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Published on March 13th, 2015 | by Greg

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Wellograph: A Lovely Waterproof Wellness Wearable

The fitness wearables market had a big week, though the other products seemed to overshadow the somewhat disappointing announcements that everyone had been waiting for. Still a ways from release, the Apple Watch looks to be more of an accessory for iPhone users than a true stand-alone, revolutionary product. It’s even missing some of the features that might have set it apart, like planned-for blood pressure sensors and stress levels monitoring, leaving the overall aesthetic and materials as primary distinctive elements.

And at least one company already beat them to the punch on pizazz: the Wellograph is a truly lovely fitness watch that offers plenty to like in it’s sleek body. Granted, you can’t get quite the variety of bands and styles, but it also has a lot more flexibility in it’s approach- and they’re also expanding into new ones as well including an upcoming pink face and additionals colors of bands. Made with a very sturdy, scratch-resistant sapphire screen that holds up to some serious beating, and stainless steel and aluminum for the body, the Wellograph can even be safely used in the shower, underwater, or at the beach. It has a battery that can last up to seven days (much longer than many competitors). The magnetic dock means it charges easily, and Bluetooth 4.0 gives it wireless connectivity to your other devices.

More remarkable is the fact that it’s truly multi-platform, with iOS and Android apps but also even one for Windows phone users. And the infographics and data presentation look excellent, with plenty of useful statistics at your fingertips. It’s not as useful for training as some (it doesn’t have quite the mapping capabilities for runners that we’ve seen from some), but it does look far more professional and is easier to wear at the office. No one at your meetings will even notice that you’re wearing a combination activity tracker, heart rate monitor and pedometer. The leather band is a nice touch, though it will slide around a bit uncomfortably if you’re sweating during a workout (an optional strap for water use is available separately).

A recent update to the app shows constant development- Wellograph now includes decent sleep tracking and logging (contrary to early reviews) but you’ll still miss some features (there’s no NFC or Apple Pay support, no calorie tracking, and no microphone, speakerphone or connection to voice controls). It’s also fairly hefty and more than a bit masculine- classy but also bulky, weighing in at 3.5 ounces and pretty thick. And the Wellograph did require some learning and manual adjustments, but the watch is easy to use even on it’s own without having to reach for your phone or tablet (and it can store up to four months of data onboard too). Available now online and in stores, expect to spend around $300, and you can choose between a black satin or silver chrome body finish.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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