This Apple Watch clone is surprisingly good for only $22.59 – CNET

This Apple Watch clone is surprisingly good for only $22.59 – CNET

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The Letsfit ID205 looks like the Apple Watch, but costs significantly less.


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Earlier this year, in which I asked this question: what good is a super-cheap smartwatch can be possible? My focus is there, the BingoFit Epic, which, thanks to a Cheapskate-exclusive promo-code, was only $28. Verdict: Surprisingly good if you keep your expectations in check.

, these watches, claiming to be jacks of all trades-a fitness tracking, heart rate monitoring, and so on-prove to be but often as a master of none. And that’s fine, provided they are effective in some things, the many have. For example, maybe you just want a watch that looks decent, tells time (duh), controls the music playback on your phone and informs you of things like calls, appointments and SMS messages.

With that in mind, I have tested with another cheapie portable — one that I’ve found, which is also surprisingly good in many ways. Here’s the deal, followed by what you need to know: For a limited time and while supplies last, SmartWear Tech via Amazon has the BingoFit Eden smartwatch for $22.59. This is after the pruning of the on-page $5 coupon and then applying promo-code ZY3GQHTP at checkout. 

The last time I wrote about it, was it’s $31,49. It was also under the name of Letsfit sold ID205, but Eden seems to be the same. It doesn’t surprise me; I had already seen this exact watch with different branding from different vendors.

The Eden looks a lot like the Amazfit GDP, which, in turn, the Apple Watch resembles. So, it is rectangular, with a square 1.3-inch display and a fair amount of the plastic bezel surrounding it is embedded. It is not an always-on display, such as the GDP, but it is also much brighter and sharper. Fortunately, it is also readable outdoors, in contrast to the BingoFit epic.

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From left to right: The Letsfit ID205, Amazfit GDP and Apple Watch series 3.


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I still believe the latter, with its round, metal housing, is far prettier than all of these. But at least the ID205 a current touch-screen, along with a function button on both sides. The left immediately uses your preferred fitness activity, in the right a-key. Other options are all just a swipe away from the watch face, of which there are four to choose from.

Here is what I liked about the ID205:

  • Display: Large and bright, and quite visible in the open.
  • battery life: Plan after about a week, depending on how you use it.
  • notifications: For me, this is an essential feature in any smartwatch, and the ID205 has a decent job with them. You can toggle notifications for about a dozen individual apps (although Slack is among them).
  • simplicity: The watch itself is easy to use, so the VeryFitPro companion app is. (The latter, incidentally, data with Apple Health and Strava can<.)/li>
  • miscellaneous: It has convenient features, including basic music controls, a breathing exercise, a timer, low-power and do-not-disturb modes, and even a flashlight function.

Here’s what I like:

  • Look and feel: , such As the GDP, the ID205 looks like a cheap, plastic watch. (Which, let’s be honest, it is.)
  • No built-in GPS: Instead, it pulls data from your phone. 
  • Only four dials: These are functional, but a little meh; in the image above, the snazziest is.
  • is Not completely waterproof: Although the watch promises to be, against sweat and rain, is it fully waterproof, which means it belongs in the shower or the swimming pool. This is in direct contradiction to the main product description that says, “waterproof”, and one of the accompanying photos, which shows that it is a float.

Another important aspect: How good is a $32 smartwatch, possibly heart-rate monitoring can? I did a quick, highly unscientific test: One after the other, I measured my resting heart rate with the ID205, Amazfit GDP and the Apple Watch. To my surprise, all three were within a stroke or two of each other (63 bpm in average, if curious). But I was not able to carry out each exercise, tests, and results may vary, especially as a watch moves on your wrist and hitting on welding.

conclusion: If you buy this expecting a Apple Watch, Samsung Galaxy Watch, or how, you will be disappointed. But if you want basic smartwatch functions, solid battery life and an incredibly low price, there is a good chance you’ll like this very much.

your thoughts? If you ordered one of these last time, hit the comments and let your fellow cheapskates know how it goes!

note: Originally published earlier this year. Updated with new sale prices and/or availability. Removed expired bonus offer.


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Released on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 12:45:26 +0000

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