Nokia Steel Review: Track More & Worry Less About Battery Life
It is hard to find a smartwatch that is drastically simplified. However, the Nokia Steel is one such model.
Sometimes battery life is a major concern with a device. You have to plan your activities around charging the watch and keeping it ‘alive’ This watch will give you complete freedom with no charging for up to 8 months at a time.
Nokia Steel is a simple solution for activity and sleep tracking where you don’t have to worry about battery life anymore. Scroll down and find out how this watch can help simplify simple tasks too.
Built & Design
Nokia Steel features a premium build with a no button and no light approach. The body is made of stainless steel and the strap is silicon. This device can function under 5 ATM or 50 Meters of water level. It is simple and solid as you can already guess.
To last for almost 8 months without a charge certain concessions need to be made and this watch is very straightforward and uncomplicated.
This watch is fully round with a diameter of 1.3-inches. It is 0.45-inch thick and weighs only 37 grams. It features three important sensors such as day & night, an accelerometer and low power consumption.
As I have mentioned, there is no button to press. It syncs with your Health Mate automatically on different points. So there is no hassle of syncing manually. There is an analog dial that rates your progress or goal out of 100. Other than that, it is an ordinary-looking watch.
However, it’s very elegant! If you don’t like the hi-tech look of a lot of smartwatches then this is a great alternative.
It is available in two solid colors (black and white). The background of the watch face is where the colors differ. The hands are chrome and the straps are black in both versions.
Activity Recognization: Nokia Steel uses the “Connected Movement™” technology to detect which type of activity it is. It doesn’t need any manual action or any kind of setup before activities. Just wear it and start moving, running or swimming.
Sleep Monitoring: This watch will automatically start tracking when you go to sleep. It will analyze deep sleep, light sleep, wake-ups and the duration of your sleep. The report will be visualized on your connected smartphone app.
Automatic Time Zone: Wherever you travel, this smartwatch will keep you on track with its automatic time zone detection. It will set the time to correct local time without needing any action from your end.
Silent Alarm: This alarm is for waking you up from sleep gently. When you go to sleep wearing it and an alarm is set, the watch will produce a subtle vibration. However, the battery life is somewhat dependent on the usage of this feature.
Smart Wake-Up: Instead of waking you up from your deep sleep, this watch can detect the best possible time to awake you. You can set a time-frame for alarm. It will analyze your sleep report and find the lightest sleep point to get you up.
Battery & Connectivity
What is unique about Nokia Steel is the no-charging feature. It uses a CR2025 Button Cell to power up the device. This battery is non-rechargeable but it can go up to 8 months depending on your usage. Once the battery is down, you need to replace it.
It is boldly highlighted that the battery life is inversely proportional to the usage of vibrating alarm. The more you use this alarm, the less time the battery lasts.
This device requires Bluetooth Low Energy to work properly. It means that your phone needs to support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher. Android 5.0+ and iOS 8+ smartphones are compatible with this Steel series smartwatch.
The “Health Mate” is the app you need for synchronizing it with your phone. It syncs automatically when the Bluetooth is on. For manual syncing, you have to open up the Health Mate on your phone. It will force sync the data if you are within the range of Bluetooth. You will get 7 days of internal data backup on the watch for synchronizing the data.
Does Nokia Steel Have Enough Features?
The Nokia Steel is a simple timepiece that has some tracking and alarm features stamped on it. It will work best if you expect it to track your runs and sleeps daily. It has better build quality than many other activity watches.
This watch is very limited if you consider it by its features. It doesn’t have heart rate tracking; doesn’t work as a smartphone notifier either. Some other watches can give you more features in this price range.
It’s an attractive watch but not best suited to a very active person that needs in-depth fitness tracking.
With excellent battery life and a more traditional look, the Nokia Steel is a great choice for those who don't need an all-out activity tracker.