Lately we have been intensively us with the activity tracker available on the market.Different models have we tested over a longer period and made us an opinion. After we tried the models most popular on the market, we asked ourselves whetherthere are even cheaper alternatives.
Wanted. Found. From China we have ordered the Vidonn X 5. Whether it is worthwhile to spend over €80 for a smart band or whether one can use one for €30, learn here.
Long delivery time and without accessories
First they said wait. The shipment from China lasted about two weeks. Triple wrapped in plastic wrap the device without Customs problems when we arrived. And itwas declared as a gift. It has just below the verzollbaren value. There was a smallplastic box under the plastic sheet. The design is good. Bright and open. On the back of the technical specifications. Not a single Chinese character to watch. But everything in English.
In the box: The bracelet and a quick start guide. Not more. Doesn’t need it but also, because the tracker can plug directly into the USB port on the PC. The quick start guide is available in English. The translation was apparently executed by the Google Translator.
The bracelet is made up of two parts. The tracker with the whole technology and asolid silicone bracelet. In size, it can be adjusted and fixed with two metal pins intothe holes of the strap.
The Tracker is attached with two pins. These however are made of plastic and hopefully not soon stop. The chip consists of black plastic and has at one end a USB2.0 plug for charging. A triangular button and the small OLED display sitting on top. And that is really small. 12 x 5 mm. To imagine that. These are some more than two boxes on a checkered sticky notes. The display shows the time after a push of a button. In addition the battery charge and an icon indicating just the bracelet. Afurther press of the button displays the step number and still a pressure on the consumed calories.
A three seconds press the button puts the tape in the active mode. It automaticallystarts the stopwatch and be at that time steps and calories are measured and displayed. Also, the bracelet indicates the distance traveled. I couldn’t figure out whatsignals me the blue flashing of the button, until now. Use a double click switch off.
So far so good. Would there be not the app. To use the functions of the smart bands, the bracelet for the first time with the corresponding app must be connected.The app is called band 2.0 smart and can be downloaded for free from the app store and the PlayStore. The same app there is also in Chinese and means (vidonn)”.
When you first start the app you have to create a user account itself. The user information asked from size, gender, age and weight to calculate your calorie consumption. Until then everything good. But then it starts. The Smart phone must be connected to the smart tape.
“Tips: you light up the screen, app if the device search, article click Connect.” AHA.
The connection is available. Then you will be redirected to the homescreen. Not really nicely designed and strangely divided the whole app works. On the home screen, you can see the battery level of the bracelet, the steps as a diagram, distance,calories and sleep. Everything at once is a bit much. Below the button there is stillthe Department friends and more. The friends section should be best completely ignored. See more there are the settings. You can set an alarm clock on the smart tape or set an automatic bedtime. Here is the bad English translation. Feedback, sex: Man, birthday, height, rescue…
You must constantly connect the bracelet. Sometimes it even works. Also the update works only partially.
Suitability for everyday use
The smart band feels pleasant. Because the smart bracelet is flexible, it lays perfectly around your arm. The Tracker is something big and bulky, but not striking the normalwear. The build quality is ok. There are a few sharp edges on the bottom edge. That I see must press always time on the button, bothers me. In addition, the buttoncan be hard press. A function that I‘ve missed in other smart tapes is that I can just look up, how many steps I did in one day. The bracelet can not display notifications. Unfortunately, the interaction with the app is cruel and makes the operation very difficult.
The X 5 is waterproof to IP67. So a visit to the swimming pool should be able to off it. I not tried that yet. Hand-washing and showers has survived in any case.
Anyone looking for a smart band with the basic functions, just to see how many steps it has made that can be viewed here. Who wants to evaluate the data in hindsight and want to analyze for example own sleep, which should necessarily choose another smart tape. The app is hardly accessible. In addition, the display is very small, the button is hard to press, and the battery lasts up to 4 days.
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Who wants to have fun with an activity tracker in the long term, should spend some more money. It must be fit not equal to over €150 for a Galaxy gear. Also you should look at if possible, before the app, because they heavily influenced the operating comfort. Here we have an overview of the different devices.
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