The anodised aluminium base is curved to fit the wrist.

Perhaps its bezel could be slimmer and the watch design more symmetrical (the top bezel is larger than the bottom one), but I am nitpicking. This is one fine-looking timepiece.

It does not need to be synced with a computer as you can do so using the Wellograph app, which is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone devices.

It tracks your activities, sleep statistics and heart rate. But it lacks typical smartwatch features, meaning it does not display notifications and other data from your smartphone.

Inside the watch is a nine-axis motion sensor. At the back of the watch is a tri-LED heart-rate monitor. Conveniently, the charging dock uses a micro-USB cable. A full charge is good for a week. The non-touchscreen, e-ink display is always on.

But it is a tad reflective, making it hard to read under bright sunlight. Navigating through the features is easy. There are only two buttons on the right side of the watch. Pressing the bottom button toggles the Time, Move, Pulse, Sleep, Run and Settings panels.

I found the activity-tracking function fairly accurate: My step-count readings differed by only about 5 per cent from my personally calibrated Nike+ Fuelband fitness tracker and my Apple iPhone 6 Plus.

But the heart-rate measurements were occasionally erratic. Thankfully, this function worked well most of the time, and I found its measurements differing by only about 5 beats per minute from my TomTom MultiSport Cardio GPS watch.

It tracks sleep in terms of deep and light sleep, and presents the result as a proportion of each. I felt this was not very useful, as it does not log my waking times, or tell me exactly when I am having deep or light sleep.

A stylish fitness tracker let down by some feature and usability foibles.

trevtan@sph.com.sg

TECH SPECS

Price: US$299 (S$409)

Material: Leather wristband with stainless-steel/aluminium casing and sapphire glass

Water resistance: 50m

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Weight: 55g

RATING

Features 4/5

Design 4/5

Performance 3/5

Value for money 3/5

Battery life 4/5

Overall 3/5


This article was first published on April 1, 2015.
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