In the era of smartwatches with bright AMOLED screens, virtual (and even real) SIM cards and advanced operating systems, the heroic look may seem old-fashioned. But it’s worth remembering that the Makibes G07 is first and foremost a sports watch, and only then a “smart” one, everything immediately falls into place. For them, the main thing is to monitor the state of their owner’s body, perform high-quality sports tasks in the house and on the street, and not run out of energy at the most inopportune moment. Can the Makibes G07 handle this and what else is it capable of? Read on.
Technical characteristics of Makibes G07
- Screen: external transflective LCD display, 1.32″, 160×160
- Operating system: proprietary
- Sports modes: walking, running, climbing, cycling, swimming, snorkeling, ball game, stopwatch.
- Water and dust protection: IP68.
- Built-in memory: less than 128 MB
- Wireless interfaces: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS.
- Sensors: microgyroscope, accelerometer, barometer, thermometer, altimeter, heart rate.
- Battery: 500 mAh, non-removable
- Dimensions: 50x50x16 mm
- Weight: 78 grams
Packaging and equipment
The Makibes G07 Smart sports watch is packaged in a small box with a transparent lid. Outside the watch, inside there is a charging cable — USB Type‑A on one side, a proprietary two-pin magnet on the other. There are instructions in Chinese and English. Looking ahead: you shouldn’t throw it away; it will turn out to be very useful when studying the functions of the gadget.
The Makibes G07 has all the features of a limited edition watch: a stainless steel case, large dimensions, large pushers, a chunky fluted bezel and a large strap.
The display is round, deeply recessed into the body, and covered with protective glass on top. There are minute notches along the perimeter of the screen. Probably for the sake of beauty, since the watch still does not have a dial with hands. On the bezel, the functions that are responsible for the buttons on the edges are indicated in the form.
In the back center there is a heart rate sensor, which glows bright green when detecting the pulse. Around it, shallow engravings indicate the main functions of the watch. On the left are two gold contacts for charging the battery.
The left border uses Up and Down navigation buttons. There are three buttons on the right: “OK” (“Apply”), “Back”, and between them — turning on the backlight.
The watch itself is sold only in black, but the straps are available in three colors: black, red and gray.
Sports watches are also sports watches: quite large and heavy. For exercise, this most likely will not create any inconvenience; you just need to take into account that they are inconvenient to wear under your sleeve: they cling and put pressure on your arm. You can, of course, wear them on the surface of the sleeve, but then the pulse will not be detected correctly.
The fluted bezel, which is lighter in color than the case, leads one to believe that it can be rotated and thus controlled for hours, but this is not the case. The functions of a function cannot be changed or reassigned, so if for some reason the solution turns out to be inconvenient, you will still have to get used to it. However, there is nothing fancy there.
The sports gadget responds to button presses with a noticeable delay of about a second, and the backlight only works the second time. The watch has a vibration motor and a low-volume, single-color speaker, the sound of which can be turned off in the interface. Neither is annoying and the feature works well.
A couple of individual kind words, a random strap. Firstly, it can be easily removed, literally in one movement, but it will not jump out of the grooves on its own. Secondly, it is strong (both the strap itself and the fastening to the case) — they withstood quite strong stretching in different directions. Thirdly, it is grooved because the tongue fastener always opens exactly into the hole. There are ten holes in the strap, so the watch can be adjusted to fit both a thin woman’s hand and a stern man’s.
The Makibes G07 display is round, 1.32 inches and 160 pixels in diameter. And the main reason is the transflective effect of the LCD, which has not become familiar to AMOLED smartwatches. This means that the more light there is, the better the image is visible. Such matrices were previously installed on electronic watches. Considering the watch’s performance and higher autonomy, this decision seems logical.
Since the matrix itself is located noticeably below the protective glass, at an angle the image is slightly distorted and has the advantage of clarity. The backlight is single-color, its brightness is adjustable from 1 to 20. It automatically turns off after five seconds if the user is not working with the interface — that is, it will go out no earlier than he finishes setting up.
The device in operation
Thanks to the abundance of sensors, the Makibes G07 offers the owner a number of useful functions that can be used both in sports mode and in everyday use. Actually, we will consider these two scenarios.
Daily use of the watch. Almost all the information you might need in everyday use is available on the home screen.
Its upper half logically displays the current time and date. The bottom one contains additional information: ambient temperature, pressure (in Pascals) and altitude above sea level, and in a separate block — the number of steps taken for the current day and reduced by 10 percent from the given daily goal by steps. By the way, the watch clearly reads the first steps: while the author was writing part of this review, he “watched” about 200 steps: probably, sudden movements of the hand over the keyboard were perceived.
Additional information can be seen in a separate menu, which is opened using the Down or Up switch. One of the screens shows more detailed information about steps for the current day: not only their number, but also the distance traveled (in kilometers) and the number of calories burned. Another screen shows the last three alerts on the synced smartphone. The remaining screens show charts of changes in temperature, pressure and altitude over the last 24 hours.
At the beginning of testing, the watch, to my surprise, showed that it was 800 meters above sea level. Reading the manual, I realized that it takes time to adjust the altitude, and they have not yet had time to adapt after the cargo plane.
The “OK” button redirects the user to a menu of some modes, a story about which is yet to come. The “Cancel” button opens a menu in which statistics and selection of goals for each of the permanent modes, information about sleep and a number of settings are available. These include: notification that you have been “overstaying too long”, enabling/disabling the heart rate sensor and notifying that the level is too high, enabling/disabling GPS, sound, alarm clock, time and date, personal data (gender, age, height and weight ). ).
Separately, it is worth mentioning sleep monitoring and alarm clock. The watch monitors the state of the body and then displays statistics: how many minutes a person slept, how long deep and shallow sleep lasted. But sleeping with the clock on is inconvenient: they are large and get in the way, and if you accidentally lie on them, it can even be painful. There is no smart alarm function in the x watch; a regular alarm clock clearly will not stir up the rigidity of a talking person: it is a short squeak through the speaker with a single vibration, and that’s all. So whether it’s even worth sleeping during these hours is a big question.
Sports modes. Makibes G07 has eight strict modes: walking, running, climbing, cycling, swimming, snorkeling, ball game and stopwatch. In each case, the watch tracks different data. For example, while running, cycling or climbing a mountain, coordinates, the number of calories burned and many other parameters are read. And while playing ball — only heart rate and calories burned. All circuits are described in detail in the instructions, and in order to fully use the capabilities of the watch, you will have to study them carefully.
Most modes have multiple screens available that vary in the type of information shown. For example, for running there are five screen options: one shows heart rate and the number of steps, another shows calories burned and the number of laps, the third shows speed and pace, and so on. Again, all options are described in detail in the attached instructions.
Relatively, the Stopwatch mode leads to the seller. First, for some reason the permanent clock does not have a timer. Secondly, the stopwatch itself only counts hours, minutes and seconds, and milliseconds are unfairly ignored.
Based on perceptual sensations, sensors do not track the state of the body very accurately. Sometimes a very strange pulse appears, although it was not possible to catch them due to a critical inaccuracy with the tonometer on the other hand. The extra steps have already been mentioned above. There are also complaints about GPS: while the watch was just lying at home by the window, the sensor was “walking” somewhere.
Makibes G07 periodically gently immerse water over a distance of up to five meters. During the implementation, the watch was given to a girl several times for swimming in the pool — taking into account the convenience and usefulness of the device.
On my female hand, the watch looks bulky, and it won’t fit under my jacket sleeve when going outside. Still, the watch is not for women – it’s large and the design is quite aggressive. However, the bracelet can be easily adjusted to suit any hand size — the watch will definitely not slip either during normal use or in water.
They survived repeated immersion in water without interruption: they did not switch off, there were no artifacts. Thanks to the bright backlight, you can even view the latest data underwater — the buttons do not stick, the information is clearly visible. The watch counts your pulse and measures your heart beats, telling you when to reduce your physical activity. A separate plus is that they calculate the energy burned: I realized that in 2 km I spend 434 calories.
Additional information about the training:
Synchronization with smartphone
The watch has about 100 MB of its own memory, and for adequate operation, including saving training or sleep history, it does not require constant synchronization with a smartphone. In other words, the watch works autonomously, including GPS tracking, taking into account the distance traveled and so on. However, the Bluetooth module version 4.0 works constantly in them (does not turn off in the interface) and allows you to connect to your smartphone at any time, for example, for notifications about calls and notifications.
The seller does not actually have a synchronization application; it uses HPlus. The software obviously does not collect all the data that is on the watch. You can only view detailed dynamics in private, which is completely inconvenient for regular training.
It is enough to build a calendar, since there is a calendar on board with a negative overview of activity on any day, build graphs of various types and so on.
The user can view the dynamics of their workouts and some (again: not all) of their activity or sleep details, and customize the indicator indicator.
The watch can notify the user of incoming calls, SMS and other notifications — a list for consideration.
During calls or messages, the watch is powered and vibrates (or only vibrates if the user has muted the sound), and in the information menu you can read the three most recent messages — not very convenient, but enough to get the general idea. However, sometimes notifications are duplicated for some reason.
During the week of acquaintance in medium activity mode, it was not possible to discharge the battery. The situation was “saved” only by turning on the GPS module in running mode — this increases energy consumption and there is a built-in 500 mAh battery for a few hours. According to general impressions, in medium activity mode without GPS, the watch lasts 7–10 days on a single charge, with GPS (running, cycling, rock climbing) — 2–4 days.
The watch is charged using the included USB cable with a two-pin plug with magnetic fastening. The cable attaches to the watch clearly and reliably without any tendency. A full charge takes approximately two and a half hours.
The Makibes G07 is a multifunctional sports watch that is practically open to all wearers. Using a large number of sensors, they read all the necessary data to obtain statistical statistics and, if anything happens, provide the ability to overload the body. For continuous modes, multiple screens are provided with displays relevant to the user’s specific information. But the software for synchronizing with a smartphone let us down: it’s not possible to adequately upload information to a smartphone or PC yet — I want to believe that this is a temporary problem. Finally, the watch display provides a clearly visible image both indoors, in the sun, and in the water. In general, what more could you want from a smartwatch for a hundred dollars?
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- rich functionality;
- clearly visible light in any lighting conditions;
- relatively high autonomy.
- lack of proprietary synchronization software;
- uneven accuracy of sensors;
- Incomplete functionality of the Stopwatch mode.