Wellograph Wellness Watch Review
It is very rare that a device comes along with so much class and style as well as a whole fleet of features, read on to find out what makes the Wellograph Wellness Watch so interesting.
The Watch itself it pretty thick but otherwise it’s fairly small on the wrist. A stainless steel frame sits on top of the anodized aluminium backing, and the face of the watch is topped by a rounded piece of sapphire crystal. These layers all piece together aesthetically, and overall, it looks almost Apple-esque even the unboxing experience was slightly luxurious.
It’s 1.26 inch screen is made of sapphire crystal glass, which is famous for being unscratchable, hence the higher price margin for this watch and other users of sapphire glass like the iPhone 6’s TouchID sensor and other pricey watches. The border of the watch seems slightly thicker than we would have liked, it would have been a nicer design to make full use of the screens size.
The 168×144 monochrome screen is of a similar resolution to the Pebble and in a familiar style to the Pebble the interface is navigated via a pair of large buttons on the right hand side of the watch, which are very easy to use. One button cycles down through the options and menus while the other is used as a confirm button.
The varying screens give you information like how active you have been during the day, the go to menu for activity can be found via the Move screen which is broken down into hour by hour information and presented by nicely designed, simplistic graphics, it is also home to other useful information like step count, distance, cardio and a week view shown via graph format.
Another screen shows your heart rate with again, another perfectly simple graphic, a live feed of your heart rate, similar to what you would see on an Electrocardiograph Machine at a hospital. The Wellograph gives us an estimate for our fitness age based on heart rate and activities during the day based on our actual age. We also get a stopwatch and a screen that shows us how idle we have been for the day, which serves as a great reminder to get up and move around, you also will receive a quiet beep every half an hour that you have been still, again another subtle reminder to not be so lazy, even if it is slightly annoying.
Another function that the Wellograph has is sleep tracking, and while this is a function that the majority of smart watch users are demanding from their devices, unfortunately the Wellograph only delivers a very basic form of sleep tracking and doesn’t really offer any additional information other than how long you slept for and if you moved around during your sleep.
The Wellograph has a few very stylish watch faces. One face shows the date and time in the bottom half of the screen another that shows a slightly pixelated version of the classic analogue watch. A digital style that shows the time and my personal favourite, a new stylish face that stacks the date on top of the time which is stacked on top of how many minutes you have been sat down or alternatively have been active for. The watch’s screen darkens after a few seconds but you can easily enough tap either of the two buttons to light up the face with a blue tinge light. It would be great to see a few more faces added to this line-up in the future.
Beyond trying to make you look good, the watch also serves up pertinent fitness data. The device relies on an LED array and optical sensor to read your heart rate. An internal accelerometer tracks the steps you take too and stores up to four months of data within its memory.
A nice feature of the Wellograph is that it automatically takes readings throughout the day. According to Wellograph, it takes a reading every 10 minutes, and if there’s too much motion, it retries after 1 minute until it’s successful. In a day, the Wellograph might pick up over 100 readings of my pulse to get an accurate measurement.
The Wellograph is advertised with a 7-day charge, and it holds true to that promise. Once I started using the watch and had fully incorporated it into my daily routine, by that I mean that I wasn’t playing with it every couple of minutes; I found that it only needed charging on the weekend, and even then it can go from dead to full in an hour or an hour and a half.
The Wellograph is also water resistant, rated at 5ATM, which means you can shower with it on, or swim in shallow water while wearing it. The documentation suggests it can be submerged up to 50 meters or 160 feet, but it does also caution you against pushing the buttons when the watch is wet because you may let water in.
You can tell the watch when you are about to start an exercise session or run. The stopwatch function can also be used for workouts at the gym, but it really is ideal for runs, it shows your current pace and the distance covered as you go. The Wellograph also provides you with useful stats at the end of your workout, on your top speed, heart rate peaks, and calories burned.
Unfortunately there’s no GPS, so the distance covered is an educated guess based on your movement. It’s not clear exactly how accurate this measurement is, but something that I personally found was that if you wave your arm in a slow enough manner to not be eccentric the Wellograph will count that as a step, so it’s distance tracking is certainly not 100 percent just yet.
Another problem that I found the Wellograph was the idle screen. It did serve as a great reminder to move around when I would glance down at my wrist and see the small chair icon highlighting just how many minutes id been virtually still, and it was surprisingly good at changing from idle to movement and tracking my steps. However during a workout session at the gym with the Wellograph on I was using the benchpress and other machines during the session and even thought my heart rate had shot right up it still recorded me as being idle, which if you are wanting to measure all your fitness information at the end of the day having idle time whilst exercising would greatly impact your data.
The Wellograph works with Android, iOS and Windows, once you have downloaded the app you can sync to the watch via Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The device will require pairing when you first sync it, and then it’s a simple case of turning on Bluetooth and tapping the sync option in the app.
The Wellograph app is as clean and aesthetically pleasing as the watch itself, it does offer some more detailed information, in chart form of your activity like heart rate, and recorded workout sessions. It holds onto data from previous months so that you can compare and review your progress.
The Wellograph watch is very easy to look at, and it is extremely apparent that Wellograph pride themselves on their watches style as well as function. It is not as often as we would like that a wearable device comes out that it extremely fashionable on top of being very useful. Wellograph offers some really nice and minimalistic features that make it pop on any wrist. In our opinion it would have been nice to include some basic smart watch features like incoming caller ID or messages, on the flip side however Wellograph seem to have segmented themselves away from this area and want to focus on what it is that they do best and that it to provide insightful and useful data into your health rather than to throw a bunch of average features into a device.
At the asking price of $349 the Wellograph puts itself in the same price range as the Apple watch. At this price it is a hard sell, fortunately for you Amazon have almost halved the asking price for the Wellograph, be sure to check it out.