- Affordable price
- Long life battery
- No heartbeat rate sensor
- Issues with the sleeping monitor
The Cubot V1 is a new smart band that features a design clearly inspired by the Xiaomi Mi Band 2, but it has a charm of its own. This affordable device manufactured by the recognized brand Cubot offers a minimalistic design and several features such as pedometer, sleeping monitor, intelligent alarm, Etc. The material employed is TPU and the shape of the dial is oval, it has an OLED touch screen that displays all the data concerning our physical activity or simply the date and hour. The band is waterproof and the quality is good despite the low price.
The Cubot V1 has an APP for Android and iOS that let us access to more features and functionalities. The App can be downloaded via Google play or via Apple store and requires at least Android 4.3 or iOS 8.0. You can link the V1 smart band with a smartphone via Bluetooth since the smart band supports it.
Design and display
As it was mentioned earlier, the Cubot V1 resembles the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 in many aspects and its design is quite simplistic. The straps are made of UTP plastic and honestly, they give a cheap and misleading impression. However, the style isn’t everything and the features of the band compensate for it.
Inside the plastic band lies the detachable sensor, which is the heart of this device. It’s composed of a 0.88 inch OLED screen that supports a 128 x 32 pixels resolution.
This screen has an oval shape and is barely visible under the sunlight, which is perhaps the most criticizable flaw that the Cubot V1 has.
On the right side, you can find a touchable button that doesn’t have any kind of symbol, unlike most smart bands.
On the inferior section, you will only find the Micro USB port that we can use to recharge the battery. There isn’t a heartbeat rate sensor, which is odd in a device like this and also a major flaw.
The Cubot V1 has an IP65 certificate, which means that you can wash your hands or take a shower wearing it, but never dive with it or expose it to water pressure. The Micro USB port is covered by a protective button, but even in that circumstance, it’s recommendable not to expose it to water.
features and usage
Like many other smart bands out there, the Cubot V1 can work with or without a smartphone, but using one is the ideal since it will grant us access to more features.
However, if we use the Cubot V1 by itself we can interact with it by using the touchable button, which gives you access to the different options available on the menu.
By pressing it we can see the hour, date, remaining battery, burnt calories, distance walked, and footsteps.
Date: The date is shown in Month/day format.
Steps count: here it’s how looks the pedometer
Burnt calories: This is the burnt calories counter
Distance: it’s measured in KM. You will have the distance runned “on your wrist” literally.
There are not too many features available, but it’s a device suitable for starters and you can access to additional features if you use a smartphone.
By linking the Cubot V1 via Bluetooth with a smartphone you’ll be able of tracking your daily progress using the APP and control some features, like the sleeping monitor and general statistics. You can also activate a sedentary reminder and set your personal exercise objectives.
As we mentioned earlier, the Cubot V1 offers Bluetooth 4.0 so that you can link it with a smartphone and interact by using the APP, which is compatible with Android (4.3 or later) and iOS (8.0 or later).
From the app you can evaluate your sleep and exercise quality, set alarms and tweak the notifications settings. The Cubot V1 can notify you about text messages, incoming calls, and WeChat. This feature works really well, but Wechat is the only app supported when it comes to notifications.
The Cubot V1 is powered by an 80mAh battery that surprisingly delivers almost a month of usage even with the Bluetooth always on. This is certainly one of the strongest points of the Cubot V1, but obviously, this depends on the number of notifications received. It’s also worth mentioning that the energy consumption is low since it doesn’t feature a heartbeat rate sensor.
What’s in the box?
The Cubot V1 comes in a white box and includes the following items:
-The Cubot V1 smart band
-A micro USB cable for charging
Bluetooth version: Bluetooth 4.0
IP rating: IP65
|Functions||Bluetooth calling: Phone call reminder
Messaging: Message reminder
Health tracker: Pedometer, Sleep monitor
Alert type: Vibration
Other function: Alarm
Operating mode: Touch Screen
|Battery||Type of battery: Li-polymer Battery
Battery Capacity: 80mAh
Standby time: About 30 Days
|General||People: Female or Male|
|Dial and Band||Shape of the dial: Oval
Case material: TPU
Band material: TPU
|Features||Compatible OS: Android, IOS
Compatibility: Android 4.3 / iOS 8.0 and above system
Language: English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Simplified Chinese,Spanish
Available color: Black, Blue, Gray
|Weight and Size||Dial size: 4 x 1.5 x 1 cm / 1.57 x 0.59 x 0.39 inches
Band size: 23 x 2.4 cm / 9.06 x 0.94 inches
Wearing diameter: 13 – 20 cm / 5.12 – 7.87 inches
Product size (L x W x H): 23.00 x 2.40 x 1.00 cm / 9.06 x 0.94 x 0.39 inches
Package size (L x W x H): 9.80 x 9.80 x 3.00 cm / 3.86 x 3.86 x 1.18 inches
Product weight: 0.022 kg
Package weight: 0.145 kg
|Package Contents||Package Contents: 1 x CUBOT V1 Smart Band, 1 x Charging Cable,1 x Multiple Languages User Manual|
The Cubot V1 is a good deal due to its affordable price, which is really low and competitive. It has quite some interesting features and works perfectly as a starter pack for those who haven’t tried this kind of wearable technology before. It also comes handy for exercising or practicing sports, any physical activity really.
In the downside, the absent of a heartbeat sensor feels terrible and there are minor bugs and glitches that can ruin your experience. One of them is the need to connect the band with a smartphone after midnight to record your progress and data, otherwise you’ll lose it. The sleeping monitor also has several troubles and doesn’t determine precisely the moment when you fall asleep.