Since the beginning of 2020 I also test smartwatches because there are finally interesting products for a price lower than a traditional watch.
When I wanted to buy the Umidigi F2 for my smartphone tests, I saw that Umidigi had started selling connected watches. Umidigi is not a premium brand, their argument is the price and with this uWatch GT, they offer a smartwatch for sport enthusiasts below 40€.
The uWatch GT is therefore only slightly more expensive than a connected wristband while offering an experience equivalent to other smartwatches.
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20/03/2020 order of the smartwatch Umidigi uWatch GT on the official website of Umidigi (in pre-order) 06/04/2020 uWatch GT received
Waarom deze smartwatch?
I discovered the Umidigi uWatch GT a bit by chance because I originally wanted to buy a smartphone (Umidigi F2) and when I ordered the smartphone, I saw that the uWatch GT was in pre-sale for less than 40€.
So price was the most important factor in my choice but I also wanted to see if Umidigi would offer a more open product than Huawei. The last smartwatch I tested (Huawei Gt Active) only worked on Huawei or Honor, this is for me a major flaw. Umidigi is a small manufacturer, they chose a watch that can work on other smartphones.
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The box containing the uWatch GT is quite large compared to the size of the product. I find the specific codes for the Umidigi brand with the choice of the packaging box and the presence of the brand. Umidigi may be a small manufacturer, but they are quite consistent in their packaging.
The box contains the watch, a big manual (really useless) and a cable to recharge the watch.
The Umidigi uWatch GT does not require any special configuration. In a few clicks, the watch is fully operational, all you have to do is connect it to a smartphone to use its features.
I didn't have to do a firmware update like with the Huawei Active GT which had to reboot 9 times before getting the right firmware.
The Umidigi uWatch GT is not a premium smartwatch, Umidigi has clearly targeted small budgets by offering a smartwatch at this price.
Small price often rhymes with poor finish, but this is far from being the case with this uWatch GT. The smartwatch is made of plastic but at no time did I have the impression to have a poor quality product around my wrist.
The uWatch GT is similar in size to the Huawei Active GT I tested earlier this year. The Huawei costs at least double the price of the uWatch GT, the difference in finish is clearly not as great.
The uWatch GT can be controlled from the touch screen in combination with the two large buttons on the right. You don't have to read the manual to master the uWatch GT, the menus are quite logical.
You can charge the watch with a cable provided with the watch, this cable is magnetized and is naturally placed on the connector of the watch. The placement is not really ideal but to charge the watch, you have to remove it anyway.
The Umidigi uWatch GT connects in Bluetooth with the smartphone, it does not have a GPS chip. It is accessible on any bluetooth phone, so you don't need to buy an Umidigi phone to use it.
The Umidigi uWatch GT has an autonomy of 2 to 3 weeks if you don't do any sport. If, on the other hand, you practice sport on a daily basis using the watch's tracking, I get an autonomy between 7 and 9 days.
The display of the Umidigi uWatch GT is surprisingly good for this price range. It offers good contrast, everything is perfectly readable even the smallest characters.
The display has a good brightness that will allow you to use the uWatch in almost all conditions. In bright conditions, you will probably have to tilt the watch a little to read some numbers.
The display does not have automatic brightness, which means that at constant brightness you may be woken up at night by the light from the watch.
The display can be customized directly from the watch, you can choose from 5 different types of display. The application used with the phone does not allow you to add other screens.
The Umidigi uWatch GT uses closed proprietary software, so you cannot add applications or features.
You will find the following features: - time - monitoring of number of steps, calories and heart rate - weather - 12 sport modes - reading incoming messages (SMS only) - stopwatch
Heart rate monitoring is not continuous, which means that if you are exercising, you will get global indicators such as maximum/minimum heart rate but you will not see a second-by-second tracking.
Heart rate monitoring The Umidigi uWatch GT allows you to monitor your heart rate but does not offer continuous monitoring. You can see your heart rate in real time when you access the feature on the watch, you will also see the highest and lowest heart rate of the day. However, unlike many other watches, you will not see graphs showing the evolution of your heart rate throughout the day.
The VeryFitPro application also does not offer the possibility to see the evolution of the heart rate on a graph. I think it's a bit of a shame if you want to analyze your results after doing sports.
The heart rate values are quite close to what I get with a Mi Band 4, these values are quite close to reality with a maximum deviation of 5 to 10%.
Sleep data The uWatch GT allows you to monitor your sleep by dividing the data into 3 categories: deep sleep, light sleep and wakefulness.
I don't know if these data are credible because each watch seems to make different calculations. So far, all the watches I've tested indicate that I have a deep sleep deficit, with the uWatch GT it's the opposite. Who is right? I don't know.
The watch is easily fooled if you're not active at night (e.g. watching TV), it considers that you're sleeping. It's the same problem on all the other watches I've tested.
Number of steps. I haven't yet found a watch able to correctly measure the number of steps and the uWatch GT is not the best for this kind of measurement. When I count my steps manually, the uWatch estimates a higher number of steps and sometimes more (twice the actual number of steps). Sometimes I found that the steps were not measured at all (even when waving my arms well).
The Umidigi uWatch GT must be used with the VeryFitPro application available for free on the Play Store. I had never heard of this application before.
I haven't been able to use the watch with another application like Runtastic, Strava, Mi Fit, Samsung Health or Huawei Health.
The VeryFitPro application will allow you to sync your smartphone with your watch and retrieve heart data, step count and sleep data.
These data are organized by day, so you can easily go back and compare everything the watch has recorded.
The app is quite basic compared to apps like Strava but it has the advantage of being completely free. It will certainly not be suitable for hardcore athletes but that's not the purpose of the watch anyway.
The Umidigi uWatch GT can in principle be used with any bluetooth compatible smartphone that can use the VeryFitPro application.
I tested it with several phones (Xiaomi, Motorola, Realme, Umidigi) and it worked every time.
The operating system of the Umidigi uWatch GT is easy to use and the whole thing is quite smooth even if sometimes the screen does not always respond with the expected response.
To the top: Access to messages (SMS)
Down: Settings and brightness
To the left/right: Access to sport features Access to the weather forecast Access to heart rate Access to the stopwatch
The top left button allows you to trigger one of the available sports, the button below allows you to go back in the menus.
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Compare Umidigi UWatch GT with the others
I assigned a score of 1 to 10 for each test that determines the strengths and weaknesses of a product. I am using 0 for criteria that have not (yet) been tested. A score of 1 to 3 indicates poor performance (and yes, it does), a score of 4 to 6 indicates average performance, a score of 7 to 8 indicates good performance, and a score of 9 and 10 indicates exceptional performance. . The score is calculated based on my measurements and when there are no measurements, it is a subjective opinion based on my experience.
The scores are not static, they change over time because the performance of new products changes and this must be taken into account.
Umidigi uWatch GT
Reliability of measurements
Ease of use
Global ranking 1. Amazfit Gts 48.5 / 77 2. Huawei Watch Gt Active 41.5 / 70 3. Mi Band 4 41 / 70 4. Mi Band 5 40.5 / 70 5. Mi Band 3 39.5 / 70 6. Umidigi Uwatch Gt 38.5 / 70
Test / Review conclusion
The Umidigi uWatch GT is a watch for a non-demanding public looking for a low-cost smartwatch. It perfectly fulfils its mission of offering basic functionality at a very low price. This watch is not designed for sport enthusiasts looking for performance because the measurements are not reliable enough.
Strengths Display readability Ease of use Compatibility with many smartphones Battery life
Weaknesses Measurements not always reliable Only one application available Accuracy of movements on the screen
Price Umidigi UWatch GT
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