Tested Nokia Body
Looking for app-connected smart scales on a skinny budget? You might want to weight a little longer…
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.
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 +++,,