Recently, we have reviewed a list of new products, but they mainly refer to smartphones and tablets. I mean we don’t pay much attention to smartwatches, and I am going to fill this gap. The latest smartwatches we have reviewed were the Uwear U11S, DOMINO DM368, and No.1 D5+. All of them are priced around $80 and higher. So it’s quite expected they will provide good performance. But what about smartwatches priced at $30-40. We have provided a buyer’s guide titled as The Best Cheapest Chinese Smartwatch 2016. So if you are familiar with it, you should know products from this price range are capable of providing great performance. Buyers just have to find the best smartwatch deals. Today we are going to talk about a smartwatch priced at $37.99. The pricing may cause some doubts, so we decided to explore the key features of the Tenfifteen QW09. Before we start, I want you to know this is a standalone smartwatch. But something hints this is not the selling point of this product.
Usually when talking about Chinese smartwatches people think they will deal with inexpensive and low quality products. But those who have experience in using good devices from Middle Kingdom know this statement has nothing common with the reality. To prove this you only have to look at the packaging of the Tenfifteen QW09. The smartwatch comes in a square-shaped box. The device is fixed. Plus, the smartwatch was in a bag. So everything reminds a high-priced device.
As for the box, it includes the smartwatch itself, a charger, battery, protective film, and a user manual. Thus it comes with everything you need.
This smartwatch is considered to be the cheap version of the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2. Like this product the Tenfifteen WQ09 comes in a rectangular shape. There is a 1.54-inch screen. But I recommend you to focus on the bezels. The screen occupies the whole front panel, but unfortunately the working area is the way smaller. The body is made of plastic. But I haven’t noticed any additional manufacturing process used for the housing. That’s why it doesn’t look like a premium class smartwatch. However, the Tenfifteen QW09 has a 2.0MP camera above the screen accompanied with a microphone hole.
The home button (if we can call it in this way) is placed under the screen.
As for the straps, they are made of silicone providing a durable and stylish wearing experience.
The microUSB port is on the right side closer to the back panel, which is completely blank.
You have also to know the back panel is removable. Once it’s opened we can see the battery and the SIM card slot.
This smartwatch runs on Android 4.4. But it has a special UI dubbed as the FunOS.
Once it boots up we can see a clock board.
Swiping to the left we access the pedometer. As you know, this app exists almost in all smarwatches and it counts the steps you take and the calories you burn.
One more swipe to the left will open a screen with three apps including calls, contacts and SMS.
The control panel can be opened by swiping from the bottom.
Many use smartwatches when they want to get notifications from smartphones. You can download FunFit from the Play Store.
Install it, and use the app without registration.
Once the app is paired with your smartphone you can get a lot of fun including notification receiver functionality.
Everything done on the phone will reflect on the watch. To test the app I took a few screenshots and corresponding notifications were received on the watch.
The pairing can be implemented from the smartwatch side.
To activate this feature go to System App and turn on the System UI button.
What I liked the more is the ability to change the smartwatch face from the smartphone. Agree it’s the way easier.
As the smartwatch is paired with the smartphone the data are synced as well. So you can control your Tenfifteen QW09 directly from the watch. The screenshot below shows how the pedometer app will look on the phone.
You can capture photos using the smartwatch camera controlling remotely from the smartphone.
And the opposite, you can adjust the smartphone volume from the watch.
However, the camera app on the watch works properly. It looks so.
And a few sample photos to assess the quality.
The Tenfifteen QW09 comes with a 300mAh battery, and it’s enough to carry the watch for 2 days on a single charge.
I even tested it via AnTuTu. The MTK6572 dual-core CPU clocked at 1.2GHz showed satisfactory results scoring 10.221 points.
The 3D can’t be measured but I guess you are not going to play games. So this is not a problem.
Personally, I don’t like smartwatches that require other devices to operate with. I always recommend my friends to buy stylish smartbands for this purposes. Because they cost less and provide almost the same experience. Say the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 can beat many smartwatches. But when it comes to standalone smartwatches, everything changes. I mean standalone smartwatches that also come with their own cameras can be used a small smartphone like the Vphone S8. I think the Tenfifteen QW09 is one of those products. So you can use it when you need to dial, text, call, take photos and many more. Plus, you can pair it with your smartphone and control each device remotely. So $37.99 price tag set for this smartwatch is quite justified.