As the environment all around us slowly deteriorates, people have started looking at technician to help them lead a healthy lifestyle. From buying air purifiers to get some relief in the polluted air to wearing fitness trackers to maintain their health in check, individuals are looking for help wherever they can find. As a result, companies catering to these needs have also gone up significantly. Timex, an old name when it comes to wristwatches, is now looking to carve a place for itself in the fitness wearable area. With good fitness bands already available in the current market, does the brand new Timex Blink stand a chance? We put it to the evaluation.

Timex Blink design
Timex has gone with a simple design consisting of two elements: a curved stainless steel core, and a user-replaceable strap. The company provides 2 straps in the box – you have a metal strap that is attached to the device along with a silicon band included alongside. The bright colored silicone strap is good to look at and is suitable to be worn during workouts while the metal mesh band goes well with formals. Providing two bands 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 that can be used to swap rings without any issues. Once fastened correctly equally the straps hold on well and we haven’t had some issues with the center falling off. But, we did notice that the pins aren’t secured in the metal strap and fall out easily.

The center has a rectangular display on the front along with a capacitive touch button underneath. That is no heart-rate sensor in the back of this Timex Blink, so it will simply be effective at tracking measures and computing calories burned off. At the back, you do get a Micro-USB port covered beneath a thick rubberized flap for water resistance.

Timex Blink performance
Like most other wearables, the display on the Timex Blink automatically detects if you raise your wrist and lights up the display to reveal the time – or is supposed to, anyway. 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. Apart from time, the first display on the Timex Blink gives you information about the date and the battery status. You can tap the capacitive touch button to see more information like the amount of steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned. The group does sleep tracking as well, but the data is only available via the companion smartphone program, available for both iOS and Android.

Pairing the band with the app is fairly easy – the program sends the ring a pairing petition which needs to be accepted by pressing the button on the band. The procedure did not go as easily as we anticipated and we needed to restart the phone to get it going. Once paired, you are able to enter all your details like height, weight and stride length to help the band better calculate calories burned off etc.. You also get the option to enable notifications on the group which notifies you when you get alerts on the phone. You can even set alerts via the program – the band will buzz 5 times at the established time before automatically setting a rest for 5 minutes after if you do not admit it. All in all, the app looks good and also the first screen displays a lot of information at one go, but navigating through all of the options isn’t all that simple.

Tracking on the Timex Blink isn’t very accurate – on most occasions we discovered that the step count was lower than we counted. Even when testing the device alongside a Mi Band 2, the step count was a little lower. The deficiency of a heart-rate scanner means that you don’t get the option to monitor that while working out. There is auto sleep tracking and the band goes into tracking mode automatically. Sleep is segregated into light sleep and deep sleep to give you a good idea of the quality of sleep. You even get notified of calls along with the caller name scrolling across the display, a characteristic not all 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 interface is convenient for charging the device up. One thing that the band provides over other wearables is your SOS feature. While setting up, the program asks you to choose contacts to the SOS attribute. Setting it up isn’t simple as it requires one to manually type in the number and the email from the recipient. Once installed, long pressing on the button on the ring sends an SOS to the stored contact together with last known location.

Verdict
The Timex Blink is a very basic wearable backed by a famous brand. It has basic sleep and step tracking and a handy SOS function that might come useful in emergency situations. With two rings in the box, you also receive 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 which reduces its usability a little bit. In the price that Timex is demanding, you’re better off looking at the Mi Band 2 or an Ambrane Flexi Fit.

Experts

Micro-USB interface is convenient for charging
SOS feature can be handy
Disadvantages

Lift-to-wake gesture Doesn’t operate
Overpriced
No heart-rate sensor
Design: 3
Tracking: 2.5
Other Attributes: 2.5
Total: 2.5

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