Most of us struggle to keep track of our physical activity, progress and health data. Fortunately, there are now plenty of affordable smart devices available in the market that can do the job with the tap of few buttons. Recently, Nokia-owned Withings, a French consumer electronics company, has launched its range of smart connected health devices in India, including a Wi-Fi powered body scale.
Priced at R12,499, Withings’s Wi-Fi powered body scale gives complete analysis of weight, BMI, fat mass, muscle mass, bone mass, hydration level and weather forecast. Basically, with this device, the company claims to help users get a full understanding of their body composition and easily achieve their weight goals. But can weight alone be an accurate measurement of a healthy body? Perhaps not. We reviewed this product for over a week to understand whether it measures things accurately or not.
The Withings scale measures everything with decent accuracy. You can choose from different profiles to understand measuring weight, BMI, lean mass and fat mass. For the scale to calculate lean mass, fat mass on top of the weight and BMI, the user has to stand on the scale with bare feet. There is a little arrow cues on the display to help you stand in the centre. During the review period, we received consistent readings while standing on the scale. Withings suggests that one should weigh around the same time every day for consistency. To get this on time, one can set up a push reminder for when it’s time for the weigh-in.
The Withings scale is available in two colours—black and white. Both of them have glass surface that give the scale a modern look. The backlit 3.5-inch LCD is easy to read in low light. The glass has electrodes that send a signal through body to measure body composition. Withings scale comes with 4 AAA batteries, a USB cord, a tape measure and four attachments for using it on a carpeted surface.
It is extremely easy to set up the Withings scale, but to use advanced features, one needs to create an online profile by providing basic details. Withings provides a helpful window that gives explanation of weight, lean mass, fat mass and addresses questions such as “What is a normal body composition?”In addition to using a browser dashboard, users can also connect their mobile phone with the Withings scale by downloading a Withings Health Mate iOS and Android app. The data automatically get synced after every use of the scale.
The Withings scale can track up to eight users but each one will have to create a separate profile. When a different person weighed himself on the scale, the scale and the website alert of an abnormality in the measurement and offer the option to create a new user profile. The company claims that the device lasts up to 18 months without any recharging.
Overall, the device looks great, it is easy to set up and use. Whether you are a casual user or a fitness enthusiast, Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale could be useful for a comprehensive approach to weight loss and toning.
Estimated street price: R12,499