This $4 fitness band is the world’s cheapest smartwatch and we tried it!

We acquired the most economical smartwatch we could uncover from Aliexpress – the the M4 (which seems a whole lot like the Xiaomi Mi Band 4).

At the time of ordering, the device price us a minor a lot less than $3, but regretably it now charges a staggering 36% extra at $4.09 (roughly £3.00/AU$5.ninety). That incorporates no cost delivery to the British isles and most likely to most other nations as effectively.

The look at has a .96-inch color screen (unlikely to be OLED) protected by plastic and it is really about the measurement of Xiaomi’s well-liked smartband.

It supports Bluetooth 4., has a 90mAh battery that previous for up to 10 times and at only 50g is as moveable as it gets. Add in IP67 waterproofing and it seems like a pretty very good deal.

In the box, you get the wristband, a plastic wrist strap, the charging dock, and a small set of recommendations. Fortuitously, you happen to be unlikely to need these given that the setup is simple (just bear in mind to take away the plastic movie at the again that handles the pulse sensor).

The look at is appropriate with the Fitpro application, which can be located on Google Perform and the Apple App Retailer. Extra than a million installs have been recorded to date, with the most up-to-date update printed on January 17 2020. 

In use

We had been a minor let down when we identified the touch screen functionality is limited to the lower aspect of the screen. Tapping just cycles via a record of non-clickable alternatives.

It is not all lousy however, mainly because the application looks to in fact get the job done, allowing for you to conveniently hyperlink the M4 smartwatch to your cellphone. Just bear in mind you can expect to need to install the application initial – never consider to connect to the band directly by using Android.

We also got the “distant shoot” aspect to get the job done, which includes making use of your smartphone to acquire a photo by using the on-board digital camera. The “uncover the bracelet” facility capabilities as well, generating the band excitement to indicate its whereabouts.

(Graphic credit: Future)

You can also acquire or reject phone calls by using the smart bracelet, as effectively as obtain drive notifications from social media accounts (Fb, Twitter etc.).

Heart rate measurement (as effectively as spO2 and blood tension) can only be executed by using the application, which is also the circumstance for monitoring move depend, calorie consumption and managing alarms.

All in all, the M4 is effectively really worth the revenue. Indeed, it is really limited in scope, but it functions quite effectively for what is a rock base cost – fundamentally the cost of a McDonald’s Satisfied Food.