There seems to be a new generation of Fitbit style trackers coming to the market from China that mimic all the functions of the expensive rivals and even add a few of their own. The price of this item seems now to be under review at Amazon but others of with this function range I have seem from YAMAY and others are in the the £30-£35 range.
In the budget level windowed gate fold product box there is the wrist band itself, and a fan fold type User Guide which is small but well printed and reasonably well written. I include a scan of the User Guide at the end of my unboxing video. No charging cable was included which I thought at first was an oversight but the clever design of this product makes one unnecessary.
Build quality seems fine for the price but lacks the premium feel and presentation of high end rivals costing several times the price. It is well designed and an example of this is the charging method which cleverly avoids the need of cables by having the sensor pod pop out to reveal a full size USB plug. This also allows the strap to be replaced if needed – assuming a replacement can be found. Some effort is needed to remove the strap and I was a bit nervous when tugging on it at first but soon got the hang of it. The device is IP67 waterproof which means the device is waterproof up to 1 metre for short periods. So it may be OK in the shower but not for swimming.
This unit closely resembles the Fitbit Charge HR and mirrors most if not all of the costly rival’s functions as well as a few new ones. It supports a Heart Rate Monitor, Clock, Pedometer, distance travelled, Calories used, Sleep Monitor, SMS monitor, Sedentary alert, Call Alert, Remote Camera control. All this is done through the latest low energy Bluetooth 4 connection and allows a claimed eight day standby use between two hour charges charge use to be not unrealistic.
The watch interface shows seven modes each with a separate sub menu of screens: Time, Sports, Heart Rate, Camera Control, Music Control, Alarm, Switch. There is a soft touch button on the front of the device to select a screen or return to the main menu.
It has eight preset activity/sport modes on board with six more accessible from the VeryfitPro iOS or Android app which must be installed for use with the tracker. During and after a sports activity you can monitor Heart rate, Steps, Calories used, distance travelled, pace, average pace and time taken.
The Time Mode allows the time and date to be set and displayed, Heart Rate mode shows current heart rate independently of Sport Mode, Camera Control mode allows for remote control from the wrist of the connected phone’s camera, Music Mode allows music to be played and controlled from a connected phone, Alarm Mode allows for various alarms and timers to be set and controlled. The watch will also display alerts for incoming phone calls and some third party apps such as Facebook and Twitter.
The VeryfitPro app is needed to configure the device as well as to collate and display the health tracking features. After installing the app it then connects seamlessly to the tracker and continually updates the steps taken, distance travelled etc, and can display real time heart rate. The app is OK but comes nowhere near that from Fitbit which you have to expect given the price. Annoyingly, there is no option to set an alert when the phone and tracker lose their Bluetooth connection.
Like with the Fitbit Charge 2 which I currently use the Heart Rate Monitor here is OK and a gives a decent indication of resting and active heart rates but cannot be considered accurate when compared to a chest strap HRM of the type used by serious athletes.
This tracker feels and looks a bit cheaper than a Fitbit or other Name brands but mirrors almost all the features as well as adding a few new ones. If you are looking for a simple but well specified sports and fitness tracker and don’t want to pay for a premium name then this new wrist mounted tracker from YAMAY might be just want you need.
SMS and call alerts
Good build quality
Good User Guide
14 exercise activities supported
Remote phone camera control
Not part of larger product eco system
No Separation alert
Basic level app
Wrist strap and buckle could be stronger
Android App lacks design flare
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