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iradish Smart Watch and Phone: Features and Review

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It is come.

Speaking from where I live at (and my social circles), Smart Watch isn’t a trend. It’s more like a white noise going around and none of us actually pays attention to it. Even me, although it’s because I’m a supporter of the analogue watch. So when one of my friend brought along this box there asking for testing and review, I realised this might be the perfect moment to try it.

The iradish Y6 Smart Watch and Phone is a cheap alternative to premium products like the Apple iWatch. The button is sturdy; the strap is made of silica gel, which is good for sports and nice to touch at the same time; and the casing is aluminium alloy (or zinc-titanium alloy [1]). Considering what it’s worth for, the watch feels good.

Note: The watch I got had unknown speckles on it. I had been told it’s due to shipping, but the marks cannot be cleaned with a slightly damp microfibre cloth. And I’m still not sure what colour is that watch. It says rose gold on the box but looks like black.

Here’s how iradish looks like nestled inside the box.

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For aesthetic purposes, I’ve removed the plastic wrapping up the watch for the shot.

Obviously, the first thing I did was to dig in deeper into the box. I’ve uncovered the USB cable (standard A and Micro-B ends) – to charge the watch; a screen protector film –

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The squarish piece of white paper is the screen protector. Behind the manual is the plastic wrapping for the watch. The USB cable is not shown. More on that later.

– and most importantly, the manual. I love manuals.

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The Doctor throws away manuals. I collect ’em all.

The details are amazing. Since there wasn’t much of an online reference so it was either the manual or geronimoooooo!!! – Doctor style. Very thoughtful of the makers. But if the words are any smaller and I’m any older, I’ll never be able to read it without a good scanner and OCR. The English isn’t good, but it’s understandable.

Now back to the watch.

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Big Watchy is watching you.

 

The screen is 1.54″ and it’s 12.5 mm thick. As expected, it’s heavier than my analogue (60 grams), but the extra weight is just comfortable and I don’t really feel myself wearing it throughout the day.

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Left: Left; Right: Right

On the left edge, there’s the microphone, micro-usb port, and speaker. On the right edge, there’s a 0.3 MP camera and the power/back button. And to note a small point, the smart watch isn’t built to be worn on the right hand. That said, it was only the camera that gives the real trouble, and the camera doesn’t see much point except it has a really fast shutter and taking pictures of my unsuspecting friends is fun (for a while). Worn on the right hand, and you can no longer do that. Even on the left hand, aiming is hard enough. It must take practice to shoot with mini-guns strapped to your wrist like it’s on spy thrillers.

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Notice the longer exposed area of the micro-USB plug and the chunk of port cover blocking the way.

Back to the USB cable. The exposed head of the micro-USB plug is longer than what I have with me, and it’s for a good reason. The port is set pretty deep into the watch and the port cover takes up the space where the plastic sheath of the plug would usually be. This way, you can fully insert the plug into the port.

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Not going to take out the battery the second time. It’s tough to put back in. [2]
Taking off the watch and turning it to its underside, there’s a smooth back cover which opens easily with a thumb. There’s a 350 mAh battery, and beneath the battery there’s a slot for sim card and micro-SD. Since I’m not using sim card or micro-SD, I’m leaving it that alone. The in-built 64 MB internal memory will be good for now.

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From 1200 clockwise: music+bluetooth player, FM radio, photos gallery, video recorder, camera, file manager.

 

Now, powering the gadget up. At a resolution of 240 x 240 pixel, the display isn’t bad; I find it well enough and the colours fine. It reminds me of the display of Samsung Galaxy W. It does well under bright sunlight. There are 5 levels on the brightness setting for LCD backlight, and the highest is very bright. Just like an android phone, the brightness can be changed from pulling down the status bar itself (but limited 3 levels of brightness).

The ringtones it has in its internal memory, however, are rather goofy on the scale of horrifyingly shocking. Imagine the ringtones on a Nokia 3380 inside an 8-bit game; it’s slightly better than that. Fortunately, you can select your ringtone from file.

With the iradish, you can find your smart phone, find your watch, and anti-lost feature (iradish rings if you go out of range from your paired device). It will be handy, that is, until you go out of range of the bluetooth connection, which happens very often on me.

Below: A demonstration of the anti-lost feature and the opportunity to listen to its ringtone.

And then there’s the usual apps – dialler, messages, sedentary reminder, sleep monitoring, remote camera, bluetooth player, calendar, alarm, FM radio, and voice recording. It’s easy to navigate from one app to the other, although the controls and selections are a bit tricky. Maybe it’s been because I’ve been used to a big working screen.

 

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Pedometer. Left: Page 1; Right: Page 2. Tested it by walking around.

There’s one thing I didn’t like about the pedometer though. It has to be started manually to begin counting instead of automatic counting, say, if I wanted to know much many steps I walked for a day. It might be useful if you want to time your running/jogging session.

 

There are three watch-faces and three wallpapers to choose from. Other than that, it’s not very customisable. Apps cannot be installed aside the stock apps available, but for a smart watch there’s really not much you will need. The micro-usb port is available for charging and file transfer (using the watch as a mass storage device) [3], so transfer of files is pretty easy.

The iradish can be paired to an android with bluetooth. Regrettably, I didn’t have an iPhone to try it with. Pairing it with the BTNotification app, however, is only for android. An app in the iradish will open up a QR code which will lead you to the download page of the BTNotification app download page.

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BTNotification App on android smartphone

Downloading the app “might” be tough. The download page redirects me to Baidu and it is in Chinese. Going straight to the Baidu link leads me to “sorry the file you requested have been removed”. The .apk file I got, though, seems to be all right.

Initialising the pairing is simple. However I find that when the connection is broken (due to the devices going out of range) re-pairing doesn’t happen immediately and I still haven’t figured out how to get it solved. iradish will prompt me to install the BTNotification app again, which is annoying.

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Choosing “Options” leads you to: 1) Delete; 2) Block; and 3) Empty.

While on bluetooth connection through the BTNotification app, notifications from the smartphone are able to be pushed to the iradish. And the good thing is you can decide to allow which app to push their notifications by checking/unchecking the boxes in the app on your smartphone. On the downside, the contents of incoming messages you may have on Messenger, WhatsApp and apps of the same sort wouldn’t be displayed on the watch like SMS does. You can only see the sender and time, so you still have to go back to check your phone. And there’s no list view of incoming notifications. Each notification has to be went through and deleted one by one, and in my opinion the control on the interface is only about 67% intuitive.

With a sim card, the smart watch can work on its own – you can make calls and, if you have a data plan, use the internet browser at the wonderful speed of GPRS. I did not get to test that capability out however (I only have a micro sim and the slot’s too big for that).

The iradish is able to operate for up to 3 days while paired to a smartphone nearly all day (except for sleeping hours) and some infrequent use on its other functions (bluetooth player, dialler, etc).

Tl;dr, here’s a summary of things in just pros and cons:

Pro:
– Price/Functions/Quality ratio
– Good looking, comfortable to wear
– Price/Usefulness/Capability ratio

Cons:
– Controls are not very intuitive
– Bluetooth pairing troublesome
– Non-customisable
– Pedometer

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iradish boasts its bright LCD backlight

For a price like this, the iradish is nice. I didn’t experience any glitches or lag in using it, although there was a “lag” once – turning off the bluetooth is rather slow (> 5 seconds) and the pairing with a smartphone has room for improvement. Scrolling through the home screens was smooth and the apps are doing their job. Intuitive level in general: 70%.

The notifications would help certain people. If you just want something that will tell you who’s sending you something in Messenger, iradish will tell you that. For that iradish, is definitely the most affordable alternative.

But for me, not so much. I can’t look into the contents of non-SMS messages, and besides, I check my messages at fixed intervals, and unless it’s urgent I don’t glue myself to social media.

As a new gadget to try on, though, iradish is extremely affordable. The iradish could be something you can try on first if you want to know whether the smart watch is for you or not.

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Translated from: http://world.taobao.com/item/525777915185.htmfromSite=main&spm=a1z3o.7695460.14.2.mlffKO

 

Footnotes
1. It could be aluminium alloy or zinc-titanium alloy or zinc alloy depending on the source. One page on taobao selling that watch says it’s aluminium alloy and zinc-titanium alloy at the same time. Official iradish website is inaccessible. I got what I could.

2. At a risk same rate as the pricing of this iradish.

3. There’s an option to use the iradish as a COM port when connected to PC.

 

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