Smart wearables is probably one of the most crowded segments. The pandemic and awakened spirits towards health and fitness has resulted in increased demand for smartwatches. And why not, they look different from the traditional watches (and very similar to Apple Watch) and if used diligently can help achieve fitness goals.
Homegrown company Noise recently expanded its smartwatch range with the launch of Noise ColorFit Ultra. The smartwatch comes packed with almost all features any regular smartwatch can have these days. Sleep monitoring, SpO2 tracker, heart-rate sensor — you name it, the smartwatch has it. It has some features to take care of mental health as well like stress monitoring and breath reminders. We have been using the smartwatch for some time now and here’s the review
Design and display
Noise ColorFit Ultra comes with a slightly bigger screen. The 1.75-inch rectangular-shaped LCD touchscreen has a resolution of 320×385 pixels. The display is bright and colourful. The text size is large enough and is easy to read on the display. However, the touch response is something that could have been better. It’s not fast and at times you have to tap two or three times on the screen to get things done.
There are five brightness levels on the smartwatch to choose from. When indoors, a brightness level of 2-3 is sufficient. For outdoor usage, we recommend changing the brightness levels to the highest levels for better clarity and viewing. There are pre-installed watch faces on the smartwatch. With the NoiseFit app, you can download more, including the animated watch faces. Users can also customise watch faces as per their choice by choosing the image they want or deciding where to place the clock on the watch face. All this can be done from the app.
On the right side of the dial is a physical button that acts as a home button. The button is not protruding outside as on other smartwatches. It has been neatly crafted within the dial’s body design. So you have to slightly press on it to go to the home menu or open all applications.
The rear of the smartwatch has sensors placed on it. These include the heart-rate sensor, stress monitoring sensor and the SpO2 sensor. On the backside are also the charging pins. The smartwatch features an aluminium alloy body and a silicone strap with a buckle design. Our review unit was the Gunmetal Grey colour variant and thus had a black-ish colour strap. Noise ships an additional swappable strap with it. So, you have an option to change.
Overall, the smartwatch has a lightweight design. It sits comfortably on your wrist and can easily be worn during sleep.
Pairing the smartwatch is quick and easy. Download the NoiseFit app on your smartphone- Android or iOS. Scan the QR code. Fill in some details on the app and you are good to go. Like other smartwatches, Noise ColorFit Ultra shows notifications for messages, emails and calls. However, you can only read them. Though there is no support to answer a call, you can reply with a quick message. You can also reject calls with the smartwatch.
For messages or email, the smartwatch lacks the ability to expand these notifications for you. So, it can just inform you that you have received a new message, but can’t really help in knowing what the exact message is.
Another feature that disappointed us is the Rise to wake. Not only was the screen slow to glow when the wrist was lifted, but there were also multiple times when there was no response either. Then there is the Find Phone feature. We tried and tried, but the smartwatch was unable to ring the paired iPhone even though it was lying next to it.
Coming to the health indicators, the smartwatch offers 24×7 heart-rate monitoring. It was usually in the normal range most of the time. The SpO2 tracker too did not show any abnormalities and was accurate. The sleep monitoring feature shows you the total hours of sleep you had and then dissects it into categories- deep, light and REM. All this data along with additional information like tips to improve sleep quality will be available in the NoiseFit app.
On a daily basis, the smartwatch tracks your steps, kilometres walked during the day, calories burnt and stand time. In case of completion of daily goals, the smartwatch rewards you with congratulatory texts. The smartwatch offers 60 sports modes that include both indoor and outdoor activities. Also, it is IP68 rated and is thus waterproof. For women users, there is a Cycle tracking feature to track menstrual health.
The smartwatch comes with music control abilities and can be used to change tracks or alter volume levels. Noise ColorFit Ultra also acts as a flashlight.
Noise ColorFit Ultra is backed by a 300mAh battery. It is equipped with a pogo pin charger. Once fully charged, the smartwatch can easily last a week. But it falls short of what the company claims to be 9 days battery backup.
There are certain hits and misses on the Noise ColorFit ultra smartwatch. Slow touch response, lack of GPS built-in and the drawbacks that we just mentioned above bring down the case in its support. The smartwatch is priced at Rs 4,499. The price range is competitive. There are multiple rivals like Boat, Ptron, Molife and Zebronics that offer smartwatches with voice-calling support under Rs 5,000.
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