Top positive review
Top job, surprisingly good for the money.
24 December 2018
I was looking to buy a smart watch, and even asked Santa (aka the wife!) for one. However, we saw this tracker watch on lightning deal and thought for £13 what could go wrong?
Overall it's a good little watch, comfortable to wear, seems quite accurate in it's step counting, and the heart rate monitor seems dead on. Sleep tracking is a bit janky, because there's no way of telling it you're going to bed, so it either thinks you're in bed much earlier, or much later than you actually were.
Software is a mixed bag - it uses the VeryFitPro app to sync with the watch. On Android syncing with Google Fit is hit and miss (mostly miss), and needs to have the phone's step counting turned off otherwise you're counting everything twice. There's also some wierdness where the watch's setting reset during sync on Android (so the watch face changes, or the three chosen workouts change to the default walk/run/cycle).
However, the same app on iPhone works brilliantly. The app looks the same, but it Just Works (tm). No problems with settings changing during sync, and steps aren't counted twice in Apple Health. Apple Health app also properly sync heart rate, sleep etc from VeryFitPro and seems to reconsile between the tracker's inputs and the phone's own data. for example, I took my watch off for a hour to charge it, and carried my iPhone. Steps were counted by the phone while I wasn't wearing the watch, and once I put the watch back on, the steps were counted there. Brilliant.
Battery life on the watch is good, I didn't charge it when I got it, and got 4 full days of use from whatever charge was in it from factory. Charged it for 2 hours using an old Samsung 1.5A charger, and I've been wearing it for 5 days and it's still got 40% charge. That includes a few "workouts" where it uses the phone's GPS via Bluetooth and the heart rate monitor runs constantly. Normally it does a heart rate check every 10-15 minutes.
Finally, you can set the watch up to get notifications from your phone, vibrate on a call, take a photo remotely, and allows you to read the first few lines of a text/email/Whatsapp etc.
Have to say, I was very sceptical, but am very, very pleased. Worth it £20, definitely worth it on Lightening Deal.