I have been sharing a number of wearables, fitness bands and smartwatches over the past 2 weeks, available from GearBest. It is an ongoing collaboration where they provide review units for my assessment. There is a wearable for everyone.
Want a slim fitness band with heartrate sensor? The Aiwear M2S is just US$19.99, better than Xiaomi Band that has no watch face.
Need a round-face smartwatch? The Ulefone GW01 has got the looks at US$54.99.
Want voice command function? Go for the Q2 Siri Smartwatch at US$59.99.
What to Look Out For
Most of the China-brand smartwatches use similar hardware and software, like MediaTek MTK2502, Fundo Wear app, while the fitness bands usually vary among the makers. I have reviewed quite a handful of them over the months, you can search under the “Wearable” article tag. The software is generally less refined than international brands, so do expect bugs and resolution of issues through online search. Most of the problems lie with the consistent interaction of the wearable with the smartphones, for instance, event notification. But if you wear it on its own, the device works without any failure. The battery life of fitness bands typically last 4-5 days, while the smartwatches max out at 2 days, some even less than 1, due to the intense drain in connecting to the smartphones for constant notifications.
GearBest is currently having a promotion on the new arrivals and best-selling watches in May. Visit the promotion page for the list of offers.