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Even with a month of testing, we can't get much passion out of this Poco Watch review, be it positive or negative. This smartwatch by the numbers certainly doesn't disappoint, but it doesn't seduce either.

The Poco Watch is the first smartwatch from Pocophone, which has made a name for itself by producing powerful yet affordable budget phones. There is a long tradition of phone brands making wearables to complement their phones; Xiaomi Mi Watch, Honor Magic Watch, and Oppo Watch come to mind as examples of other Chinese companies, each vying for a spot on our list of best smartwatches or best cheap smartwatches.

However, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 or Apple Watch 7, the Poco Watch is on the "budget" end of the spectrum, which is Poco's Modus Operandi. However, while Poco's smartphones excel with cutting-edge features despite low prices, its smartwatch doesn't do much to stand out from its competitors.

The device does everything you'd expect from a budget wearable: It lets you get notifications on your wrist, track certain types of exercises, count your steps, and more. All these functions work very well.

It also has a great battery life, lasting two weeks, much longer than the battery life of many other smartwatches.

But it doesn't offer anything we haven't seen before, and we haven't seen cheaper, more importantly, with its nearly identical feature set to many similar smartwatches.

Little could have taken a leaf out of his smartphone book by finding a unique selling point for the device, perhaps a way to link it to mobiles or a special fitness tracking mode. But at the moment we don't understand why people should buy it.

Poco Watch price and availability

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The Poco Watch will be available in the UK. Since Poco doesn't normally sell its devices in the US or Australia, don't expect availability outside of Europe.

The watch costs €79.99 (about $100 / AU$140), making it quite affordable for smartwatches, significantly undermining alternatives from Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, and Oppo. But if you're looking for a budget smartwatch, Amazfit has some more feature-rich alternatives.

One rival we want to highlight is the Honor Watch ES, which launched for €99.99 (around £130, AU$175). Sure, it's a little more expensive than the Poco Watch, but it does have some unique features, like its fitness class modes, proving that affordable smartwatches can still stand out.

Poco watch design and display

Like the vast majority of smartwatches, the Poco Watch consists of a body and two removable straps. Well, "removable" in theory, since the button you have to press to remove them is incredibly difficult to press.

You can buy tan, navy or black versions of the smartwatch and, as the images show, we've tested this latest version. The bracelet and the body of the watch are available in the chosen color.

The fit overall is quite comfortable, especially as the watch is quite light at just 31g including straps. These wristbands are made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a synthetic material that is slightly less irritating than rubber. It doesn't rub as much as silicone and isn't too irritating for people with skin conditions. There are also plenty of holes in the strap, so you can easily adjust the fit for all wrist sizes.

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The body is boxy, like an Apple Watch, but without the design flair of the latter. It has a button, on the right edge, which was a bit tricky to press at times, but not nearly as annoying as the button on the strap.

The material of this square body is tough yet lightweight, making it a great choice for a smartwatch. You can bump into the thing while running or fall while it's on your wrist, with a small chance of damaging its face. It has a water resistance of 5 ATM, which means that the watch can withstand the pressure of about 50 meters of water.

The screen measures 1,6 inches diagonally, with a resolution of 360 x 320 and AMOLED technology. The latter is standard on smartwatches, as the high brightness and contrast it offers make the watches easy to see outdoors.

Poco Watch performance and software

The vast majority of proprietary smartwatch operating systems feel very similar, at least outside of WatchOS, Wear OS, and HarmonyOS, and the Poco Watch is no exception.

From the main watch face, you can swipe down to see your list of notifications or swipe up to see our list of quick settings; swiping the sides takes you through a carousel of features like heart rate monitoring, weather reports, or music controls.

Tapping the home button takes you to the list of apps, which can be quite overwhelming since apps don't have labels; you have to guess what they are based on the logo. So when alarms, stopwatches, and timers have clock-shaped logos, it's really hard to tell which app you're looking at. However, wearing the watch for a while helps him learn the differences.

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The fact that the Poco Watch software is all too familiar isn't a problem, as it makes it easy for smartwatch aficionados to navigate (well, aside from the odd lack of app tags in the list). Also, the art style and color palette are quite attractive.

Navigating the clock is very easy as the software is fast and intuitive. Poco hasn't detailed the chipset available in the watch, but it's on the job of powering the device.

A few more modes here include breathing exercises, music controls, notification management (so you can read notifications, but not reply), and a remote shutter for your smartphone camera.

There were some bugs in the software. We never got the remote shutter tool to work (our smartphone never wanted to recognize it) and notifications were often received multiple times on the watch. Music controls generally worked well, but occasionally the watch didn't recognize when music was playing on our phone.

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The Poco Watch offers more than 100 fitness modes… but not all modes are created equal.

Some of the basic modes, like Running, have some reported metrics. Running shows you your time, total kcals, active kcals, average pace, max pace, average speed, steps, cadence, stride and heart rate (in a graph and broken down by zone). All of this will be useful for a budding runner, but for elite runners you don't get as much information as you would on a dedicated race watch.

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But if you choose some of the more viewed niche activities, like snowmobiling or Latin dancing, you won't get as much activity-specific information as you would with career mode. Baseball mode won't give you game information, swing details, or anything like that.

Some of these modes are clearly filler modes, especially considering that hiking, trekking, and outdoor walking are listed as separate activities. Still, for routine activities or people who don't need detailed breakdowns, the Poco Watch is fine.

Don't expect any training advice, though, and take the data with a grain of salt, as when we'd go out for runs with the watch, it had a strange tendency to record our heart rate at V02 Max (the most intensive option) for the streaming game. , even for smoother rides.

Unlike many other budget smartwatches, there's built-in GPS here, too, meaning you can use the watch without your phone, or at least without relying on your smartphone's own GPS system. We found that the tracked distance was more accurate than on GPS-connected devices (which relies on your phone's GPS).

The Poco watch can track heart rate, Sp02, steps, menstrual cycle and sleep, though for many of these metrics you actually have to use the companion smartwatch app to get your data. As with the fitness modes, these are useful for monitoring your health, but you won't get the same depth of data as you would with a more expensive device.

Poco Watch battery life

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When we heard Poco's claim that its smartwatch would have a two-week battery life, we were hesitant: the body looks slim, so we didn't imagine it could have a really big battery.

Although we were wrong. Based on our tests, the Poco Watch definitely has a battery life of two weeks. That was with the occasional workout, but obviously if you're doing two-hour runs every day, you won't see the device last as long. Using the always-on display feature will also significantly reduce this figure.

Charging is done with a small magnetic pin charger that comes with the device and plugs into any USB-A port, like a wall outlet or your PC.

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FeaturesNotesRatingDesign and displayThe Poco Watch has a pretty standard look and display, nothing fancy.3/5Performance and softwareApart from the software with some bugs, the Poco Watch works perfectly.3/5FitnessThe Poco Watch has the standard collection of fitness modes, however , only a select few have much depth. 3/5 battery clock in two weeks, the Poco watch has a pretty good battery life compared to its rivals, although there are rivals that last up to a month. The Poco watch is quite affordable, however it is not the cheapest smartwatch we have. I have seen 4/5

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