Published on March 13th, 2015 | by Greg0
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.