Asus first ever attempt in making a fitness wearable and yes first try is a charm. Pack with the features you’ll need, long battery life, durable and a fashionable wearable that can blend well with any type of clothing and look. Looking the the physical look and hardware, it is using e-paper display that has a lower energy consumption under a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which will prevent minor scratches easily. Surrounded by a stainless steel frame with one home button on the right side of the display. The screen is backlit when the button is pressed. Strap is made out of faux rubber, naturally grippy to the skin with a width of 22mm, it feel comfortable sleeping with it as well as and more importantly does not move around during exercise sessions.
One thing I noticed the surface of the screen is its hydrophobic and semi finger print resistance. Yes, its water resistance with a rating of IP67 water submersion of 15cm to 1 meter for 30 minutes. I take it to daily baths and twice for a 15minutes swimming and it’s alive and kicking. For the sensors builded in, it has a 3-axis accelerometer, optical heart rate sensor using ASUS VivoPulse technology, and UV sensor, so you will get reminded not to get roast under the sun. It measures your heart rate 24 hours a day to accurately track your physical activity and sleep. For connectivity it using Bluetooth 4.0 to automatic sync with the ASUS HiVivo app and your phone notifications. All this weighs only 50g.
Under any lighting conditions especially under extreme sunlight, you are able to see the display. Using the watch is easy, pressing the home button and you can cycle between pulse reading, alarm, unread notification, UV index and activity tab. To view detailed function you can swipe downwards or upwards to view them, under the main view, you can check Happy Index,Sleep Info, Exercise Info. But the best part is turning on the exercise mode on, simply hold down the home button for few seconds to activate it vice versa to stop it. It will letting you know how long the session is, uv exposure and more importantly, your heart rate. Green LED will let you know everything is fine while red led will tell you to pace yourself and not to overexert.
Once you launch the app, it immediately download all the data from your vivowatch. Under setting you can update the firmware, choose which reminder to received, set fitness target, choose face watch and so on. Under the main view you have 3 tabs, exercise that shows you a graph form of your exercise session in minutes total, type of exercise you did either in aerobic or anaerobic, steps taken and calories burn, under the Happy index you see your daily total fitness data in daily or weekly form I wish they included monthly form as well and sleep index to see if you getting enough and good quality night sleep.
There is a function where you can share your achievements on social media for bragging rights among your friends. Set simple reminder and alarms. I wish you can set the alarm on the watch itself then in the app. Receive vibration alerts for incoming call, messages and app notification.
Battery life. Asus mention the it can last up to 10 days from our test different face view give different battery life. One face view (picture below) gives 7 days and 4 hours with app syncing every nite where the display makes the battery drain faster due to the display update every second with the seconds “dot” moving; while another face view (picture below as well) gives 11days 14hours 39mins that’s with syncing app every 3 days and the display changes less then the previous mention face view due to the lack of seconds, steps and calories counter that changes every for seconds. Charging take 2-3hours as the input charge only receive 0.1amp rather slow so don’t use it till the battery drain out as once the battery low level warning is shown the heart rate activity is disabled to conserve power. So charge few minutes a day like during showers and you’ll be fine. If in fitness mode only the battery can last 24hours as the heart rate monitoring is done through the day rather than regular interval like the normal mode.
The only thing I hate about the watch is the “Time to Move” function which happens all the time when I’m working in front of the PC as I find it annoying, so do disabled it. After exercise session do wash the Vivowatch with soap water as the dirty as cause discomfort and smell, I wash them twice a day. I wish Asus would allow the users to set alarm in the watch itself then to go through the vivo apps, yes it does not sync with the iPhone alarm so minus points there. Choose vibration levels as well would be great if added under settings.
I had a good one month experience with it and hard to find major fault with it, Asus did a good job on that. The long battery life is a plus point if you compare to other rivals in the market, just that once you see the low level battery you do need to do a quick charge as the heart rate monitoring will be disabled as I’m a person who regularly check his heart rate.
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