So I got my hands on one of these smart watches that have been trending a lot these past few years. Today I will be reviewing the HOTTECH BlueTooth Smart Watch.
HOTTECH is a tech company based in India. It has different varieties of products which include Smart watches/bands, headphones, speakers, keyboards, power banks, selfie sticks, neck bands, and laptop coolers. You can also see related posts about smartwatches if you want to look at more options after reading this review.
Hottech Smart Watch Specifications
|Anti-lost reminder, Sleep Monitor, BT Camera, Pedometer, Calling feature, Water drinking Alert, Clock, Sedentary Alarm, Phonebook, Wake-up Alarm, Stopwatch|
So moving on to the Smart Watch, let’s do the unboxing.
On the front side, there’s a pic of the Smart Watch with the company’s logo.
On the side of the box, there is a QR code which will open the product page if you scan it.
On the back of the box, you can see the features of the box.
Once you open the box, you can see the contents and notice there is a plastic holder divided into two parts, which contain the watch and the charging cable.
Once you remove the plastic which holds the watch and the charger, you can see the product manual.
If you look at the screen of the smart watch, there is a protective plastic cover which has to be removed.
The power button is on the right-hand side of the watch and on the left, there is a charging port which is covered by a rubber protector. You can also see the speakers on the side and on the back side, there is the Hottech logo along with the microphone.
Now that we are done with the unboxing, let’s start up this watch. The smart watch boots up if the power button is pressed for more than 2 seconds. Booting up takes less than 10 seconds. You can see the Hottech logo on the boot screen.
Now that the watch has booted up, let’s look at what we have. On the home screen, you can see the time, date, and day. On the top side of the display, the battery indicator can be seen.
On the bottom, there are three windows. The first one opens up the applications screen from which you can view and access other apps and features of the watch. The second one controls the volume of the ringer. And the third one lets you control the Bluetooth features so you can connect your Android device with the smart watch.
Before I go further into the apps section, if you press the lock button (power button) you can see the analog clock which is in Roman numbers. Also, if you have a hard time reading the analog clock, then one tap on the analog clock and the time will change to digital numbers. I prefer to have the digital clock since it also shows the day and date on the lock screen.
Now let’s connect the watch to an Android device. First, make sure that the Bluetooth is turned on and visible on both devices. (watch and phone). On your smartphone, you will see a device named U8. Click on connect. You will get a pairing code on both devices. Click on yes to pair the phone to the smart watch.
Once the phone is connected, a popup is shown on the watch that your mobile device is connected.
To get complete control of the phone from my watch, I installed the BT Notification app from play store. With this app, you can listen to music, receive calls, control your phone’s camera and more which I will be mentioning later in this review.
If you can’t find your watch, then you just have to click on looking watch option in the app. If your watch is within the Bluetooth range, then the watch will ring till you have found it.
Now let’s check the app drawer.
The app drawer has a total of 5 screens. Each screen has 4 apps. Let’s check out each one of them.
Settings– In the settings menu, you can change the clock settings, language, display settings (controlling standby time), security settings and can restore default settings from here.
Anti-lost- You can find your phone if you are in the Bluetooth range.
Ringtone– You can change the type of the ringtone over here.
Alarm– You can add up to 5 alarms. I found the alarm function very useful as my phone is on charging while I am sleeping. So a wrist watch alarm is very helpful for a guy like me who can’t wake up to an alarm unless it’s really close to me.
Calendar– The calendar shows dates from 1970 to 2030.
Pedometer– If you are a guy who is conscious about his/her health, the pedometer is a useful app. It tracks your footsteps, so at the end of the day, you can check how many steps you have walked.
Stopwatch– A little handy app which can come in use now and then.
Bluetooth– This app is on the home screen as well which is used to connect your watch to your smartphone.
Phonebook– You can view your contacts and call from the phonebook and make calls from your phone.
Dialer– You can also access dialer if you press the center button on the smart watch.
Messages– You can view your phone messages from here. You can also delete spam messages from the watch.
Calls– You can view received, sent and missed calls from here.
The next 3 BT apps need the BT Notification app for the apps to work.
BT Notice– This lets you check the notifications that are currently shown on your phone. Messages from WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, other app notifications can be seen.
BT Music– You can listen to the songs that are on your phone. The songs will The phone’s camera from the speaker of the watch. So even if your phone is on charging or a bit far from you, you can hear them without the need of your mobile.
BT Camera– The phone’s camera can be accessed from here. You can view the camera on the watch and click pics from the watch itself.
Sedentary– This app can be used to set an alarm to when you are supposed to go to the washroom.
Drink water– Same as the sedentary app but tells you when you have to drink water. This app helps me a lot since I don’t drink plenty of water. Now I have started to drink water regularly.
Calculator– Will help in basic calculations.
Sleep monitor– Tells you how much hours have you slept. This way you can monitor how much you are sleeping.
That’s all the applications that are on the watch.
The touch is great. I got large fingers, and I didn’t seem to have any problems using the watch. Touch was really very responsive.
The sound is pretty impressive. I found the sound to be pretty clear. The speakers are loud and audio doesn’t tear up. Didn’t expect this small watch to have such superb quality.
The microphone quality is excellent. I tried a few calls and the receiver on the other end said that my voice was pretty clear.
Bluetooth Connectivity Range
The range of the device is up to 10metres, without any wall obstruction. If there is a wall blocking your watch from the smart phone, it will get disconnected. Once you get in the range, the watch will automatically get connected to the phone.
The Hottech Smart Watch is water resistant, not water proof. So a little bit of water won’t damage the Smart Watch.
The battery lasts easily for more than a day when it is not connected to the smartphone. You can still use all the features of the watch except the music and camera app. When connected to the phone, the battery lasts for 7-8 hours with moderate use. And lasts for about 5 hours with heavy use of the music app and other apps. Charging takes about 1 hour go from 0-100%.
Price and warranty
The watch is priced at 1390 INR which is approx $20. The product comes with a 6 months warranty in case you have any problems with the watch.
For a price of $20, I would say it’s a bang for the buck. I can do most of the things without even opening my mobile once. I wasn’t fond of smart watches since I thought it won’t be of much use but now that I have started using the watch, I can’t go on a day without this watch. From checking my messages to receiving calls, all of my things can be done with this watch. The only drawback I found in this watch was that it doesn’t have backlit on the bottom keys, but it’s manageable. I would strongly recommend this product and give it a 4/5 rating.