Test winner: 1) Nokia Body+ (£90)
What’s the story?
The Nokia Body+ is a rebadging of our original test winner, the Withings WS-50. It still tracks your weight, BMI and fat percentage, while serving up a weather forecast as you stare glumly at the screen.
There are some subtle changes though, for better and worse. Battery life has improved to 18-months and the scale can also track your body's water composition and both muscle and bone mass.
Oddly, though, the Nokia Body+ no longer monitors indoor air quality and can't track heart rate through your feet. This is now done using the camera flash and your finger on your smartphone.
The Body+ sits in the middle of the Nokia smart scale range, in between the basic £60 Nokia Body (which just tracks your weight and BMI) and the £150 Nokia Body Cardio (which packs heart-rate tracking).
In the transition from Withings to Nokia, the Health Mate app has also been given a complete – and slightly controversial – overhaul. On launch, Withings owners, whose products remain compatible with the Nokia ecosystem, complained of bugs, dropped features and synching issue.
Several months on and several updates later, how does the Nokia Health Mate app stack up?
Despite Nokia's decision to drop the heart rate tracking, the Body+ remains an impressive set of scales, with reliable accuracy and seamless set-up.
We never quite saw the point of the air quality assessment, so that's hardly missed and can be done better by other devices. While heart rate tracking is still available via your smartphone, being able to see resting heart rate on the scales was a nice indicator of cardio vascular fitness, so it's a shame Nokia has dropped it for this model.
As for the Health Mate app, it's a minimalist affair with acres of white space; think luxury hotel spa lobby. It screams wellness. During our test it never froze, the data synched smoothly from Apple Healthkit (for historical heart rate, exercise and step counting data), and the scale measurements transferred quickly.
The Dashboard section is clearly laid out with your vital statistics, and a quick click through takes you to graphs displaying your progress. Still, it would have been nice to be able to overlay weight and body fat percentage, for instance.
Sleep, weight, heart and activity alerts can be set to remind you to do a whole load of different things, from going for a post-dinner stroll and weighing yourself at the same time each day, to eating more fruit and going to be at a decent time.
It's nicely done and doesn’t feel overly preachy. The 'coming soon' wellness and fitness guides are also promising – these will include programs including sleep training and pregnancy tracking, although most will need another Nokia Health gadget along with your scales.
Weight, BMI, fat %, Bone Mass, Water, Muscle Mass, Weather
Battery life (max): 18mths
Display: 128 x 64 pixel backlit LCD
Compatible products: Nokia Pulse, Nokia Steel Watch, Nokia BPM+ Blood Pressure Monitor, Thermo
Best for: Wellness obsessives
These stylish scales are a real motivator the doughy and dynamic alike, despite their lack of heart-rate tracking