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