Formerly Withings, We are aware that Nokia purchased the company and now have a line of health/fitness products. Given this has been reviewed hundreds of times under the Withings brand here is my take on the Nokia Steel which I have been wearing a couple of weeks now..I like it. 

Firstly I must admit I always thought the watch looked nice,its slim elegant and has a timeless look but at the time I was not so hype on wearables, I do have several and a big collection of watches but one thing I longed for,for so many years was a watch with simply “Nokia” on it.. It took years for it to happen but that day finally came a few weeks ago and I can wait to try the next model soon…

Firstly.. This is not a fully fledged smartwatch. Its an activity and sleep tracker and at the time there was multiple people complaining about the old version of the app so I can’t comment on that but can comment on their updated app which I have used to track my activities which for me worked perfectly fine delivering my daily updates on time every time and giving me my readout, People will say that such readouts are not 100% accurate and I tend to agree to an extent on comparing to my MOTO 360 for example this gave me step counts that you couldn’t make up even on a quite day here in the office it had questionable results.. The Nokia Steel though gave me what I would call realistic measures..

 

Has anything changed since apart from the name, Well apart for app features NO. And then the only notable change is the Nokia Branding of course. Questions have been asked why use the typface they did rather than the actual logo we all love and know so well. Perhaps this is something they will consider going forward…

Features

Activity tracking: steps, distance, swim (water resistant to 5 ATM), running and calories burned.

– Sleep monitoring: sleep cycle analysis (light and deep sleep) and silent alarm.

– Automatic synchronization: Follow your data on your smartphone.

– Stainless steel case with silicone strap.

– No charging: battery lasts up to 8 months.

Does it do what it says on the tin?

For me it did anyway, Pairing the watch at first was a bit trouble some taking several attempts and since  I have changed phone between now and the first day I had it that issue was present,However if you come across this just keep the watch and device close to each other and if there is an issue toggle your bluetooth on and off and ensure location is on, Nokia do not track this. There is a reset key on the back, Again if you swap devices you just use the reset key provided to wake the watch and it will all go fine from there just follow the onscreen instructions on the app itself.

Because the watch has no buttons,keys or winders several asked me when the seen  it “How on earth do you change the time etc etc.. Again you do it on the app its fun actually moving the dials from your smartphone and watch it happen in from of you. You just need to set all hands to ZERO and the magic happens.

 

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Build quality

For me its small,smaller than what I typically wear with watches I have around 20 and all are big faced ones. This however was probably an eye opener for me as from wearing this I could feel the difference and historically I take my watch off going to bed, With this I didnt even know it was there after wearing it a few hours this is how light and thin it is. The strap also is very thin for me but again got over this but had this constant worry if the strap would break as it’s typically the first thing that goes for me,the strap has stood the test of time so far and is all well,its flexible and robust. I have broken several new watch straps within days of purchase and its cost me.. I would like to see a thicker strap and bigger face or give options for the customer as we all are made in different sizes and shapes

 

Would this suit anyone?

Well yes and no it depends on what your needs are and being honest as I said earlier I am not smartwatch mad but want to give whats out there a better chance and like many things I need a kick in the ass when it comes to things and health is one of them, With now sporting a watch with NOKIA on it this was my kick because I wear it,use it and set goals and it does plenty for me,perhaps I would have prefered some more on it but this is what I have been using and it works for me and i take note of my daily activity etc. Perhaps that I am a long time Nokia fan it might sound a bit biased but again as mentioned its something I longed for and now its hear but then again I am brand conscious,there is multiple offerings out there that can do what this does but I like my Nokia phones and just like people like fitbit for example or similar and would not choose another product over it because of the brand. For what it does it does it well and harmoniously just like other similar products would do and for me its a perfect match minus the offerings on the Steel HR which I would like going forward.

 

What I like about the Nokia Steel.

Thin, Sleek,Looks well,Simple dials and not cluttered. Solid build quality, NO CHARGING believe me this is great not having to worry about charging daily. Battery life is said to be 6 months but obviously I can’t verify yet. Daily reminders..You can pick and chose these..

What I didnt like.

No date on it,Small face,Perhaps the Nokia logo but would love to see their own one on it.. These trade offs are nitpicking at best but just suggestions on my time with it and what others have said and perhaps a few more colours would be nice to broaden its appeal and get people wearing such products with a simple form and functionality..

Not available in Ireland yet it you can pick it up HERE 

 

Written by Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO in the transport industry, mobile tech fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia/Microsoft VIP, HTC Specialist, Multiple forum supporter with worldwide top rankings, I also work in the background in the mobile technology sector, weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show and Cavan TV. Technology reviewer and blogger.Part time actor and security professional and brutally honest when it comes to opinions.

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