Total Score: 22.5
I don’t know about you, but I miss calls because I am in a noisy place and my phone is in my purse. As I go into business meetings I usually keep my phone on vibrate and then forget about turning it back on – again a recipe for missing a call. With this new fashion bracelet by Chinavision, that problem is solved. I’ve been wearing it for a week and find it both comfortable and helpful.
Price Rating = 4 The cost is $27.72 direct from China Vision or $41.99 from Amazon. It’s not that expensive for something that also serves as a watch.
Ease of Use Rating = 5 It was easy to pair it with my phone and initiate the few basic settings.
Readability Rating = 4.5 The time shows in a nice large font. The phone number is a smaller, but readable font.
Will You Use It Rating = 5 It’s a must for me.
Downsides Rating = -1 I haven’t figured out how to change it to a 12 hour clock rather than military time. On the positive side, I am learning to read a 24-hour clock.
Consumer Review Rating – 0 I couldn’t find any reviews to reference. I found the device in a gadget article.
Why Do You Need This Accessory Rating = 5 It keeps you from missing calls and keeps track of your phone.
How does it work?
- When you receive your watch, you charge it for three hours before its first use. It comes with a charger that clips on to the phone. It does have both a 110 and 240-volt connection.
- Once charged, you pair it with your phone. It’s pretty much the standard procedure for pairing any Bluetooth device. The bracelet searches – and finds – your iPhone.
- There are only two buttons on the phone. The first button, referred to as “A”, is used to set the time.
- Clicking either button shows the time. It does not stay on – you have to click it to see the time.
- The bracelet vibrates when a call comes in. You push the B button three times to reject the call. Or, find your phone and answer it.
- It also has a proximity sensor. It says it is 20 meters (approximately 65 feet) but I found that it varied based on the strength of the signal. If the bracelet and your phone are separated by a significant space, it vibrates. Sometimes it vibrated closer than 65 feet. This is handy if you occasionally leave your phone somewhere or, in a worse-case scenario, if someone steals your phone.
- Like all electronic devices, the screen is not as clear when you are in direct sunlight. But it still functions.
- It comes in black and white and black and bronze.
The bracelet is semi-rigid and says it is for petite women. I am not particularly petite, but I do have small wrists. It was easy for me to put on and take off. The interior is about six and ½ inches and the opening stretches to about one and ½ inches.
The day I ordered, I could not find a distributor in the U.S., but the ordering process through Chinavision was easy and it was shipped as promised. I have since found other sites, but in most cases their prices were higher.
It is compatible with V1.1, V1.2 and V2.1 Bluetooth devices. (Note: I am testing, but it doesn’t appear to work with my new iPhone 5 with iOS6.