As we all know that wearable technology is going through a transition phase and every other day we are witnessing improved fitness bands with a plethora of features at reasonable pricing. But here the question is; are these cheap fitness wearables really worth your money? To figure this out, I came up with three different bands at low-range segment – Lenovo HRW01, Xiaomi Mi Band 2, and igotUQBand.
You see, when it comes to performing daily tasks such as tracking your steps, sleep, heart-rate etc, they do really well and even match up the performance of high-end band like Fitbit Alta. But here the matter of concern with these cheap bands is the durability aspect as I’ve noticed that these bands are made of low-quality material whether it is OLED display, strap or buckle they just looked so cheap. And the same thing I’ve noticed with HRW01 and Mi Band 2 So let’s find out in this review if QBand also shares the same flaws like its competitors or it has managed to skip those obstacles.
Well on the unboxing part, you get the following items inside the box;
- igotU QBand Gear
- Two TPU straps
- User Manual
- Charging Box
- USB Cable
- Display: 128 x 32 pixel OLED display
- Control: Capacitive Touch Button
- Vibration Motor: Silent notification for wake-up and alerts
- Motion Sensor: Ultra low power 3-axis accelerometer
- Heart Rate Sensor: Continuous wrist-based optical sensor
- Bio-compatibility: Bio-compatible TPU wristband
- Battery Type: Rechargeable 90mAh Li-polymer battery
- Dimension / Weight: 25 x 1.65 x 1.08 cm / 16g
Well, the design quotient is the most significant aspect when it comes fitness bands. And it has become a sort of deal breaker because nowadays all fitness bands perform more or less same tasks so the design factor somewhat differentiates one from another. Now coming to the QBand design aspect; the core (gear) is quite eye catching but unfortunately, the build material is more on a lower side as 128 x 32 OLED display starts to attract scratches from the day one itself and the absence of buckle make things even worse. The band also features a heart-rate sensor under the hood that complements the outlook of the band.
Unlike smart watches, people wear the fitness bands to track their daily activities right from walking to night sleep for 24 hours a day that makes the comfort portion even significant. Now coming to the QBand comfort aspect, surprisingly the band feels lighter than the likes of mi Band 2 and Lenovo HW01 thanks to its 16 grams body weight. There is a bio-compatible TPU band is used as a strap and it is quite convenient on the wrist despite its ugly outlook.
Features and Performance
As far as the features of the QBand goes, it comes with a plethora of features under the hood and doesn’t disappoint when it comes to day-to-day tasks. The device is quite capable of tracking your steps, movements, and sleep monitoring without many hiccups. But the only issue that I noticed while my testing is that; the step tracking do get inaccurate at times as sometimes the band tends to count your hand movements as steps.
And the pairing process is like driving on a highway as you are just required to enable your smartphone’s Bluetooth and simultaneously open your band and that’s it as rest of the integration process is like icing on the cake. In addition, the QBand HR is rated IPX7 waterproof, that simply means you won’t need to worry about adverse weather conditions as your band is capable of overcoming those splashes without lagging in real time performance.
The capacitive single OLED touch interface is amazingly responsive as you don’t need to do brain-storming with multiple buttons. Also, the visibility factor is the key highlight of the band as you can easily read all the details under the sun light without any visibility issues.
The notification feature is also diligent as it gives you real time notifications from calling, SMS, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Twitter. It also has a silent vibrating alarm that helps you to get up for an early-morning run without waking up your sleeping partner.
See that’s the area where most of the smart watches and fitness wearables tend to fail miserably but surprisingly that’s not the case with QBand. Though the company claims the battery life of up to 10 days from a 90mAh Li-po battery but with my testing of moderate usage; I was getting more than 10 days of battery life on a single charge without any issue.
You can buy the igotU QBand HR Universal for $39 (price may vary) from Mobilefun.
- Eye candy design
- OLED display is perfectly visible under the sun
- iOS and Android Compatibility
- Easy Integration
- Water resistance
- Built-in heart rate monitor
- Display screen is prone to scratches
- Built-quality is below par
- Strap is difficult to wear
The QBand HR Universal from igotu has several flaws which can’t be overlooked but the great part is that; the band is quite well in performing its core tasks such as step and sleep tracking, heart-rate monitor, OLED display visibility, notifications, and reliable battery life.
But if you are looking for a sturdy build quality and reliable design then, unfortunately, the QBand is not meant for you as OLED display can’t handle daily wear-tear and is prone to scuffs.
Overall the band is capable of handling day-to-day tasks with ease of app integration at the inexpensive price of $45 (Rs 2,888 approx). But there are more reliable options out there in the market such as Xiaomi Mi Band 2 which delivers the same sort of performance at the lesser price.