Has anyone bought a cheap smart watch off ali express/ebay?

Found 16th Nov 2016
Hi
has anyone bought a cheap chinese smart watch of ebay or ali express? my son has asked for one for christmas an hes only 11 so its only for basis stuff like time and messages etc and its all a bit of a gimmick i think but they are less than a tenner and hes struggling to tell the time properly and i was hoping this would persuade him to wear a watch more and learn.
any thoughts or experience?
cheers

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Not Chinese and not ebay , bought bought one of these a few weeks back... ( a bit more than a tenner @ £24)

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and really like it, understated but works well for messages , calls etc... in fact you can link it to any app on your phone, and the battery lasts me 2 weeks ( light user)

https://www.martianwatches.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/design.jpg

Edited by: "mfactor" 16th Nov 2016

My brother in law bought 2 of the cheap ones on Gearbest and is very happy with it gearbest.com/sma…30/

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mfactor

Not Chinese and not ebay , bought bought one of these a few weeks back... … Not Chinese and not ebay , bought bought one of these a few weeks back... ( a bit more than a tenner @ £24)http://www.zavvi.com/gift-tech-stuff/martian-notifier-smart-watch-ios-and-android-compatible-black/11194789.html?utm_source=googleprod&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=gp_gifts&affil=thggpsad&switchcurrency=GBP&shippingcountry=GB&thg_ppc_campaign=71700000008892313&gclid=CjwKEAiAgavBBRCA7ZbggrLSkUcSJACWDexAKIeFReZQKueU5Pt3_cvICEk1u-_oB8X_RycL8wXrtBoCu1Hw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CIzilfjmrNACFU4x0wodRHwGsAand really like it, understated but works well for messages , calls etc... in fact you can link it to any app on your phone, and the battery lasts me 2 weeks ( light user)


nice watch that i would wear that but its to old looking for my son if you know what i mean

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markvirgo

My brother in law bought 2 of the cheap ones on Gearbest and is very … My brother in law bought 2 of the cheap ones on Gearbest and is very happy with it http://www.gearbest.com/smart-watches-c_11330/


do you know which he bought and were they compatible with iphone?
thanks

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any other thoughts?

Get a Pebble instead, one of the best smartwatches and the battery lasts 5-7 days. Can probably get an old one cheapish on ebay. I'll be listing a Brand new Black Pebble Time for £80 this week if you're interested.

Yes crap you'll need to recharge it everyday if not more. Unless he has a real reason to use it don't bother.

mfactor

Not Chinese and not ebay , bought bought one of these a few weeks back... … Not Chinese and not ebay , bought bought one of these a few weeks back... ( a bit more than a tenner @ £24)http://www.zavvi.com/gift-tech-stuff/martian-notifier-smart-watch-ios-and-android-compatible-black/11194789.html?utm_source=googleprod&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=gp_gifts&affil=thggpsad&switchcurrency=GBP&shippingcountry=GB&thg_ppc_campaign=71700000008892313&gclid=CjwKEAiAgavBBRCA7ZbggrLSkUcSJACWDexAKIeFReZQKueU5Pt3_cvICEk1u-_oB8X_RycL8wXrtBoCu1Hw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds&dclid=CIzilfjmrNACFU4x0wodRHwGsAand really like it, understated but works well for messages , calls etc... in fact you can link it to any app on your phone, and the battery lasts me 2 weeks ( light user)



Ouch, does that take you like 5 minutes to read a more than one word by the time it scrolls across? I've peoples names in my phone that are longer than the number of characters that can display, in fact I can only think of one that isn't "Mum". On the China/Import front, think big, think big on his/her wrist, think charging all the time, think custom apps not google wear compatible, think only few watch faces available, think requiring custom app to be downloaded containing dear knows what downloaded from a website and not google play. Think no integration with other apps, slow and gluggish gui if anything a cheap clone will put him off tech.
I'd go with DCX's suggestions of the Pebble.
Edited by: "cecilmcroberts" 16th Nov 2016

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ok cheers all
i will just get a normal watch

groggy

ok cheers alli will just get a normal watch



I know you don't want to spend too much in case he doesn't take to it but you can get a Pebble SmartWatch currently in Argos for £50 (checked stock and plenty in my area - N.Ireland)
Argos - Pebble

CEX for around £30-£35 Grade A
CEX Pebble

Or how about going down the line of a fitness band and they also show the time. The likes of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 around £20 ish if you don't mind ordering from China.
Mi Band 2 - Gearbest

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cecilmcroberts

I know you don't want to spend too much in case he doesn't take to it but … I know you don't want to spend too much in case he doesn't take to it but you can get a Pebble SmartWatch currently in Argos for £50 (checked stock and plenty in my area - N.Ireland)Argos - PebbleCEX for around £30-£35 Grade ACEX PebbleOr how about going down the line of a fitness band and they also show the time. The likes of the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 around £20 ish if you don't mind ordering from China.Mi Band 2 - Gearbest


thanks for your help nut im going to just order a normal watch....thinking about it , he forgets to charge his phone half of the time so this would end up the same.
cheers
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