The First generation of digital smart scales were very simple devices that basically took and displayed the weight of the user. As technology advanced, and invades the health and fitness industry, smart, connected scales that can take more physical metrics than earlier scales and even synchronize the data with smartphone and cloud-based apps for analysis and charting have dominated the market. A good example of advanced bathroom scales is the Withings Body Cardio Health Composition, rebranded to the Nokia Body Cardio smart scale after the Nokia acquired Withings.
This smart scale is the most advanced of the three smart scales originally manufactured by Withings and now known as the Nokia Body series of smart scales. This review delves deep to discover what makes the Withings Body Cardio special, and what features it comes with to help you determine if it is the right smart scale for you and your family.
The Withings Body Cardio body composition scale is a futuristic connected bathroom accessory that provides medically-accepted assessment of the user’s cardiovascular health besides taking full body physical metrics. It uses cutting-edge Pulse Wave Velocity technology to take pulse measurements and is promoted as a futuristic scale that in the near future, we will wonder how the world existed without it. Its primary selling point is a cryptic “arterial stiffness” measurement which, according to Withings, works using this revolutionary technology.
More than just a weight scale, the Withings Body Cardio smart scale is an ultra-thin and visually appealing device that claims to accurately record the user’s body composition including weight, fat and water content, and muscle and bone mass and body mass index (BMI).
Design & Build
Unlike traditional scales that have four feet that gauge the strain of the user’s weight to calculate body weight from applied pressure, the Withings Body Cardio scale is footless. It has a revolutionary design that uses electrodes under the top glass pane, allowing the scale to accurately measure weight even when placed on soft surfaces.
The Withings Cardio Body scale is a stylish scale that measures 13 by 13 inches and just 0.7 inches thick, a refined designed by French partner Eliumstudio with aluminum body and a tempered glass top. The Apple-like design gives both the black and white versions of the scale a superior appearance ideal for placement in any bathroom décor. Unlike almost every other scale in the market, the Withings Body Cardio comes with an in-built rechargeable battery that could last for up to a year on a single charge.
On the front top half of the tempered glass is a reasonably-sized LED display that adds a ‘face’ to the design of the scale. At its center is an aptly symmetrical vertical strip that guide the user’s feet as they step on it. In general, Withings’ Body Cardio smart scale is a superior product in quality, aesthetics, and durability despite being comparatively heavier than most other scales in the market.
Cardiovascular health measurement: Perhaps the top feature of the Withings Body Cardio scale is that it comes with a Heart Rate and it is equipped with a Pulse Wave Velocity sensor that enables it to take crucial heart measurements on the user. According to Nokia, the metrics recorded by this scale track the user’s heartbeat speed waves along blood arteries and are medically accepted for heart-related fitness monitoring.
Full body composition monitoring: The multiple sensors packed inside the Withings Body Cardio scale can measure a wide range of metrics besides the user’s weight and heartbeat speed. Other metrics that it can record and synchronize with external devices are total body fat, body water percentage, muscle mass, bone mass, heart rate, body mass index (BMI), as well as body weight.
Top-of-the-range accuracy measuring and tracking: The Withings Body Cardio bathroom scale features revolutionary Position Control Technology, a patented body position detector that supports its sensors and enables them to record more stats of the user more accurately.
Automatic user detection and data synchronization: Like other scales in the Withings Body family, the Body Cardio smart scale can be used by up to eight people in a family. The scale has a feature that detects the identity of the user when he/she steps on the scale and automatically synchronizes the recorded stats with the right connected account or device.
Powerful analysis and charting application: Data recorded by the Withings Body Cardio scale can be synced to a set up Nokia Health Mate account for analysis, computation, and charting. This app, available for Android and IOS devices, has powerful tools and features that the user can use to track their fitness progress and health, set goals, and get nutritional tips to achieve their health targets. The scale connects to local devices via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.
Compatibility with third-party applications: One of the things that make the Withings smart scales stand out is that the stats they record can be synced with third-party health applications for Android and IOS such as Apple’s Health app and the popular MyFitnessPal application. The stats synced may include data from other Nokia wearable devices as well.
Weather prediction and special modes: This scale has a weather feature designed to help the user plan their day based on forecasted weather conditions. It also has special modes such as pregnancy mode with algorithms that take into account any unusual weight, heart rate, or cardiovascular activity recorded.
Without doubt, the Withings Body Cardio is presently the most powerful and full-featured bathroom in the market. The abundance of smart features, which allow for instant data analysis via the Health Mate app or other third-party apps makes it a must-have for a health or fitness enthusiast and anyone tech-savvy enough to want to know how well their body operates on a daily basis.
- It is very accurate and consistent across the board.
- It pretty much measures everything – weight, BMI, standing heart rate, fat and water percentage, bone and muscle mass, and arterial stiffness.
- Sleek futuristic design and long battery life.
- Works well on any surface – both hard and soft.
- It is expensive compared to the competition.