Review of Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor (for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch)
Reviewed on: September 12, 2013
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Pros & Cons
Withings has introduced a smart and simplified yet revolutionary design for keeping track of Blood Pressure through iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. It has an attractive battery powered cuff made of white faux leather and green fabric. All the electronic components are grafted permanently into an aluminum tube making the unit very easy to fold and carry around. After the app is launched, an on-screen start button inflates the cuff (fits from 9 - 17 inches of circumference), and presents the results about 30 seconds later. The device automatically saves and displays the monitored readings for easy tracking, reference and evaluation. The easy to understand application uses large buttons and nice text readouts to make monitoring as simple and visually appealing as possible. The readings can be expanded to AM and PM for easy understanding and it also allows adding comments on the reading for future references.
The Withings Smart BPM comes with a multi-user support, can create up to 8 user profiles from one single family account and email address. It is web-based so has unlimited storage capacity and allows easy transmission of the reports for doctor's evaluation online. In addition, the BP monitor features are incorporated with Withings Wi-Fi Body Scale; so that all the health information from more than one device can be stored within a single online account and synchronized with one software (continuous tracking requires registration for a free account on the company server). The measurements can automatically get synced with over 50 apps and services such as Runkeeper, MS HealthVault or iBP.
However, though the cuff is portable, it is little heavier to wear during the test process. The cuff continuously indicated low battery level though replaced with new batteries. Some users feel the unit is difficult to understand, especially the syncing and battery part. Though the device is made only for iOS users, the Apple techs were not trained on trouble shooting the problems. Web app is poorly made and has quality control issues.
Overall, the Withings Smart Blood Pressure Monitor (for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch) is simple, accurate and reliable product to use. Though a little expensive, the utility and functionality makes this Withings Smart device a class apart.
*Note - Requires iOS 4 or higher. Devices using the Lightning connector such as iPhone 5, iPad 4 or iPad mini require the Apple Lightning to 30-pin Adapter to be plugged.
Review Group #: 1
Continuously showed low battery level and replacement battery did not work either • Unit was shipped with dead batteries • Difficult to understand
Review Group #: 2
Apple Store techs are not trained to troubleshoot problems • Price is slightly higher • Simple and accurate product to use • Measures heart rate and blood pressure
Review Group #: 3
App automatically keeps track of weight with Withings WiFi scale • Easy and convenient • Works nice with the Apple lightning adapter for iPhone 5 • Keeps track of both body weight and blood pressure
Review Group #: 4
Can email the BP readings and the app keeps a log • Web app is ghastly with really poor space use and graphs that do not display relevant data easily • The BP cuff ONLY works with the APP making it expensive device to use for BP monitoring
Review Group #: 5
It appears to read accurately • Withings website relies on Adobe Flash, which any iOS device doesn't support • Works only on an iPhone • Wireless device acts as the BP monitor screen
Review Group #: 6
Does not allow the option of averaging multiple readings • Can add comments for each reading • Can be expanded to show morning or evening readings
Where to Buy
Amazon.com Rating: 4.00 stars from 408 reviews.