Since the environment all around us slowly deteriorates, people have started looking at tech to help them lead a healthy lifestyle. From buying air purifiers to receive some relief in the contaminated air to wearing fitness trackers to keep their health in check, individuals are looking for help wherever they could find. As a result, companies catering to such needs have also gone up significantly. Timex, an old title when it comes to wristwatches, is now looking to carve a place for itself in the fitness wearable area. With great fitness bands already available in the market, does the brand new Timex Blink stand an opportunity? We set it to the test.
Timex Blink design
Timex has gone with a simple design consisting of 2 elements: a curved stainless steel core, and also a user-replaceable strap. The business provides 2 straps in the box – you have a metal strap that is connected to the device along with a silicon band included alongside. The bright coloured silicone strap is very good to check at and is suitable to be worn during workouts while the metal mesh ring goes nicely with formals. Providing two rings is a plus in our books, as it gives you the option to swap it to suit your outfit. Both the bands have a quick release pin which may be used to swap bands without any issues. Once fastened properly both the straps hold on nicely and we have not had some issues with the core falling off. However, we did notice that the pins aren’t secured in the metal strap and then drop out easily.
The centre has a rectangular display on the front along with a capacitive touch button underneath. We liked the touch-sensitive display on the Ambrane Flexi Fit which made it convenient to utilize the band, but you have to make do without one here. That is no heart-rate sensor in the back of the Timex Blink, so it will simply be capable of tracking measures and computing calories burned. At the back, you can get a Micro-USB port insured under a thick rubberized flap for water resistance.
Timex Blink performance
In practice, we found that the lift to wake function to be highly erratic and needed to tap the button to wake up the device up. Aside from time, the first display on the Timex Blink gives you information regarding the date and the battery status. You are able to tap the capacitive touch button to view more information like the number of steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned. The band does sleep tracking as well, but the information is only available via the companion smartphone app, available for the two iOS and Android.
Pairing the ring with the program is fairly easy – the program sends the ring a pairing petition which has to be accepted by pressing the button on the band. The process did not go as easily as we anticipated and we had to restart the phone to get it going. Once paired, you are able to enter all of your details such as height, weight and stride length to help the group better calculate calories burned etc.. You also get the option to allow notifications on the band which notifies you once you get alarms on the phone. You can even set alarms via the program – the band will buzz 5 times at the established time before automatically setting a snooze for 5 minutes after if you don’t admit it. All in all, the app looks good and the first screen displays a lot of information at one go, however, navigating through all of the options isn’t all that simple.
Tracking on the Timex Blink isn’t very accurate – on many occasions we discovered that the step count was lower than we counted. Even when testing the device alongside a Mi Band 2, the measure count was a little reduced. The deficiency of a toaster scanner means that you don’t have the option to track that while working out. There is auto sleep tracking and the band goes into tracking mode automatically. You even get notified of calls together with the caller name scrolling across the screen, a characteristic not all of budget trackers offer.
Battery life on the Blink is slightly on the lower side and the 90mAh battery over the band will continue you only a week before needing charge. Thankfully the Micro-USB port is convenient for charging the device up. One thing that the band provides over other wearables is the SOS feature. While setting up, the program asks you to choose contacts to the SOS attribute. Setting it up isn’t easy as it requires one to manually type in the number and the email from the recipient. Once set, long pressing on the button on the ring sends an SOS to the stored contact along with last known location.
The Timex Blink is a really basic wearable backed by a known manufacturer. It has basic sleep and step tracking and a convenient SOS function that might come handy in emergency situations. With two bands in the box, you also get the option to select what goes nicely with your outfit. But, tracking seems to be off by a little and it misses out on a heart-rate scanner that reduces its usability just a little bit. In the price that Timex is demanding, you are better off looking at the Mi Band 2 or a Ambrane Flexi Fit.
Micro-USB port is convenient for charging
SOS feature can be handy
Lift-to-wake gesture does not work
No heart-rate sensor