In November 2018, I committed to making a lifestyle change by eating healthier with an eating plan I purchased online. It worked really well, I had great results, and I’m still using it as a guideline most days. During that period, the Huawei Smart Scale caught my eye. I already had a bathroom scale that was breaking down my body fat, water, and bone mass (more on its accuracy later) but I wanted a smart scale because I was recording my results manually. I purchased the Huawei Smart Scale so I could track my body changes using technology because who sits and types up results on their Notes app when all of this could be automated?
Before I get into actually using it and first impressions, I’m going to quickly outline what it says it does. The smart scale breaks down your results into nine categories: weight; body fat percentage; BMI; protein; visceral fat; muscle mass; body water percentage; bone mass; and basal metabolic rate. All of this is accessible through the corresponding app, and the only thing you can view directly on the scale without the app is your weight and body fat percentage. The app provides you with reports of your measurements that can be viewed by day, week, month or year (with averages) and includes weight, muscle, and fat. It’s a nice snapshot view of your progress over time. Don’t worry if you don’t know what each category means, the app explains further when you tap into it. The website also says that the scale has a high precision chip, four pressure sensors on the scale, and adjustable scale feet (360 degrees).
When I bought the scale, I must admit, I didn’t do a lot of research on the product itself, but rather what else was available and this seemed to be the newest option that worked with an app, which was good enough for me. As someone who appreciates good design, the minimalist all white and modern look of the scale helped with my decision to just go out and get it. The Huawei logo is the only prominent thing visible on the front; it does not serve a purpose other than branding. It uses 4x AAA batteries, not included; and the power switch is at the back. You just need to step on the scale to activate/wake it to use.
The scale pairs with your phone via Bluetooth (4.1) and uses an app. You can search for “Huawei Body Fat Scale” on the App Store (iOS) or Play Store (Android). The process to pair was quick without hassles. Once you fire up the app and it’s all connected, you need to create a user profile. It requires your name, gender, date of birth, and height. Once complete, it will prompt you to stand on the scale barefoot. It supports and auto-recognises up to 10 users.
I’ve been using the scale for over a month now, and went on holiday between that period. You have to set a ‘goal weight’ for yourself so you know what you’re working towards. Initially I was obsessing and weighing myself several times a day and ultimately settled on only doing it in the morning, and then too, I’m trying to aim for once a week, but it’s difficult, lol.
I love seeing my progress over time, and when I got back from holiday, it showed I had gained a little bit of muscle, probably from all the walking I was doing daily. It also made me realise how inaccurate my previous scale was, by A LOT! I thought – for years – I had less body fat than I actually had, and admittedly did find it weird that I had levels of an athlete. Now I know better.
Anyway now that I’m not walking as much as I did on holiday, it shows that my muscle mass has dropped (peaking at 40.3 but it’s down to 38.4 now). While these results are different to my old scale, I know there’s a chance it could also not be 100% accurate, and the same can be said for smart scale.
We all know (I assume) that muscle weighs more than fat [EDIT: the message I was trying to get across: “you need more fat to make up the 1kg because it’s denser, muscle is heavier” – thanks for paying attention, Syllable!] so putting in a goal weight didn’t mean that much to me, even though it was exciting to see I went below what I put in. While I may have reached a weight that makes me happy, I am working out with weights and fully aware that my weight will likely go up as I get more muscle. What’s important to me now is to drop the amount of fat percentage I have; it’s an obsession I’ll own up to.
I’m using the app on iOS and works great. I’ve not found it to be buggy and it has not crashed on me (I did get a query about this as the Android app was rated very poorly on the Play Store). I love the look and feel of it, which sort of has an infographic look with stats. And I love stats.
I have no regrets purchasing the scale, I love it and use it way more than I should *cough*. It is now primarily serving my main purpose, to monitor the drop in my body fat percentage. All the other info provided is great, although some of them don’t mean much to me. If you have similar goals to me, and considering getting the scale, I recommend it. It works as it should. A quick thank you to Huawei SA for helping me locate a scale and for immediate purchase because I wanted it as soon as I decided that this was it. Price: R699 at Cellucity.
Welcome to Wired to the Web. My name is Nafisa Akabor and I’m a technology journalist covering business and consumer tech for the last 13 years. I’m passionate about start-ups, smartphones, mobile payments, travel tech and electric cars. ✉️ firstname.lastname@example.org