How this $50 smartwatch beats my Pixel Watch 2 in a meaningful way

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Oukitel BT20 watch.

The Oukitel BT20 is a big, big watch.

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ZDNET’s key takeaways

  • Oukitel BT20 is now available Amazon for $49.99.
  • Battery life is stellar and various data points are as accurate as much more expensive watches.
  • It’s heavy, the wake on raise is a bit jerky, and the display isn’t quite as interactive as other watches.

My go-to watch is the Pixel Watch 2. I find it to be the perfect combination of form and function, all the features I need, and a user interface that’s equal parts elegance and efficiency. But I do have one problem with Google’s smartwatch — battery life. To be fair, battery life is an issue with most smartwatches. I can get 24 hours out of one charge, but that’s about it. On days when I go for long runs, the battery life is even shorter.

Considering how standard it is, we live with it.

Until we see a watch with shockingly good battery life.

see Oukitel BT20. When I got the watch, I gave it a full charge but then had to put it away because I was busy reviewing other devices. When it’s time to start testing this $49.99 watch (thanks a 29% off on Amazon right now), I topped off the battery and started using it. I wore the BT20 on my right wrist with my Pixel Watch 2 left. I wanted to compare heart rate monitor and step counter in respective devices.

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What surprised me the most was the BT20’s battery, which lasts. After a week of using the watch, the battery level is still around 75%.

You read that right: 75% after one week of use. Oukitel claims the watch will get 15 days (standby), 10 days (daily use) and 7 days (heavy use) between charges. I am sure these numbers are impeccable.

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Before giving my full experience with the watch, let me list the specs.

glasses

  • USMIL-STD-certified
  • 1 ATM and IP69K waterproof
  • 1.96″ AMOLED explosion-proof and drop-proof screen with 410*502 resolution
  • AI Voice Assistant/HIFI Bluetooth Calling
  • 24 hour health monitor
  • Hundreds of sports modes
  • 2 pin magnetic charging of 350mAh pure cobalt battery
  • Bluetooth 5.2
  • Dimensions – 12.3 mm x 50 mm x 265 mm

my experience

Here are my first impressions of the BT20: It big big. Mind you, I’m on the smaller side of things, so it looks and feels monstrous on my wrist. It’s also significantly heavier than my Pixel Watch 2, so much so that I’ve always noticed it on my wrist. There were times that it felt uncomfortable. It’s a very personal thing because I don’t like wearing anything on my wrist. Given how much I type every day, if a clock is noticeable, it can be annoying. That doesn’t mean it will offend everyone. If you are used to wearing the heaviest watches or heavy jewelry, you will have no problem with this watch.

BT20 watch.

The BT20 is quite large on my small wrist.

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The next issue I encountered was that the BT20’s main watch face isn’t as interactive as I’m used to. With my Pixel Watch 2, I can tap the heart rate bubble and it automatically takes me to the heart rate app. With the BT20, the display doesn’t offer that level of interaction. To access different applications, you have to swipe around the face. The swipes are:

  • Right – Favorite apps
  • Left – Health information
  • Down – notification shade (like Android)
  • up-message

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Once you get used to swiping, everything is fine, but I prefer the Google method Watch interaction.

The last thing I would pick on is that the wake-to-wake feature doesn’t seem to work the way it should. Even with the feature enabled (and set to a maximum time), the amount of time it takes to wake up to movement seems a bit random. Sometimes the watch will wake up with the slightest movement and other times it seems like you need to feel an earthquake for the watch to wake up with movement.

Out with the bad and in with the good.

Again — battery life. The battery life on this thing is beyond impressive. One of the ways they’ve managed to get so much battery life is through the default settings, which limit the amount of time the display stays on. Out of the box, it’s set to 5 seconds, which is probably long enough for most. But if you want to watch the watch longer than that, be aware that battery life won’t be as exceptional.

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Speaking of display, through FitCloudPro app, there are hundreds of watch faces to choose from. I tried going without the app (because I don’t care too much about installing an app for every thing I use) but eventually gave up. The FitCloudPro app is pretty cool. I’d go so far as to say that Google could learn a thing or two about how to build a clock app here.

FitCloud Pro App.

The FitCloudPro app is very easy to use and offers a lot of data.

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From the app, you can customize settings (some of which aren’t available on the watch through the Settings app), and use the watch’s various sensors to check blood pressure and blood oxygen levels, as well as set activity/drinks. Set reminders, automatic health monitors and more.

If you plan to get the most out of the BT20 watch, the FitCloudPro app is a must-consider.

As far as accuracy, I wore both the BT20 and my Pixel Watch 2 and found them to present nearly identical data. Pulse, steps, and various exorcise information were all neck and neck. The only thing I didn’t test was the sleep data because the BT20 was too heavy for me to wear while sleeping. I tried but had to remove the watch because it wasn’t exactly sleep-friendly on my wrist.

ZDNET’s buying advice

In the end, I was quite surprised at how good this sub-$50 watch is. If you’re on a tight budget and still want to enjoy the benefits of a smartwatch, Oukitel BT20 A true winner. Other than my Pixel Watch (both 1 and 2), I can’t think of a smartwatch that has impressed me more.





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