Realme launched it’s latest smartphone Realme X50 5G in January 2020. It has a 6.67-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1080×2400 pixels with an aspect ratio of 20:9.
Realme 5G is loaded by a 2.4GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor. Realme X50 comes with 8GB of RAM.
The Realme X50 5G runs on Android 10 and is powered by a 4200mAh non-removable battery. The phone supports VOOC fast charging.
Talking about the cameras, the Realme X50 on the rear gives a 64-megapixel primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture; a second 8-megapixel camera with an f/2.3 aperture; a third camera is of 12-megapixel with an f/2.5 aperture and a fourth 2-megapixel camera with an f/2.4 aperture. An autofocus setup has been given on the rear camera. On the front side of the device, the Realme 5G packs a 16-megapixel primary camera and 8-megapixel of secondary camera.
The Realme X50 runs Realme UI based on Android 10 and gives you 128GB of inbuilt storage. The Realme X50 is a dual-SIM smartphone.
Connectivity options on the phone include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth v5.00, NFC, USB Type-C, 3G, and 4G with active 4G on both SIM cards. Sensors on the Realme X50 include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, compass/ magnetometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and fingerprint sensor. The Realme 5G supports face unlock and is very quick also.
The Realme 5G measures 163.80 x 75.80 x 8.90mm and weighs 202.00 grams. Realme X50 was launched in Polar White and Glacier Blue colours.
SMS messages, Email, Calendar, and Social Media apps
Up to 14-Days
Weather, Alarm, Timer, Stopwatch, Flashlight and Find My Phone.
Platform and storage features
Camera and display features
454 x 454
Fitness and watch functions
Heart Rate Monitor
Date & Time Display
Number of Buttons
Audio and video features
HUAWEI SMARTWATCH DESIGN
Huawei smartwatch offers the latest GT 2 smartwatch in two sizes; 42mm and 46mm. Surprisingly, the design is a little different from both the variants. The smaller one looks like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active with a plain casing, while the bigger variant has markings around the bezel that looks like a sports watch.
The Huawei Watch has two buttons on the right side. These buttons are easy to press and offer good tactile feedback. The upper button is used to go back to the UI, while the lower one can be assigned to any feature on the smartwatch. Between these two buttons, there is a speaker grille, which is hard to spot.
Huawei has used wide 22mm straps for the GT 2. These are replaceable straps, and you can pick any standard 22mm strap of your choice. The base option comes with a black Fluoroelastomer strap that feels very comfortable when worn.
The 1.39-inch AMOLED display supports a 454 x 454-pixel resolution which is higher than the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. There is no pixelation, and the smartwatch has auto-brightness options which help it adjust to changing ambient light conditions.
At the backside of the device, you’ll find the heart rate sensor along with the charging mechanism. The Huawei Watch GT 2 does not support wireless charging like the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. Fo charging, it uses a magnetic dock with pogo pins. The magnets on the charger help it to securely latch onto the Huawei Watch GT 2. Huawei’s charger uses a USB Type-C port, so if you have a smartphone with a Type-C port, that’s one less cable you’ll need to carry.
HUAWEI SMARTWATCH GT 2 PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE
The Huawei Watch GT 2 has a good display that is viewable under direct sunlight. The ambient light sensor in the watch is quick to bump the brightness up when needed. Huawei does not support an always-on mode on this smartwatch but you can keep the display on for up to 20 minutes after use. This feature might disappoint people who want an always-on display. Huawei Watch GT 2 is quick to wake up when you raise your hand, and the display goes off when you lower it.
Performance could have been better, as the smartwatch feels slow when scrolling through the UI interface, as compared to the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2. If you swipe quickly a couple of times, the watch might fail to register the last one. It also takes some time to open submenus on the watch, which might get annoying when you’re in a hurry. When using this watch at a casual pace we did not notice these issues.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 buzzes to alert you to incoming notifications, and you can also set the intensity of the vibration. You can see alerts on the watch but cannot interact with them, for example, if you were hoping to be able to reply to WhatsApp messages quickly using the watch, you’ll be very disappointed. You can only take calls on the watch. The inbuilt speaker is fairly loud but you will have to move it close to your ears to hear the caller’s voice clearly.
The Huawei Watch GT 2 utilizes GPS to track distance, and the route we choose was reflected on a map. To check step counting accuracy of Huawei Watch GT 2 we manually counted 1,000 steps as we walked, and the watch registered 994 which is also acceptable. Hence we can say that the Huawei Watch GT 2 is good at the step and distance tracking.
Sleep tracking was accurate on GT 2, and it recorded our bedtime correctly. The app shows a graph and assigns a score to the quality of our sleep. It also breaks down your sleep patterns into various categories like deep, light, and REM sleep.
Heart-rate tracking was consistent.
Huawei does not state the device’s battery capacity but does claim two-week battery life for the 46mm Huawei Watch GT 2. This might seem too good to be true, and it isn’t. However, the Watch GT 2 still managed 10 days with the default settings, which is much better than most other smartwatches out there. If you enable stress tracking and log workouts actively, you can expect the battery life to go down. Charging was quick in our experience, and it only took a little over an hour to charge the battery completely. The charger is compact and easy to carry.
VERDICT OF HONOR SMARTWATCH GT 2
The Huawei Watch GT 2 is a good-looking smartwatch that offers good battery life. If you are looking for a capable smartwatch for basic fitness tracking and notifications, and you don’t wish to charge it every other day, the Watch GT 2 makes a very strong case for itself. Performance isn’t on the same level as that of the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2, and we hope that Huawei can address this. For the price range of Rs. 14,999, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is a good smartwatch to be considered.
I hope my Huawei Smartwatch GT 2 is helpful for you.
Display Time/Date, Smart Alarm, Event, Call and Text Alerts, Stopwatch, Sedentary Reminder, Customizable Clock Faces, Activity Timer, Finding Phone Using Band
Display and battery features
240 x 120 Pixels
Battery Life (Days)
Water-Resistant Depth (meters)
iPhone, Android Phones
Activity tracking function
Automatic Exercise Detection
Heart Rate Monitor
Optical Heart Rate Sensor
DESIGN AND SOFTWARE
Honor Band 5 hasn’t changed the design of this device as compared to its predecessor the Honor Band 4. Honor offers it’s latest Band 5 in three colours: Meteorite Black, Coral Pink, and Midnight Navy. Honor’s latest fitness band looks like a one-piece device but you can separate the straps from the main body. You can change to different straps, and you will found a few colour options online.
The strap that comes with the Honor Band 5 is made up of high-quality silicone and also has a watch-style clasp. This makes the device easy to wear and also reduces the chances of it coming off.
The core of this Band 5 houses a 0.95-inch AMOLED touchscreen with a resolution of 120×240 pixels. Right below the display, there is a capacitive Home button. Just like the Honor Band 4, Band 5 also has a colour display. While this feature made the Band 4 stand out among the competition, it isn’t unique anymore, as the likes of Mi Smart Band 4 also have the same. The AMOLED panel gets bright enough outdoors, and you can choose between five levels of brightness on the band itself offered by the company.
At the backside, you’ll find the hardware for heart-rate tracking. This sensor bulg very slightly but isn’t uncomfortable while wearing the band. There are two pins available for charging, but a proprietary clip-on charger is needed. This charger has a Micro-USB port, and Honor also ships a short cable to help you to charge the device.
Since the Honor Band 5 has a touchscreen display, you have to swipe to navigate within the UI interface. You have to tap the screen to make a selection and swipe right to go back. Tapping the button takes you to the home screen. This band also has multiple watch faces that you can choose from. Each watch face shows different types of information when you tap on the different faces like the device’s connection status and battery level and the current weather.
The Honor Band 5 has a simple, easy-to-use UI and it shows you the number of steps you’ve taken, monitors heart rate, sleep duration, workout details, and notifications. The Band also buzzes to remind you to move if you’ve been inactive for some time. This is a great feature. The workouts tab has nine workout options including free training mode, an additional feature. The Honor Band 5 allows you to track runs, both indoors and outdoors as well as swims. A recent update added music controls and SpO2 (blood oxygen level) tracking. This is a useful feature.
Honor has made the Band 5 swim-proof and has also added the ability to track swims. We used this band for over 15 days and it did survive our daily showers.
You have to use the Huawei Health app to pair the Honor Band 5 with a smartphone. This app is available for both operating systems (Android and iOS). The pairing process is very easy. Once the setup process is done, the smartphone is capable of pushing notifications to the band. This app shows you information such as the number of steps taken, monitors your heart rate, and also shows how long you’ve slept, among other things.
The Huawei Health app kept a persistent notification on our smartphone. While this was quite annoying, the app needs it to maintain a constant connection with the band for pushing notifications. This did not make a noticeable difference in the battery life of our smartphone.
The Huawei Health app also tracks steps using the smartphone’s own sensors, independent of the steps recorded by the band. The steps counter in the app founded to be inaccurate as it kept counting steps while we were riding a motorcycle. We tested the accuracy of this Band 5 by counting 1000 steps while walking, and it recorded 990 steps which are good. We found the tracking to be accurate enough which you can rely upon. Unlike its previous model Honor Band 4, the step counter did not record steps while we were driving around.
To check the distance tracking accuracy of this band we walked a distance of exactly 1km. The Honor Band 5 recorded the distance as 1.06 km which is acceptable considering the fact that there is no native GPS functionality in this band. If you aren’t looking to train professionally, this level of accuracy will probably acceptable.
Sleep tracking was also reliable. The Honor Band 5 not only shows the duration of your sleep but also breaks it down into various kinds of sleep like Deep Sleep, Light Sleep, REM sleep, and Awake periods. The Health app uses Huawei’s Trusleep algorithms for sleep tracking. Different sleep periods are also graded, and the app gave us some tips on how to improve the quality of our sleep. The Honor band 5 also has a vibrating alarm function to wake you up. If you have to set an alarm you have to fiddle with the app. It would be good to see the ability to set the alarm from the band itself.
The Honor Band 5 is capable of continuous heart-rate tracking and it also has two modes to choose from. The Smart mode automatically adjusts the frequency of measurements based on your activity level. The other mode is Real-time tracking, which keeps tracking on constantly. The latter is more demanding on the battery of the band.
Honor claims that Band 5 will deliver the same kind of battery life as its predecessor Honor Band 4 which is 14 days. However, when heart rate tracking was set to Smart, notifications switched on for calls and WhatsApp, and Huawei’s TruSleep sleep tracking enabled, the band lasted for only one full week. We performed another battery test by switching the heart rate tracking to Real-time while keeping other settings unchanged. This dropped the battery life to a little over three days. The proprietary charger took over 1 hour 20 minutes to charge the band completely.
VERDICT OF HONOR BAND 5
The Honor Band 5 is an incremental upgrade over the Honor Band 4, which it replaces. Honor has retained all the positive attributes of the previous model, such as accurate sleep tracking and that bright AMOLED display, and has now made the device swim-proof. It also has the ability to track swims, which the earlier version doesn’t support. However, battery life is still the same, and this is a feature that could’ve done with improvement. You’ll also need to carry the proprietary charger. Priced at Rs. 2,299, the Honor Band 5 is a good choice and is a solid alternative to the Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 4.
Android 5.0 or higher & RAM 1.5GB above, iOS 9.0 or above
Other Connectivity Features
Platform and storage features
Tizen based Wearable OS 4.0
Compatible Operating System
Number of Cores
Camera and display features
360 x 360
Corning Gorilla Glass DX+
Fitness and watch functions
Heart Rate Monitor
Date & Time Display
Number of Buttons
Audio and video features
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE 2 DISPLAY
The new Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 fulfills our wish. At 1.4 inches, the display is easier to read but still not as good as the one on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4G. The familiar design of the watch is stylish and you have two options to choose: tough stainless steel or lightweight aluminum. The stainless steel finish is priced at Rs. 31,990 whereas the aluminum variant of the watch is priced at Rs. 25,990. The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 has a 4G variant also, though you can only get it with the steel body, priced at Rs. 35,990.
The 1.4-inch AMOLED display of Galaxy Active 2 is crisp and has good viewing angles. Samsung has kept the screen resolution unchanged which is 360×360 pixels, but we never noticed any pixelation. The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 4G supports auto-brightness so the brightness of the display is adjusted automatically based on ambient light.
The Samsung Galaxy Watch has two buttons on the right side of the dial, while the left side has the speaker. The buttons are raised but offer good feedback when pressed. At the top, there’s a microphone which can be used for taking calls on the watch. Samsung offers a black leather strap in the box, which looks very well with the silver dial. The strap quality is also good and it feels comfortable when worn. The traditional watch clasp is very convenient to use.
At the back, you’ll see the hardware for wireless charging and heart rate tracking sensor. Samsung ships a wireless charger in the box, which clamps onto the back using its magnets.
SAMSUNG GALAXY WATCH ACTIVE2 FEATURES AND SOFTWARES
Samsung has stuck with the old hardware for the new Galaxy Watch Active 2 like its predecessor Galaxy Watch Active, most notably it’s in-house dual-core Exynos 9110 SoC. This watch is paired with 1.5GB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 runs on Tizen OS 4.0 with One UI 1.5. Samsung claims that this watch is IP68 rated, which means this watch is water-resistant up to 5ATM. This makes it swim-proof, so you can take a dip inside without worrying about this watch.
The increased size of the watch has helped Samsung to pack in a bigger 340mAh battery. The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 supports Bluetooth 5, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, NFC, and GPS. This watch also has an embedded SIM that lets the watch latch onto 4G networks directly.
Since this watch runs Tizen, it is fully compatible with both Android smartphones as well as iPhones. You’ll have to install the Galaxy Wearable app to pair this watch with the smartphone and set up 4G on it. Talking of another app, the Samsung Health app is required to check details such as the number of steps you’ve taken and the quality of your sleep. Both these apps worked, and we did not face any issues with them, but a single combined app would have been more convenient.
The interface of the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is somewhat similar to what we’ve used on Samsung’s previous wearables, and navigating through it was a breeze. Samsung does offer a lot of features straight out of the box, which is a good thing since there a very limited number of apps for Tizen OS. Sleep tracking and heart rate tracking are on by default and the watch is capable of tracking multiple workouts.
PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE
We found the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to be light and comfortable to use. Swiping right from the home screen on the watch takes you to your notifications. Samsung also offers an always-on display mode which keeps the watch face at all times. The watch buzzes for incoming notifications, and you can reply to the notifications from the watch itself. You can also use speech, handwriting recognition with a finger, or an on-screen number pad to compose replies.
Since this watch has a speaker, you can answer calls on the watch. This works without setting up the e-SIM on the watch. The speaker is loud but you have to hold the watch close to your ear to hear the voice clearly.
The watch latches on to GPS very quickly, and accurately which reflected the route we took on a map. We tested the step counter on this watch by manually counting 1,000 steps as we walked. The Galaxy Watch Active 2 counted 1,008 steps. We have used fitness trackers that were completely accurate, but if you want an accurate idea of the number of steps you’ve taken at the end of each day, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 won’t be horribly off.
Sleep tracking with the Galaxy Watch Active 2 was accurate, and the data in the Samsung Health App showed a proper breakdown of awake time, light sleep, deep sleep, and Rapid Eye Movement sleep. Heart-rate tracking was accurate, and we found the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 to give out readings in the same range as given by Apple Watch Series 4.
The Samsung Galaxy Active 2 is loaded with a bigger battery than its predecessor, but because of the bigger display, it delivered similar battery life as the old Galaxy Watch Active. Using the smartwatch with notifications, heart-rate tracking, and sleep tracking on, it lasted us for three days. Enabling the always-on display mode dropped the battery life to two days. With the 4G e-SIM enabled and the always-on display turned off the battery is to get about a day and a half worth of use out of this device.
If you want to track workouts using the watch actively, expect the battery life to dip even more. The watch takes about an hour to get to 50 percent, and close to two hours to charge completely.
I hope my Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2 Review is helpful for you.
The Noise ColorFit Pro 2 comes with a good design with a big square-shaped dial. Unlike its predecessors, the Noise ColorfitPro 2 supports touch, and the settings can be accessed by swiping it to the left side. It is available in various colors like Jet Black, Teal Green, and Mist Grey. The material of the straps is made up of silicone, which is very comfortable and comes with enough adjustment options to fit even the smallest of our wrists.
Just like its predecessor Colorfit Pro, the ColorFit Pro 2 is light at 35 grams, and the strap can be detached on both sides. The backside of the Noise ColorFit Pro 2 consists of the heart rate sensor and the electrodes for attaching the charger. The company replaced the clamp type charger with a simple strip, which reinforces the magnetic connection between the charger’s pins and the conducting dots on the back of the fitness band.
On the right side, there is a home button, which is used to start/stop any activity and get back to the main screen. The touch seems to be smooth while scrolling through the interface. According to the review, two out of ten times the touch doesn’t respond.
The Noise ColorFit Pro 2 supports a 1.3-inch with 240 x 240 pixels, LCD touch screen. However, there is no information given by the company about the display protection. It’s worth mentioning here that the display easily attracts smudges and fingerprints. It has a big bezel on both the top and bottom on the screen, which seems to be quite disappointing.
DISPLAY OF NOISE COLORFIT PRO 2
The display is clear and bright enough, decent under direct sunlight and tends to consume very little power as well. The font and icon could have been implemented better. By default, it comes with only five watch faces, and none of them are impressive. There is an option available to adjust the brightness of the display. The Noise Colorfit Pro 2 also allows you to read basic notifications, alert you during the call, sedentary alert, and control music playback.
Software, performance, and battery
The Noise ColorFit Pro 2 is compatible with both operating systems (Android and iOS). To pair with the smartphone, users need to install the ‘NoiseFit Sport’ app from Google Play Store or App Store. After Installing, you need to fill up your basic details such as height, weight, gender, and birth year. You can catch a glimpse of your data, including Activities, Sleep, and heart rate in this app.
If you want data in-depth, move on to the Details section. This device comes with a sleep tracker, which is used to detect motion and analyze data for the sleep. The sleep tracking is quite good with many options like deep sleep, light sleep, and awake option. Apart from that, the graphical representation is very neat, minimal, and easy to understand. But there is more chance of improvement.
You can set alarms too, but the intensity of the vibration of the watch is below average, which is equivalent to the previous model ColorFit Pro. For music lovers like me, the music controller function is highly useful for me, where you can long tap on the play/pause and track change functions to control your music.
PERFORMANCE OF NOISE COLORFIT PRO 2
Talking about the performance, the company has made some good improvements to the second-gen ColorFit Pro. During our usage, we found the Noise ColorFit Pro 2 to be tracking steps as well as sleep decently if not accurate so.
Here decent means the margin of error is very less as compared to other fitness bands at this price. The heart rate monitor works well. However, there is no inbuilt GPS in this watch, and thus, it cannot track the routes of your outdoor fitness pursuits.
Moreover, it doesn’t track sleep when you are on the moving stage. This watch is water-resistant (IP68), we tried using it under the shower, and it works quite well. Here you get support for a variety of physical activities such as walking, running, biking, climbing, treadmill, Spinning, and Yoga. Now Coming to the battery life, the Noise Color Fit Pro2 offers 7-10 days battery life, which is quite impressive.
I Hope my Noise Colorfit Pro 2 Review is helpful for you.
Fitbit Versa 2 smartwatch has a square face with rounded corners. The AMOLED colour touchscreen looks really nice but it has thick bezels too. That’s not good for a premium fitness wearable. We had no complaints with the display— it can get pretty bright, and the colours look very nice. You can customize the display to always-on in the versa 2’s settings, but this puts a big impact on battery life.
This smartwatch is quite comfortable to wear. Its aluminium shell feels nice, and the band is quite comfortable overall. We were able to wear the Versa 2 for multiple days without an issue and generally took it off only when we have to charge or to dry off after a workout or a shower.
There’s is a button on the left side of Versa 2 — if you press it once it works as a back button, and if you long-press it, it will launch the exercise app. There’s a microphone on the right side since the Versa 2 supports Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. Now that Fitbit has been acquired by Google, we can expect in the future that Fitbit products will feature Google Assistant in addition or instead.
The Versa 2 is swim-proof, which is an essential feature at this price point. It ships with a proprietary charging cradle which is a bit disappointing to see but not entirely surprising given Fitbit’s history of shipping a new charger with almost every new product. The cradle has a clip-like mechanism that you have to put the Versa 2 into. The problem is that there are charging pins on only on one side, but the watch can easily be inserted by mistake in the wrong. Unless you have to make sure that the Versa 2 is in the cradle in the right way, the device might not charge at all.
PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE OF FITBIT VERSA 2
For a premium quality fitness watch that supports lots of workout modes, it’s quite sad to say that the Fitbit Versa 2 does not feature in-built GPS. You will need to use your paired smartphone’s GPS sensors to track workouts with the Versa 2, which means the Fitbit app will always need access to your location, whether it’s active or not. This raises privacy concerns for us, and even though Fitbit is a well-known brand, we’re not keen on allowing apps to access our location when they’re in the background.
Secondly, you’ll always have to carry your smartphone with you when you want to track workouts, which seems to be very inconvenient. Using GPS constantly is a huge drain on battery life.
The heart rate sensor of this watch is fairly accurate. Its readings show, how tired we were feeling during workouts, which is good to see. You can also track other workouts such as swimming, running, elliptical training, yoga, etc. on the Fitbit Versa 2, which is good to see.
We wore the Fitbit Versa 2 through the night to see if sleep tracking was reliable, and the result was good. The app assigns a sleep score to tell you how well you slept, and we found this metric to be very helpful. Our sleep scores reflect how we thought we had slept.
BATTERY LIFE OF FITBIT VERSA 2
The battery life of the Fitbit Versa 2 was very good when the always-on display option was off. The device easily lasted up the full week on a single charge, with notifications enabled and with us wearing the device almost 24×7. This is great, but if you do want an always-on display, the battery life drops to two days, which is really poor. It would be nice to see important information such as the time and battery level at a glance, so the drop in battery life is a bit of a letdown.
SOFTWARE AND APP COMPANION OF FITBIT VERSA 2
The Fitbit Versa 2 is a fairly capable smartwatch but there are some features that you should be aware of. You can answer or reject incoming phone calls on this smartwatch, but you cannot make calls from it. It also supports quick replies for notifications, but only on Android. You can also transfer music from your computer to the Versa if you want to store songs on-device up to around 2.5GB, or you can use music streaming services such as Spotify or Deezer, which is great to see.
Some of the most important apps for a wearable, such as Spotify and Strava, are already available in the Fitbit app store. Apart from a few big names though, there isn’t much to download from the Fitbit app store. This is a minor complaint to be honest because most people are going to buy the Fitbit Versa 2 for fitness-related features and it has almost everything you’ll need. that front. Fitbit Versa 2 supports Amazon’s Alexa and allows you to check the weather, set timers, and control your Echo devices, we did not find ourselves using this feature much. Voice assistant support is a must-have feature on watches for some people, but not necessary for everyone.
COMPANION APP OF FITBIT VERSA 2
The Fitbit companion app is among the best fitness apps we’ve used yet. It’s slick and shows all the information you need via well-designed charts, which is good to see. If you want to share your Fitbit data with your friends or Fitbit community members via the Community tab it is possible too. There’s a Fitbit Premium subscription option available, priced at Rs. 819 per month or Rs. 7,000 per year, that includes wellness reports, programs for inculcating healthy habits, video workouts, and more. If you want an app to train you, this is a decent option, but there are several other apps that could better serve your fitness training needs and you can find similar features at lower prices or sometimes for free.
I hope my Fitbit Versa 2 Review is helpful for you.
The Mi Smart Band4 launched in India. It has all its electronics in a plastic capsule that fits easily into a silicone band. The display is on the capsule, and a single button is below the screen. On the base of the capsule, there is a heart rate sensor and pins for charging. To charge the Mi Smart Band 4, you need to take the capsule out of the band and plug it in its charger.
The Band 4 capsule does not fit into the charger very well. It kept popping out before eventually slotting in, which was quite disturbing. This is the biggest design-wise weakness of this product.
The Mi Smart Band 4 is very comfortable to wear for long hours. If you wore it throughout the day and while sleeping at night you will never found it to be in the way. It also offers a secure fit.
The 0.95-inch AMOLED display of the Band 4 is a great feature. We didn’t have any issues while reading it under direct sunlight, although we found the font for notifications to be a bit thin.
The touchscreen and the capacitive button below the display are very responsive. We think the user interface of the Mi Smart Band 4 is good. You can swipe up or down to move through screens, which show details of our workout, notifications, heart rate, etc. We can also customize this list using the Mi Fit app on your paired phone. By swiping left or right, you’ll see the music player. The music controls worked well, but it did take a couple of seconds to load the name of the song and playback controls and we think it’s too slow.
PERFORMANCE AND BATTERY LIFE
The Mi Smart Band4 has tons of useful features such as the ability to track different types of workouts including swimming, sleep tracking, continuous heart rate monitoring, and notifications are displayed too. The biggest problem with this device was that most of the features were disabled by default and we had to manually enable them in the mobile app.
For example, sleep assistant, notifications, and the option to wake the display when you lift your wrist were all disabled when we started using this device first time. The last one, in particular, is such a basic feature that it really should be the default behavior. These settings are not very easy to find.
It’s important to note that when we enabled each one of these features, it gave a warning message informing us that battery life might be reduced because of it. However, potentially missing out on some of the Mi Smart Band 4’s best features is not a reasonable trade-off.
This band has an exercise tracking mode too. We used this band for our gym sessions and found it to be reasonably accurate. Its heart rate tracking feature was satisfactory too, and the results were pretty good regarding that the Mi Smart Band 4’s price in India is less than Rs. 2,500.
Sleep tracking data was accurate for most of the time except for the “time awake” metric displayed in the Mi Fit app.
This Smart Band is rated swim-proof and can track your swimming workouts too.
Xiaomi claims that it’s battery life is around 20 days. We used the device for a week and found that the battery went down to 63 percent in that time. If you enable all optional features the battery drains faster. Even then, you can expect the Mi Smart Band 4’s battery to last for over two weeks on a single charge.
I hope my Xiaomi Mi Band4 launched review is helpful for you.
LTPO OLED Always-On Retina display with Force Touch (1000 nits brightness)
Fitness and watch functions
Heart Rate Monitor
Date & Time Display
Number of Buttons
Audio and video features
The Apple Watch Series 5 is the same as the Apple Watch Series 4. On the right side, there is a digital crown with the microphone and the side button. Cellular-enabled variants of the Apple Watch have a red ring on the digital crown. The base of the watch consists of optical and electrical heart rate sensors. On the left side, there is a speaker. There are two size variants of this watch — 40mm and 44mm — and each of them is available in GPS or GPS + Cellular options as well as several choices of body material, color, and band. The aluminum and stainless steel finishes are also available in India, but not the titanium or ceramic ones.
The cellular variants of this watch allow you to make and receive phone calls even when your phone is not with you. This is a nice feature, but it works only with Airtel and Reliance Jio in India as of now because other telcos don’t support eSIMs yet. You can link your existing phone number to the watch — it continues to work on your iPhone as well as on the watch. The setup process for this is very easy; we just needed to tap a couple of buttons during the setup process to link our phone number to the watch, and the process was complete within seconds.
Apple uses the same good old magnetic charging cradle that every other Apple Watch so far has used. we’re glad to see that Apple settled on one charger on its first attempt.
The main feature of the Apple Watch Series 5 is its always-on display. The screen gets brighter and shows more data when it’s active and dims but stays on when inactive. The transition is very smooth when using almost any watch face, and it looks really cool. Sadly, if the display becomes inactive when an app is running, the effect is not as good as it has to be. When the screen is dimmed, it simply shows the time overlaid over the blurred out app like you’d see it on any digital watch.
Whenever the display is inactive, “live” complications don’t show up on watch faces. This includes the Compass and the new Noise app by apple. Though, the weather, battery level, and time can be seen even when the screen is dimmed.
Sometimes it is hard to tell when the face of the watch is dimmed and when it is not. We tried to swipe upwards on the dimmed display to open the Control Centre plenty of times, but this does nothing You need to wake the display before you can do this, which usually takes some getting used to.
Once you use an Apple Watch with an always-on display, it is hard to go back to any previous model — where the screen is completely off when the device is inactive. Unfortunately, the always-on display negatively impacts battery life.
The Apple Watch Series 5 may be a smartwatch for iPhones, but it’s found its niche with fitness enthusiasts. With watch OS 6, Series 5 can log many more types of workouts including some unusual ones such as Fitness Gaming, Rolling, Play, and Mind and Body. Each of these gives you a helpful icon that illustrates what the workout looks like.
The Apple Watch Series 5 did a pretty good job of tracking our workouts, including some high-intensity interval training and running. Its heart rate sensor is very accurate and quick too. The data captured by the heart rate sensor accurately reflect how we were feeling during our workouts, and a glance at it was enough to confirm that we were close to our maximum heart rate.
Apple Watch Series 5 gives you the option of ECG readings just like the Series 4, a feature that was just recently enabled in India. The watch takes 30 seconds to log reading and will tell you whether you have a sinus rhythm or atrial fibrillation. This feature worked well for us but it’s important to note that5 is not a substitute for a visit to the doctor. It’s meant to give you a way to check if things are as expected, so you can share your concerns with a doctor. This is an excellent feature for those who need it, and even if you don’t think you need it, it is good to have.
The Apple Watch Series 5 also features an in-built compass, which is also available as a complication on the watch face.
The Series 5 is swim-proof just like its predecessor Series 4.
It’s quite surprising to see that the Apple Watch still doesn’t have native sleep tracking. We personally don’t need this feature much, but if you do, you could use an app such as Sleep++ to get the job done.
On the other hand, noise is one factor that affects sleep and general well-being, and Series 5 can measure it pretty well. The noise data we saw on this watch appeared to correspond with how loud our surroundings were. When sound levels cross 90db, you’ll receive a notification and the color of the graph turns yellow, which is a nice feature. When sound levels are below 80db, it turns green.
This is a good time to buy who really needs the Apple Watch Series 5 which starts at Rs. 40,900 for the 38mm version. The best features of the Series 5 to its successors Series 3 — is the always-on display, bigger screen, ECG monitoring, more storage, fall detection, compass, and ability to measure ambient noise.
The always-on display and bigger screen size is the feature that most of the people value, whereas the rest would potentially increase the interest of some buyers but not everyone. If you are able to live with a smaller screen and don’t need the always-on display, the Apple Watch Series 3 still remains an excellent smartwatch and now affordable too. If you like any of the new features a lot, then the Series 5 is made for you. It’s an excellent new top-end model for the iWatch lineup, with the only major complaint being reduced battery life with the always-on display enabled. Its workout-tracking accuracy is very accurate and it still is the best smartwatch for iPhones thanks to watchOS 6 and its deep integration with iOS 13.
I hope my review of Apple Watch Series 5 is helpful for you.