Think smartwatches and mind goes to them Apple watchbut there are other players in the arena who have their own ideas of what a smartwatch should look like.
One such company is Withings, a company that has been making health and fitness devices like smart scales, health monitors, and fitness trackers for over a decade.
That ScanWatch Horizon is the company’s latest smartwatch, and it’s really smart.
Review: Withings ScanWatch Horizon: Luxurious look, clinically validated health data
Not just smart like technologically clever, but smart like a smart looking design.
With its 43mm diameter 316L stainless steel case, blue or green dial, rotating bezel and luminous indexes, the ScanWatch Horizon has a design based on the iconic dive watch.
It’s big, but it doesn’t feel bulky and it’s not heavy as the watch weighs 72 grams even without the strap.
But there’s more to it than looks, the smartwatch is water resistant to 10 ATM/100 meters/330 feet and features a flat, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
This is Withings’ most durable smartwatch to date and hands down the most durable smartwatch I’ve ever worn.
Another great thing I like about the ScanWatch Horizon is that not only has Withings included a fluoroelastomer sport band along with the metal bracelet, but you also get all the tools you need to add and remove links from the bracelet to to allow for a perfect fit.
That’s a really nice touch.
Both bands are incredibly well made and extremely comfortable to wear for long periods of time, even while swimming or exercising. And swapping out the bands is a breeze with no tools required.
Even the packaging feels special and presents the ScanWatch Horizon well without being wasteful.
OK, so far I’ve only looked at the watch from the outside. A lot of smart things are happening in the ScanWatch Horizon.
A whole range of intelligent functions relating to fitness and health are integrated into the smartwatch.
There’s an optical heart rate monitor, an on-demand ECG heart rate monitor that can detect conditions like atrial fibrillation (AFib), and a clinically validated medical grade blood oxygen saturation (SpO2) monitor.
Combined with a 24/7 activity tracker that automatically records walk, bike, run, swim, sleep, distance, elevation (elevated floors) and calories burned, and an advanced sleep tracker that monitors sleep cycles, sleep duration and wakes , you have a really powerful tool on your wrist.
Information is presented on the small but clear and easy-to-read circular PMOLED display embedded in the smartwatch’s face, and in addition to health and fitness information, this display can also display reminders and text messages and other information.
The user interacts with the ScanWatch Horizon by pressing and rotating the watch’s crown. The interface is much simpler than something like the Apple Watch, and the ScanWatch Horizon can’t run apps, but the features built into the watch are very well thought out and easy to use.
Battery life is an amazing 30 days, and charging is via the included USB cable.
So what do I think of the Withings ScanWatch Horizon?
For $449 you get a lot of watch. For someone who wants the classic look and feel of a dive watch – the sturdiness of a stainless steel construction, the luminous dial, the click bezel, the chunky bracelet – combined with the modern health and fitness gadgets you’d expect from a smartwatch, this definitely is Case worth a look.
This is a design that appeals to me a lot; I feel it’s at home in the office, the gym, outdoors, swimming and pretty much anywhere.
The choice between a metal bracelet and fluoroelastomer is also great and gives the owner more flexibility.
For me the ScanWatch Horizon has everything.
I really like that Withings also included a sports band and the tools you need to lengthen and shorten the metal band. Those are really nice touches, and it doesn’t feel like Withings is cutting corners with this smartwatch.
ScanWatch Horizon requires a smartphone or tablet to install the Health Mate app and is compatible with iOS 14 and later and Android 8.0 and later.
The Withings ScanWatch Horizon is also backed by a five-year warranty, giving it durability and peace of mind.