Walter Shillington writes about products he knows firsthand. His articles focus on healthcare, electronics, watches, and household items.
Late in 2017, Verison came out with their new smartwatch, the Wear24. Because this device lacked a heart monitor sensor and potential customers felt it was overpriced, the Wear24 failed to sell. Within a few months, Verizon gave up and sold their remaining stock to third party vendors. Since then, the price for the Wear24 has been steadily decreasing. A few months back, attracted by its incredibly good specifications and rock bottom price, I ordered one from Best Buy.
Unfortunately, this watch’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 Processor, while extremely quick and capable, requires plenty of power to run. Unless I were willing to turn off both wi-fi and Bluetooth, the Wear24’s battery would not last a full day.
I decided to replace it with an inexpensive smartwatch equipped with a better set of health monitoring features and a battery that would last for more than a day or two. I chose the Umidigi Ufit, mostly because the same company had manufactured my cellphone.
The Umidigi Ufit weighs in at 39 grams. It is 36 millimeters wide, 42 millimeters high, and 12.5 millimeters thick. This watch is fitted with a 19-millimeter-wide black silicon strap.
An NRF52840 processor is tucked within a flat-black 316L stainless steel watch case. This rectangular-shaped timepiece is equipped with a 1.3-inch color TFT LCD touch screen composed of 2.5D tempered glass.
Visible from the bottom of this device is the Relative SpO2 sensor, PPG biological tracking optical sensor, 3-axis acceleration sensor, and 3-axis geomagnetic sensor.
A single control button is fitted to the right edge of this watch.
The Umidigi Ufit is Bluetooth capable and, via the VeryFitPro application, can be used with Android and iPhones.
This device is rated 5ATM. It can be worn while swimming in shallow water.
- Manufacturer: Umidigi
- Name: Smart fitness watch
- Model: Ufit
- Battery: Daily use mode: 7-10 days, Standby mode: 30 days
- Charging type: 2 PIN magnetic port
- Charging time: ≤2.5 hours
- Dimensions: 42 x 36 x 12.5 millimeters
- Wrist strap: 19mm silicone
- Weight: 39 grams (without the strap)
- Color: Black
- Processor: NRF52840 processor with 128 MB of RAM/ROM
- Battery: 160mAh lithium
- Display type: OLED 1.3-inch Color TFT LCD touch screen with 2.5D tempered glass
- Screen resolution: 240 x 240 pixels
- Compatible operating systems: Android 4.4, iOS 8.0 or above
- Sensors: Relative SpO2 sensor, PPG biological tracking optical sensor, 3-axis acceleration sensor, and 3-axis geomagnetic sensor
- Bluetooth: V5.0
- GPS: No
- NFC: No
- ECG: No
- Multi-sports mode: Yes
- Heart rate monitor: Yes
- Blood oxygen monitor: Yes
- Blood pressure monitor: Yes
- Top Features: Health monitoring, sports functions, and sleep monitor
- Waterproof: 5ATM
- Accessories: Charging cable and user’s guide
Umidigi was initially trademarked by UMI Network Technology Company and is now owned by Keysmart limited of Hong Kong.
The Ufit’s case is composed of flat-black colored stainless steel, which well matches the attached silicone strap. This lightweight timepiece features a modern, simplistic, and conservative design. It can be worn with both casual and formal attire.
A 160mAh lithium battery is used to power the Umidigi Ufit. It takes about 2.5 hours to recharge using the included USB cable with its magnetic charging connector.
Under normal circumstances, this watch will last seven to ten days before requiring a recharge. I generally connect it to the charger every eight days, when the battery level drops to around 24 percent.
Display and Sound
The screen’s brightness is adjustable and can be read even when bathed in sunlight. Unlike my last smartwatch, the Umidigi Ufit cannot display video and is equipped with neither a speaker nor a microphone. It will, however, vibrate to inform its wearer of important events and notifications.
This smartwatch can establish a Bluetooth connection to a phone, using the VeryFitPro application.
It is relatively easy to operate the Umidigi Ufit by swiping across the watch face and selecting the proper icons. A side button is used to turn on the screen and respond to specific notifications and alarms.
It almost seemed as if the Version Wear24 smartwatch could read my mind. As soon as I glanced down at my wrist, the screen would light and display the time. I activated the wrist flip option on the Umidigi but, in comparison to my original watch, the result proved disappointing. The function works about 80 percent of the time, and, unfortunately, there is a short but irritating delay before the screen becomes active.
The Umidigi Ufit can be set to several different sport modes. These include walking, spinning, running, yoga, hiking, climbing, treadmill, bicycle, and workout. It counts your steps and estimates both distance and calories burned.
This watch also monitors blood oxygen (SpO2), blood pressure, and heart rate. During tests I noted that the heart rate monitoring was correct, but blood pressure read low. I did not verify the blood oxygen readings due to a lack of testing equipment.
Calls and Messages
Although this watch cannot be used as a phone, I did set it up to vibrate and visually provide the name of the caller.
The Umidigi Ufit is also supposed to be capable of receiving notifications from my phone when connected via Bluetooth. I was unable to set this up, but it might have been due to a lack of expertise on my part. Reviews on Amazon note that many others have successfully used this feature.
Four different watch faces can be selected for use on this timepiece.
The VeryFitPro program works very well. It provides plenty of information and can be used to adjust many of the watch’s features. This application can be utilized in conjunction with Google Fit and Strava.
This watch is equipped with a timer, a sleep monitor intended to analyze the wearer’s sleep patterns, a music controller, and a sedentary reminder.
I like this watch. Battery life is good, and it includes the fitness features I require. I’m not particularly happy with the wrist flick function, but I suspect I will soon become used to Umidigi’s version of this feature.
There are better smart fitness watches available, but their price tags are also considerably higher. In the forty to fifty-dollar price range, the Umidigi Ufit is very competitive and well worth considering.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 Walter Shillington
Internet Gas Huffer on September 08, 2020:
Nice write-up. After my Samsung Galaxy Watch's battery bit the dust, I didn't want to replace it with another watch that costs hundreds of dollars and only lasts a year or two. This Umidigi Ufit is filling the gap for a lot less. And, it syncs with Google Fit. There are quirks and comprimises, but for under $40, heck yeah, worth it.