My phone, my iPad, Bluetooth headphones, electric toothbrush, and Bluetooth speaker. The last thing I needed in my life was another gadget that needed charging every day. But I did want a fitness watch. And that’s just one of the reasons I love the Nokia Steel HR, with its battery life that lasts 25 days on a single charge. Then just an hour or so in its dock and it’s fully charged and ready to go again. But the super battery is not the only killer feature of this nifty bit of kit.
Another thing that makes the Nokia Steel HR stand out from its competitors is the simple, smart design. It’s subtle and sleek, easy to wear with any outfit. And for a more high-end look you can even purchase leather straps to replace the silicon ones it comes with. It could easily be mistaken for an analogue watch, apart from two small circles – which make it more than just a pretty face.
The lower circle shows at a glance how far you’ve got towards your daily steps goal – set on the accompanying app. The top circle is the techy bit – a screen activated by pushing a button the side – which shows the date, time, heart rate, number of steps taken, distance travelled, calories burned as well as alarm set and the remaining battery life in turn.
The watch will light up and vibrate with notifications such as texts, calls or reminders from your phone. It’s handy to peek at who is getting in touch before digging your phone out your bag or excusing yourself from a meeting only to answer a call that turns out to be from a company asking if you’ve had an accident that’s not your fault.
The heart rate monitor kicks in sporadically throughout the day, giving you an average of your day. But by pressing the side button and holding it down you activate the heart rate monitor to track you constantly – which is great to get a more accurate reading while exercising. It also sends the info of your workout to partner apps, like MyFitnessPal or Apple Health so calories burned can be taken into account. The Nokia Health Mate app itself is simple to use and attractive.
The watch is comfy too – and waterproof so you can leave it on and forget about it even when sleeping or showering. Or even when going for a swim.
There are only two areas for me where there’s room for improvement. Firstly, it’s not super accurate tracking sleep, and often estimates that I’ve fallen asleep much earlier than I have (though this is usually when I’m flaked out on the sofa binging Netflix, so maybe that’s understandable…). Also, I’d love to see the watch working with third-party apps, such as Whats-App. Maybe this is something that Nokia can offer in the future?
Overall I’m so impressed with the Nokia Steel HR and have had lots of compliments and enquiries from friends and colleagues. It’s the perfect device for someone like me. Not a fitness freak or techy nerd. Just someone who wants to simply track their fitness and stay connected – without sacrificing style.