Happy Holidays all! :)
I was very fortunate to be selected to receive this "smart watch" at a discounted price in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
In terms of this review, I think I will give ratings on a scale of 5:
-1 really bad
Note the "OPEN HERE" text on the bottom right corner of this packaging.
Opens up so that you can see the watch.
Why the poor rating: Well off the bat, you can tell it isn't a really expensive watch to begin with. (Currently priced at $32.99 as I type this review).
Packaging was really light as well. (Are smart watches supposed to be light? Because it felt like I was holding an empty box).
Loved the idea of the "open here" flap so that you can get a good look at the watch, BUT the way they positioned it made it impossible to even see the watch. You can probably only see the watch straps at most. Kind of killed the appeal of the item.
Functions and specifications are clearly stated on the back of the box. Also came with a strip of instructions (not pictured, forgot to take picture).
I must say, I was quite confused over how to use the watch at first. I couldn't get it to turn on and I couldn't figure out how to charge it. Turns out you have to take the watch out from the strap (as pictured below), and there's a USB drive hidden inside it. Pretty cool!
Other issues with the instructions included lack in telling how to turn on the watch when I wanted to look at the time. It also seems to be stuck at a 24 hour format, and I'm not seeing how I can change it to 12 hour. (unless I didn't read the instructions carefully).
There's also some app you can download, but you would have to keep your phone's bluetooth on in order to keep it paired, and I found it a hassle to do so.
The app apparently seems to help increase productivity (i.e. more heart monitoring, step monitoring and stuff like that I guess.) I did download the app, and I wasn't liking it. Was a bit too simple in a sense I couldn't find the info I wanted (like how to change the time format!) Also have to note that the date is listed as day FIRST and then MONTH. No year apparently, I'm guessing we don't need that lol....
More image of the watch, as well as a bit of how the instructions look like.
I gave this a higher rating because I believe that the watch pretty much had all the features a smart watch should have, if not better or worse. It does have a heart pulse feature, pedometer, calories burned, etc. Not sure on the accuracy of these features though. :x
EASE OF USE 1.5-2/5.... ughhh:
I seriously did not want to give this watch such a low rating, but it was such a torture to figure out how to use it.
First off, there aren't ANY buttons on the watch at all. How the hell do you turn it on? Well, we eventually figured out that you had to tap the screen and it will light up. Maybe tap isn't the correct word, I had to smash my finger on the screen, sometimes it would turn on, sometimes I had to keep smashing until it turns on. This is the major turn off of the watch.
Secondly, the band SUCKS. Yes, it SUCKS. In terms of security, you put it on like you would a watch, except the end is a snap on instead of a buckle.
In my opinion, the snap area is designed to prevent from the watch from getting loose, or falling off your wrist, but it also means that it is created in a way that you will have a hard time putting it on.
I had to keep pressing and pressing and PRESSING the snaps to try to get it into the holes. It took FOREVER. It felt like I was suffocating my wrist doing so. Probably needs some time to get used to.
FUNKY GREEN LIGHT: every now and then there will be a green light emitting from the back of the watch (pictures below). I believe it's some sensor thing that tracks your pulse? Well, it gets annoying when you have it on the table and it suddenly lights up.
It stays on for probably 30 seconds or so? Then it'll go back to rest until it decides to turn on again. Not sure what that is about...
Funky green light.
BATTERY LIFE: 5/5
By far the best of this product. Fully charged it and has been running for two days straight and only a quarter of the battery drained.
Probably because this watch is still new, but I'm expecting the battery life will drain sooner or later. Keep in mind that this battery life is based on NO bluetooth, and not using any of the functions. Basically just used for watch purposes.
Long story short, is this watch worth the full price?
No, it is NOT in my opinion. Good gift for someone who perhaps only wants a temporary watch, or wants to test how a smart watch really works before getting a better one.
It's definitely better to invest in a more well known brand of smart watches, you only pay a bit more, and get way better quality. (please note that I'm in no way endorsed to say good things about brand name smart watches, nor did I mention any brands).