Cubot has jumped on the Fitness Band-Wagon with their V1 Smart Band (see what I did there!)
It’s exciting to see Cubot try their hand at a fitness smart band as their first smart device, the Cubot R8, went relatively unnoticed by the tech community. Let’s take a closer look at the Pro’s & Cons of the Cubot R8 smart bands before diving a little deeper into the Design, Screen, Features & Battery life.
Cubot V1… UK : £13 | EU : €15 | US : $16.75
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- 0.88″ OLED Screen
- Android & iOS Support
- Sweat & Rain Proof IP65
- Touchscreen Lightweight
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- No heart-rate Sensor
- Not waterproof
- Low Resolution
- Xiaomi Mi Band already exists
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the Cubot V1 looks very similar, almost clone-like, to the much loved Mi Band 2. From the way the strap fastens & loops through itself to the circular chamfered button, it’s mimicking the look and feel of the Xiaomi Mi Band.
Is this a bad thing though?
Not really, if I was against design clones then I wouldn’t have written half the reviews I have. The Mi Band design is tried, tested and works well, so if Cubot wants to copy one of the best wearable companies? then let it.
That being said, the Cubot V1 is a little on the clunky side with the way that the device clips into the strap seeming over-engineered.
Cubot has opted for a measly 128×32 pixel resolution screen on the V1 smart band. The low-resolution landscape screen means that all those jagged edges are very visible.
Low-resolution screens can be perfectly functional when used correctly. Unfortunately, Cubot has used a font with curved letters which only helps to exaggerate the low resolution. It’s not a deal-breaker but it certainly isn’t pretty.
The Cubot V1 has all the features you would expect from a smart band except one, the all important heart-rate sensor. Tracking your heart rate during exercise is a great way of analysing your health and seeing improvements over time, so I’m disappointed to see it missing here.
Inside the Cubot V1, you’ll find the ‘Freescale MMA8652’ sensor that will track your daily steps and sleep. You can then access this data through their companion app or quickly check calories and steps on the device.
- OLED screen 128×32 resolution
- Vibration Alerts
- Vibrate Alarm
- Lost Band Vibrate
- Proximity phone unlock
- Pedometer (step tracker)
- Calorie Counter
- Sleep tracker
The Cubot V1 features an 80mAh battery which they claim will keep the band running for up to 30 days. In reality, this will depend on how you use the device but for comparison this is over 10% larger than the Mi Band 2 which lasts between 1-2 weeks.
Since the V1 doesn’t have a heart-rate sensor I would expect the band to last between 20-30 days depending on how much you use the vibrate features.
Not bad for a fitness smart band that starts at £13 / €15 / $16.75.
As with all fitness trackers, the companion app and ecosystem that it is built upon is just as important as the device itself. Once I’ve had time to play with the Cubot companion app I’ll be able to give a more thorough review of the V1 smart band and test out the accuracy compared to other fitness bands.
Do I recommend the Cubot V1? because of the low starting price-point and Cubot’s reputation of building solid devices, I think the Cubot V1 is worth a shot. Once I’ve had more time with the device I’ll update and let you know more about Accuracy, the companion App & real-world battery performance.