Tested Nokia Body

Look­ing for app-con­nected smart scales on a skinny bud­get? You might want to weight a lit­tle longer…

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The weigh to go for fit­ness fa­nat­ics?

Up un­til now, Nokia has only re­branded ex­ist­ing Withings scales since it gob­bled up the French com­pany – but these Body scales are com­pletely new. They’re cheap too, sit­ting £30 be­low the Body+ and £90 be­low the heart-track­ing Body Car­dio. The Body scales have an at­trac­tive glass-fronted de­sign. Step on them and they’ll flash up your weight, a graph of your re­cent en­tries, your BMI, and fi­nally the day’s weather fore­cast. These scales only mea­sure one thing: your weight, in ki­los, pounds or old-school stones. Un­like pricier op­tions, they can’t mea­sure things like fat or mus­cle mass; but they can fling your data to the Health Mate app over Wi-fi or Blue­tooth, which is use­ful for track­ing your long-term progress. Once you’ve got the app and scales talk­ing, the ex­pe­ri­ence is sleek. But the setup process is way more fid­dly than it should be – our scales ini­tially wouldn’t con­nect to the app, and then they failed to recog­nise a new user. Early bugs have been fixed, but Health Mate is still crash-prone. These is­sues will no doubt be smoothed over in time; the big­ger is­sue with the app is that, ba­sic graphs aside, it doesn’t of­fer enough in­sight to com­ple­ment the Body as well as it should.

Tech specs

Sen­sors Four weight sen­sors (5-180kg), body po­si­tion sen­sor Units kg, lb, st Max users 8 Con­nec­tiv­ity Wi-fi, Blue­tooth Dis­play 128x64 LCD Power 4x AAA bat­ter­ies Di­men­sions 327x327x23mm, 2.6kg

There are two things the Health Mate app is good at: show­ing the trends of your weight and BMI over time, and pulling in data from other apps. STUFF SAYS Like our physiques, these bud­get scales aren’t ready for prime time +++,,

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