The PICOOC Mini Pro Smart Body Fat Scale, normally US$59.99, is on sale for a limited time for $39.99. That would be a great price if only I didn’t have so many issues with the accompanying app.
But back to the issues with the PICOOC app, which you can download at the Apple App Store. I downloaded the PICOOC app from the Apple App Store and have tried repeatedly to set up an account. However, after entering my name, gender, birthday, height, and ethnicity, and clicking “Next” I repeatedly get an “Error: System error.” This happened about a dozen times.
I emailed PICOOC’s customer support and got an answer within 24 hours. They said that the app had been updated and a “setting error” problem has been fixed.
The app finally let me set up an account. However, next I was unable to change the unit for weight measurement on the scale from kilograms to pounds. Again, I contacted PICOOC customer support and they responded quickly telling me to open the app and do the following:
° Click the “Me” button.
° Click the “Settings” button.
° Click “Weight Unit” and change kilograms to pounds.
I did — and the scale still showed the weigh in kilograms. I tried resetting this in the app several times, all to no avail.
Let’s move onto the scale itself. If you can get it work, it has a lot of useful features. The PICOOC smart scale analyzes and tracks 13 key body composition measurements. These include Body weight, BMI, Body fat, Muscle, Bone mass, Body water, Protein, BMR, Visceral fat index, Skeletal muscle, Body type, Body score, and Metabolic age.
The PICOOC scale for body weight and fat is equipped with a dual-core CPU and four “high-precision” weighing sensors. The measurement result is supposedly accurate to 0.2lb/0.1kg. The maximum weight capacity reaches 330 pound capacity.
Its design is good. The Bluetooth-connectable scale is made of tempered glass. For user safety and comfort, it has four non-slip feet that prevent sliding, and safety-rounded corners to reduce the risk of injury from sharp edges.
Its LED digital display is clear and bright. It’s easy to read even in low-light conditions. The PICOOC smart weight scale is designed to supports “unlimited” users and supports health data sharing among family and friends. It’s smart enough to automatically recognize who steps on and assigns the body data to the person’s corresponding account. As mentioned, you can download PICOOC’s app via the Apple App Store (or Google Play) and connect your body fat scale via your smartphone.
It can also sync data to Apple Health, Google Fit, and other popular fitness apps. The app’s dashboard will tell you the date you weighed yourself, what it means, and a graph of weight fluctuations over time.
How to Get the Most Accurate Measurements
- Place scale on hard/flat floor
- Step on scale with dry/bare feet
- Weigh yourself as soon as you get up
- Weigh yourself at least two hours after eating
- Do not weigh-in right after exercising, drinking water or bathing
- If the scale is moved, re-calibrate it by touching scale (LED lights up)
With this in mind, there are several things you should note. Bluetooth scales are less mechanical than regular ones, which means people who are pregnant, have implanted devices, are athletes, are under 13, or over won’t get the most dependable stats, according to the folks at PICOOC.
In fact, smart scale companies recommend that people in those groups shouldn’t use Bluetooth scales. Which is a bummer for a lot of folks.
If you’re not in that group, the PICOOC smart scale is reasonably priced and is a handy health tool — IF you can get the Settings to align with the measurements you seek.
Apple World Today rating (out of 5 stars): ★★★