Nokia Steel HR Review: Hybrid Smartwatch With Classic Timepiece Flair

Final Thoughts on Nokia Steel HR

The Nokia Steel HR is a great option for those looking for a classic-looking watch that is also capable of tracking fitness goals. The Steel HR has a number of smartwatch capabilities, but is subtle enough to be eye-catching to users that are looking for a device that looks more like traditional timepiece. And beyond its attractive, customizable design, the Steel HR also boasts fantastic battery life, accurate step, distance, and heart rate tracking, and robust and intuitive app interface.

nokia steel hr on charger
Nokia Steel HR While Direct Plug-In Charging

Some may be disappointed by the Steel HR’s lack of notification and music options. Many comparable devices such as the Amazfit Pace allow users to play music, add third-party app notifications, and interact with a touchscreen. Nevertheless, the Steel HR’s greatest “weakness” may be considered a strength to many potential customers. Some consumers do not want a device that screams “smartwatch” or an influx of notifications. Overall, however, it would be nice to see a few more notification options here, especially since the Steel HR’s vibration alert is so subtle.
The Nokia Steel HR offers many features that would be attractive to business professionals as well. The elegant design is suitable for office environments, the battery life will last through many work days and work-out sessions, and the notification vibration will not disturb the neighboring cubicles with more traditional chirps. The Nokia HealthMate app is clean, well-organized, and a easy way of keeping all of one’s health information in one spot. The Steel HR could also be a nice complementary device for those who actively use other Nokia/Withing devices. Finally, the Steel HR's relatively low price tag is the cherry on top. We look forward to see what else Nokia will contribute to the connected health and wearables markets in the future, but for now the Steel HR fits a passionate traditional-style smartwatch niche.
  • Outstanding battery life
  • Subtle notifications
  • Classic design
  • OLED sub-dial visible in all lighting
  • Robust HealthMate app
  • Limited notification support
  • Imprecise calorie counter
  • No music options
  • Lack of touch screen UI

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