YAMAY Bluetooth Fitness Tracker Smartwatch SW016

I bought this as gift for my girlfriend as she is a keen to track her fitness but wanted a device to also use as an everyday watch. I use a Motorola 360 2nd Generation watch and also a YAMAY Fitness Tracker with Heart Rate Monitor.  Having had the watch for a few days now it is interesting to compare both the tracker and the Motorola smartwatch which costs four times the price.

First thing to make clear as this is NOT Android Wear compatible and neither is it an Apple Watch and it matches these devices neither in features or price. This is a budget device but in fact is far from the cheapo poorly made device I feared it might be.

Inside the simple mid market product box was the watch itself, a short charging cable, watch strap, and a well written but rather small and poorly printed User Guide which I include on the end of my unboxing video (go full screen and pause as required to read it). Although the watch shipped with a lightweight peel off screen protector already fitted unlike other users I did not receive a separate screen protector or cleaning cloth.

Build quality seems fine and equal in quality to my M360 but the lesser expensive presentation reduces the overall premium feel of the product. The watch is not too thick and in fact is slimmer than my M360 and it feels just as robust and well made. The 1.54inch square TFT screen is good and bright with vibrant and deep colours but with a resolution of 240*240 cannot compare to the round 1.56” (40mm), 233ppi (360 X 330) LCD screen of the Motorola. The strap is easily detachable using quick release pins – if you think that is a good thing in a watch – and again seems well made and durable being made from a silicon type material in dark gray with bright green piping. The watch is IP68 waterproof to 3 meters which beats both the Yamay tracker and M360 and can be used for swimming although the User Guide tells us not to press the buttons when underwater.

Here are the main features of the watch:

Heart Rate Monitor
Step Counter
Sleep Monitor
Sedentary Alert
Stopwatch
SMS Notifications
Call Notifications
Remote Camera control
Lost Phone feature
Hydration Alert
Phone audio apps control
Alarm
Third party apps push notifications

Most but not all these features can be found on both my M360 and the Yamay tracker although far more easy ton use here than on the tiny tracker screen. It worth noting that unlike with some rival watches this one has no wifi support, no internal memory for media storage with no option to fit a micro SD card, and no internal camera. It will not work as a standalone phone since has no SIM card support (despite what some Amazon reviewers claim). Both these last two features are also missing from my M360 but neither would be any use to me or most users.

It connects to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and you need to install the ‘Fundo Wear’ app to control and fully configure the watch as well to record and display health and fitness data recorded by the watch. I am an Android user and have not been able to test the Apple app.

Pairing with the Bluetooth connection of my Android phone was easy enough and after this I was able to sync my contacts book and other items. I was then able to make and receive phone calls and play music controlled from the watch and receive SMS notifications and notifications from apps such as twitter, Facebook etc. The watch can also act as a remote control for the camera, which I suppose might be useful sometimes. A more practical use is the lost phone feature which can be used to locate the mislaid phone using Bluetooth.

The watch has surprisingly powerful speaker and I was able to use it to make a phone call more successfully then I expected but for really this feature is best saved for emergencies only as you look and feel a fool when using it. You can switch between using the watch or phone to conduct a call during the call itself.

The watch has a magnetic charging mount similar to that used on more expensive rivals and whilst this is great it means care must be taken not to lose the small non standard charging cable. The phone takes about two hours to charge and it seems that gives about two days of normal use and up to a week on standby.

I was very pleasantly surprised by this watch. For the price I was not expecting much but in fact the watch looks good with a quality feel to it and seems pretty robust. Of course it does not support the full range of Android Wear or Apple features but does do all the basics pretty well. Most notifications are supported as well as music playing and phone call support. The app is a bit buggy and not made to Google or Apple standards but most users will not need it much.

For the price this is a very worthwhile buy and if you want a connected watch but don’t fancy paying a premium price for it then this could be for you.

The Good
Great Build quality
Magnetic charging mount
Lost phone feature
Third party app notifications
Good bright display
Good battery life
Internal SIM
Internal SD card
Apps can be installed to the phone
Well written User Guide

The Bad
No Android Wear support
Proprietary charging cable
User Guide hard to read
Poor quality Android app
No premium packaging
No Camera
No SIM card slot
No SD card slot
No wifi support

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