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The health and fitness market interests me for many reasons, but mainly because there’s always something new to talk about. Most of the time, that new feature or sensor we’re talking about is there to better people’s lives — either physically, mentally, or both. That’s exactly why I was so interested in the Withings Move ECG when it was announced last January.

The idea of an analog watch doubling as a fitness tracker is nothing new — Withings has a whole line of hybrid watches — but there aren’t many wearables available to the public with a built-in electrocardiogram (ECG) monitor. This is the watch’s standout feature, for sure.

Withings Move ECG review notes:I’ve been using the Withings Move ECG for nine days. It’s been paired with my Google Pixel 3 for the duration of this review.

I’ve already reviewed the standard Withings Move, so this will be a somewhat shorter review. If you’d like details on the Withings Health Mate app, you’ll want to check out our full Withings Move review (linked above).

Withings Move ECG review: The big picture

Keeping an eye on heart health is one of the most important things a person can do for his or her body. For people who suffer from heart arrhythmias, such as atrial fibrillation (AFib), having quick access to an ECG test can literally be a matter of life or death. However, unless you have an at-home ECG monitor, scheduling an appointment with your doctor or running to the ER is one of the only ways to get these tests done.

The Withings Move ECG is one of the few devices on the market to feature a consumer-grade, wrist-based ECG monitor (it’s also the first ever ECG analog watch on the market). In fact, the Apple Watch Series 4 is one of the only other consumer-grade wearables to feature an ECG. But Apple Watches are expensive, and may not exactly appeal to the crowd looking for an inexpensive at-home ECG. Sure, other at-home ECGs exist, but they’re just about the same price as the Move ECG, and many of them only have one function.

In a way, the Move ECG is in a category of its own.


The design of the Withings Move ECG is essentially the same as the standard Withings Move, only a little thicker and less customizable. Since the Move ECG needed to be approved by the FDA before coming to market, Withings isn’t able to let people customize the colors of the Move ECG like it does with the standard Move. Instead, you can choose from either a black or white watch face and select a variety of different colored watch straps.

The Move ECG is only a bit thicker than the standard Move because of the built-in ECG. Even so, the watch is still quite small. The case, watch face covering, and side button are all made of plastic, while the bottom case is stainless steel. The whole thing is super easy to scratch. I already have a couple of hairline scratches on the plastic covering, but nothing too noticeable. Just be careful with this thing.

The watch straps are interchangeable, and the silicone material is higher quality than I expected considering the price point. Dust and loose hair tend to get caught on the strap easily though, so you may want to swap out the strap if that type of thing bugs you.

Finally, battery life: It’s fantastic. The Move ECG runs on a CR2430 button-cell battery, and supposedly lasts about 12 months without dying. I’m sure that varies depending on how often you exercise and take ECG readings, but anything around that timeframe is still impressive. Do note that you’ll need to take the watch into a shop to get the battery replaced though — since it has a 5ATM water-resistance rating, the back doesn’t come off without a little effort.

ECG and fitness/health tracking

I need to start out by saying that no matter how much praise I give the Move ECG, buying an at-home ECG monitor is not a replacement for going to the doctor, especially if you already have heart problems. This device — and many other fitness products — should be used to help you keep an eye on your heart health, but it shouldn’t be used as an excuse to avoid going to the doctor. Also, research suggests the accuracy of wrist-based ECGs may not be comparable to traditional ECGs in some cases, so do your reading and check with your doctor before relying on a wrist ECG.

We asked Withings to comment on the accuracy of the Move ECG compared to traditional ECGs. The company’s official statement can be found below:

AFib is a condition that is often underdiagnosed as symptoms are often not consistent and can be missed if not present at the time of a doctor’s office visit. Move ECG helps overcome this with the ability to record an ECG at anytime and anywhere in just 30 seconds when symptoms occur. This capability provides a more in-depth look at people’s heart health than if they used more traditional ECG methods.

We designed the device with our team of trusted medical advisors and conducted a clinical study at Centre Cardiologique du Nord (St-Denis, France) and Aixum Clinic (Aix-en-Provence, France) to validate the technology against the gold standard of ECG measurement, a 12-lead ECG device read by a trained cardiologist (the traditional chest test). In the study, it was found the Move ECG detected normal sinus rhythms in patients 98.1% of times against the gold standard device and showed patients were in AFib 98.2% of times as compared to the 12-lead ECG reading. This shows a very high level of validity of the Withings Move ECG technology. Move ECG is also compliant with CE medical standard.

Also read:ECG: What is it and why does it matter?

Withings claims the Move ECG can provide a medical-grade ECG reading in just 30 seconds. Taking an ECG is incredibly easy.

All you need to do is tap the right side button. Once the small activity dial reaches the 100 mark, place two fingers (index finger and thumb) on the metallic part of the bezel, and the activity dial will then start counting down to zero. It takes about 30 seconds for the whole thing to be done. Alternatively, you can open your Health Mate app, tap the side button on your device, then watch your ECG record in real time. It’s pretty cool.

Placing your opposite hand on the Move ECG while your other wrist is wearing the device creates a closed electrical circuit with your arms and chest. So, if your fingers aren’t in the right spot on the device, like if one finger is off of the bezel too much, the Move ECG will buzz and make you start over.

The results are sent to your phone immediately with a brief summary of what they mean. In my case, I usually get the message, “No sign of atrial fibrillation. Tap here to see details.” Of course, your mileage may vary.

Tapping the notification brings you to the Health Mate app. From there, you’ll see an overview of your ECG reading with a graph showing your chart on top, complete with a “play” button that scrolls through your ECG second-by-second. You’ll also find summaries of your sinus rhythm, average heart rate, and a text box if you’d like to add comments.

The most convenient part of the ECG results page is the “Share PDF with your doctor” button. Clicking this generates a PDF of your ECG that you can download, email, or print out to show your doctor. Here’s what the PDF looks like:

I don’t think I need to tell you how important an ECG is to have around, so I’ll let the facts speak for themselves. One in four people in the U.S. and U.K. will develop AFib at some point in their lifetime. AFib can occur irregularly, too, meaning much of the time it can go undiagnosed. If you think you show signs of heart issues, book an appointment with your doctor. If he or she tells you to keep a closer eye on your heart, the Move ECG might be a device worth considering.

The Withings Move ECG isn’t just an ECG machine — it’s also a fitness tracker in disguise. It’ll keep track of all the basics: steps taken, calories burned, distance traveled, elevation, and sleep. You’ll want to use the connected GPS feature if you’d like more accurate distance statistics for your outdoor workouts. I ran 2.76 miles with the Move ECG (without connected GPS enabled) and it only registered as a 2.5-mile run. That’s closer than some other devices get, but still not as accurate as relying on an actual GPS module.

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As for sport profiles, the Move ECG will automatically track walking, running, swimming (thanks to its 5ATM rating), and biking. You can’t actually select your activity type ahead of time since there’s no display on the watch, so you’ll need to start a workout, finish it, then go to the Health Mate app and make sure the Move ECG recorded the activity correctly. Walking, running, swimming, and biking will automatically be assigned to those activities. If you performed a different activity, you’ll need to assign the activity type after the fact in the app. There are more than 30 different activity types to choose from, including climbing, ice skating, indoor cycling, and more.

Compared to my Garmin Forerunner 245 Music, the Withings Move ECG did a good job at step counting throughout the day. Both watches usually ended the day only ~100 steps apart, which could have easily been attributed to me wearing them on different wrists. It’s also a little hard to track how accurately your body is burning calories during workouts, but the Move ECG was also mostly in-line with what the Forerunner 245 reported.

Sleep tracking has improved since the last time I checked in with a Withings device. The Move ECG did a fine job at detecting when I fell asleep, when I woke up, how much I tossed and turned during the night, etc. Also, since the Move ECG doesn’t take up much space, I hardly notice it on my wrist while sleeping.

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The Health Mate app is quite good at relaying useful insights to you after it learns your sleep patterns. If your sleep is constantly being interrupted or if you’re falling asleep too late (resulting in a lack of deep sleep), the Health Mate app will point those things out and tell you what to improve. It’ll also show you how your sleep patterns progress over time, and give you a sleep score (0-100) based on your quality of sleep.

Smartwatch features

Like the Withings Move proper, the Move ECG does not have any smartwatch features. You won’t get notifications on your wrist, and you can’t customize the physical side button. I would’ve liked to at least see some notification support here. Other hybrids vibrate for incoming notifications, and it’s sorely missed here. 

Just about the only other feature that’s not directly fitness-related is the silent alarm feature. The alarms work well and always go off when they’re supposed to, but the vibration motor is pretty weak. I wouldn’t rely on only the Move ECG to wake you up every morning.

Withings Move and Move ECG specs

Withings Move and Withings Move ECG
Case: plastic
Bottom case: stainless steel
Band: silicone
Free/unlimited online data storage with a Withings account
5 days of local storage of data between syncs
IP rating
Up to 18 months (CR2430)
Bluetooth Low Energy
Connected GPS
iOS 10 or later / Android 6.0 or later

Value and the competition

The Withings Move ECG is available now in Europe on Withings.com and Amazon for €129.95 or £129.95. The watch isn’t slated to receive FDA clearance in the U.S. until Q4 2019, so Americans will need to wait a few more months to place their orders.

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I think £129.95 is a fair price for the Withings Move ECG. I was originally surprised that the standard Move was being sold for just £70, so adding an on-demand ECG monitor for just £60 more seems reasonable. Especially considering the Apple Watch Series 4 — one of the only other wrist-based ECGs out there — starts at nearly £400, this seems like a fantastic price point for those who aren’t looking for a full-fledged smartwatch.

It should also go without saying that if you don’t need an ECG, we still recommend the standard Withings Move as a great option, or the Garmin Vivomove HR.

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Withings Move ECG review: The verdict

The importance of having an ECG on you at all times cannot be overstated if you have heart problems. Strapping your at-home ECG to your wrist is a great way to ensure it’s on you at all times, and the fact that the Move ECG doesn’t need to be charged gives you one less excuse to leave it at home.

It’s almost difficult to not recommend the Withings Move ECG for those who need this type of functionality. On top of the usefulness of the built-in ECG, you get a great hybrid watch with accurate health tracking. The Move ECG isn’t as decked out as other hybrids, and some people will rightly pass due to the lack of smartphone notifications and optical heart rate sensor.


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The world’s first analog watch with a built-in electrocardiogram to detect atrial fibrillation—anytime.

Move ECG

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Expertly conceived.
Clinically validated.

Move ECG was developed with the help of cardiologists from renowned institutions.

Move ECG incorporates two of the most essential ingredients for success: real-time telemetry that makes a clinical difference and an easy to use supporting mobile app that turns that data into actionable wisdom.

—John David Halamka, M.D.International Healthcare Innovation Professor of Emergency Medicine

The easy, always-on way to take an electrocardiogram

Ready whenever you are: if you feel palpitations or an irregular heart rhythm, simply press the side button and place your finger on the bezel. In 30 seconds, your medical-grade ECG is ready.

You can record an ECG with or without your phone nearby—as data can be stored in the watch until the next sync.

How it works

There are two electrodes on the back of the case, and when you press the button to activate the record and place your opposite hand on the ring electrode of the watch, it closes a loop that allows Move ECG to record your heart’s electrical activity.

Learn more about ECG

Why it matters

Move ECG can detect atrial fibrillation—also known as AFib.
It is the most common heart rhythm disorder. AFib can lead to heart failure and is thought to be responsible for up to 30% of strokes.

1 out of 4 people in the US will develop Afib.

Detecting it requires an ECG, usually recorded at the doctor’s office—but since AFib can be irregular, the condition is hard to diagnose, as episodes often occur outside of a medical office.

Learn more about Afib

Instant AFib Detection

The Health Mate app provides you with an instant analysis of your heart rhythm and tells you whether it looks normal or shows signs of AFib. If signs are detected, the app will recommend you to get in touch with your doctor.

Easily share data with your doctor

You can automatically create a PDF with your ECG data to share with your doctor or healthcare professional.

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Follow your activity

It is well known that activity can have a positive impact on cardiovascular health—so Move ECG doubles as a fully-featured Withings activity tracking watch.

Activity tracking

Seamlessly track steps, run, swim and more without having to open the app. Plus, the integrated altimeter measures floors climbed in meters/feet—all to help you go the extra mile.

Sleep tracking

Simply wear Move ECG at night and it’ll record your sleep—automatically. In the app, you get a breakdown of your night with light and deep sleep cycles, interruptions, and a sleep score. Plus, the Smart Wake-up feature picks the perfect time to get you out of bed.

Connected GPS

Start a workout session from your watch, and it will leverage your phone’s GPS to map your path, so you can see progress and even share a visual of your adventures.

Waterproof up to 50m

Jump in the pool, wash the dishes or take a shower with confidence: 5ATM is life-proof. Plus, the watch will automatically detect and track swim sessions.

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Withings Move ECG Full Specifications

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Withings Move ECG Full Specifications – Already described as a cheaper alternative to Apple watch series 4, the new Withings Move ECG is a competent hybrid fitness smartwatch with ECG onboard. It’s the first smartwatch from Withings that houses an ECG sensor which the company is confident of getting an FDA clearance for this amazing timepiece set to be released Q2 2019.

It was announced at CES 2019, the Move ECG is a complete choice for tracking your active life, it can track complete sleep cycle, heart rate but the most notable is the ECG feature which lets you take electrocardiogram test in seconds. It’s the first analog watch that can do this.

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4.5 out of 5 stars(4.5/ 5)
Fitness tracking:
4 out of 5 stars(4.0/ 5)
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Device nameWithings Move ECG
Device typeHybrid/Classic/Fitness
PredessesorWithings Move
Released dateSeptember, 2019
Ideal forUnisex


Display typeAnalog
Display size1.4 inch
Display resolution_
Pixel density_
Input typeSingle button
(Not touchscreen)
Customizable watch faceNo


Dimension38 x 38 x 13 mm
Weight32 grams
Casing materialStainless steel
Strap/band materialLeather
Bezel MaterialStainless steel
Strap size18mm
Interchangeable band Yes, 18mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommended


Internal storage_
Memory card slotNo


BluetoothBluetooth v4.0 LE
Bluetooth callingNo
GPSNo (connected GPS)




Email alertNo
SMS alertNo
Calls alertNo
Event reminderNo
Third-party appsNo


Sleep apneaNo
Sleep trackingYes
Floors climbedYes
Heart rate monitoringYes
VO2 Max.No
Blood oxygenNo
Blood pressureNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNo
Swim trackingYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNo
Preloaded mapsNo
On-screen workout modesNo
Triathlon modeNo
ECG TrackingYes
Preloaded sport modesYes, 30
Safety trackingNo


Music streamingNo
Bluetooth musicNo


Heart rate monitor (HRM)Yes
Gyroscope No
Ambient lightNo
Pulse OximeterNo
Other sensors--


Operating system (OS)_


Type of batteryReplaceable CR2430 button cell
Battery capacity _
Battery lifeMixed usage: 11 Months+
Charging typeNo
Charging timeNo
Battery saver modeNo
Solar powerNo
Rapid charging_


Time/DateTime Only


Control cameraNo
Music controlNo
Find phoneNo
Text responseNo


Payment systemNone
Compatibility Android 6.0+,
iOS 10.0+
Companion appHealth Mate App
Voice commandNo


Withings Move ECG
CR2430 button cell
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Withings Move ECG Features

  1. Display and Design
  2. Withings Move ECG has a fantastic design, it’s a classic hybrid smartwatch with analog display.

    So if you are a fan of Swiss watches, you would really like this. Withings have been known over the years to make traditional looking watches with smartwatch functions. Perhaps this one major reason a lot of people like Withings smartwatches.

    The design is dope, full analog display with a smaller screen that displays progress you make with an activity. You can switch to different sport modes by pressing the side button which then tracks that particular session.

    The Move ECG is lightweight, it weighs just 31 grams and that’s probably because the majority part of the case is made of thermoplastic and the back is stainless steel. The straps are made of silicone which makes it look quite sporty.

    No doubt, the Move ECG is a classy smartwatch with a premium design. So if you are after design, this is it.

  3. Longer Battery Life
  4. The Move ECG has one of the longest battery life which allows you to focus more on achieving fitness goals instead of worrying about charging it up every now and then. It has one of the longest battery life among its nearest competitors.

    It uses a replaceable CR2430 button battery which the company says lasts up to 12 months on regular usage.

  5. Waterproof Rating/Protection
  6. With the Move ECG, you can track your swimming activities. It has a 5ATM water rating which means it should survive submersion in water up to 50 meters. This is great as you can wear this watch under the rain, to the shower and of course to the pool. The Move ECG is able to track duration and calories while swimming but can’t track heart rate.

  7. Activity/Fitness tracking

The Move ECG is a fantastic choice for tracking your active life. Fitness tracking is the foundation upon which the Move ECG is built. It can track your steps, calories, and distance, but the most innovative of it all is the ECG sensor that comes with the Move ECG that lets you take electrocardiogram test right on your wrist.

You can instantly take an ECG test simply by placing your fingers by the side of the watch, readings are automatically recorded in the Health mate app. Then, the app alerts you if there is a need for you to see your doctor and sharing recorded ECG is easier than ever. The health benefit is that you never get to miss an atrial fibrillation (AFib) episode which could lead to heart failure or a major risk for stroke.

Unfortunately, the Move ECG doesn’t come with a GPS inbuilt, but you can access GPS functions simply by connecting to your phone GPS. Below is a list of what you can track with Move ECG;

  • Tracks your steps, distance covered, and calories.
  • Tracks and analysis complete sleep cycle and quality.
  • There isn’t HRM, but it can tracks your heart rate taking ECG.
  • You can take ECG test simply by placing your fingers by the watch sides for 20 seconds.
  • With connected GPS you can track outdoor events.

All tracked fitness metrics are stored in the Health mate app which is quiet intuitive and the best part is the way all tracked metrics are showed on the dashboard allowing you see more at a glance. It is perhaps one of the best companion apps.

  • Fascinating design.
  • It is built to last with durable materials.
  • The battery life is impressive and one of the longest I have seen.
  • It is swim-proof.
  • It is cheap.
  • There is ECG sensor inside.
  • No digital display.
  • There is no GPS inbuilt
  • Low memory space.

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When the Apple Watch Series 4 landed in 2018, it caused a stir for being one of the first (and unquestionably the most high-profile) wearable to offer an ECG app. Short for electrocardiogram, an ECG records the electrical activity of your heart to indicate whether or not you might be suffering from atrial fibrillation (ABfib), a heart problem experienced by a quarter of the population at some point in their life, and which can lead to life-threatening complications.

While the Apple Watch Series 4 includes a whole lot more for its £399 / $399 / AU$649 price tag, that’s still a hefty price to pay for what could be a genuinely life-saving piece of technology. Thankfully, there is now a far more affordable way to keep a regular check on your heart - with the Withings Move ECG.

Although not a fully-fledged smartwatch like the Apple, the Withings Move ECG is a hybrid. This means it has analog dials and no display, but includes accelerometers and a Bluetooth connection for tracking movement, steps, swimming, exercise and sleep, then presenting the data on the free Withings Health Mate smartphone app, available for iOS and Android.

The Move ECG is, as you might expect, very similar to the Withings Move, but with the addition of the ECG function. The newer model lacks a heart rate sensor, but you could argue an ECG app is more important than merely knowing your heart rate; the former is a fitness stat, while the latter relates more directly to your underlying health.

Withings Move ECG price and release date

  • How much does it cost? £129.95 / $129.95 / Approximately AU$190
  • When did it come out? September 2019

The Move ECG was first shown off at CES back in January 2019, but at the time it didn’t yet have the certification required to use its ECG function. This has now been obtained, and the Move ECG is on sale now in the US, UK and Europe for £129.95 / $129.95 (around AU$190).

At the time of writing in early-September 2019, orders placed through the Withings website should arrive in two to three weeks.


  • Classy, traditional watch design
  • Smaller than most hybrid smartwatches
  • Plastic could scratch easily

If you have used previous Withings hybrid watches, then the new Move ECG will be immediately familiar. It offers the French company’s house style of a compact case, domed front, simple and uncluttered face, and a second dial for showing your daily step count.

There is a single button at three o’clock where the crown of a mechanical watch would be. A short press of this button activates the ECG function, and a long press tells the watch to start recording an exercise session.

The sides of the case are plastic, while the bezel and rear are a classier stainless steel that can be used to measure your heart’s electrical activity when touched. The button is also stainless steel, and so too is the buckle.

Withings includes a silicon sports-style strap with the Move ECG, which attaches uses industry-standard quick-release lug bars. This means it can be removed easily and replaced with any 18mm strap. The company itself offers a good range of options here, and the black dial of our review sample means it can be matched smartly to straps of almost any material and color.

As well as the time, shown with a pair of stainless steel hands and numbered indices, the Withings Move ECG has a second dial on its face with a contrasting yellow hand. This sweeps from zero to 100, indicating what percentage of your daily step target (set via the smartphone app) you have completed.

This yellow hand also acts as a 30-second countdown timer when you activate the ECG function.

Overall, we like the design of the Withings Move ECG. The watch is smart and subtle, can be worn with just about any strap you like, and blends in neatly with any dress style - unlike other wearables on the market. The compact size means the Move ECG (like most other Withings) doesn’t draw unnecessary attention to itself, and it hides its technology in a way fully-fledged smartwatches rarely achieve.

The Move ECG is light and comfortable, with a dozen or so holes on the strap for finding the perfect fit. It was never an annoyance to wear - even when tracking our sleep at night - and the ECG hardware on the back doesn’t protrude at all. The new feature has zero aesthetic and ergonomic downsides.

Our only criticism is the use of plastic on its front instead of glass or sapphire crystal. Although our review watch remained scratch-free for the week we used it, we wouldn’t expect this to last. This is fine for the £60 Move, but when paying £130 for the Move ECG, we’d like to see glass instead of plastic.

Fitness and sleep tracking

  • ECG function
  • Step, sleep and exercise tracking
  • No continuous heart rate sensor

Although a perfectly decent timepiece, the Move ECG really reaches its stride when used as a health and fitness tracker. The watch is always monitoring your movement, automatically counting steps during the day and sleep each night. Withings says the Move ECG can record over 30 different types of exercise, and everything is logged in the company’s Health Mate smartphone app.

The headline feature is, of course, the ECG function. This works in a similar way to that of the Apple Watch Series 4, whereby the wearable touches one side of your body via the back of its case sitting against your wrist, and the other via the finger of your opposite hand. By touching the wrist of one arm and the fingers of the other, a circuit is created and the watch can record the electrical activity of your heart.

The Health Mate apps talks you through what the ECG function can and can’t do when you first set up the watch. It is important to remember that ECG smartwatches cannot detect heart attacks, and the data they provide should be used in addition to - not instead of - advice from your doctor.

To take an ECG, briefly press the button. The watch then vibrates for a moment and the step-counting hand turns to 100; you then place your thumb and index finger on the metal bezel of the watch case, and keep still while the hand counts down from 30 seconds to zero. The watch vibrates again to indicate that the ECG is complete, and the data can be viewed instantly in the Health Mate app.

The app tells you right away if the ECG reading is normal, or shows signs of ABfib, and the data it collects can be turned into a PDF, ready to be sent to your doctor.

Withings has opted not to fit the Move ECG with a traditional heart rate sensor. This means you can’t use the watch to continuously track your heart rate, but you can still get a beats-per-minute reading each time you perform an ECG. This figure is shown alongside the ECG data in the Health Mate app.

The lack of constant heart rate reading also means there’s no way to see how quickly your rate returns to normal after exercise (a good indication of overall fitness), and no way to attain a VO2 Max estimate. Both of these stats are provided by other Withings wearables, like the Steel HR Sport hybrid watch, but they do so at the expense of cost and battery life.

The Move ECG has an altimeter for measuring the number of staircases climbed each day, but lacks its own GPS chip for tracking outdoor runs. Instead, the watch can use your smartphone’s GPS via its Bluetooth connection.

Sleep tracking is automatic, activating each night and giving you a breakdown of your sleep in the Health Mate app the following morning. The watch uses movement to sense when you are in the different stages of sleep, and plots this against time. This works in a very similar way to Withings’ dedicated sleep tracker, the Sleep, but does not track your heart rate, snoring, or breathing disturbances.

The Move ECG’s sleep tracking is fairly primitive compared to wearables with continuous heart rate sensors (or dedicated trackers fitted under your mattress), but it still provides a decent and fairly accurate overview of your nightly slumber.

Battery life

  • 12-month battery life
  • Uses standard CR2430 battery

Being a hybrid smartwatch, the Move ECG’s battery life is measured in months instead of hours or days. In fact, the Bluetooth chip, movement sensors and ECG function demand so little energy, the wearable takes a regular CR2430 watch battery, which Withings claims lasts for 12 months.

This will depend on how you use the watch, and those who record daily exercise sessions should expect to see shorter battery life than those who are less active. But either way you cut it, roughly 12 months is very good for a wearable.

Unlike Withings watches which have rechargeable batteries, like the Steel HR Sport, the Move ECG’s remaining battery life is not shown in the Health Mate app.

Interface and app

  • Health Mate app is clean and simple to use
  • Data from multiple devices is stored in one place

As with all other Withings devices (and those branded as Nokia Health in the past), data captured by the Move ECG is logged by the Health Mate app, which is free and works on iOS and Android.

Designed to be a one-stop-shop for health and fitness data, Health Mate syncs with the watch via Bluetooth as soon as the app is opened. The main ‘Timeline’ interface shows your daily steps, percentage of target complete, and floors climbed (thanks to the watch’s altimeter). The Timeline also shows every ECG you have taken with the watch, along with your heart rate at that moment. As we said earlier, this wearable does not monitor your heart rate constantly, during sleep, or while exercising.

The app provides a daily and weekly overview of how you’ve done, showing clearly when you made and missed your daily step goal, your total distance walked and elevation climbed for the week, and averages for both weekdays and the weekend.

For sleep data, the Health Mate app awards a score out of 100 each morning. This is calculated by taking into account the total time you spent asleep, but also the depth of your sleep, how much time you spent in REM, and how many times your sleep was interrupted during the night. Your sleep ‘regularity’ is also taken into account, which looks at the average time you go to bed and wake up each day, then you are rewarded a score based on your ability to stick closely to this average.

The Dashboard page of the Health Mate app is where you find an overview of all data it has access to. This includes data captured by the watch (and any other Withings devices you have), and also data entered manually, like your gender and weight. Because we also use a Withings smart scale and sleep tracker, our Dashboard shows body fat, sleeping heart rate, muscle mass, body water and body mass, along with the ECG readings taken by the Withings Move.

A number of health and fitness programmes are available to join in the app. These are free and include an eight-week course designed to improve your sleep, plus a five-day program that analyzes blood pressure (so long as you have the Withings BPM Connect). There’s also a 21-day mindfulness course made in collaboration with the Petit BamBou meditation app, and an eight-week course to educate you on body composition and ways to lose fat. Finally, there’s a pregnancy tracker which works with Withings’ range of smart scales.

The Move ECG’s silent alarm is set within the app. This vibrates to wake you up and can be set to go off when your are least asleep, within a user-defined amount of time of your actual alarm. Say you set the alarm for 6am, but with a 15-minute window; if the Move ECG detects you waking up at 5:50am, it will vibrate the watch.

Setting the time of the Move ECG is done here too, but the watch generally uses your phone to stay on the right time. That way, it automatically adjusts for daylight savings hours, and when you travel to a different time zone. That said, we found it was slow to adjust when traveling unless we briefly opened the Health Mate app, then the time changed instantly.


The Withings Move ECG makes for an interesting proposition. It follows much of the usual recipe - a stylish and simple analogue watch with exercise and sleep tracking - but also adds an ECG function.

This puts the Move ECG in a position where it takes the regular Move, a budget £60 hybrid watch, and blesses it with a feature most famously used by the Apple Watch Series 4 and Series 5, a pair of flagship, full-fat smartwatches. The Withings therefore takes features from the top and bottom of the market, and marries them to create a £130 wearable.

There are two face color options, each with five straps to help you buy a watch that suits your style, and the metal bezel used by the ECG function adds a touch of class to proceedings. We’re particularly keen on the white case and face with blue strap.

The Move ECG is let down by its lack of continuous heart rate monitoring, as this stat is only given when performing an ECG, and we worry that the plastic in place of glass or sapphire crystal will scratch easily.

Who’s this for?

There’s no denying the usefulness of having an ECG device on your wrist. If you feel you could be more susceptible to atrial fibrillation than most, then it’s tough not to argue in favour of buying the Withings Move ECG. If the Apple Watch Series 4 or 5 is out of your budget, and ECG support is high on your list of priorities, then the Move ECG could well be the wearable for you.

Should you buy it?

If you feel you need to keep tabs on your heart’s health, then the Withings Move ECG is an affordable way to put an ECG on your wrist. It also acts as a classy and subtle watch which tracks your exercise, swimming, sleep and daily steps.

Add in several free health and fitness programs in the Health Mate app, plus the silent and dynamic alarm function, and you have a feature-packed hybrid smartwatch.

The ECG function adds a large price premium over the £60 Withings Move, so buyers should really ask themselves if taking an ECG is really what they need from a wearable. That said, £130 still isn’t much for the peace of mind an electrocardiogram could give - and the knowledge that being alerted to the symptoms of AFib could genuinely save your life.

This isn’t a fully-fledged smartwatch - far from it - but it’s a well-priced wearable which covers the basics, yet also packs a top-tier feature.

First reviewed: September 2019


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For its newest smart watch, the ScanWatch, Withings pieced together two health monitoring technologies: one that detects the heart condition atrial fibrillation, and one that measures blood oxygen levels during sleep.

The ScanWatch sends light through the blood vessels in the wrist to measure the amount of oxygen in the blood. Monitoring oxygen levels could help detect episodes of low oxygen that occur with sleep apnea, a condition where breathing stops during sleep, Withings CEO Mathieu Letombe said in a press release. Blood oxygen readings are also integrated with other data around sleep, like sleep duration and quality.

It seems to be a similar feature to one FitBit includes in its Ionic smartwatch. Neither FitBit nor ScanWatch would be able to diagnose sleep apnea — the devices would have to go through complex clinical trials to make that claim. Right now, a diagnosis usually requires a sleep study, which involves monitoring breathing rate, heart rate, and brain activity, as well as oxygen levels. But oxygen levels tracked at the wrist may be able to serve as an initial screen for potential sleep apnea, some research suggests.

The watch also has a heart rate monitor that catches irregular heartbeats, including atrial fibrillation. If it catches an abnormality, it alerts the wearer and tells them to take an electrocardiogram reading — which measures the electrical activity in the heart — by touching sensors on the watchface. The reading will then be available on the ScanWatch app and on the watch itself. Withings first introduced their electrocardiogram feature in the Move ECG watch last year. That watch has clearance for sale in Europe, but is still awaiting Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, and isn’t available for sale in the United States.

Withings said in a press release that the ScanWatch will be available for sale in the second quarter of 2020 for $249 (38mm) or $299 (42mm). But like the Move ECG, it still has to wait for FDA clearance — for all of its features — to go on sale in the US, and for a separate clearance to go on sale in Europe. So if that long-delayed process around the Move ECG is any indication, it might be longer before you can get ahold of it.

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If someone who doesn’t play a specific sport asks me which fitness tracker they should get, I usually point them toward a Withings watch. They're simple and beautiful, with a comfortable silicone strap and an analog clock face.

Unlike a lot of smartwatches, Withings watches don’t ping you incessantly with texts, and you don’t need to shake or tap them to check the time. They use a watch battery, so you don't have to charge them, either. Although you can manually start a fitness activity, they also auto-detect when you start a workout. Did I mention that they're more affordable than many watches on the market?

I reviewed the Withings Move earlier this year, and the new Move ECG is similar, but with the added ability to take electrocardiograms when you press a button on the bezel and hold your fingers against a metal ring. It can detect atrial fibrillation, or an arrhythmic heartbeat, which can lead to blood clots, a stroke, or other health conditions.

I’ve worn it for three weeks now, and so far, it’s the only fitness tracker I’ve tested that can reliably detect short fitness activities like a quick bike ride downtown. Even if it didn’t take electrocardiograms, I’d happily recommend it. But it does!

Heartbreak Beat

We’ve noted our qualms about wrist-based ECG readings before. The Move ECG has been clinically validated at several renowned French institutions, like the Centre de Cardiologie du Nord, and it began shipping in Europe earlier this year. However, Withings is still waiting on FDA clearance here and is not yet shipping in the United States.

To take an ECG, you push the button on the right hand side of the watch and press your fingers against the metal ring on the bezel for 30 seconds. The watch reads your heart’s electrical signals through your fingers to produce and interpret an ECG graph.

You can check your results on the companion Health Mate app, which tells you instantly if the results are normal, inconclusive, or if the watch has detected atrial fibrillation (Afib). On the graph, an Afib shows up as an erratic baseline heartbeat. I don’t have a heart condition, so I was unable to test if the watch could accurately detect one. But I did get many inconclusive results before I figured out how to get a normal reading.

First, your heart rate has to be between 50 and 100 beats per minute to take an accurate reading—so you can't take an ECG right after you’ve gotten back from a run. The readings can also be thrown off if your fingers touch the metal ring too lightly, or if your arm is moving. After some trial and error, I also figured out that I couldn't take readings when I had just woken up (as a runner, I have a low resting heart rate). To get it to work, I had to lay my arm on an armrest and place the palm of my hand over the top of the watch face, which was more than the supposed two-finger requirement.

Figuring all this out took me a half-dozen attempts—and one half-joking, half-panicked email to Withings to ask if I should see a doctor. I wasn't really concerned that I might have an undiagnosed heart condition, but the thought did cross my mind. It did make me realize why the US Preventative Task Force does not recommend regular ECG screening in asymptomatic adults (who are prone to paranoia). Presumably, I’d feel differently if I did have a condition that needs monitoring.

Let's Get Physical

The Move ECG, like the original Move watch, does not have optical sensors that would allow for continuous heart rate monitoring. Unlike the Apple Watch, it cannot notify you if it detects an irregular rhythm. But it does do one thing very well: It reliably records activity automatically.

Fitbits also pick up activities automatically, but they require a 10-minute threshold. Biking is my main mode of transportation. I'm on a bike all the time, but the Fitbit Charge 3 didn’t pick any of it up. The Move ECG, on the other hand, picked up everything—short bike rides, walks, even my adult ballet classes (yes, I’m embarrassed for myself too). I was surprised by this, because ballet class seems to consist mostly of standing in place and swinging a leg around.

I record this activity as "dancing," but the Health Mate app has plenty of activities to choose from, from squash to ping-pong, from windsurfing to kitesurfing to regular surfing. It can record duration and calories expended.

If you start an activity manually, like running outside, the Move ECG also has connected GPS. The metrics that it captures are pretty rudimentary, and the watch face doesn't give you useful information—the minute hand just moves, indicating that it's recording. However, Withings has fixed bugs that I found previously in the Move, such as the Bluetooth connection pooping out intermittently, or failing to record mileage when your outdoor trail overlaps with itself.

The sleep tracker isn’t as accurate as another fitness tracker with an optical heart rate monitor. It can tell when I’ve gone to bed and when I get up, but it’s not great at telling the difference between being in light sleep and lying in bed with a pillow over your head, hoping your toddlers will retreat back into unconsciousness.

It does have a smart wake up feature that will wake you up within a certain window, after you’ve transitioned from light sleep to deep sleep. Since I’m usually awake much earlier than I want to be, I found that it buzzed at the start of that smart window every morning. I did find a silent buzz on my wrist to be a more pleasant way to wake up than a loud alarm on my phone or clock.

Bust a Move

If you have a heart condition and would like to be able to take ECGs on the go, the Move ECG might be a great alternative to the pricier Apple Watch. But even if you don't, it's an affordable fitness tracker that looks great, is durable, tracks your sleep and intermittent putterings, and won't bug you with a low battery warning every three days. Withings has stated that it expects to get clearance and ship it in late 2019. For now, you can sign up for email alerts.

Correction 9 am PST 11/1/2019: A previous version of this article stated that atrial fibrillation can indicate blood clots or stroke; this is incorrect. Atrial fibrillation can increase the risk of health conditions like blood clots or stroke. The text has been changed to correct this error.

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​Withings Move ECG launch is being held up by FDA and CE approval

Withings announced its Move ECG hybrid smartwatch with the Apple Watch-rivalling feature back in January, and slated that it would launch in Q2 2019 - the period between March and July.

Now that we are almost into May, there's still no sign of it, so we reached out to Withings to get an update on whether it'll be sooner or later in that timescale. And, from the sounds of it, it looks like there's still a bit of a wait. Here's the official statement Withings provided us with:

"Move ECG is currently under review for CE and FDA clearance. While the timings of these approvals are out of the control of Withings and completely in the hands of regulators, we expect the process to be completed in the coming months, allowing us to get Move ECG onto the wrists of customers as soon as we can.”

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So, that could mean it still hits the intended launch window, but, like Apple, it will obviously need to make sure its ECG feature has the thumbs up from regulators in the US and Europe to start detecting signs associated with heart health issues, such as atrial fibrillation.

Apple launched the Watch Series 4 back in September 2018 with the built-in ECG feature, but the serious health monitoring feature wasn't switched on by Apple until the end of 2018. It then rolled out the feature on in more countries back in March.

It's clearly a process that does take time, and no doubt Withings wants to make sure it gets it right before people can start taking ECG readings from a hybrid for the first time.

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