Health Mate - Steps tracker & Life coach by Withings
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Health Mate has been named in "App Store Best of 2014" by Apple in 15 countries!
Health Mate tracks your everyday activity and heart rate using sensors in your iPhone.
Invite any of your friends to a steps challenge and get motivation to move more.
Connect with Withings' line of health trackers for a seamless health coaching experience.
What's New in Version 2.14.0
Good news! Health Mate has been updated with new features and enhancements, and now supports Withings’ brand new connected scale: Body Cardio.
Missing critical 'Read From Health' functionality
I bought a Withings hardware device primarily because it was one of only a handful I could find that supported HealthKit integration. While I supposethe device works as advertised, this app has been a bit of a disappointment. In fairness, it works fine for taking measurements, and publishes them through to HealthKit. But...
It can't read any data *out* of HealthKit, meaning that all its extra functions -- activity tracking, dashboards, graphs, etc -- are effectively useless if you use any other means to get data into HealthKit. For instance, it tracks your steps... as long as you're holding your iPhone. Leave your phone at home and go for a run with the Apple watch, using the built in activity tracker? Out of luck. Punch a measurement into the Apple Health app instead of Health Mate? Out of luck.
I really figured that with winning an Apple award and all, that this app would have the *best* integration with HealthKit. Unfortunately, it seems to be like most others: They seem to want to lock you into their device ecosystem by refusing to read any other data. Seems pretty short-sighted. In the end, all this does is make me use their app LESS, and you can bet I'll think long and hard before buying another device from them.
I have dropped seven pounds using this app in conjunction with their Activite Pop watch. The app catches my every step, even when I'm on the elliptical, bike, and other such equipment in the gym. I love how it calculates your calories burned and even splits it to tell you how much of that was done actively instead of just your BMR. It tells me how much I've slept last night and even breaks it down into light as deep sleep. The badges are fun and I love that it congratulates you for meeting your step goal. Seriously an amazing app and I owe my increased health to it as without its insights I'd probably have remained a couch potato.
Missing key features
I bought the Withings scale over the Fitbit because Withings was said to integrate with HealthKit whereas with Fitbit, I'd be locked into their ecosystem.
My intention was to automate as much health data as possible. I wanted access to a lot of health metrics and activity measurements to save time inputting and calculating. Between this and my Apple Watch I've really been able to live a healthier life.
The HealthKit integration with this application is great. The experience of the Withings scale would definitely make me pick Withings over other competing manufacturers.
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- Category: Health & Fitness
- Updated: Jun 08, 2016
- Version: 2.14.0
- Size: 88.3 MB
- Apple Watch: Yes
- Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish
- Seller: Withings
- © Withings
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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