Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

Budget smartwatches offer similar features like activity tracking, sleep and health parameters, while the Fire-Boltt Talk also lets you answer calls without lifting your smartphone. Does that differentiate it from other offerings under the? 5,000 marks? This is what we think of this smartwatch.

product name

Fire Boltt Talk

Pros

  • Bright screen
  • Comfortable fit
  • Accurate SpO2 and HR Monitoring
  • Bluetooth calling
  • Reliable activity tracking

cons

  • Battery life could be better
  • Blood pressure measurement unreliable

Fire-Boltt Talk Review: Buying an affordable smartwatch can be a daunting task today, thanks to a variety of devices that fit easily in your pocket but are packed with features like activity tracking, health and sleep monitoring, notifications, and control music from your smartphone. In fact, many of the smartwatches that cost up to 5,000 are essentially fitness trackers with a few extra features. This is where the Fire-Boltt Talk comes with features seen on more expensive offerings from companies like Apple and Samsung, allowing users to take calls from their wrist.

The Fire-Boltt Talk smartwatch is packed with features such as heart rate monitoring, fitness and activity tracking, sleep monitoring, blood oxygen level (SpO2) and blood pressure measurement. The smartwatch also allows users to check the weather, click smartphone photos with their wrist, and even take calls without picking up their phone. The device is priced at 4,999 and comes in green, white and black colors. The company sent us the green variant for review – we spent a few weeks with the device and here are our thoughts.

Fire-Boltt Talk Review: Design

The Fire-Boltt Talk closely resembles a regular wristwatch, from the round design to the crown and 3.2 cm (1.28-inch) display. The sensors are located below the display and the watch case does not feel very heavy when worn. Clicking on the crown (which is basically a button) turns the screen on, while the touchscreen interface lets you swipe through menus and settings. The watch comes with rubber straps, we got the green variant for review and found the material soft to the touch and comfortable to wear.


The Fire-Boltt Talk feels comfortable to wear and didn't irritate our skin, despite wearing it for an extended period of time.

The Fire-Boltt Talk feels comfortable to wear and didn’t irritate our skin, despite wearing it for an extended period of time. (David Delima/HT Tech)

Fire-Boltt Talk Review: Performance

The Fire-Boltt Talk aims to track a wide range of activity, sleep and health parameters, and it seemed to do most of these things quite well in our tests. Walking while counting steps out loud and tracking the smartwatch showed that it accurately tracked steps while running, walking and jogging. Similarly, the Fire-Boltt Talk can measure your blood oxygen levels quite accurately, and we found the readings matched with a BPL SpO2 reader we bought online during the pandemic.

The heart rate monitor is also quite reliable and the Fire-Boltt Talk comes with a continuous heart rate monitoring feature. However, this, along with sleep tracking, will drain your battery much faster – we could get at least six and a half days of battery life if these features were disabled. The Fire-Boltt Talk also comes with a blood pressure monitoring system, but taking readings sequentially showed several readings and this doesn’t seem like a reliable method of monitoring one’s blood pressure.


You can choose from preset Fire-Boltt Talk watch faces or download several others from the Da Fit app.

You can choose from preset Fire-Boltt Talk watch faces or download several others from the Da Fit app. (David Delima/HT Tech)

One of the main features of the Fire-Boltt Talk is the ability to use your smartwatch as a receiver when taking calls, and in our testing we found it worked quite well. Your smartphone basically treats the Fire-Boltt Talk like a speaker with a built-in microphone and you can hear voices quite well. If there’s audio playing on the other end, you might find it a little tinny, but the connection itself was fairly stable and there were no issues speaking to the smartwatch.

We tested the Fire-Boltt Talk on both an Android smartphone and an iPhone running iOS 14.8 and found that it worked perfectly with both devices after downloading the Da Fit app from the respective stores. What’s interesting about the Fire-Boltt Talk is that we didn’t have to pick up our phone to quickly check our hearing rate or see who was calling — it even showed us recent callers, a set of contacts we could sync the telephone and a keypad. However, these are features that only work on your Android devices, while the software on the watch was a bit slow to respond to our touches on the main home screen – which is a lot like Apple’s watchOS.

Fire-Boltt Talk review: Battery

As for battery life, the Fire-Boltt Talk has a battery life of about 10 days, but we found that with daily use, we were lucky enough to get about five hours of battery backup before needing to be recharged again. That said, this device still offers better battery life than other fitness trackers with smaller screens and fewer features, including using the watch as a phone call receiver.

The Fire-Boltt Talk is charged via a male USB-A charging cable that fits into your charging pad, while the other end connects to the smartwatch base via a magnetic connector. It only attaches when properly seated, and turning it the other way makes the watch bounce off the connector, something you have to get used to while charging. The watch went from 10 percent to 100 in just under an hour and 40 minutes, which seems reasonable if it’s something we have to do every five days.


The Fire-Boltt Talk offers many features at an affordable price.

The Fire-Boltt Talk offers many features at an affordable price. (David Delima/HT Tech)

verdict

There are quite a few options if you’re looking for an affordable fitness tracker among 5,000. Many of these fitness trackers offer the same number of features and allow you to monitor important health parameters, check your messages and notifications, and so on. The Fire-Boltt Talk adds another important feature while keeping the price low 5,000 – the ability to call and answer on your wrist. This is a feature you see on more expensive watches from companies like Apple and Samsung, and it’s quite refreshing to see it on such an affordable device.

Using Fire-Boltt Talk’s phone call feature is also a little safer than grabbing your phone to check your notifications or answer calls, in light of the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic. This smartwatch gets the basics right, such as activity, sleep, SpO2 and heart rate monitoring, and while we wouldn’t recommend relying on the blood pressure monitor, the overall value this smartwatch offers for the price makes it an easy recommendation for those looking for one. smartwatch on a budget.

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