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on 11 August 2014
Following 8 months of wear the strap has now split where the watch meets the strap on the inside exposing the inner workings of the unit, so it is no longer waterproof, and once the rest of the strap splits it will be unwearable... not the best investment of £99 I've ever made
I've had this about a week now and thought that's enough time to have figured out most of the functions pros and cons, so here goes.
Firstly the product is available in 2 sizes (according to the packaging)
Small 13.5 - 17cm wrists
Large 16 - 20 cm wrists
However there is no size option available when purchasing, not sure if they ship a random size out or not, but I got a large one, and have to wear it on the smallest setting...
.. which leads to another issue, the loose excess bit then flaps around and cause the unit to move around a lot on your arm, so I had to order a "18mm Rubber Watch Strap Replacement Retaining Hoop Loop Keeper" which arrived today and fits perfectly, not sure why they couldn't ship it with something like this.
A previous reviewer mentions that it doesn't display texts, not sure if that's a bad thing though, as when you are driving it vibrates a lot and it's quite distracting, and thats just from the "sitting down too long" notification you get every 15 minutes (ish) (you can turn this off but it's a handy reminder). This only vibrates during waking hours, so if you work night shifts etc i'm not sure how intelligent the product is?
The pedometer picks up walking with swinging arms or hands in pockets, It has made me realise that I don't walk anywhere near enough, so that's a good thing.
The sleep monitoring works pretty well, and after wearing it for a few days you forget it's there...
Which also leads to another point, its display screen scratches really easily, after only 5 days I already have a gouge on the centre of the panel, because as I say, you forget it's there.
The bluetooth sync to the android app "Huawei Talkband" is hit and miss sometimes as I don't leave the bluetooth on all the time on the phone, so it doesn't always reconnect to the unit first time. It syncs and displays a breakdown of steps over a 24 hour period in a graph, and by week and month in a table. It also gives you your hours of deep sleep and light sleep, plus how many times you woke and tried to get back to sleep.
You can turn on the option to vibrate if it detects you falling asleep, but it's not configurable so if you actually wanted to fall asleep it could get quite annoying I guess, but could be handy for long car journeys (just in case).
Anti phone theft feature - (if you leave Bluetooth on all the time on your phone) When the unit gets more than 10 metres from the phone it vibrates.
Software updates are done from the app and sent via bluetooth to the phone.
Charging, so far it's still on it's first charge and probably has quite a few more days left in it, and it's been on 24/7 since I got it.
Friends have the fitbit but say that charging is a hassle, with this the watch strap simply plugs into the USB port of any laptop / PC or USB charger plug and it's a 2 hour charge.
The bluetooth earpiece has good sound quality and comes with 2 alternative sized removable rubber ear bungs to keep it in place in your ear.
The display isn't particularly bright outdoors in sunlight / daylight, but everywhere else it is fine. With a twist of your wrist you can turn on the display to see the time and also for each subsequent twist it rotates between the current days steps, calories and the hours of sleep from the previous night.
It's my first pedometer, and I'll probably not use the bluetooth earpiece much, but all in all it seems like a good product that could do with a couple of tweaks in the product selection (small or large), screen durability, a strap tidy and adjustable screen brightness.