Withings ScanWatch review – Smart and classy smartwatch without distractions

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REVIEW – I’ve been rocking an Apple Watch for 3 years now and it was the watch that got me back to wearing watches again after years of having nothing strapped around my wrist. I love the display and functionality of the Apple Watch, but I don’t like that I have to charge it every night so I thought I’d try the Withings ScanWatch which has smart features but runs for weeks on a charge. Let’s take a look.

What is it?

The Withings ScanWatch is a smartwatch that can be used with iPhones and Android phones to track fitness and show phone notifications.

What’s in the box?

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  • Felt case
  • Install guide

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  • Withings ScanWatch
  • Watch charger

Design and features

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The Withings ScanWatch is available in the 38mm Blue / Rose gold version that you see here, as well as a White / Rose gold, White / Silver, and Black / Silver versions. The 42mm version comes in White / Silver and Black / Silver. As you can see from the images here, I was sent the Blue with rose gold version. I’m not a fan of gold, but to me, it looks more like copper than gold so I’m ok with that.

The face of this version of the watch is dark blue with rose gold hour and minute markers as well as gold hands. The bottom center of the face has an activity tracker that goes from 0 to 100% to track your daily activity goal which you can set inside the Withings app.

Then in the top center is a circular white-on-black PMOLED screen that will show the time and date in digital format when you lift your wrist. This display will also scroll any notifications from your phone and is used to start and stop fitness activities. More about that in a bit.

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The back side of the Withings ScanWatch has a built-in heart rate sensor and a scan monitor for ECG for Atrial Fibrillation and Pulse Oximetry for Oxygen Saturation (SpO2). There are also electrical contacts for the proprietary charger which is included with the watch.

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After wearing a square Apple Watch for the past 3 years, it’s a nice change to be able to wear a more traditional shaped watch like the Withings ScanWatch.

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I’m also happy to report that this watch is very comfortable to wear. I was a little worried about the buckle-style band because I have been wearing a Velcro sports band for so long, but it’s actually really comfortable and I have had no issues with it.

It is also nice to know that you can use pretty much any 18mm (20mm for the large ScanWatch) watch band with this watch because it doesn’t use a special style connector like an Apple Watch or Google Pixel Watch.

Withings ScanWatch features

Other than telling the time, the Withings ScanWatch has these other features:

  • Fitness tracking (Automatically tracks walking, biking, running, swimming, sleep, distance, elevation (floor climbed) & calories burned)
  • Track stairs
  • Pulse
  • ECG – Electrocardiogram which is a graphical representation of the electrical activity of the heart and it can detect a condition called Atrial Fibrillation (AFib)
  • SpO2 – Blood oxygen level measurement
  • Sleep tracking

The Withings app

I’ve used the Withings app for years and can honestly say that it’s easy to navigate and provides a lot of great info that you can reference right from your phone. I like that the info can be viewed daily, by the week, month, and even some of the information can be viewed by the year. For example, I have my weight data from using Withings scales going all the way back to 2010!

The Withings ScanWatch collects your physical activity data for easy viewing of your daily steps, floors climbed (stairs), heart rate, calories burned, and other workout data.

The ScanWatch will also analyze your sleep and provide a sleep score based on your sleep levels throughout the night.

Using the Withings ScanWatch, you can check your SpO2 levels, heart rate data, and you can do an ECG test.

Using the Withings ScanWatch

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When a notification comes in, the watch will vibrate and the display shows a scrolling preview of incoming calls, text messages, calendar events, and other notifications from more than 100 different apps. The notification display is obviously tiny, but that can be a good thing because it won’t let you get too distracted with your watch. That said, this watch can’t do a lot of really cool things like show your next exit while driving, or letting you answer texts and calls straight from your wrist. As with all things, there are trade-offs. If you want to be able to do “all the things” straight from your wrist, then this watch is not for you, but if you’re looking for a minimalist smartwatch, the ScanWatch is one that delivers.

Battery life

My favorite feature of the Withings ScanWatch is that you can charge it once using the included charger and not have to charge it again for weeks. Yes, one charge will power this smartwatch for up to 30 days (note that the number of vibrating notifications that you receive will drastically impact battery life) but being able to use the ScanWatch for weeks instead of 1 day is something that Apple, Google, and Samsung can’t claim

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The fact that the Withings ScanWatch has such amazing battery life means that you can go on short or extended trips and not have to pack a special cable to charge it.

See it in action

What I like

  • Classic look and feel
  • Watch first, smartwatch second design
  • Long battery life (up to 30 days)
  • Withings is well established and this watch fits in great with their existing fitness ecosystem
  • Can use any regular 18mm (or 20mm for the larger cased ScanWatch) watch bands

What I’d change

  • More case/face colors
  • More watch band options

Final thoughts

Sometimes less is more and in the case of the Withings ScanWatch, less is a LOT more. This watch won’t become a distraction with bright colors and complications (on screen widgets) because it’s a traditional watch with smart features. The small notification display is just large enough to read the important notifications without sucking you into playing with your watch. It’s a well-made and attractive watch with seriously impressive battery life that lasts for weeks instead of just 1 day. I also like that it has a lot of activity tracking tech backed in and it integrates with all my other Withings products so that I can easily see trends in my fitness levels.  I can’t promise that the ScanWatch will become my only watch from now on, but it’s definitely going into my rotation and until now, I didn’t even have a rotation, so that’s saying a lot!

Price: $299.95
Where to buy: Withings and Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Withings.

9 thoughts on “Withings ScanWatch review – Smart and classy smartwatch without distractions”

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  2. Article is missing what needs improvement.
    Their notifications don’t work.
    You may get an incoming call regularly and perhaps some withings generated notices from time to time. The ability to receive notifications from other apps through withings app on the phone doesn’t work or is unreliable.
    That’s a big gap which will frustrate newcomers and create a lot of RMAs for withings.

    1. I’ve not noticed any missing notification issues with the ScanWatch that I reviewed and am currently wearing. If anything, it was giving me TOO many notifications so I had to go into the settings and turn most of them off to help conserve battery life.

      1. I tried to resolve this with withings support and the were unable to resolve anything.

        Which phone AND non-withings app notifications work for you?

        1. Enrique, I have been testing the ScanWatch with the Google Pixel Fold. I had turned off all notifications except text messages, but today I turned a bunch of them back on just to see if they were working. Here’s what I found out.

          Google Messages – works fine
          Marco Polo – works fine
          EZVIZ security camera notifications – works fine
          Facebook – works fine
          Gmail – does not work
          Google Maps – does not work

          So for now, only the lasts 2 aren’t showing notifications.

  3. The Apple Watch is why I got a Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic in 47mm. I like a number of things about it better then the Apple Watch I had but the biggest deal is that I easily get three days of battery life out of it! It also convinced me to move to a Samsung phone S23 Ultra. I don’t miss the Apple walled garden at all!

  4. None of the Pixel 5s in our family worked.

    With the following apps:
    Today Weather
    X (formerly Twitter)

    There were others, but these were the essential ones.

  5. Thanks, Julie. I also found issues connecting with Google Calendar. According to their support, only the “native” IOS email and calendar notifications will work. Unfortunately that’s a no go for me. Had to return my watch.

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