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Best of CES 2015: New products that impressed us

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Reviewed by Luke Johnson

13 March 2015

Withings Activité Pop

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One of the surprise packages of this year’s show, the Withings Activité Pop arrived as a much cheaper version of the Activité, but with pretty much all of the same features. Yes, the sapphire crystal has been replaced with cheaper glass, and rubber straps have been preferred to the original’s leather ones, but that has barely even detracted from the overall look – it’s still far more attractive than most other smartwatches on the market.

In terms of features, both versions are almost identical. The battery lasts eight months, it’s waterproof to 30m and an accelerometer tracks movement, while the primary dial tells the time and an always-visible secondary one indicates how close to achieving your daily exercise goal you are. That, Samsung and LG, is how to make an affordable smartwatch.

Our Score:

9

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John Gass

December 24, 2013, 10:07 am

Another Trusted Reviews article I won't be reading, even though I'd like to. Why? Because of this appalling format which seems to value unusability above all else.

Fifteen pages which cannot be accessed by a pull-down list, so I have no idea whether the article contains information I'd find useful without laboriously going through the following sequence:
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Quite interesting.

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Wow - this is what I wanted to know.

Wonder why there couldn't have been a jump-to index on the first page.
Swear.
Swear I won't bother with these articles again.
Write post to explain to Trusted Reviews how reverting to an older, simpler format can actually represent progress. Remind Trusted Reviews that I've been to their offices in the past to participate in a TR website usability study. If I'd have been shown this, I would have torn my hair out and then tried to jump out of the window.

Jedibeeftrix

December 24, 2013, 11:17 am

Re: wearable tech

Metawatch, once one of the leaders of the genre, is also attending CES.

But, I fear for their future if they haven't got something new to show us.

They should have realised by now that they are never going to out-engineer the likes of Sony and Google (and Apple!) at creating shiny wrist-cubes.

They need to return to their roots, i.e. bring out another analogue watch that looks like an attractive and premium piece of 'jewellry'... that just happens to incorporate the glanceable updates they say they love.

Asty

December 24, 2013, 7:53 pm

One word. Adverts.

torjs99

January 3, 2014, 11:07 am

must be low on this months click views

Evan

January 3, 2014, 11:53 am

Hi John
The round-up functionality was never better in the past and has been improved significantly from the previous iteration although there is a bug at the moment which reloads the page - it high on the fix list.

We do have a drop down - jump to page functionality on the roadmap too - hopefully this will be added over the next few months.

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aeonturnip

January 9, 2015, 7:11 pm

Pretty sure you mean "less humble words..." rather than "humbler..."

John

January 9, 2015, 10:43 pm

Evan

@Evan, The Editor

I agree with John Gass - the formating / usability of the page layout could be significantly improved. One major thing which is increasingly lacking in the formats of tech website pages is an option to display the entire article.

I do a lot of reading on the train whilst on my phone and it is MUCH easier for me to tag in the article in Pocket (brilliant, brilliant, app) and read the whole thing later in Pocket's article view (or offline when on the Tube) rather than constantly clicking on tiny buttons on phone screens. Likely to be increasingly common given the number of large phones / phablets there are out there these days.

Even on a laptop, I prefer to see the whole article and just mouse wheel down rather than constantly clicking. It's not as if internet speeds are slow these days.

Would be great if you could provide such an option (view entire article). Other than that, I think the website is great - keep up the good work - just make userbility more friendly!

dpanch_89

January 10, 2015, 12:49 pm

When are they going to put OLED screens into laptops?!?!

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