Best Timex iConnect Premium Smartwatch Review: The Looks aren’t Always Enough

Timex iConnect Premium Active costs Rs. 6,995 with a silicone band and Rs. 7,295 with a stainless-steel mesh strap

The Timex iConnect Premium active smartwatch is a new model from the heritage brand Timex.

It features premium design and a colour touchscreen. It tracks your activity, heart rate, sleep quality, and heart beat and will remind you to drink water or get up from your chair.

Timex iConnect Premium Smartwatch
Timex iConnect Premium Smartwatch

The Timex iConnect Premium active smartwatch can also send notifications to your email and other messaging apps. It can alert you to phone calls and let you relax with breathing exercises.

The Timex iConnect Premium Active costs Rs. 6,995 with a silicone band and Rs. 7,295 with a stainless-steel mesh strap. There are many features to it, but is it worth the price? It’s been more than a month since I started using it. Here’s my detailed review.

Timex iConnect Premium Active Designs

The Timex iConnect Premium Active’s premium design is one of its most distinctive features. I received a flexible rose-gold stainless steel mesh band for my unit. It looks great on my wrist. This watch is designed primarily for women and fits slimmer wrists. The watch has a square touchscreen with gold edges.

It looks great paired with the mesh bracelet. Timex also offers silicone bands at a slightly less expensive price. There are significant bezels all around the dial, particularly at the bottom. This makes the touchscreen area very small. Navigation is entirely based on touch input and there are no buttons.

Magnets are used to hold the stainless steel mesh strap in place. This happened very rarely, especially when I was playing badminton. My wrist grip on the Timex iConnect Premium Active became loose, and could even fall off. Active users will appreciate the buckle closure on the silicone strap.

Timex iConnect Premium Interface and Active Features

The Timex iConnect Premium Active’s 36mm dial features rounded edges and a metal frame. It is IP68 water-resistant and will not be damaged by water. The UI navigation is easy. Swiping down will show options to adjust brightness or toggle DND mode.

You can also shut off the smartwatch. However, there is no automatic brightness adjustment. Swiping up will open the notification panel. This displays all notifications from your phone. You cannot respond to emails or messages that have landed in your phone. You cannot see call alerts; you can’t mute or decline calls through your watch.

You can change the watch face by long-pressing it. There are five options on the device. You can access the menu by swiping right. It displays daily activity data, such as: The menu shows daily activity data, such as how many steps you have taken, distance covered and calories burned.

The heart rate indicator can be tapped to automatically read your heart rate. The watch can also record your sleep patterns and provide data. It can distinguish between light and deep sleep.

The Timex iConnect Premium Active has only seven workout modes. These include running, walking, climbing, riding basketball, elliptical and yoga. Other options, such as swimming or free training, are not included.

Timex iConnect Premium Active companion App

Users will need to install the iConnect by Timex 2 app on the phone in order to pair the Timex iConnect premium Active. My Samsung Galaxy Note 20 was able to pair the Timex iConnect Premium Active with ease. There were no issues whatsoever.

The dashboard (or the homepage of the app) displays all details about your daily activities, including distance covered, steps taken, calories burned, and active time.

The dashboard, or the home page of the app, displays all details about your daily activity, including distance covered, calories burned, active time and active time. You can also see your most recent heart beat measurement and measurement history by tapping on the banner.

You can set the time intervals between sedentary alarms and reminds to drink water. You can also adjust the wrist orientation or add alarms. You can toggle daily heart rate recording.

Timex iConnect Premium Smartwatch
Timex iConnect Premium Smartwatch

However, this device does not support continuous monitoring 24×7 and cannot adjust the interval between measurements. You can also choose which apps will display notifications.

The app offers four additional watch faces, in addition to the Timex iConnect Premium Active defaults. Other than that, there are not any personalization features.

I especially missed the ability to control the time it stays on before turning to standby, how much the display is on, and even the flashlight. The Timex iConnect Premium Active does not have any features for period and ovulation monitoring, stress monitoring, or SpO2 measurements.

Timex iConnect Premium Active Performance

I ran a variety of tests during the time I spent with the Timex iConnect premium Active. It took some time to get used the touch input and it isn’t always the easiest.

Both the heart rate monitor and the sleep tracker produced satisfactory results when compared to similar devices. The sleep data was consistent with my previous night’s sleep quality.

The Timex iConnect Premium Active battery lasted approximately four days with average usage. This was with the brightness set at its maximum and the battery running for a half an hour each day.

Although each charge will last longer if the brightness is lower, I don’t recommend it because of the significant reflections, especially in sunny conditions. It has a connector at the back that charges the device. I was able to fully charge it in two and a quarter hours.

To verify the accuracy of distance and step tracking, I manually counted 1,000 steps while wearing the Timex iConnect premium Active. The fitness tracker logged 970 steps which is significantly lower than other devices. The smartwatch also calculated a distance of 1.02 km, which was verified using the car’s odometer. This is not too far from the mark.

Verdict

The Timex iConnect Active Premium Active smartwatch is a beautiful option. It lacks many features. Given that the watch is geared towards women, there should be more exercise modes, period tracking, and ovulation tracking.

There should also be more watch faces and the possibility to personalise them. Activity tracking is less accurate than smartwatches made by Amazfit. It’s not possible to set up 24×7 heart rate monitoring. I believe SpO2 tracking should be an integral feature of all smartwatches in these uncertain times.

The mesh band is not recommended if you do a lot of exercise, as it can become looser with your athletic movements. This item is priced at Rs. 6,995 for a silicone strap, or Rs. 6,995 with a silicone strap or Rs. There are many great options, including the Amazfit GTS 2 and the Realme Watch S for around the same price.

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