The Viks brand decid­ed to com­bine two things in one device: a bracelet with a clear focus on the female audi­ence and a gad­get for not miss­ing a sin­gle incom­ing call. The result was Viks VI-T2, an acces­so­ry that works in tan­dem with a smart­phone and warns with vibra­tion about calls, SMS and oth­er events in the sys­tem. Con­sid­er­ing that the device is worn direct­ly on the skin, there is no way to “miss” the vibra­tion. There­fore, if your friend con­stant­ly ignores calls, it would be a good idea to draw her atten­tion to Viks VI-T2.

Appearance

A device called Viks VI-T2 is posi­tioned as a Blue­tooth vibra­tion bracelet, but in fact the mod­el rep­re­sents the very cat­e­go­ry of “smart watch­es,” only in a some­what sim­pli­fied ver­sion. That is, the user has access to basic options such as receiv­ing a call or receiv­ing noti­fi­ca­tions about var­i­ous sys­tem events. At the same time, the Viks VI-T2 soft­ware com­po­nent does not con­tain Android, but the bracelet does not set any restric­tions on the mod­els of con­nect­ed smart­phones or phones. And this is a seri­ous advan­tage, because A‑brand devices usu­al­ly have a lim­it­ed set of sup­port­ed dialers, or there are con­stant com­pat­i­bil­i­ty prob­lems with devices from third-par­ty com­pa­nies.

Exter­nal­ly, Viks VI-T2 looks exact­ly like a bracelet, and it’s def­i­nite­ly a bracelet for women. Viks did not for­get about indi­vid­ual pref­er­ences, and there­fore released the mod­el in four col­or options: black, white, red and gold­en pearl. This is good at least because it allows you to choose a bracelet to match the col­or of your smart­phone. Per­haps, in light of recent events in the world of smart­phones, a mod­el with a gold­en col­or should be in par­tic­u­lar demand.

The char­ac­ter­is­tics of the case coat­ing direct­ly depend on the col­or of the bracelet. We were able to get acquaint­ed with the black mod­el, which had a pure­ly glossy sur­face and there­fore need­ed reg­u­lar wip­ing to remove fin­ger­prints. The gold­en Viks VI-T2 is doing much bet­ter; the body has a rather mat­te sur­face, although it doesn’t mind “shine” a lit­tle.

The back of the case is fin­ished with a mate­r­i­al that tac­tile­ly resem­bles a cross between rub­ber and soft-touch plas­tic. The main thing is that the feel­ing when wear­ing is pleas­ant, no irri­ta­tion appears. It is dif­fi­cult to say with cer­tain­ty whether the fixed size of the bracelet should be con­sid­ered a dis­ad­van­tage. From a male point of view, I imme­di­ate­ly want to best fit the Viks VI-T2 to my wrist size. On the oth­er hand, it seems that a woman’s bracelet should just dan­gle a lit­tle, and not tight­ly fit the hand.

Review: Viks VI-T2 women's Bluetooth bracelet that claims to be a “smart watch”

On the front side of the bracelet there is a mono­chrome screen on which white char­ac­ters are dis­played on a black back­ground. The bright­ness is aver­age, but on a sun­ny day you don’t have to cre­ate a shad­ow with your palm to read infor­ma­tion. To the right and left of the screen, the micro­phone and speak­er slots are notice­able on the arms of the Viks VI-T2.

Review: Viks VI-T2 women's Bluetooth bracelet that claims to be a “smart watch”

Functional

The con­trols are sim­ple and fit into two but­tons on the right side. These keys are respon­si­ble for both set­ting up the device and the abil­i­ty to accept or end a call.

Review: Viks VI-T2 women's Bluetooth bracelet that claims to be a “smart watch”

In stand­by mode, you can press the but­ton to dis­play the cur­rent time. If you acti­vate an incom­ing call on the watch, the con­ver­sa­tion will lit­er­al­ly take place through the bracelet, over the speak­er­phone. It is clear that this type of com­mu­ni­ca­tion is unlike­ly to be in great demand, but just in case it doesn’t hurt. The built-in speak­er is suit­able not only for calls and sound noti­fi­ca­tions about var­i­ous events, but also for play­ing music via the A2DP pro­to­col, like in some Blue­tooth speak­ers. It is clear that a watch will not replace the same portable speak­er, although in a cer­tain sit­u­a­tion it can be use­ful as a mini (or micro) acoustics.

Review: Viks VI-T2 women's Bluetooth bracelet that claims to be a “smart watch”

In order to dis­pel doubts about the absence of com­pat­i­bil­i­ty prob­lems, the bracelet was alter­nate­ly test­ed in pairs with five smart­phones of dif­fer­ent brands and two phones. As it turned out, Viks VI-T2 works best with the iPhone. When there is an incom­ing call, the con­tac­t’s name is dis­played on the bracelet’s screen — but only if it is typed in Latin. Own­ers of Android devices will have to come to terms with the fact that only the phone num­ber will be dis­played.

When a call arrives, the bracelet will vibrate quite strong­ly. The vibra­tion lev­el is suf­fi­cient to com­plete­ly pre­vent missed calls. How­ev­er, the mat­ter is not lim­it­ed to noti­fi­ca­tions about calls; the entire sys­tem of noti­fi­ca­tions about var­i­ous events is syn­chro­nized — from a new SMS to an email, but in their case the nature of the noti­fi­ca­tion is dif­fer­ent — we are talk­ing about sound sig­nals, the same ones that are set in the smart­phone.

In stand­by mode, the built-in bat­tery lasts for 72 hours of oper­a­tion of the bracelet, but if you answer three or four calls last­ing up to five min­utes each, the device will need to be recharged by the end of the day. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, the devel­op­ers do not indi­cate the exact bat­tery capac­i­ty.

Pros:

  • dis­play­ing the caller’s num­ber;
  • Pos­si­bil­i­ty of use for speak­er­phone;
  • music play­back func­tion via A2DP pro­to­col;
  • notice­able vibra­tion;
  • nice appear­ance for a bracelet.

Minuses:

  • Names from the con­tact list for Android are not sup­port­ed;
  • Sup­port for con­tact names on iPhone only when writ­ten in Latin;
  • The grip of the bracelet can­not be adjust­ed in any way.

Conclusion

Viks VI-T2 com­bines, on the one hand, a tech­ni­cal­ly advanced device in the “smart watch” cat­e­go­ry, and on the oth­er, a com­plete­ly fem­i­nine acces­so­ry that is not embar­rass­ing to put on your hand. The device copes well with the basic func­tions of sound noti­fi­ca­tion about “tele­phone events”, which includes not only calls, but also noti­fi­ca­tions about new mes­sages in mail, social net­works (if there are cor­re­spond­ing clients in the smart­phone). The most seri­ous draw­back is that you can rec­og­nize the caller if you remem­ber his num­ber by heart — the bracelet can­not dis­play the name entered in con­tacts. The sit­u­a­tion is because the bracelet dis­plays the name if it is entered in the address book.