Itime Elite Smartwatch – Review of Features
iTime has several trendy smartwatches in the market, and one of the latest wearable with a fashionable look and sporty design is the iTime Elite Smartwatch.
The smartwatch is designed to compete with the series 5 smartwatches in the market. It has a 39 mm casing slightly smaller compared to 42 mm-45 mm series 6 smartwatches. But still, it is a medium-size wearable that is perfect for those who are looking for a medium-size smartwatch. Below is our initial review of the iTime Elite smartwatch.
Design and Display
The iTime Elite smartwatch has a zinc alloy body with a brushed finish. It is available in black, silver and rose gold color. If you are going to take a look at the design, it is very obvious that it is trying to copy the look of the popular brand with the fruit logo. The smartwatch has a rectangular design, a protruding crown button on the side with a pill shape. The smartwatch specs for screen display are not stated, but we are pretty sure it is along the 1.54” inch IPS LCD screen display. It is a full-color screen display with full touch screen operation. On top of that is a 2.5D tempered glass screen display with sharp and crystal clear clarity.
Features of the iTime Elite Smartwatch
The smartwatch is packed with health and fitness sensors, with its health functionality. The wearable is loaded with heart rate monitoring, it also has blood pressure and blood oxygen monitor. Another feature that smartwatch would love is temperature monitoring. The smartwatch is able to check your body temperature fast.
It is a full packed health smartwatch will all the latest sensors available in the device. All of its data, and graphs is available in the support app for more details.
Other functions included in the device are sleep monitoring, the function checks for deep sleep, light sleep, and the number of hours. There is also a sedentary alert, alerting you to move after a prolonged period of sitting.
Real time notification on your wrist with its message and call alerts. Receive message notifications with the option to read messages on the smartwatch. There is also call alerts with call ID support.
Other functions included in the smartwatch are camera remote control, weather temperature monitoring, stopwatch, there is also a timer and preloaded watch faces.
The smartwatch is a comprehensive health and fitness smartwatch with different sensors and functionality. It is a very affordable smartwatch with different sensors loaded to a fashionable sporty device. The device is compatible with Android and iOS platform and with several days of standby time.
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3.0 out of 5 starsYou can't expect too much for this price.
Reviewed in the United States on December 23, 2017
2-nd update after wearing this watch for several weeks now - no starts added or taken, stays at 3 still:
Overall seems OK in this price range.
Note that it is not Android or Android Wear. Watch has a proprietary OS and is built around the MediaTek chip like many cheap Chineese so called smart watches.
Only one active BT connection is possible at a time. If you want to use BT headphones with the watch, you need to disconnect the phone.
This has an unexpected consequence - my car audio and hands-free calling system is paired with my phone, so if I want my phone to connect with it, I have to disconnect my watch from the phone first before driving. Otherwise my car audio system will not connect with my phone and I end up taking calls on the watch, which due to poor microphone quality and it's inconvenient location is not a desired outcome. I write about this more at the end of this review.
Watch requires an app. installed on Android phone to push notifications to the watch via BT. Instructions say you need to download BTNotifications from Google Play. That didn't work well and I also don't recommend loading the APK installation file directly from watch manufacturer's website (barcode of the APK file is available by pressing corresponding icon on the watch's screen). Not only it is not safe from security perspective, but also this app. displayed annoying pop-up ad that I often hit accidently (it sneeks up on you) and which always redirected me to Google Play to install some advertised apps. In the end I ended up uninstalling that and I am using now MediaTek Smart Device from Google Play store. It is not perfect, but a safer alternative to the APK installation file and works OK. When watch fails to connect to phone, don't panic - just kill the phone app., disconnect BT on the phone from the watch, then start the app. on the phone and then go to Android BT setup and connect back to the watch. Confirm connection on the watch screen by answering Yes to the questions that follow.
The melody / chime that plays when turning on / off is annoying and loud. No way to turn it off I think.
There is no easy way (if any at all) to customize background or load different watch faces. You're stuck with what's installed on the device.
Listing says the watch supports maximum of 16 GB TF card, but I inserted 32 GB and it works. I tried to enter smaller 2GB card first, but the watch did not recognize it at all. Too small? I am not sure, the same card was recognized by my other phone and by my PC.
Watch can be setup as a mass storage when connected with USB cable to a PC. Menu with choice of mass storage or COM device appears automatically when USB cable is connected. Select mass storage, then files can be copied to / from TF card installed in the watch.
It is easy to open the back cover and replace battery. Watch is shipped with extra battery, so you can charge both and have a backup if needed. I recommend you take that backup battery with you for a trip that lasts whole day - battery life on this watch is not great.
Removing TF card is a bit tricky. There is a component on the board obstructing the TF card bay. Inserting is easier, it's removal that's problematic. Using tweezers definitely helps, unless you have long nails or really slender fingers, not the sausages as I do, then you may be able to do it without any tools. General look and feel is rather good, not too cheap, but a bit on the thick side. Causes issues when I wear long sleeves shirt to work and want to keep my sleeves down and buttoned up. I have to wear the watch on top of the sleeve. I didn't like the included and already affixed screen protector. It didn't stick well at the edges giving the impression of cheap assembly / toy-like look and feel. Therefore I removed it and I am using this watch without screen protector. Screen doesn't seem to be prone to scratches so far. There is one extra screen protector included with the phone, so I can always apply it if I change my mind. The screen is also more responsive to touch without the protector installed.
There are 3 different clock faces and several apps / features. Many of these apps are not useful, especially when you're not using this watch as a standalone phone (no SIM card). Also, phone has no built in flash memory, so in order to be able to use local sound recorder, music player or camera, TF card installation is mandatory.
I was looking forward to test step / calories counter and sleep quality monitor.
I am disappointed so far.
The pedometer is actually working, it is not fake like on some Chineese clones that have no motion sensor and which just count seconds.
It does utilize some motion / acceleration sensor or perhas camera on board and can sense when you walk and when you stop.
The sleep monitor so far gave me General or Good sleep quality readings. I am not sure how to test this function properly though - no point of reference. I was wearing it while sleeping because this is how you supposed to do it I think. Algorithm supposed to use motion sensor, camera, microphone etc. to monitor how much you move during your sleep and determine the quality of your sleep, but in this cheap watch with limited memory who knows how it really works? I keep my hands under the pillow while I sleep, so basically it is very quiet there :-) Usefullness of this function therefore is quastionable.
The watch ad on Amazon promises average use time 2-days on battery charge and BT connection standby up to a week.
Don't believe this for one second.
When I got it, I charged the watch and paired it with my phone then turned it off before putting back in the box and under the Christmas tree. About 11:30 pm on Christmas Eve we opened our presents, so I turned it on and started wearing it. Battery was showing full charge.
I went to sleep about 2 am and turned on sleep monitoring function. The battery was still showing full charge at the time.
Unfortunately the battery did not last. At about 7 am watch woke me up with chime, saying it was shutting down due to battery charge depleted. The data from sleep monitoring app. is not saved anywhere, so basically the results of sleep monitoring were lost.
The longest time I got from the watch between recharges was about 24 hours. The watch sometimes shuts down itself for no reason (battery still has charge and on/off schedule is not set). I usually recharge it for about 1 hour when the battery meter goes down to half. This makes it work for another 12-18 hours, sometimes even more.
I tested music player by copying some musing to the TF card. I paired BT headphones with the watch and was able to use it as a music player. I don't know yet how resistant it is to moisture, water splash, sweat etc. So far I wash my hands with this watch on but I am careful not to splash it and definitely being careful not to immerse it in water.
Two more functions I tested since last update are sedentary reminder and watch as a microphone / speaker for your phone.
The sedentary remainder is a useful countdown timer, where you can setup time intervals that will trigger alarm when they run down to remind you to get up and do some exercise. I find it useful at work since I work at the desk and oftern forget to move. Taking frequent short breaks from desk work is essential for your health.
Another automatic function of this watch when paired and connected with your phone via BT is that it acts as a sort of headset for your phone. While speaker quality is good and it is quite loud as well as good location of the speaker on the lower face side helps, the microphone is not so good. It is located on the top of the watch near camera lense, therefore people who called me complained about poor quality and that they couldn't hear me. It improved when I twisted my hand to that the top of the watch faced my mouth and I moved my mouth closer to the watch.
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The Best Smartwatches to Use Right Now
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Whether you’re just counting calories or training for a marathon, there are a number of reasons why you should invest in a smartwatch. Once reserved for elite athletes, smartwatches have become almost de rigueur these days for anyone who cares even remotely about their health and fitness, and with production costs lowered and access to technology more readily available than ever before, smartwatches have also become more affordable to own.
While the Apple Watch may have set the standard, a number of competitors have stepped up their game in recent years with solid smartwatches that deliver impressive battery life, enhanced tracking metrics and surprisingly useful new features, all designed to help you stay active and alert throughout the day, and restful and stress-free at night.
Improving your workout or monitoring your health is now as simple as strapping one of these watches around your wrist. Here are five of our favorites.
What Are The Best Smartwatches?
There are many factors to consider when choosing the right smartwatch for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.
Watchband size: A smartwatch can have all the features in the world, but that won’t matter if it doesn’t fit. Our picks have bands between 20mm and 22mm, which should fit the average wrist. Thankfully, third-party bands are available for many of the watches in this guide.
Face Size: You’re going to be glancing down at your watch dozens of times a day, so we only chose models that had a screen size of around one-inch or above. We also made sure to pick a mix of round and rectangular screens.
Smart Features: All of these watches are smart, but their features vary pretty widely. Some have access to full app stores, support wireless payments, and integrate with smart assistants. Our baseline was that you should at least be able to get notifications on your wrists, so you don’t have to look at your phone.
Health Features: Modern smartwatches have sensors that allow them to pull double duty as fitness trackers. These features range from basic (counting calories burned) to very advanced (tracking four distinct levels of sleep).
Battery Life: Nobody wants another gadget they have to charge every single night, so we made sure our picks can last at least two or three days of actual use (but usually much more).
1. Fitbit Versa 3 Smartwatch
The Versa 3 continues Fitbit’s expansion into the smartwatch space, and is the best overall choice available right now.
The watch comes with two bands (S, L) which fit 5.5 inch to 7.1-inch wrists and 7.1 inch to 8.7-inch wrists respectively, and its 1.56-inch display is substantially larger than the smartwatch it replaces. Its screen may be larger, but Fitbit is still squeezing up to six days worth of battery life per charge out of the Versa 3. The battery life performance you get will vary based on how you use it, though.
The Versa 3 is a fitness-focused smartwatch, but it has an impressive amount of smart features, too. It supports Bluetooth, so you can pair the watch directly to your wireless headphones while you exercise, and has an app store primarily populated by fitness and music streaming apps. You can install the apps you want directly from the watch.
Like its predecessor, the Versa 3 supports Fitbit Pay, a contactless payment service similar to Apple Pay. Fitbit raised the bar on its watch’s smart features by integrating it with both Amazon’s Alexa and the Google Assistant. You can use these AI assistants to answer questions, adjust settings, and control compatible smart home devices. You can also view any incoming notifications from your phone (texts, calendar alerts, phone calls, etc.) on the watch’s screen.
All of those abilities prove the Versa 3 can stand on its own as a smartwatch, but the fitness features take it even further. This watch can track your calories burned, heart rate, sleep, and has over 40 “exercise modes,” that let you record specific workouts (including swimming, since the Versa 3 is waterproof up to 50m of water). It also supports cycle tracking, guided breathing exercises, and a technology called SmartTrack that automatically detects when you’ve started working out.
These features were all present in the Versa 2, but its next generation smartwatch can do even more. It has a built-in GPS, so you can track your runs, an ECG (Electrocardiogram) app, skin temperature sensor, and the ability to notify you when your heart rate is unusually high or low. The Versa 3 even has a dedicated sensor to help keep track of your body’s stress level.
The Fitbit Versa 3 can store a week’s worth of this data on its own, but it’s designed to be synced with Fitbit’s iOS and Android app, so you can view your progress over time. Fitbit has built up an entire ecosystem with it’s app that lets you challenge other Fitbit owners to weekly fitness challenges, or check in on their progress. These features can help encourage you to exercise more frequently.
Buy:Fitbit Versa 3at$227.70
2. Amazfit GTR 2
Don’t let the name fool you, the Amazfit GTR 2 is an excellent smartwatch, and an incredible deal.
It comes with a single 20mm band, which should fit most wrists without an issue, and sports a fairly large 1.39-inch OMELD display. Amazfit says the GTR 2 can last up to 14 days per charge, which is particularly impressive given the technology inside of it.
This smartwatch has sensors that can track your sleep, heart rate, blood-oxygen saturation, and stress level at all times, but that’s only half of the GTR 2’s wellness story. The smartwatch can detect 90 distinct sports modes, which you can select to ensure its captures the most accurate readings possible. The smartwatch can even detect some of those modes automatically once you start working out.
The Amazfit GTR 2 can receive all of the notifications from your phone, and can be set up to work with Amazon’s Alexa to unlock even more smart functionality. This smartwatch also supports Bluetooth, and has three gigabytes of built-in storage, so you can sync your favorite running playlist to it and listen directly through your earbuds.
Other smartwatches may look flashier, but Amazfit’s GTR 2 proves you don’t always need to spend a lot to get a lot
Buy:Amazfit GTR 2at$179.99
3. Apple Watch Series 6
The Apple Watch Series 6 is arguably the best smartwatch ever made, but one critical flaw keeps it from being our top recommendation.
Apple’s latest smartwatch is bundled with a single 22mm band, and has a 1.57-inch always-on OLED display. Apple also offers a larger version of its watch that has a 1.73-inch screen. In our tests the Apple Watch’s screen looks excellent, although the glass scratched a little too easily for our liking.
On the health tracking side, the Apple Watch Series 6 introduces a new blood-oxygen reader that wasn’t present in the Series 5. It may not be a huge leap over its predecessor, but the Watch has the ability to check your heart rate, track your sleep, send notifications if your heart’s rhythm seems off, and detect when you’ve taken a fall. Apple adds health and wellness features to its smartwatch over time, so you’ll notice the biggest difference if you haven’t upgraded in a while.
Apple stores all of this information in the Health app, and automatically syncs it to the corresponding app on your iPhone. If you’ve been having health issues (say a heart rate that spikes unexpectedly multiple times in one week), you can share this information with your doctor in just a few taps. The Apple Watch Series 6’s smart features are all built around Siri. This is the only smartwatch that’s compatible with Apple’s smart assistant, which allows you to send texts and make calls. This watch also supports Apple Pay, so you can use it to make contactless payments at select retailers.
The Apple Watch Series 6’s technology, design, and features are all world class, but it’s let down by the fact that you need an iPhone to use it. If you have an Android phone, or even other Apple devices, you won’t be able to set it up. If that’s not a problem for you, the Apple Watch Series 6 is an excellent smartwatch.
Buy:Apple Watch Series 6at$449.99
4. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
The knock on most smartwatches these days is that they look like a piece of technology, which can be a little embarrassing considering you’re wearing it on your body. That’s not a problem with the Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, whose round face and realistic-looking watch faces make it feel more like a classic wristwatch. It may look retro, but the Galaxy Watch 3 does more than just tell time.
One of the Galaxy Watch’s greatest strengths is that it comes in both 41mm and 45mm sizes, so you can pick the one that fits your wrist best. We’re recommending the larger model, which uses a 22mm band and has a 1.5-inch display. Like the Apple Watch Series 6, this watch lasts about a day on a single charge.
The Galaxy Watch 3 has a full of great health and smart features that stack up favorably to the competition. The watch can track your sleep, heart rate, calories burned, and will automatically detect when you’re engaged in a popular fitness activity like running, biking, or swimming to accurately gauge how much energy you’re using. Samsung outfitted the latest generation of its smartwatch with a sensor that can read your blood-oxygen level, and detect when you’ve tripped. This data can all be found in the Galaxy Wearable app.
Speaking of apps, Samsung built a large app store for the Galaxy Watch, which has everything from Strava to Spotify to Uber. If you’re trying to cut down on your phone usage, but still want quick access to your most-used apps and services, this is a robust package. But it doesn’t stop there. The watch also works with Samsung Pay, the company’s contactless payment standard, and Bixby, its custom AI.
The Galaxy Watch 3 balances sophisticated smart and fitness features in a classy looking package that most people won’t perceive as a smartwatch.
Buy:Samsung Galaxy Watch 3at$379.99
5. Polar Vantage V2
Polar’s Vantage V2 is the ultimate smartwatch in our guide. It packs a ton of next generation tech features into an unassuming package.
The watch 47mm watch comes with a 22mm and has a 1.2-inch always-on display. It’s a little heavier than some of the smartwatches in our guide, but the Vantage V2 makes up for that by getting several days of battery life. Its smart features are limited to the ability to receive notifications from your phone, but that’s ok because the Vantage V2 excels at one thing: being an insanely fine-tuned fitness tracker.
It supports over 130 different sports, to more accurately track your training sessions and success rates. Polar says its watch is also much more responsive to skin contact than competing models, thanks to its “Precision Prime Sensor” technology, which eliminates anything on the skin that might alter your heart rate signal or produce unreliable readings.
In other words: even if you’re sweating through a hike, or biking through treacherous (and dusty) terrain, your workout will still be tracked as accurately as possible. The Vantage V2 also has a handful of “performance tests,” which analyze your current level of fitness and lets you know when to push yourself harder.
Runners will like the Vantage V2’s ability to analyze the stress you are putting on your joints during a run or training session. Even better, all of these metrics can be taken just from wearing your watch on your wrist (instead of needing to connect a device to your legs and feet). This is just one example of the level of information you’ll receive when you work out with the Vantage V2.
The watch’s “Training Pro” feature monitors your cardiovascular and musculoskeletal system (Cardio Load and Muscle Load), and also takes into account how strained you feel (Perceived Load). Its “Recovery Pro” function, meantime, gives you personalized training recommendations based on how hard you’re working, and will send an alert if you’re at risk of injury.
If this all sounds like overkill, it’s because it probably is for the average person. But it’s perfect for people training for a marathon or triathlon. You’ll be able to track every metric to identify weakness to optimize your performance. Think of it this way: With the Vantage V2 you have a personal trainer on your wrist 24/7.
Buy:Polar Vantage V2at$499.95
Apple has filed patent documents for a smartwatch called iTime. Here’s what you need to know about the “iWatch” coming soon from Apple.
1. Apple Was Granted the ‘iTime’ Patent on July 22
Apple was granted the patent for their “iTime” wristwatch on July 22, 2014. The patent claim consists of the following:
“As an electronic wristband to be worn on a wrist of a user, one embodiment of the invention can, for example, include at least a central portion and at least one band portion. The central portion can have a receptacle area configured to receive a mobile electronic device. The mobile electronic device can include a display and be independently useable apart from the electronic watchband.”
You can view the whole patent document here.
The Apple patent blog Patently Apple has highlighted some of the most interesting features in the iTime watch. Among them are remote control functionality, an alert system to let you know if you’ve left your watch behind somewhere, and even the ability to get push notifications sent directly to your wrist.
The iTime device seems to consist of two portions. As explained by Gizmodo:
“The iTime will actually feature two main components: the aforementioned smart strap, which can apparently be swapped out to change functionality, and a small touchscreen media player.
The strap itself would introduce more advanced features like GPS, haptic feedback, arm and wrist gesture sensing, and even wireless communications. But it’s not clear if the user needs to swap between multiple straps depending on the functionality they’re after.”
2. iTime Looks Like an iPod Nano
The Guardian notes that the iTime patent image looks a great deal like an iPod Nano:
“Apple’s new patent for a ‘wrist-worn electronic device’ resembles an iPod nano strapped to the wrist, detailed illustrations reveal.
The patent documents an ‘iTime’ wearable device that has small touchscreen device and can be docked into a wrist strap turning it into a smartwatch, connecting to an iPhone, iPad or computer to access information and receive alerts.
The touchscreen module can be removed from the strap and used independently, precisely like an iPod nano (which Apple specifies in the patent).”
Cult of Mac adds that the iTime bears some resemblance to a Pebble smartwatch. Cult of Mac also compares the look of the iTime patent against some of the makeshift “iWatches” Apple fans put together from iPod Nano parts back in 2010.
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3. ‘iWatch’ Trademark Filed Before ‘iTime’ Patent
Check out the clip above from On Air With Ryan Seacrest, which predicts that Apple’s smartwatch could be a bigger seller than the iPhone.
Last July, Apple filed a trademark for the word “iWatch.” It is not yet clear whether Apple will market their smartwatch as the iTime or iWatch. Gizmodo notes that Apple has a history of trademarking alternate names for its products to keep the real name secret ahead of the launch.
4. Apple’s Smartwatch Is Expected to Begin Production This Month
Check out the report above from the Wall Street Journal, which suggests that Apple’s smartwatch might come in multiple screen sizes.
The Guardian reports that mass production of Apple’s smartwatch is expected to begin this month. The report suggests that Apple may be gearing up to ship up to 50 million units within the first year. After mass production concludes this summer, analysts expect the Apple smartwatch to go on sale in October.
However, there are some reports that say Apple’s smartwatch won’t go into production until November.
5. iTime Features Include Wrist Gesture Support
Apple Insider has taken a deeper look at the patent document, and notes that the watch will support a cool, wrist-based system of gestures. They write:
“Instead of controlling the smartwatch via fingers, users would be able to shake, bounce, tap or otherwise interact with the device through physical movements. Gesture combinations can be assigned to certain device controls. For example, an incoming call may be answered by a single wrist shake, or declined with two shakes and a tap.”
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