Analysis and handling of the a1608 from Xiaomi.

As an introduction to this analysis

Connected watches have become powerful.Some of them are oriented towards monitoring physical condition and even go as far as monitoring calories burned, others are more for office automation with e-mail synchronization.

Several weak points on this watch :
– Not enough functionality for good health monitoring
– Its daily use
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

Because it’s important to think twice before buying this type of product, this article will help you see things more clearly.

The perfect watch for health monitoring?

Many technological developments have taken place since the first health monitoring watches.They are now equipped with many advanced sensors.
Our tests have shown that the a1608 is one of the least interesting models if we want to have a healthy follow-up.That doesn’t in any way prevent you from buying it for aesthetic reasons.

The main difference with known watches is that it does not run on PropriƩtaire or Apple.This choice induces a greater difficulty to handle the different buttons and icons present.We are far from the smooth navigation of models with PropriƩtaire or Apple Watchs.
After a few weeks, you will be more comfortable with its handling.
This model does not have a sleep measurement.
This watch is not equipped with an accelerometer.It’s impossible to know how many calories you burn every day.
For those who need to take their pulse regularly, or follow their heartbeat, this watch is to be proscribed, as it does not have PPG (photoplethysmography).
There is no sensor and no application that reproduces the electrocardiogram curve on this watch.

A connected and practical watch

Wondering about the use of a connected watch?Besides, you don’t know if you’ll need it every day.In detail, we help you understand whether it makes sense to buy this a1608 now.
This model is not well placed when compared to other smartwatches at the same price.It does not allow this model to meet daily needs.
Among the list of interesting features is first of all GPS.This means it can track data such as distance travelled and your route even without a smartphone connected.Note by account, that in full GPS mode – with GPS tracking enabled, the watch’s autonomy will last less time.
In case you forget to take off your watch while taking a shower, no problem.Don’t worry about immersing it in your bath water.We haven’t tested this last point, but we can take the company at its word.
Xiaomi opted for a watch without the reinforced glass option; this is regrettable.
Its touch screen allows you to navigate through the different menus of the watch.It will not be possible to make your payments without contacts, as it is devoid of the NFC function.Finally, even if it is not essential, we would have appreciated being able to listen to music.You will have to choose another watch for this.

The smartwatch designed for sports

The connected watch offers an interesting alternative to tracking devices, which are only oriented towards sport or health.This tool allows you to combine the advantages of conventional products in a small format and can be connected to other devices such as your phone or laptop.And as far as the a1608 is concerned, here’s the thing.
With this product, Fossil is not for sportsmen.It is interesting, but not for those who want to improve their sports results.
It includes GPS tracking.No need to have a smartphone paired with the watch.
Because the watch has no SIM, only your smartphone will be able to retrieve the tracking data collected.In return for this inconvenience, you will have an extended battery life.

If you can’t envisage sport without music, this watch doesn’t allow it.

Is it suitable for all needs?

There are different operating systems installed on smartwatches.Associated applications do not allow the same types of use.More or less complex applications that facilitate measurement or analysis.
Due to its configuration, this smartwatch limits the addition of new applications.
The choice of this watch will be made only on the applications it contains.You will need to make sure that the applications installed by default are suitable for you.
And if you need an application in addition to those installed by default, you will have to turn to another model.However, it remains a simple and cheap product for basic uses.

The a1608 in conclusion

The overall score of this watch is among the lowest.Its low price may make you want to buy it.
The few weak points could be:
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Its daily use
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

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