Nokia (previously Withings) Body Cardio WiFi Scales Review
Originally these were the Withings Body Cardio WiFi Scales, however with Nokia completing their purchase of Withings the products and apps have slowly been rebranded as Nokia Health. Fortunately for existing owners this changes has only seen a bit of a make over, the functionality of the app and hardware is still present and correct.
Available in black or white, the Nokia Body Cardio scales certainly look the business. They feature a small screen at the top, charging port and setup button on the side, and not much else. The charging port won’t be used much, the battery lasts about a year between charges (so far the reviewed scales have been used for about 6 months without a charge).
The scales are similar to the previous Withings WiFi scales, but setup has been made much easier. You use the Nokia Health app to pair the scales with your WiFi network, after which you can pop them in the bathroom ready for use.
When you stand on the scales they take a range of measurements and give you visual feedback via the little screen. As well as weight they measure body fat and water %, muscle and bone mass, heat rate and Pulse Wave Velocity. The screen also gives you a little weather forecast for the day so you know what to expect after your shower.
Most are fairly obvious, but Pulse Wave Velocity isn’t that common and Nokia don’t do a great job of explaining what this is. Apparently it’s a measurement that tracks the speed waves generated by heartbeats move along the arteries.
Nicely you can customise which of these you see on the little screen, adding or removing the data as you see fit. It’s still measured and stored in the app, just not shown on the little screen.
Unfortunately measurements can be a little hit and miss. Sometimes it’ll take and display all the measurements first time, but annoying often the last few heart measurements fail.
Worried about someone else using the scales and messing up your data? Don’t be, the Nokia Body Cardio scales can track up to 8 people separately, automatically identifying the user whenever they step on the scales.
Once you’ve been collecting data for a while you’ll want to check your progress. You’re well catered for in the form of an app as well as a supporting website. Both do a great job of presenting the data in an easy to understand manner,with graphs helping to easily track progress over time.
Given the price of the scales it’s disappointing to find there isn’t any sort of coaching or advice built into the app. The data is nice to look at but there isn’t a good structured feedback system to help you meet your goals.
The Nokia Health ecosystem does do a great job of linking in with other fitness apps to pull in addition data collected elsewhere. For example it can be linked to Google Fit, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper or Nike+ to pull in movement information.
While frustrating when a measurement fails, correctly taken measurements are well presented. They really need to add better advice regarding all the metrics collected and the lack of information around the Pulse Wave Velocity you may want to consider the lower cost Nokia scales that don’t have this feature but do everything else for a lower price.
The Nokia Body Cardio WiFi Scales which are available from:
– Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2yC3m5T
– eBay: http://ebay.to/2xeYXlq
– Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/2zIGM9g
– -Amazon.ca: http://amzn.to/2yFsSEx