We have always had plenty of time for Steel HR, since it was first built with the Withings brand, relaunched under Nokia, and now, presumably, it will change again after the recent buyback of the Withings co-founder.
In regards to the device itself, the key issue here is the accuracy of the heart rate monitor, which in our tests was the best performance. It is designed for 24/7 wear, and will take a reading of your wrist every minute. But the fact that it is combined in such a beautifully designed watch and still achieved 25 days of battery life is a great help for Nokia.
Swimming tracking is not as spectacular, and there is no GPS, although you can try it to get credit for your efforts through the heart rate monitor, with a rough estimate of your distance.
The Nokia Health ecosystem is quite robust, too, although it is not up to Fitbit levels. But, in summary, the Nokia Steel HR is an excellent fitness tracker. As we say, just keep in mind that this is probably not a Nokia device for much longer, now that the digital health arm of the company is closing.
- Automatic detection of exercise
- Continuous monitoring of heart rate
- Dedicated to running and swimming
- Battery life of 25 days
- iOS and Android