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A Multifunction Body 

While better known as the developer of mobile phones, Nokia is also active in the area of Health equipment. One such product is the Nokia Body. Not to be confused with an Australian supermodel, the Nokia Body is a weighing machine. It has Body Mass Index features plus rain and weather forecasting capabilities along with its weighing capability.

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Available in a choice of white or the black of my review sample, the Nokia Body’s ultra slim body features a large high-strength tempered glass platform on the top of a square unit with dimensions of 327 x 327 x 23mm (W x D x H).  Positioned at the top of the reflective mirrored platform is a 128 x 64 pixel viewing window providing large easy-to-read feedback regarding the device’s various functions of weight, BMI and weather forecast. 

Located on the base of the Body is a battery compartment holding the four AAA batteries that come supplied with the product to provide the unit with the power it needs.  Nokia estimates that the set of batteries should provide 18 months of use but I should image that this figure will depend on how often your Body is stepped upon each day in the normal course of events. There is also a small button that will need to be depressed as part of the initial setting up of the Nokia device. 

As usual, in common with other Nokia Health devices and those from competitive companies, the Body requires the downloading of an appropriate app on to a smartphone whether of the iOS or Android family.   In the case of the Body, the app is the Health Mate which can be used by other Nokia Health devices including the Blood Pressure Monitor reviewed earlier.  This app can store personalised details regarding the user’s weight, height, sex and other issues relevant to health issues.

The Nokia body can be positioned for use on a firm surface or a carpeted area.  In the case of the latter, to ensure a true reading, you need to attach the four supplied carpet feet units to the four corners of the Body’s base.  The removal of covering loops on the carpet feet will reveal an adhesive surface for firmly attaching the feet to the Body.

Once the app has been downloaded, it can be used to connect to the Nokia Body following a three second depress of the button on the base of the Body.  As part of the required connection process, a check will be made for any updates, which if found, will be downloaded and installed before a reboot of the Body takes place.  To complete the process you will need to create a WiFi connection between the Nokia Body and your wireless LAN.  This link is necessary so that the Body can transmit the relevant data to your Nokia account.

Using the downloaded app you can customise the appearance of the feedback delivered by the Nokia Body’s screen and the type of measurement used.  The Body can provide weight measurement in kg, lbs or st & lbs with ranges up to 180kg or 396lbs.  When gathering data regarding weight issues, the Nokia Body makes use of four weight sensors.  These sensors include a patent-pending body position detector and BMI.  This weight gathering feature makes use of Position ControlTM technology.

Options are available to set your target weight and the pace at which you would like the current figure to reduce in order to reach your designated target.  Although it does not actually make a point of advising you, it would be advisable to be sensible in the reduction you are hoping to reach.  You can also set up a facility for friends and family to avail themselves of the Nokia Body’ weight functionality. 

The Nokia Body is capable of handling up to eight different users.  You can either add these sharing partners to the same Nokia account or create new accounts for individual users.  While the free Nokia account offers unlimited online storage of the recorded weight readings which are accessible via the Health Mate app, the Body itself can store up to 16 readings to cover for those occasions when the Body is unable to sync wirelessly to the account for any reason.

While it will be up to you to keep your weight under control, the Nokia Body does provide you with the data showing how well you are performing when keeping your weight and BMI under control.  However I do feel that the weather forecast aspect of the product is little more than window dressings and a bit gimmicky, adding little to the product.  While Nokia has placed a price tag of £59.95 on this product, you could find it listed for less.  For example Amazon has the product listed at £49.99 with free delivery.  Now if you will excuse me, I would like to see whether the typing of this review has reduced my weight by making use of the Body.

Details from https://health.nokia.com/uk/en

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