Garmin has simply introduced the brand new Index S2 sensible WiFi scale, constructing barely upon the earlier first-generation Index WiFi scale launched almost 5 years in the past. This new mannequin switches to a coloration show that’ll present weight trending data, serving to to visualise the traditional daily fluctuations. It additionally provides a handful of tweaks like with the ability to customise the information widgets on-screen, displaying distinction to earlier weigh-in, in addition to growing the sensitivity of a number of the sensors driving the algorithms associated to physique fats & impedance-based measurements. Total it’s a minor improve.
I’ve been utilizing the size for a bit now, but in addition simply as importantly the unique Index scale for fairly a while earlier than that. So I’ve bought a fairly good concept facet by facet on how they work. So I’ll dig into all of the nuances between the 2, so you possibly can work out if it’s well worth the money, since, it’s fairly costly at $149.
Notice that I used to be despatched a media loaner of the Index S2 scale, which as standard I’ll ship again as soon as I’m completed right here. If you happen to discovered this evaluate helpful you possibly can hit up the hyperlinks on the finish of the evaluate to assist help the location. Oh, and the Index 1 scale is one I purchased myself some time again.
Lastly, look, I get it – this can be a weight scale – so I’m gonna strive my greatest (and doubtless fail) at making this evaluate semi-digestible. Want me luck.
Now, to run by what’s new on this scale, I’ve bought the Index 1 and Index S2 facet by facet. Each actually and figuratively. I’ve been utilizing them facet by facet, seeing how they examine for a bit now. Right here’s all of the variations between them (and sure, these are largely minor):
– Added new coloration display
– Added weight pattern to point out 30 days of information
– Added earlier weigh-in vs present weigh-in information distinction to display
– Added capability to customise which information (widgets) are proven on scale
– Elevated sensitivity of sensors
– Tweaked some algorithms associated to physique fats & different impedance-based measurements (primarily based on elevated sensitivity of sensors)
– Can now join as much as 7 WiFi Networks
– Decreased scale dimension (dimensions) very barely
– Modified from AA batteries to AAA batteries
That’s along with all of the baseline bits it beforehand did:
– Measures weight (lbs/stones/kg)
– Physique Mass Index (BMI)
– Physique Fats Proportion
– Physique Water Proportion
– Skeletal Muscle Mass
– Bone Mass
– Helps as much as 16 customers
– Most weight of 400lbs/181.4kg
– 9 Month Battery Life (4xAAA batteries)
– Uploads by way of WiFi, configuration by way of Bluetooth Good
– Each black and white variations (Professional Tip: The black model is unattainable to maintain clear, white is half-possible).
So simply placing the 2 scales facet by facet you possibly can see the principle variations are largely visible (the white one beneath is the older scale). The scale is a bit smaller, although not massively so. And naturally, that coloration show versus the black/white one beforehand. Albeit, I can’t say having a coloration show on my weight scale subsequent to the bathroom has been a serious enchancment in my daily life. Now, if they may run YouTube on that factor…then we’re talkin’!
The opposite factor Garmin says they spent appreciable time on was WiFi connectivity, seeming to acknowledge a number of the issues individuals have had with the unique Index scale. Although, it does seem to be most of these issues have tapered out during the last 6-Eight months.
Okay, with these fast newness bits coated, let’s get it out of the field.
What’s within the Field:
Crack open the comparatively skinny field of the S2 and also you’ll discover the size chilling inside a paper wrapper, with a little bit of directions floating within the field someplace. Beneath the size are four AAA batteries, and 4 ft for use if the size is positioned on carpet.
Right here’s a better have a look at the ft and batteries. You don’t want the ft if positioned on a tough floor, however the batteries are required if you’d like the size to do something aside from act as a paperweight.
And right here’s the size sitting atop its wrapper. That is the cleanest it’ll ever be. From this second ahead it’ll look worse, even if you happen to by no means contact it. Mud collects at an astonishing fee on this factor.
Oh, and right here’s the handbook. Don’t fear, we’ll cowl all of the bits as a part of this evaluate right here.
Okay, let’s get all of it arrange.
Setup & Configuration:
First up we’ll want to stay the batteries contained in the S2. I belief that if you happen to’re investing in a WiFi linked sensible scale, you’ve bought the technical prowess to appropriately insert 4xAAA batteries.
Additionally, whereas on the again of the size you’ll discover two issues you possibly can poke at (moreover the springs on the battery compartment). The primary is a reset button, which kicks the size into pairing mode, and the second is a selector to modify between Kilos, Kilograms, and Stones.
I’ve all the time discovered it kinda humorous that for a digital scale that exhibits a gazillion metrics primarily based on data in your account, that it depends upon a bodily change to vary the best way weight is proven. Maybe there’s a lot of those that want to modify rapidly between the modes, I don’t know.
In any occasion, by the point you’re completed dorking round with that change, you’ll discover the Index S2 displaying off its new coloration display, ready so that you can pair it up.
That is the place you’ll seize your smartphone to set it up, utilizing the Garmin Join app. It’ll discover the gadget similar to a watch. And, as soon as this publish goes stay the picture and codename Garmin makes use of will magically change to the right product picture and actual title as an alternative of placeholders (Garmin does this for all merchandise, to attenuate leaks).
It’ll ask you to verify the PIN quantity, to make sure you’re not snooping in your neighbor’s unconfigured scale or one thing.
After which lastly, it’ll ask you for the WiFi data.
You may choose and save as much as 7 WiFi networks throughout the Index S2 scale. I suppose that is likely to be beneficial to be used circumstances the place a coach/doctor/employees/athlete is transferring the size between areas on completely different WiFi networks, maybe having a hotspot one + a traditional workplace/residence location.
I did have some preliminary points attempting to get the size to pair with my Google WiFi visitor community, nonetheless, as soon as I set it for the first Google WiFi community it labored nice. There’s no technical variations between these two to my data, and Garmin isn’t clear both if maybe it was resolved by a software program replace that occurred moments in a while the size.
Talking of which, when you full that connection, the size will go off and obtain a software program replace for itself by way of WiFi.
The truth is, each time you step on the size it’ll examine for software program updates, and if there’s an replace, it’ll set up it the next night time between 1AM and 4AM.
Additionally, backtracking a step or two barely, you’ll outline the initials the size shows if you step on it. Primarily your title, however in some way solely 4 characters are allowed. Fortunately, in my case, my first title matches simply into that.
The app will ask you if you happen to’d like to ask every other customers to the size. You may invite as much as 15 individuals (thus presumably making 16 individuals in complete). Whereas it’s unlikely your Brady Bunch is that massive in your own home, that is extra for crew eventualities the place a number of athletes are weighing in.
With all this completed (which actually solely takes a minute or two), you’re good to go.
Weigh-ins and Information:
By now the size may have up to date itself and be prepared to make use of. To make use of it, merely faucet or kick it. Which can wake it up. This can be a slight change from the Index 1 scale, the place I can merely step on. In my case, merely stepping on the Index S2 does nothing. As soon as it’s awake, it’ll present the zero/empty weight:
Go forward and step on the size, and also you’ll see the burden fluctuate a bit for a number of seconds earlier than deciding on a last weight.
As soon as it decides on that last weight, the little weight icon will flip inexperienced, indicating that weight is locked in.
At this juncture you possibly can step off the size, it’s completed its factor, and can flash the initials/title of who it thinks you’re, primarily based in your weight and the historic weight information it has. If it will get it mistaken, you possibly can merely use your foot to faucet left or proper, which iterates by the recognized customers on the size. Additionally, if you wish to discard a weigh-in, the best approach to do this is simply merely go to the “?” person, after which let it vanish to nowhere. Or, you possibly can simply delete the information level afterwards on Garmin Join (smartphone or internet).
You’ll discover above it exhibits +0.2 above my title, this implies I gained +0.2lbs because the final weigh-in. The concept right here being that if you happen to wished to do a exercise (equivalent to a long term on a scorching day), you possibly can examine the burden metric to the earlier worth rapidly and simply. So that you’d weigh your self pre-run, after which once more post-run. For instance, I’ve discovered that for many 45-60min indoor coach exercises I are inclined to lose about 2 kilos. Of which, the overwhelming majority of that will after all simply be water weight.
And whereas the aim isn’t realistically to attempt to have 1:1 substitute of fluids throughout a exercise (particularly working), you possibly can at the very least use the data to information your hydration selections.
The saving of a number of information factors per day actually isn’t new within the Garmin Index scale world, it’s been doing that for fairly some time with the older scale, nevertheless it wouldn’t present the change in weight.
What’s new with the S2 scale although is that this little trendline chart seen on the size. That is principally the pièce de résistance of the Index S2 scale, displaying your weight during the last 30 days, in addition to progress in the direction of a aim line (in inexperienced).
Nonetheless, if you happen to’re coming from the earlier Garmin Index scale, you’ll first should stay with a little bit of disappointment: This marquee function doesn’t truly pull any of your historic Index 1 weight information in to the size itself.
A linked scale that has all the information on the earth, in some way doesn’t pull the information in from arguably Garmin’s greatest clients (those who’re shopping for yet one more scale from the corporate). It’s mind-boggling. So in my case, I’ve bought piles of information that will present up right here – and most significantly from a conceit standpoint, present up with a pleasant reducing trendline over the previous whereas. However nope.
And it’s simple to say ‘Positive, it’ll fill in over the course of the subsequent 30 days’, and sure, it can. However that’s not the purpose. Its whole level in life is to be a CONNECTED scale. It fails in some way at this most elementary activity for essentially the most pro-Garmin clients. But, it pulls within the climate information simply nice.
In any occasion, after it’s completed displaying you that trendline, it’ll iterate by the next metrics: Physique Mass Index (BMI), Physique Fats Proportion, Physique Water Proportion, Skeletal Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, and Climate. One other new function with the Index S2 scale is the power to customise which of those metrics it’ll present every time you step on it. So if you happen to don’t need to see a specific metric you possibly can disable it throughout the settings on the smartphone app:
Notice above although that you may’t have a ‘Greatest Loser’ type scale and never present weight in any respect (simply take readings).
Because it iterates by every of those information factors it’ll present an icon above to it indicating what it’s, equivalent to muscle mass beneath.
Or bone mass or physique water proportion:
And yup, even the climate, displaying the slated excessive/low for the day in addition to the present temperature. The concept right here merely being that if you happen to’re preparing within the morning and simply getting into or out of the bathe, this might information your clothes selections for the day.
In spite of everything that’s completed, it’ll show your weight one last time, after which shut itself off – ready patiently for its 30 seconds of use every day.
Behind the scenes, this information is saved on Garmin Join, and thus accessible from Garmin Join Cell or Garmin Join. There’s a widget you possibly can add to the dashboard to point out your present weight. Alternatively, you possibly can view extra particulars within the ‘Weight’ part below ‘Well being Stats’
Within the weight part you’ll see each particular person weigh-in, in addition to trending and even the variance of a number of weigh-ins on a single day (the little gray blobs indicated on sure days with a number of weigh-ins).
(Notice: Above, I used to be purposefully taking a bunch of weigh-ins barely in a different way to point out a number of weigh-ins on a single screenshot)
You may delete weigh-ins if you’d like, in addition to add a weight aim, which is able to present up in your trending charts each on the app and on the gadget itself:
For the burden scale itself there are a number of choices within the Units menu. As famous earlier you possibly can change the widgets, in addition to invite extra customers to the size.
Now – what about accuracy? Nicely, given the present world local weather it’s a bit troublesome proper now to waltz in and get a elaborate physique fats evaluation and such completed. Although, I’ve completed so prior to now and recruited a bunch of individuals to check varied units. Once I have a look at the Index 2 vs Index 1, the burden is sort of all the time almost an identical – equivalent to .1lbs aside. The physique fats nonetheless was fairly considerably completely different, normally about 2-2.5% (typically increased) with the Index 2.
I requested Garmin about this, and right here’s what they needed to say:
“For physique fats and the opposite impedance-based metrics, there’s been some under-the-hood modifications together with tweaks to the algorithms. The tweaks had been to permit for extra accuracy and extra sensitivity within the measurements. There’ll virtually actually be some noticeable variations between readings on the unique and the S2. With extra sensitivity, the S2 will enable for extra fluctuations and motion over time in these metrics in comparison with the unique.”
Now throughout the Index scales you possibly can tweak your profiles Exercise Class (seen above), which in principle improves accuracy for physique fats measurements on extra athletic individuals. Although, in my case it made no distinction. Sometimes this may be for individuals nearer to single-digit physique fats %’s. There’s been too many late night time Stroopwafels for me recently for that to impression my testing.
Anyhow, as I used to be saying – if I have a look at impedance metrics like physique fats and muscle mass, primarily based on all of the testing I’ve completed traditionally, I don’t focus an excessive amount of on absolutely the values, and as an alternative look extra at trending. In spite of everything, the truth that one scale has me 2.5% increased than the opposite facet by facet is a superb instance of that. Undoubtedly Garmin would argue (maybe appropriately) that the newer know-how/sensors/algorithms within the newer scales are certainly extra correct.
In the end although, for me, I don’t put a lot worth in these prolonged metrics utilizing electro impedance like different scales (nor do I put a lot worth in individuals utilizing calipers, most folk screw that up – regardless of having completed it ‘a whole lot’ or ‘1000’s’ of occasions).
Machine & third Celebration Integration:
The principle enchantment of shopping for a Garmin Index scale over every other scale is if you happen to’re within the Garmin ecosystem. If you happen to don’t have Garmin units, then frankly the enchantment evaporates fairly rapidly, and there are different scales that value simply half of the Garmin scale with principally the identical options.
However inside that ecosystem it’s fairly good. For instance, your Garmin watch will mechanically replace your weight anytime it syncs along with your cellphone, which, is principally 24×7:
In order that’s useful if you happen to’re centered on shedding pounds, somewhat than discovering out three months later that your watch weight remains to be at a considerably increased worth.
Shifting to third events, issues are tremendous combined. Some platforms help it, however many disappointingly don’t. This isn’t completely the fault of Garmin, nevertheless it’s additionally an space they may put some effort into convincing their companions (cough, Zwift). Assuming an app is supported although, you possibly can hyperlink it as much as get weight information mechanically despatched to it. For instance, right here’s TrainingPeaks:
Notice although that this can be a completely different setup than your common Garmin exercise/structured exercises sync, see beneath how there’s each a Well being Sync choice for weight information, in addition to one other one for exercises/exercise information. Ideally this may be extra cohesively offered to a person upon any link-up, nevertheless it’s not as we speak.
However in contrast to Withings or Fitbit, there’s no clear touchdown web page on all of the providers/companions Garmin helps right here. So that you kinda should determine them out your self. And, when there’s gaps, you’ve gotta determine these out too.
For instance, with the large surge in indoor coaching, apps want right weight data to precisely simulate biking programs/speeds. And whereas Zwift does help weight scale integration, they haven’t lit up the Garmin facet of that equation. Nonetheless, some inventive third get together apps have principally made a bridge the place you are able to do that by way of a Fitbit account, however, that third get together app (SmartScaleSync.com) prices $15/yr.
Whereas I don’t use it myself, a bunch of individuals appear fairly proud of it. Alternatively, for iPhone customers, there’s additionally the HealthFit app, which might pull the information that Garmin Join Cell places into Apple Well being, and from there ship it off to third get together platforms.
However realistically, this sorta factor shouldn’t be on third events. Garmin has a sturdy API/platform for this information, however simply appears to lack the advertising or one thing for getting these third events onboard straight.
For essentially the most half, we don’t actually see main iterations in linked weight scales lately. Or these years. The repeatable sample is each few years Withings, Fitbit, or Garmin will launch a minor replace of their scale with a handful of recent options. Positive, a number of individuals will improve their items, however for essentially the most half that is simply making certain that the product doesn’t look like from almost 5 years in the past. Which is okay, it doesn’t should be main upgrades every time. Within the case of the Index S2, it retains the identical costly worth as earlier, however now provides the brand new coloration show and trending data.
Nonetheless, I hoped for a bit higher third get together help right here – albeit that’s not completely Garmin’s fault. Whereas Garmin has completed that growth work, there’s gaps in companions selecting it up. Nonetheless, what’s firmly in Garmin’s management is the dearth of weight trendline data correctly accounting for historic information for present Garmin Index scale customers.
As with all my scale evaluations, whether or not or not you discover worth within the prolonged metrics past simply easy weight is as much as you. For straight baseline weight, I discover most of those scales (even low-cost division retailer scales), are usually surprisingly constant and correct. Past that, for electrical impedance-based metrics like physique fats, the accuracy varies fairly a bit from mannequin to mannequin, and the worth can be a bit extra questionable too.
I do basically discover WiFi scales a much better choice than Bluetooth solely scales. WiFi scales are usually ‘set it and overlook it’, versus a Bluetooth scale normally has dependencies on having your cellphone close by, the app opened, Apple or Google not having damaged one thing within the latest replace, and so forth… Whereas a WiFi scale doesn’t care about your cellphone and does all of it behind the scenes.
In the end, if you happen to’ve bought a Garmin gadget and wish weight mechanically up to date in your account/units, there are usually not many clear choices. There are some third get together integrations which have half-heartedly labored over time (like MyFitnessPal syncing), however normally they finally break. This one tends to simply work with minimal fuss, even when it’s at a considerable premium in comparison with competitor choices. Now, how do I get YouTube working on that show?
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