Smartwatches have been around for a while now. Googlehas had a go at the market with Android Wear and Apple has pretty much nailed it with all the Apple Watch. Now smartphone brand TCL has introduced a new wearable device in the form of this TCL Movetime. With a price of Rs 9,999 the watch begins with a few older Android Wear devices and the Pebble Time smartwatch. Is this a better buy than the established names? We try to answer that question.

TCL Movetime design and specifications
TCL seems to have done its homework before manufacturing the Movetime view as it has adhered to the popular round shape. This kind of design helped the Moto 360 gain popularity during its time since it had been the only option that looked like an analogue watch. TCL has replaced the crown with a power button. The design is such that the 1.39-inch display is recessed, which ought to keep it relatively safe from scratches. Sporting a resolution of 400 x 400 pixels, it isn’t the very crisp display on the market, and the square resolution onto a round display results in text being cut off at the borders. The dial has concentric circular grooves which seem good but attract a good deal of grime. The opinion is rated IP67 for water and dust resistance which ought to keep it secure during workouts and for everyday use.

TCL has paired the round watch body with an 18mm leather strap that is a bit thinner than that which we would like. A quick release knob at the back may be used to detach the band, and you You may swap it with any other standard 18mm strap of your choice. The crown button may be used to turn the display off and on, and also a long-press will close it down entirely. At the back, the watch comes with a heart-rate detector and pogo pin contacts for charging. There’s a cutout at the top for your speaker, and microphone holes in the bottom. For connectivity there is Bluetooth in addition to Wi-Fi. The Movetime primarily uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone and pull notifications from it, while Wi-Fi is used to download software updates.

The UI is simplistic and utilizes swipes and taps for navigation. We discovered that a lack of visual cues makes it tough to work with and there is a learning curve. You can swipe down in the homescreen to get quick toggles and adjust the screen brightness and speaker volume. It is also possible to long-press on the homescreen to get to a menu of different watch faces. We discovered that the Movetime functions primarily as a notifier, pulling alarms from your phone. You may only observe the notifications; you don’t have any method to react to them. This severely limits the capabilities of the watch.

For instance, a watch powered by Android Wear provides much more functionality including the Google Assistant. Even with its limited features, the Movetime isn’t a excellent notifier. Once you check a notification on the smartwatch, it is dismissed for good, giving you no way to take a look at it again. This means that you can’t assess a notification and act on it later. On the other hand, notifications which you mark as read on the Movetime aren’t dismissed on your own paired smartphone. We also found that if the watch loses and reestablishes its connection with your phone, it will display all unread notifications one after the other. If you have a ton of unread emails, by way of instance, it will proceed on buzzing till it gets through the entire list. This is highly annoying and disruptive.

Other specifications do not seem all that great either. The Movetime includes 16MB of RAM and 32MB of storage. This is abysmal when compared to other wearables. Android Wear devices have at least 512MB of RAM with 4GB of storage, and you can use this to download apps as well as music which you can listen to using Bluetooth headphones. The Movetime does not have this ability which makes it less versatile and less value for money.

The Movetime includes a speaker and mic which enable you to take calls out of the watch. You want to allow this in the quick toggles first. When talking throughout the opinion we often got complaints of bad voice quality in the opposite end. The watch also rings when you get a telephone and its sound settings are independent from the phone forcing you to remember to set modes independently.

TCL has added a heart-rate sensor at the back. We discovered that it wouldn’t work all the time, and it might display a suggestion that we fasten the strap tightly so that the detector is pressed against the wearer’s skin. In the same position, a Mi Band 2 that we used for comparison could detect our pulse with no issues. You do have the option to have heartbeat tracking on when working out but we weren’t happy with the outcomes. During a run on a treadmill, the watch will show 54-60bpm while the treadmill itself displayed around 130bpm which seemed more accurate.

There is a sleep mode as well but again, we discovered it to be a little off. We tested it against the Mi Band two and while it obtained the total time of sleep in precisely the exact same selection, the stats such as Deep and Light Sleep were totally off.

You obtain a charging pad with two pogo pins which you’ll have to carry along with you to maintain the device topped up. In our experience, the watch required to be charged every other day. Charging time is dependent upon the adapter that you use since the watch does not come with one in the box. On an average we found that it would take a little over an hour to go from 0 to 100 percent.

Verdict
If you are looking for a brand new smartwatch, your options are pretty limited. The TCL Movetime understands the design pretty far right, but struggles with software and usability. For the asking price, there are hardly any smartwatches with a heart-rate sensor however, you will find a few that are more specialised and better at their specific functions that the Movetime. You can opt for the Asus Zenwatch two which runs on Android Wear if you want a smartwatch, however if fitness tracking is your main priority, you might wish to just buy a Mi Band 2 and call it a day.

Experts

Great design
Heart-rate sensor at the price
Cons

Not a Fantastic notifier
Heart-rate sensor not true
Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 4
Performance: 2
Value For Money: 2
Overall: 2.5

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