When we begin to see the smartwatches had a mixture of wishes about that product and the niche itself: the future or one more fashionable? At least to date these devices they hold, in part by functions that are incorporated and a size of mobile phones that seems to continue to increase. Is why nowadays there are hundreds of models and we decided to park the most powerful to give a chance to the basics: is the experience with the cheaper smartwatch we can purchase online?

If you’re one of which already they stung with this smart watches perhaps already you put before that seasoned pros and cons list of technical terms Anglo-Saxon with the intention of choosing the most powerful model, with better visualization and/or more autonomy. But in this case we have turned all of that aside and we have only taken into account two criteria: to be more economically and it work with any of the existing mobile operating systems.

Best if it is not urgent

Internet is as fascinating as illusory, and the latter is the first thing that we should remember when we scrutinize online stores looking for the product that fits our requests. The offer is wider the more generic your search and in this case already mentioned the lax our demands with regard to the product, so not it took us long to see devices that were adapted to it, and had to put confidence in the product and the seller. In this case we decided to opt for Ebay and this was the selected model.

As it is usual to buy something so cheap, the country of origin is usually China, Taiwan or one of the Asian countries where they tend to be. And this, in addition to at derisory prices, results in quite long shipments. In our case we ask on April 18 and the country of origin was Poland, receiving the indication on the period from 4 to 20 May. I.e., we already start with little more than two weeks of waiting at least. In practice: finally received it on May 13.

Assuming from the start that we would take to receive it, we take it with philosophy so that the reception was a pleasant surprise. And it was so, almost one month after the date of purchase the dealer called out agenda to bring us the smartwatch, whose small box contained the same USB cable (about this have another surprise, now I count) and a small manual with directions and righteous languages (English and a variety of Chinese).

The passion of the Smartwatch: and with the third resource rose

You can that the read manuals do not characterize us, but in this case we wanted to do well, and taking advantage of being at least in English, we decided to read the small drop-down. It specifies what already assumed while on the article page was the word “Apple” in the name: that is compatible only with Android devices. But what we did not expect is having to download inspirational and other operations that advises the manual.

But even he had overcome a first hurdle to start the experience with the made low-cost clock. Battery that comes from factory in the devices normally gives to some and in this case was particularly crap, so we soon connected to the external power supply. Until there all normal, but our joy in a well when, after waiting for completion of the load, the clock on enduring a few seconds. Just to animation (and “charming” tuning) home and be able to access a couple of menu commands, or even got to try to link it with a phone.

The situation could worsen and he did. When it was probably exhausted the battery, clock fell into a coma that nearly reached us to seem irreversible because he even reacted to the implementation burden. First and foremost this us was left with no choice but to contact the seller (in the only way possible: by mail). But from the email we send to May 17 this is the date on which We have not received any response, so if you choose a low-cost product to remember that you’re probably giving up the post-sales the seller.

After several cables, various Chargers and patience, finally watch rose

After several cables (which came with the clock stopped working after the first charge), various Chargers and patience, finally watch rose. We could finally start fiddling with it without shutdown problem and with a battery life according to our use, which we do not have any statistics but that varies from one to three days as we use apps like the pedometer or sleep monitoring.

Apparently, what it is and what it leaves us with the question

Our smartwatch has in its sphere a few buttons that remember to Android, but appearances are deceptive. It is not a device with Android Wear, fate of a much simpler operating system which in fact does not even have apps store. We’d like to tell you what, but the detail of the technical features of the watch contains a wonderful “Other” in the category of “Operating System”.

As we have said before, in the small manual it is indicated an APK download (BTNotification, on the phone) from a page of Baidu that carries a QR that obviously is in Chinese. This initially not us stopped deduction could download and install an app (that of Baidu, took us here), but there is a point that the language barrier prevents us from following.

We have nor been able to do anything with an alternative QR to It leads to a non-existent page in the Google Play Store, While this app seems to sync and automatically enabled some features. And in addition is the insecurity of having to install an unknown app that requests permissions to access many functions and information (in principle required to make the clock sync at all levels, from calls to messaging, passing reminders).

What are we therefore on the terminal? A home screen with the time, date and three icons: menu, volume, and bluetooth. Accessed by pressing the first we all applications and sections of the clock, these being the following:

  • Configuration: everything we can adjust in terms of the actions of the clock. We see in the following sections:
    • Quick response: is a QR that leads back to the discharge of BTNotification (little helps this).
    • Phone setup: to adjust the time and date, language, lock the keyboard, Unlocking automatic type selection (in which we find four options for the field, analog or digital), movement (to set the power according to flip phone) and Setup misc., which contains some settings for the LCD clock (brightness and illumination before the auto-lock time).
    • Security settings: contains the section “safety of phone” that allows (in theory) set a phone lock code. All times asks for a password which we do not have and is not of our terminal, ergo this nor can do anything (there is no indication in the manual).
    • Restore configuration: to restore settings to their factory default settings (under password).
  • Antiperida: It contains two actions, “Seeking phone” and “Anti lost” (with a couple of configurations for a status and a warning that does not specify what). None of the two functions have helped us to find the phone, find it or establish a remote security mechanism as turn it off.
  • Environmental: to activate the energy saving (it decreases brightness).
  • Tone: You can configure the type of alert when you receive a call (sound and/or vibration), if repeated and tone.
  • Barometer: It indicates the atmospheric pressure in pascals and the ambient temperature in degrees Celsius.
  • Altimeter: It indicates the height to which we are establishing a starting point. I.e., does not take any standard reference, but it indicates the meters that we ascend or descend according to the starting point that we establish.
  • Pedometer: It counts the steps since we activate it.
  • Stopwatch
  • Bluetooth: allows you to set the visibility and links to other devices as well as the name of the clock.
  • Contacts: Displays the list of contacts on the phone (in theory). We were unable to synchronize this function with any phone, probably due to lack of the APK.
  • Marker: It has on-screen keypad to make calls (also accessed from the home screen by pressing the button “multi-tasking”).
  • Messages: (in theory) shows the Inbox of messages (from text? from email?) sent and received. Another that it was impossible to synchronize.
  • Calls: It is the call log (sent, received, etc.). In practice, however, we fail to it show data.
  • AvisoBT, Musicabt, and camera BT: of these three sections, corresponding to a handling of reminders, the music and the phone’s camera, only we have been able to activate the music. The rest are dependent of the APK that we have not been able to operate.
  • Sleep monitor: It allows to activate a timer of theoretical sleep monitoring.
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Alarm: allows you to activate up to five alarms.

The navigation is quite simple, although we have to familiarize ourselves with a few buttons that are not too intuitive

Navigation is touch and itself is quite simple, although we have to familiarize ourselves with a few buttons that are not too intuitive. We have a physical button on the side, used to turn on and turn off the clock, as well as leaving to go to the home screen (which is to be a Home button). The touch sensitivity is quite poor, and sometimes it is hard enough make cash the swipe and often we select something accidentally.

Front panel of the clock with the home screen.

On the front panel we have those three tactile buttons that remind us of Android but whose function differs from that at first we might associate: although they respect the international standard symbol for ‘back’, the other buttons are somewhat less deductive. The first button (over on the left, which appears on a shortcut menu) is the “Accept” button and the second (Center, reminiscent of multitasking) is which allows you to jump from one section to another.

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But, what can I do with this smartwatch?

Well, the smart watch is if we take the fact that beyond will indicate the time and to synchronize if the smartphone to handle remote as smartwatch. However, shall we forget completely of uses such as commands to the wizard’s voice, Google Now notes or any other app that come out of what we have mentioned to drill down menu.

We could make calls, listen to music and use apps own clock and the pedometer calculator

In summary: have been able to make calls, listen to music and use apps as the Pedometer Watch, calculator and others. In the case of the first two, You can set up to sound out the clock (has a speaker on the left side) or phone. As it can be expected, the sound quality is rather poor, although the volume is powerful enough and we can hear the caller ring, the voice and the music even if we are in a place with moderate ambient noise.

The operation of applications is quite variable. Pedometer Yes gives a fairly reliable result (we have compared him to the pedometer of iOS health, Health of Samsung and Sony Lifelog) and also the height, while the monitoring of sleep only indicates good or poor without knowing very well the criterion (have done a test of control with the clock stopped on a surface waterproof and already gave us poor) without lift it even).

Since it does not take any reference, we decided to set it at sea level.

Proof of buds and patience

The smartwatch as we see is quite limited in comparison as what we usually see in the hands of manufacturers such as Samsung or Motorola, much more powerful and elaborate products supported in more complex platforms. But perhaps the main limiting factor is the grim user experience in terms of handling and touch sensitivity Panel.

Set the date and time (despite indicate the time zone does not automatically) is one of the most tedious in regards to the initial configuration. The problem: that the keypad will reach the edge of the screen leaving a nimia distance between the same (specifically from zero) and the button “multi-tasking”, whose function is “following”, so many times we jump to another section when the intention was to put a zero.

The zero key is attached to the button “Skip”. It is almost impossible to set the time and date to the first well without leaving you.

Something occurs in the calendar, although in this case we hardly matters since the app itself does not have any other function which indicate the date (if we press one millimeter days there is no option). On the other hand, We don’t have that problem in the phone dialing because the keyboard is larger, and what are the menus in general. By the way, although we have not been able to synchronize the agenda, if we call from the terminal if comes the name of the contact as we have it saved (and not the number).

What can be more or less exasperating according to our tolerance to the sounds and their repetition is the tone by pressing the buttons, a “beep” that you can not deactivate for there to be such an option. Something that eliminates the possibility that we can handle the smartwatch in situations in which silence is required given that not even we can decrease the volume part of the hassle that can lead us on a personal level. A true paradox when the smartwatches are quite focused to avoid us take mobile and carry out consultations with more discretion.

The cheap comes out expensive, but get disappointing

When your goal is more economical and basic possible your expectations are not high or much less, but at least usually expect is that it resembles what you see in the “photos” (in this case, renderings of dubious quality). What we saw at first is what mentioned above, that the name of the article (“smart watch SmartWatch Bluetooth smart camera for Apple Android Phone”) already It does not conform to what truly offers the product, given that it is not valid for Apple smartphones or finally we could synchronize camera function, because the clock does not.

Expectations vs reality 1: Home screen.
Expectations vs. reality 2: pedometer.

Additional product information, in fact, contains also again this compatibility with iOS which does not. Also are all functions in detail, as we have seen We have not been able to operate in its entirety, languages, which luckily is incomplete and in reality have found software with more languages besides English and Chinese (the Spanish is). The interface, as we can see, completely different (even the resolution, or we know it, but very low).

As for compatibility, the device works with Bluetooth 3.0. We have managed to synchronize it with two terminals (a Samsung Galaxy A5 2016 and a Meizu m3 Note), but It was not us possible to link it with all (a Sony Xperia X and XA Xperia directly or went out in search for devices). As for the link, at least keeping it even though the device is promptly out of range, returning to engage automatically when it returns to within 15 meters of rigor.

In practice it has good little “smart” and just “watch”

Conclusion: If all we want is to control playback of music or be able to call from the watch (with the loss of privacy and discretion that that implies), it is certainly the most economical solution that we can have. But the product in practice has good little “smart” and “watch”, given that sometimes unlock after being a long time without using it time not for sale updated just.