With most smartwatches costing an arm and a leg, it’s quite tempting to go for a cheaper option. There are plenty of cheaper options available, but are they worth it? After using the HAMSWAN U80 smartwatch for a little while, here are my thoughts.
First up; the packaging. It is very minimal. The box that the watch arrived in is relatively small, with an image of the watch on the front, as well as a brief look at a few of the features. Below is a list of the watch features and specifications.
• Stopwatch and pedometer, sleep monitoring, anti-theft alarm supported
• Screen size and resolution: 1.44 inch, 128 x 128
• Battery type and capacity: lithium-ion polymer battery, 3.7V/230mAh
• Keys: POWER ON or back software feature
• Rest alarm: support, remind you to stand up, physical activity
• Drink alarm: support, is a reminder that you need to drink more water
• Phone call: support (Load Speaker and Receiver Mode)
• Type: MTK6260-ARM7 360MHz
• SRAM: MTK6260 (built-in)-32mb NOR
• Flash: MTK6260 (built-in)-32mb
• Camera: No
• Touch module: yes
• Speaker: 8/0.7W speaker x 1
• MIC: yes, G-sensor: yes, GPS: no, BT: yes
• Bluetooth: MTK6260 (Built-in)-BT3.0
• Operation system: MTK
• Phone book: 1000
• SMS: support (need APP)
• MMS: push icon (need APP)
• Set time/date: user-defined
• Alarm: support five set
• 1 x Smart Watch
• 1 x Charging Cable
• 1 x User Manual
One side of the watch has a button that activates and dims the screen, and the other side has the speaker, microphone, and the charging port – which is covered by a rubber cover that clips into place when not in use, preventing any dust or anything getting into the port.
After the initial first charge, I got to grips with the watch. Connecting to my phone via bluetooth was a simple process, as it should be. Now it is worth mentioning, to get the full use of the watch, you have to download a selection of apps from the app store. (For text and other notifications.) If your smartphone has limited storage space, and/or you can’t utilise an SD Card, this is something that you should know from the off. While the apps themselves aren’t huge in file size, having to have several different ones installed may be enough to put people off. While on the subject of apps, there are no additional apps to download on the watch itself, so there isn’t anything extra to personalise the watch, just the pre-installed apps.
I wanted to give the pedometer function a proper run, so I did the initial setup (height, stride length*****,) strapped on the watch and ventured out to the local beach. I had my Fitbit on to test the count number once I had finished walking the dogs. Once finished, I opened the pedometer app on the watch, only to find that it had not registered a single step. I restarted the watch and tried again . This time around, it counted the steps, but there was a huge difference when I put the numbers alongside what was registered on the Fitbit – a massive 147 steps less! This was off-putting, as well as a disappointment.
Another thing I found was, because of the silicone strap on the watch, it became quite irritating to wear due to sweat. I know this is to be expected due to the material, but I thought it was worth a mention.
Next up, I tried a phonecall to my sister from the watch. Now, while the volume of the watch speaker was loud enough to for me to hear in the middle of a busy supermarket, the quality of the call was disappointing. The voice came through sounding like a robot- that’s the best way for me to describe it. Initially, I didn’t even think it was my sister who answered the phone. I then tried accessing my text messages. Even though I had installed the apps that I needed, I was still unable to access my messages.
The responsiveness of the touchscreen was actually pretty good. whether I was swiping from right to left, or selecting an app to go into and check stats, every click and swipe registered as it should.
The drink and rest alarms worked as they should, notifying me when I should have a drink of water, and also when I should get off my rear end and do some physical activity. The bluetooth camera control seemed to work ok, but to use that feature, your phone needs to be unlocked and on the home screen. A press of a button then triggered the phone to take a picture. I guess this would come in handy if you are stood in front of the phone trying to get yourself into the picture. The thing I noticed though, is that once I Had taken a picture, it was not anywhere to be found in my phones gallery. I have no idea what happened to the random pictures that I took.
Is this watch worth the money? Well, at the price of £15.99 on Amazon UK (at the time of writing this review) I would say yes, but only if you are after a very basic smartwatch. The features don’t all work as they should, which I guess isn’t surprising when you see the price tag. This is ultimately a gadget that doesn’t perform 100% as it should, the best bit being that it tells the time accurately, and that it has a good look about it. I’d advise saving a bit of money and going for something with a higher price tag.