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Nokia Steel - Activity & Sleep Watch, white
Nokia Steel - Activity & Sleep Watch, white
Offered by Gadcet
Price: £79.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A hybrid semi-smart watch, 30 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a rebadged version of the Withings Steel watch - and as far as I can tell the only change is the branding from Withings to Nokia.

To use the watch you need an Android or IOS smartphone - you can't even set the time without the phone. You also need the Nokia Health Mate App. You install the watch as a device via the app and the phone then determines the time displayed by the watch. The app also allows you to set the step target displayed on the watch fade - by default 5,000 steps a day - and a silent alarm.

The watch is meant to be a unisex model but to be honest the face is a little small as a man's watch. Physically the watch is a little thick, to accommodate a fairly bulky battery, comes with a comfortable rubber strap and has a minimalist watch face with hour and minute hands, and possibly a more eye-catching display showing process towards your daily step target. The watch does not need to be charged but Nokia predict that the battery will need to be changed every 8 months - so the cost and inconvenience of doing this should be considered. It seems fewer and fewer retailers are able to change watch batteries preferring to send them away for a replacement battery. The watch is waterproof (as long as you don't try to change the battery yourself) and can be used for swimming.

In addition to tracking steps the watch also records sleep patterns via the Nokia Health App. It's worth noting that the app links the whole ecosystem of Nokia (and previously Withings) smart health devices from blood pressure monitors to scales to a thermometer. If you have one or two of these devices it may well make sense to get the watch as well.

Overall the watch is pretty good as far as it goes, but it definitely is not a smart watch like the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear 3. Nor is it a classic watch. As a hybrid I don't think it works that well. Overall I'd prefer a pedometer in my pocket.

So overall, from a personal perspective, three stars
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Nokia Home - Video & Air Quality Monitor
Nokia Home - Video & Air Quality Monitor
Price: £169.95

4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good video camera and air monitor, 29 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is Nokia's attempt, yes the onetime mobile phone company, at home security. Of course, Nokia's mobile phone business has long been sold on and has nothing to do with the original company which is now releasing a range of health and home security products. The camera was previously produced by Withings, the smart health company, but it was taken over by Nokia and all their products are now being rebranded.

To use the camera you need to download the Nokia Home App which is available for both Android and iOS. The phone through the app then pairs with the camera, gets your wifi information and that's it. However, when trying to link to the camera using my phone - an iPhone 7 Plus - the phone refused to link to the camera. It did link using a iPad though. I'm not sure what the problem was.

The camera comes with two-days cloud-based recording - so that you can review 48 hours of footage - free of charge. This is significantly better than cloud services offered by other manufacturers. For example, the Nest Cam Indoor security camera requires a fairly costly subscription to view any recorded footage. You can set up alerts from the camera to your phone in response to noise or movement, and the app allows you to set levels of noise or motion to avoid false alarms.

There are some add on functions. The camera has an air quality sensor recording Volatile Organic Compounds and alerting you to that. This kicks in after 48 hours once the hardware has calibrated to local conditions. The data are accessed by clicking on the air quality icon on the viewing screen. In addition, historical air quality is available from recorded footage and from a bar graph. The camera will also double as a baby monitor and will play a few tunes and relaxation tracks to promote sleep. Its base has an inbuilt LED which will cycle through colour. Finally two-way communication is possible - so you can hear what's going on remotely and use the camera as a loudspeaker. The sound quality is good thanks to a large speaker built into the top of the camera.

You can stop the camera recording video by twisting the wood-print cover physically covering the camera lens. However, it appears that sound is still being recorded so it's not completely off.

Less positively, as I intend to use the camera as a security monitor I would like it to automatically turn off when I am at home. Unlike other cameras there's no functionality to detect if my mobile phone is attached to my wifi network which would allow this functionality. As it is the sound/motion alerts are active at all times, not something you want when you're at home. The Withings version of the camera had a IFTTT channel which allowed this, albeit using IFTTT. This does not currently seem to work with the rebadged camera but should be available soon. It's certainly technically possible. In addition the picture quality is not quite as good as the Nest camera mentioned above. Also, the camera is the only smart home product produced by Nokia and it does not easily link to other smart home kit. For example, other cameras can link to a motion sensor and will start recording if motion is detected. This isn't the case with the Nokia although more extensive IFTTT integration may well be possible via SmartThings technology for example.

Overall it's a big plus having free cloud recording, if only for two days so that you can review footage recorded as a result of a security alert. In other respects the camera is OK but not outstanding although you do get an LED system and a good speaker. A firm four stars overall.
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Nokia Thermo - Smart Temporal Thermometer
Nokia Thermo - Smart Temporal Thermometer
Price: £72.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rebadged digital thermometer, 29 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a very easy to use digital thermometer which was previously available from Withings and, following its takeover by Nokia, is now Nokia branded. It now forms part of Nokia Health with a range of other products including pedometers, two blood-pressure monitors, and three different bathroom scales. As far as I can tell the thermometer is exactly the same as the Wiithings version simply with a Nokia label on it.

The thermometer took around five minutes to set up. It's simply a question of downloading the Nokia Thermo App from either the iOS or Android app store, turning the thermometer on, using the only physical button on the device, and following the instructions on the app to link it to your wifi network. The thermometer can also be linked to the Nokia Health App which will link temperature data to material gathered from Nokia's other health products.

To take a temperature remove the green sensor cover, turn the thermometer on, by pressing the only physical button, the LED display shows a moving light indicating it's ready to take a temperature, and move the thermometer horizontally from the centre of your forehead to your temple. That's it. The temperature is shown in centigrade. You can then assign the reading to one of up to 8 users (the names are displayed) and based on the age of the user a green, yellow or red light indicating whether the temperature is normal, high or very high is displayed. In essence for children aged under 36 months an above average temperature is more significant than in older children or adults. The readings are stored in the app together with any comments you chose to add.

This is an excellent product worth five stars. But you need to be prepared to pay the very high price for the thermometer. Sure, it's really advanced but you might feel that the features are not worth the cost. In addition, the thermometer requires batteries. These are included and pre-fitted, but in due course you'll need two AAA batteries to replace the supplied one.

Five stars, difficult to fault, but at a cost
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Nokia Body - BMI Wi-Fi Scale, black
Nokia Body - BMI Wi-Fi Scale, black
Price: £49.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Key element of the new Nokia Health range, 29 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
The scales are the most basic version that Nokia offers, and by far the cheapest. Functionality is limited - the scales record weight and body mass index. To get the most out of the scales you need to pair them with your mobile phone or tablet and download the Nokia Health App. The app is available for iOS and Android. Once downloaded the app pairs with the scales and links to your wifi network which you need to get full functionality from the scales - if you don't have wifi I'd look elsewhere for a cheaper set of scales. The setup process was very straightforward and took less than five minutes including a software update for the scales. The app has recently been updated to allow data to sync to Apple Health, not something I use but a key development for some.

The app, once you've entered some basic information such as your height and age, allows the scales to display your bmi when you use them. It also stores previous weights allowing the scales to show a graph of weight change over time. If you set your location using the app you also get the latest weather forecast on the screen of the scales (although it takes a day or so following setup for this information to be available).

The Nokia Body forms a part of a wider collection of smart health services. It's worth noting that Nokia have taken over the Withings smart health company. Almost all of the products currently offered had pervious incarnations as Withings products with little change apart from changing the label on the product from Withings to Nokia. These scales were Withings WS-30 Wireless Scale White. The Nokia range includes a Nokia BPM - Wireless Blood Pressure Monitor, a Nokia Unisex Steel-Activity and Sleep Watch, White, Medium, and a Nokia Thermo - Smart Temporal Thermometer. All of these devices are linked together using the same app so, although it may be a bit painful setting the scales up for the first time, there really is a one-stop-shop for all sorts of health and activity data. In addition the app, and the scales, can be used by eight individuals with readings automatically (hopefully) being assigned to the correct person.

Downsides with the scales, well as noted these are the most basic scales offered by Nokia and they lack the more sophisticated measures of other scales in the range. They also require 4 AAA batteries which will need changing once a year or so. Also, if you are not going to buy in to the wider Nokia Health range, or if you don't have a smartphone and wifi, you might want to chose a more straightforward set of digital scales.

Overall though a very good product worth five stars


Heath Shave Cream 150 ml
Heath Shave Cream 150 ml
Price: £8.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Good, hydrating, shave cream, 28 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This is a pretty good shaving cream. It's white in colour with a slight not-unpleasant antiseptic smell. It's easy to apply, and thanks to the colour, unlike with some gels, you can see when you have coverage over your face. It provides a pleasant smooth shave and leaves the face feeling soft and well hydrated after use. It's also not too costly.

Nothing really to fault here so it just about gets five stars. I guess an improvement might be to give the product a fresher smell but that's down to personal preference


Bedcrest Quilted Pillow, White
Bedcrest Quilted Pillow, White
Price: £17.66

3.0 out of 5 stars OK but a little expensive, 28 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A fairly good standard pillow with a microfibre cover and hollow fibre filling. It's washable at 40 degrees and comes with a 2-year guarantee. It's described as having medium firmness - which as I usually use feather and down pillows which tend to be fairly soft - I agree with. The filling is supposed to promote airflow but I can't say that I've suffered from insufficient air flowing through my pillows in the past! I'm using it as a base pillow offering additional support to a feather pillow and it works well.

Slightly negatively, the cover is single stitched so might not be that resilient in long-term use. Also at the current price point I think it's a bit costly for a single pillow.

Overall there's nothing particularly special about the pillow so a clear three stars, and maybe more if it stands the test of time.


Leifheit Wood Floor Care and Protect Starter Set for Oiled/Waxed Wood Floors, White
Leifheit Wood Floor Care and Protect Starter Set for Oiled/Waxed Wood Floors, White
Price: £57.59

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent cleaning and protection system, 27 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
A very effective preservation system for wooden floors you get a dispensing system, a long-term protection fluid and a cleaning fluid to use around once per month. It's simple and fast to treat floors using the the supplied mop. The mop dispenser is pretty robust - similar to other products for cleaning floors. I do wonder a little though if it's slightly overpriced.

In use as noted it's quick to clean the floor - although it makes sense to vacuum and mop the floor first so that it is as clean as possible. I've used it on both a laminate floor and varnished floor with much the same good results.

Overall an excellent system to refreshen wooden floors. Five stars.


PaperPro - EPS11HC-220V-GB - PencilPro Replaceable Cutter School Pencil Sharpener, Silver/Black
PaperPro - EPS11HC-220V-GB - PencilPro Replaceable Cutter School Pencil Sharpener, Silver/Black
Price: £53.76

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent pencil sharpener on an industrial scale, 23 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
In terms of what it does this is no-doubt one of the best pencil sharpeners in the world. However, it also comes with a hefty price tag which means that only, in a domestic setting, the most prolific pencil user will need such a machine. In an office environment it would work very well. The storage box for pencil shavings is large and the machine very stable. It is not a small machine however.

Overall five stars if you need an industrial-scale sharpener.


Pure Essentials Super Concentrated Omega-3 Wild Fish Oil and Vitamin D3, 660mg Omega-3 EPA and DHA, 893 mg Triglyceride Fish Oil, 1a-day, Lemon Flavour, 30 capsules
Pure Essentials Super Concentrated Omega-3 Wild Fish Oil and Vitamin D3, 660mg Omega-3 EPA and DHA, 893 mg Triglyceride Fish Oil, 1a-day, Lemon Flavour, 30 capsules
Offered by Igennus Healthcare Nutrition
Price: £11.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Quality product, 22 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
An impressive product, especially if like me you don't like fish. The dosage seems spot on in terms of daily requirements and the fish oil is sourced from sustainable sources. Critically for me the tablets do not smell of fish and, even more important, there is no fish breath after use! In fact, due to the addition of lemon oil, the capsules have a pleasant lemon smell.

There's currently a good offer on Amazon buying a six-month supply of these tablets, and any benefits of taking the tablets will take at least three months to become apparent. If you're convinced of the benefits of Omega-3 though, I think you'll be hard pushed to find a better source.

The only potential downside is that some people might find the capsules a little hard to swallow.

Overall five stars


Kiss The Moon Glow After Dark Face Oil 30ml
Kiss The Moon Glow After Dark Face Oil 30ml
Offered by beauty mix
Price: £39.91

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you like the smell of geraniums..., 22 Jun. 2017
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)
This sleep aid and moisturising face oil is remarkably expensive at time of writing and really not good value for money. I found the oil to be greasy in use and slow to absorb. The smell of the oil I found to be unpleasant with scent of geraniums dominant and rather similar to the smell of cats' urine! It does not strike me as a scent to induce sleep.

So overall a generous two stars
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