Withings has introduced a smart and simplified yet revolutionary design for keeping track of Blood Pressure through iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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.