The idea of ​​smart­watch­es has clear­ly attract­ed the inter­est of mobile device devel­op­ers. Some take a dif­fi­cult path, try­ing to trans­fer the max­i­mum func­tions of a smart­phone from a pock­et to the user’s wrist, while oth­ers take clas­sic watch­es as a basis, sup­ple­ment­ing them with the nec­es­sary min­i­mum. Each of these approach­es has the right to life, and has both its pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive sides. Today we received a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the sec­ond type for review — teX­et X‑Watch TW-120. Essen­tial­ly, this is a reg­u­lar wrist­watch with noti­fi­ca­tion capa­bil­i­ties; There is no spe­cial screen, but the bat­tery life of such watch­es is mea­sured not in days, but in months and even years. Let’s take a look and try to fig­ure out how jus­ti­fied this approach is.

Specifications

  • move­ment type: quartz MIYOTA, dial diam­e­ter 1.25 inch­es;
  • screen: no;
  • back­light: no;
  • pro­tec­tion against dust and mois­ture: IP67 stan­dard;
  • func­tions: clock, alarm clock, timer, LED event indi­ca­tion;
  • dimen­sions: 42 x 50 x 14 mm;
  • weight: 110 grams;
  • bat­ter­ies: remov­able bat­tery CR2032 (non-recharge­able, 3 V) – for Blue­tooth, remov­able bat­tery SR626SW (non-recharge­able, 1.55 V) – for the clock mech­a­nism;
  • Fea­tures: syn­chro­niza­tion with a smart­phone via Blue­tooth 4.0 LE and high­er.

Appearance and ergonomics

teX­et X‑Watch TW-120 comes in a small box.

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Apart from the watch itself, instruc­tions and war­ran­ty card, there is noth­ing else in it. The mod­el is made in a clas­sic style: a stain­less steel case with a large dial, a rather ascetic design, a black sil­i­cone strap stitched with con­trast­ing white thread.

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The dial is cov­ered with impact-resis­tant glass, and the watch itself com­plies with the IP67 stan­dard. This means com­plete dust resis­tance and the abil­i­ty to with­stand not only show­ers, but even short-term immer­sion to a depth of up to a meter.

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The watch’s con­trols — two but­tons and a dial for mov­ing the hands — are locat­ed on the right side and have the same design. The top but­ton is respon­si­ble for syn­chro­niz­ing with a smart­phone via Blue­tooth, and the bot­tom but­ton can per­form sev­er­al dif­fer­ent func­tions depend­ing on the sit­u­a­tion and soft­ware set­tings.

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The strap has a wide range of adjust­ment and, accord­ing­ly, will fit almost any hand. How­ev­er, do not for­get about the con­sid­er­able weight and dimen­sions of the device. Again, due to the rather mas­sive case, the watch does not fit well with nar­row sleeves. How­ev­er, this is all a mat­ter of habit.

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The main dif­fer­ence from ordi­nary watch­es is almost invis­i­ble. The num­ber 12 on the dial is an LED indi­ca­tor. It has four glow col­ors: white, green, blue and red. Read more about his work below.

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Device in operation

With­out con­nect­ing to a phone, the TW-120 is a reg­u­lar watch with­out any addi­tion­al func­tions: no cal­en­dar, not even a stop­watch. There is no forced back­light either; Only the dial mark­ers and hands have a phos­pho­res­cent coat­ing. Using the watch for its intend­ed pur­pose at night is not so easy.

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You can expand the range of func­tions by con­nect­ing the watch to a smart­phone using a pro­to­col no low­er than Blue­tooth 4.0 LE, that is, with low ener­gy con­sump­tion. The watch can only work with Android devices; To do this, you need to down­load the free TW-120 appli­ca­tion from Google Play, which will allow you to con­nect the watch to your smart­phone.

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To con­nect your watch to your smart­phone, you need to launch the appli­ca­tion in search mode and press the top but­ton of the watch for three sec­onds.

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After pair­ing, through the main menu you can con­fig­ure dif­fer­ent types of noti­fi­ca­tions, which will have their own col­or on the LED indi­ca­tor. Red col­or will indi­cate incom­ing or missed calls, green col­or will indi­cate new SMS/letters, cal­en­dar events (we plan to add sup­port for What­sApp and WeChat in the near future). Blue informs about new events on social net­works (Face­book, Twit­ter, Insta­gram are sup­port­ed). All types of noti­fi­ca­tions can be accom­pa­nied by both a sound sig­nal and vibra­tion.

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To work with noti­fi­ca­tions, the appli­ca­tion inde­pen­dent­ly autho­rizes itself on the ser­vices, so you need to enter all per­son­al data and enter addi­tion­al para­me­ters, regard­less of whether clients, for exam­ple, Face­book or mail, are installed or not.

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There is a use­ful search func­tion for paired devices. Just press a but­ton on your watch and a noti­fi­ca­tion sound will sound on your smart­phone. Find­ing a watch from a smart­phone is sim­i­lar. Also, the watch can remind you when you move away from the smart­phone, lev­el­ing the con­se­quences of the owner’s absent-mind­ed­ness.

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The last func­tion on the list allows you to con­trol your smart­phone’s cam­era. More pre­cise­ly, take pic­tures by press­ing a but­ton on the watch itself. Works only through the native appli­ca­tion launched in “Cam­era” mode.

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Dur­ing test­ing, the man­u­fac­tur­er man­aged to update the soft­ware, elim­i­nat­ing the prob­lem of peri­od­ic con­nec­tion inter­rup­tions. In addi­tion, the con­nec­tion is now estab­lished much faster. The sta­bil­i­ty of the appli­ca­tion itself has increased sig­nif­i­cant­ly, all func­tions of the appli­ca­tion work as they should: noti­fi­ca­tions about calls and mes­sages are received, mark­ers are placed on the map, remote shoot­ing works with­out prob­lems. Let’s hope teX­et con­tin­ues to improve its soft­ware in the future.

The most pop­u­lar noti­fi­ca­tion method should be vibra­tion. The light indi­ca­tion can be noticed only by look­ing at the dial; The sound noti­fi­ca­tion is a reg­u­lar sound sig­nal, which, although clear­ly audi­ble, can also be missed. But with a vibra­tion sig­nal there should not be such a prob­lem.

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Final­ly, we invite you to see how the man­u­fac­tur­er him­self sees sce­nar­ios for using the gad­get.

Autonomous operation

Unlike most smart­watch­es, this mod­el uses two remov­able bat­ter­ies: a CR2032 bat­tery for the Blue­tooth mod­ule and an SR626SW bat­tery for the clock mech­a­nism. The appli­ca­tion dis­plays the CR2032 charge.

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Accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er, the watch can oper­ate for up to a year with­out replac­ing bat­ter­ies. Using a sim­ple tool, you can remove the bat­tery com­part­ment cov­er your­self and replace the dead bat­tery with a new one.

Results

So, teX­et TW-120 is a clas­sic watch with advanced func­tion­al­i­ty. More­over, the lion’s share of these func­tions is revealed only in con­junc­tion with a smart­phone. The device does­n’t have its own screen, so you still have to reach into your pock­et to read mes­sages or reminders. But the auton­o­my exceeds the much more func­tion­al “smart bracelets” by three orders of mag­ni­tude. Anoth­er plus is the abil­i­ty to replace the bat­ter­ies your­self. The retail price is 3,2,5 dol­lars, and this is quite com­pa­ra­ble to a reg­u­lar watch. Over­all, the device turns out to be very attrac­tive, and not only for tech fans.

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Pros:

  • long bat­tery life;
  • pro­tec­tion from shock, water and dust;
  • sol­id appear­ance.

Minus­es:

  • lack of back­light;
  • min­i­mal capa­bil­i­ties with­out con­nect­ing to a smart­phone.