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U10 U Watch Review - not a bad smartwatch

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By panteryx_26, Member on 29th November 2014, 09:34 PM
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So i got the watch thinking that it will be better than the U8 PRO ...at least that is how it's described.
This is a random review that might help some of you, if you want a budget smartwatch.

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1. It powers off and on really quick
2. battery lasts somewhere around 3 days for me but i'm a heavy user and most times it's on vibration , so lots of notifications , lots of screen time...you get it.
3. apps on it :
  • Phonebook - it's a bit hard to navigate through it as it has no way to search so if you have a lot of contacts like it do, you end up scrooooooolliing for hours to get to the bottom of the list
  • Dialer - normal dialer , works perfectly
  • Messaging - All your text messages are saved here, you can read them and delete them whenever you want.
  • Call Log - really handy when you want to call someone you've called recently and don't wanna go through the tedious phonebook
  • Notifier - This is where ALL the phone notifications show up. once they flash on the screen and you dismiss them this is where they go until you clear them.
  • Music - Works great if you want to listen to music on the watch, i didn't figure out how to control the music from my phone with the watch and i dont know if it's possible.
  • Camera - you can take remote pictures. don't know when i'll use this but it's a cool feature i guess.
  • Settings - Language, Time, date, time format , backlight duration and about phone
  • Anti-Lost - you can set it to vibrate when you get too far from the phone. i am not sure i have the hang of this one yet
  • Powersave - you can make the screen eye bleeding bright or normal
  • Ringtone - you have mute, vibrate and a few 8bit ringtones
  • Sleep Monitor - this is very ****ty and if you set your watch down it will think you're asleep, i can't figure out how to turn it off
  • Alarm - you can set alarms
  • Pedometer - it is what it is
  • Stopwatch - same as above
  • Menu Style - you have 2 menu styles, one with nice colors and one that looks pretty bad in my opinion
  • Clock Type - digital and analog. i really like the analog face
  • Find Phone - this will make your phone scream I AM HERE so loud and weird that you will be afraid to ever lose your phone again
  • eCompass - a compass

Overall i am pretty satisfied with this device for the money I paid for it. It displays all my notifications from ALL the aplications i've selected in the bTnotifier.apk

I wish i could find the PC drivers and maybe a different firmware for it so i can tinker a bit .
if you have any questions let me know.
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1st December 2014, 10:40 AM |#2  
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I agree with the review.
I find the phonebook a bit fiddly and found it easier to use call history for regular contacts - warning! no lag, I was experimenting at 4:30am and it was only after 2 rings that I managed to disconnect
Not sure whether all websites sell this as having an OLED screen? Banggood does. If it is OLED then it has the worst sunlight display for an OLED i.e. just before sunset, cloudy winter British sun makes the screen unviewable. IMO it is a full colour LCD with poor sunlight display capability.
Battery drain indicator does not appear to be very linear - it suddenly dips. I haven't tried going more than 2 days between charges yet, but for me I am happy if I can get away with not having to charge every day.
When you're out and about, be careful not to long press the button - as watch will turn off. The startup tune is annoying, long and LOUD and will draw lots of attention.
Playing Blakes 7 by taking wrist calls is fun, but I don't really want to share my 2-way conversation with the rest of the world.
It's good enough as an ordinary watch to satisfy my need for a display that I can read at night without having to put on my longsight assisting glasses and the couple of times that I've received an awaited SMS or email when I'm on the go, when whipping out my smartphone would have slowed me down, have been a great feature.
Glad I bought it.
***Edit*** I must have been receiving calls when not wearing my glasses, as I've only just noticed that there is no caller information on incoming calls - which is my main requirement, so that I don't have to get my big phone out to check whether I want to take the call - so now, for me, it is just a watch.
Has anyone had caller information on the U8?
Also, when receiving a call, the call goes to headset i.e. watch - sometimes when I click off headset to take the call on the phone, a couple of seconds later it reverts back to headset - maybe it is a phone issue, flipping annoying.
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1st December 2014, 11:44 AM |#3  
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Hi,I also have a U10, and let me tell you that if it comes to the appearance of the watch and the analog clock is u8 August I like it much better. I hope that the manufacturer will begin to support the u10 because for now on their side In the download section is only firmware for u8. Well if they made a new appearance as an analog clock in u8. In my watch is M51_OPTSW.FN1.V003 firmware has installed.
17th December 2014, 03:28 PM |#4  
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Is it possible to have the watch face displayed permanently without pressing the button?
18th December 2014, 03:59 AM |#5  
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I haven't found that option, and I sincerely doubt that this is possible .
Autonomy would then probably be 24 hours or less .
19th December 2014, 03:00 PM |#6  
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I also have just received this watch

Not bad for the money but I think the bt problem with missing caller info on phone numbers is a Bluetooth problem itself

The reason I say that is if I receive a call on the head unit in my car, it displays the number but not the caller just the same as the U10 watch.

I will keep this a while then buy a better one when things settle as I would like to put android wear on it and change faces from time to time.

Not bad for 27 and a 3 week wait.
23rd December 2014, 04:50 AM |#7  
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I just received this watch so far i love it i just needed something to forward calls and messages to my wrist.
Sense when i get home i just slap my phone on the charger and kinda forget about it which makes me miss a bunch of calls and text .
But its pretty hard to miss something vibrating on your wrist.
I just wish it had some more watch faces and maybe some way to make the watch turn on by flicking your wrist instead of hitting the button.
23rd December 2014, 12:17 PM |#8  
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Have had it for a few days now and going to give it away as a xmas present and wait for (asus zen, moto 360 etc to get to a reasonable price.

One big gripe is that when you answer your phone then have to talk into the watch as you can not hear the caller on your phone.
As conversation is a bit loud and tinny and there is no way of quickly switching bt off then it is more trouble than it's worth.

Can't complain about price though.

Another gripe:
Asus zen watch released about 2 weeks ago in states $200
Asus zen watch released 22nd dec here in the uk 200

So instead of 128 they rip us off AGAIN.

Same thing appears to be happening with the moto 360
24th December 2014, 12:51 AM |#9  
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Originally Posted by spudorange

Have had it for a few days now and going to give it away as a xmas present and wait for (asus zen, moto 360 etc to get to a reasonable price.

One big gripe is that when you answer your phone then have to talk into the watch as you can not hear the caller on your phone.
As conversation is a bit loud and tinny and there is no way of quickly switching bt off then it is more trouble than it's worth.

Can't complain about price though.

Another gripe:
Asus zen watch released about 2 weeks ago in states $200
Asus zen watch released 22nd dec here in the uk 200

So instead of 128 they rip us off AGAIN.

Same thing appears to be happening with the moto 360

Yeah i agree with you and while the prices are not quite as bad over here they still cost a fair bit more then the base US price.
And i found one mild annoyance the metal bits on the watch are not nickel free so a bit of a head up for those with nickel allergies like me.

I dealt with it by coating the metal bits with some clear nail polish but i cant really complain considering the price.
I just wish there was like a oneplus one style smart watch nice specs and design with a decent price tag
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27th December 2014, 02:26 PM |#10  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by spudorange

Have had it for a few days now and going to give it away as a xmas present and wait for (asus zen, moto 360 etc to get to a reasonable price.

One big gripe is that when you answer your phone then have to talk into the watch as you can not hear the caller on your phone.
As conversation is a bit loud and tinny and there is no way of quickly switching bt off then it is more trouble than it's worth.

Can't complain about price though.

Another gripe:
Asus zen watch released about 2 weeks ago in states $200
Asus zen watch released 22nd dec here in the uk 200

So instead of 128 they rip us off AGAIN.

Same thing appears to be happening with the moto 360

The price is hyped due to import duties etc, you can buy it from the USA if you like for nearly half the price, but you will end up paying 70 import plus Plus P&P = pretty much 200.

I buy a lot of parts for my guitar from the USA as things are half the price, Seymour Duncan pickup cost me 45 from the USA with free shipping, no import duties due to being marked as a gift, here the the UK the same pickup is 75 plus P&P, if you can get friendly with the staff there then you can get them to mark it as a gift and therefore avoid any import duties.
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Just got a U10 for myself and a u8 for my partner.... u10 is nicer when compared with the u8(and u8 crap menus etc) but u8 has more hardware(eg altimeter and barometer) instead of compass on the U10) !!!


just wish there was a better firmware for the 10.... would be good to hear the ring tone as installed on the phone(u8 pushes the ring tone and notification tones too...) and be able to reply to a text..


All in all we are reasonably happy with them and as our entry models to the smartwatch market they are a good choice but just wish we had both gone for u10 as is a better choice!
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