Fire-Boltt Talk Smartwatch: This smartwatch is the best you can get for less than Rs. Is it worth Rs. 5,000?
Smartwatches at an affordable price are improving over time.
You can now buy a feature-packed device for as low as Rs. 5,000 Popular brands like Xiaomi, Realme and OnePlus have made smartwatches affordable and are now looking for a simple way to monitor health and fitness, get notifications, and much more.
The ability to make calls on your smartwatch directly, much like premium watches such as the Apple Watch, is a key trend in affordable smartwatches.
The Fire-Boltt Talk is a smartwatch that does exactly this and costs less than Samsung and Apple.
The price is Rs. This smartwatch is priced at Rs. 4,999 in India. It features a round-colored touchscreen, SpO2 heart-rate monitoring, and can function as a hands-free device on your wrist to make calls and receive audio.
What is the value of this new smartwatch? 4,999 price tag Check out my review of Fire-Boltt Talk.
Design for Fire-Boltt Talk
The device features a 1.28-inch round color touch display with a dial that looks like traditional mechanical watches.
The right side has a single button that looks like a watch crown. Although the button turns physically, it does not have scrolling functionality as on the Fire Boltt Beast smartwatch. It wakes up the screen or turns it off, and then takes you to the home screen.
It is worth noting that the screen was not perfectly aligned with the dial on the review unit. The screen was only turned a few degrees clockwise. It appears that this is a manufacturing defect, but it was only noticeable in my review unit.
The device worked fine, so I decided to continue with the review. I assume that all retail Fire-Bolt Talk units will have properly mounted screens. If your retail units have similar problems or defects, users are advised to contact customer service.
They are made from rubber and were very comfortable. They can be removed and replaced with any 46mm watch straps. This allows for some customization.
The Fire-Boltt Talk’s casing is made of metal and the bottom is made from plastic. The contact points for both the charger and the optical sensor to measure heart rate and SpO2 are located at the bottom.
The cable includes a USB Type-A connector on one end and a proprietary connector on the other. When properly placed, it attaches magnetically to the watch’s bottom.
Although it’s not very high-tech and is susceptible to damage or failure, I found it to be sufficient for charging my watch correctly during my time with Fire-Boltt Talk. It took the device just under two hours to fully charge.
The Fire-Boltt Talk is available in three colors – black, teal, and grey. It weighs approximately 60g and has an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
Bluetooth 5 is used to connect the device. It uses a simple low-power connection for smartwatch functions as well as a “Phone” mode that turns it into a wireless speaker and microphone.
There are also heart-rate, SpO2, and sleep tracking tools, as well as stopwatches, alarms, and timers. When the watch is functioning wirelessly, it can vibrate to notify the wearer of any calls or notifications. You can also choose to make calls on the Fire-Boltt Talk.
Fire-Boltt Software interface and app
Fire-Boltt Talk uses a custom UI similar to that used by the Fire-Bolt Beast. However, there are small changes that allow it to be adapted to the round screen.
Even though the smartwatch doesn’t look exactly like an Apple Watch, it is heavily inspired by Apple watchOS. The quick settings icons and bubble-style app drawer are also included.
You can access all features by simply tapping and swiping. You can use the button to wake the screen. However, the watch will also wake up when you raise your arm so that it is visible.
The home screen displays the time and other details. You can also change the watch face through the companion app. Swiping left to open the app drawer.
Swiping down to show your unread messages, notifications, and quick settings shade. Swiping up to the right to cycle through the built-in tools and health monitors.
The camera shutter app, music remote to control playback on paired smartphones, stopwatch, alarm, and stopwatch are all useful apps.
The device has a blood pressure monitor, but I found the readings to be very inconsistent and I wouldn’t recommend using this data.
The ‘Phone mode’ is a key feature of the Fire-Bolt Talk. This allows you to use the watch as a hands-free phone for your smartphone. After turning this on via the settings menu or the watch app, the watch will become a Bluetooth audio device you can pair with your smartphone.
You can also access the phone settings from the app, which allows you to view the call log and the dial pad. To quickly call, you can also select from eight pre-configured contacts (these are available through the app).
Although the overall experience was not as smooth as the Fire-Bolt Beast, swipes and taps didn’t always register and it took too much time to navigate the watch, it was still a pleasant experience.
The smartphone app, called Da Fit, allows you to access the majority of the watch’s settings and data.
The app was very stable and maintained a connection between the Fire-Bolt Talk and the OnePlus 7T Pro McLaren Edition I used for this review.
You can also download the app to iOS. Although the preinstalled watch faces are quite basic, there are many options you can download to customize your device. You can’t change watch faces directly on the device. Instead, you will need to use the app.
It was also much easier to view my health data, such as steps, SpO2 levels, and sleep, within the smartphone app.
The information is well presented in charts and numbers. The app allows you to set basic settings, create fitness goals, and even update the firmware of your Fire-Bolt Talk.
Performance and battery life of Fire-Boltt Talk
The Fire-Boltt Talk, like the Fire-Bolt Beast, is device-independent and compatible with all smartphones running both iOS and Android.
Although you can use most of its functions without a smartphone, the main feature of the smartwatch is its ability not to require a Bluetooth source device.
The watch can be used directly to access most of the tools and fitness tracking features.
The whole purpose of a smartwatch, however, is to be a second screen on your smartphone.
It will show you notifications, caller ID, health parameters, and other information without you having to reach for your phone or take it out of your pocket. This is what the Fire-Boltt Talk does well, pushing notifications and allowing me to take calls from the watch.
Even if you are new to smartwatches, pairing is simple enough and quick. Pre-installed watch faces look simple but are clean. Different watch faces display information beyond time. These include the battery level, date, steps, and connection status.
Comparing to the Apple Watch Series 5 or a standard fingertip pulse monitor, the Fire-Boltt Talk’s heart rate and SpO2 trackers provided accurate readings.
Although the readings took a while to register, they were generally accurate and not too slow.
When counting 1,000 steps manually, the Fire-Boltt Beast recorded around 1,020-1.030 steps. The error margin increased to about four percent when compared against larger steps in an Apple Watch.
The optical sensor at the bottom of the Watch is used to monitor blood pressure. The readings I received were inconsistent and varied, with some readings changing rapidly even within seconds. It’s best not to rely on these readings as they don’t seem to accurately reflect the actual readings.
The app drawer also contains a flashlight, stopwatch, and timer. They all work well. You can also choose to turn off vibrating alerts and reduce the screen brightness with the ‘Theater” mode.
The Da Fit app allows you to choose which apps you would like to receive notifications. This includes popular apps such as WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter.
The functionality that gave the Fire-Bolt Talk its name is exactly what you would expect. The watch acts as a Bluetooth hands-free device and has a speaker/microphone.
The watch must be within Bluetooth range to receive calls, but it doesn’t need to be out of reach.
The speaker is loud enough to make calls and the microphone can pick up voices well for a pleasant and usable experience. If you wish, the watch can play audio from your smartphone like music.
The Fire-Boltt Talk’s 170mah battery provides a decent amount of power, lasting for approximately four days without needing to be charged.
My smartphone was connected almost constantly to the device, allowing it to monitor my health and fitness and make occasional hands-free calls.
This is a far lower number than the 10 days claimed, but it’s still quite good for a device with this screen and these features at this price.
While the Fire-Boltt Talk is similar to other budget smartwatches in terms of design and features, it stands out because it can be used as a hands-free device that allows you to make and receive calls from your wrist.
This is a cost-effective and simple way to make quick calls while on the move. Additional health and fitness features like step tracking and SpO2 and heart rate monitoring make it a worthy option.
Although the app was easy to use, the interface was not intuitive and the blood pressure monitor was definitely not reliable. The benefits of the Fire-Boltt Talk outweigh any drawbacks.
If you are looking for a smartwatch under Rs. 5,000 this is definitely one worth considering. It’s a great value at Rs. 5,000, especially considering its more feature-packed counterparts from larger brands at this price.
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