Welcome to another OddLearning post!
Today I will share with you my review on the U8 Smartwatch, one of the cheapest, so far!
I recently bought this Smartwatch, to be honest I have no idea why I did… I never thought of needing one or even less, buying one.
But hey! It was cheap and I had $10.00 dollars to spare to buy it, review it and let you know if its worth it, in case you are considering buying it.
Smartwatches have been around for a while, but it wasn’t till 2010 that they included amazing features, to the point of being called “Mini functional computers”. Of course, they were not cheap, but now you can buy fully functional ones for less than a $100.00
Like this one:
But you must be wondering about this $8.00 Smartwatch. Does it really work?:
It does work. Pretty decent considering the price.
It was a bit troublesome to sync with my Phone (A Moto Z), it includes instructions in different languages so there was no problem following the steps. To ease the process it includes a QR code, but due to the small print you can’t scan it. And if you don’t speak Mandarin like me, trying to find it on the app store can be troublesome.
I installed 5 different apps, until i finally found the one they mentioned…..Which, did not work.
As i was getting frustrated i came across another app with same name but a simpler version in English and it worked!
It’s called BTNotification:
This app does not have the greatest reviews, but is great for syncing cheap smartwatches.
Once i got to sync it i was excited to try it, i went through the applications, but the moment i went on my messages it froze. I tried shutting it down, of course it didn’t work.
It has a tiny hole on the back to reset it, in case that happens, but i was one of the “lucky” owners with a watch that did not include it.
They probably skipped the installation during manufacturing. I talked with more people that bought it and around 50% told me their watches did not have it either.
So i had to open the whole thing. If you need a guide, YouTube is full of videos to address this exact problem.
After putting it apart, I pressed the area missing the reset button with a small screw and it turned off, while it was restarting I assembled it back together, but lucky me, i had to redo the reset process, as it froze in the same area.
Since I added this smartwatch as a trusted device it has worked better, you need to give it a minute to sync and make sure to go slowly about the message part so it doesn’t trigger the whole thing and you have to open it up.
As almost every other Smartwatch, it includes:
- Text Message Reader.
- Phone Book.
- Phone Call Records.
- Push Notification.
- Music Player.
- Remote Camera Control.
- Power Saving Mode.
Pretty cool features for a cheap smartwatch right? But do they work?
The speaker works great, although i wouldn’t use it as a music device, unless you are alone and don’t have other player, but if that’s the case you probably have your phone (with a better speaker) as you cannot use the smartwatch functions without it.
You can see texts you receive but you cannot answer them.
With the BTNotification app, you are able to configure which apps in your phone will send notifications, but in the smartwatch you are able to see 3 at the time. In my case that’s not very useful as i get plenty of emails throughout the day, not to mention all my games with events.
If you have social media, i do not recommend this app as it cannot take the notifications, you would be constantly resetting it.
As the phone call part goes, I cannot see a con. Sure, typing the numbers is hard on a small screen, might as well grab your phone, but since you can see your contact list you don’t really need to type. Who knows, in an emergency it could come very useful.
The battery lasts 10 hrs if you don’t use often, but if you keep turning it on and off it will only lasts for 5 hrs. If you plan to use daily, then you will see yourself charging it constantly, good news for this is that it takes 30 min to fully charge.
This doesn’t have to do with good or bad of this smartwatch, but on my opinion when you turn it on or off, it so LOUD! If you have a small child or someone sensitive to sounds, don’t turn this on close to them.
Let me list the Pros and Cons;
- Affordable price ($8.00 to $15.00)
- All Smartwatch Features
- Fast charging time
- Good Standard size
- Great Smartwatch tester.
The main Pro of the U8 Smartwatch is the Price, it’s very affordable. If you want to try a Smartwatch before you buy a better quality one, then this is your guy. It’s not bad for testing whether a Smartwatch is what you need.
- Cheap material.
- Short battery lasting time.
- It does not include Reset Button. (50% of the time)
- Screen Freezes often.
- Only 3 Notification Pop-outs.
- Can’t reply Text Messages.
- Pictures taken with remote featured do not save.
As you can imagine, cheap things can come with lots of issues, I do not know how long the U8 will last for me as i only been using it for a month, but i don’t believe it will make it over the year. If, it stops working before then I will make sure to update this post.
Over all, I will give it a;
3.5 out of 5
I don’t regret buying it, it just made it more clear for me that i do not need a smartwatch. It’s probably going to become a toy for my son and that’s fine, its fun to learn and experience firsthand with new gadgets and technological inventions.
What do you think?
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