Sports wearables are one of the most thriving technology sectors. Intex wanted to join the party with its FitRist, a fitness tracker that also delivers as a watch. It also offers a number of rare functions among the most economical smartbands.
A comfortable smartband with OLED display
One of the first impressions that the FitRist smartband makes is that of being aesthetically appealing. With a futuristic design, OLED screen and slightly rough texture conveys a sense of harmony, although without aesthetic boasts.
Once placed, the comfort it offers is instantly noticeable. You will hardly be aware of it wearing it, although to get it on first you will have to take the trick to its brooch, since on the first occasion it can seem quite difficult.
The negative point of the smartband design is the lack of security. It is fastened by overlaying the two ends of the bracelet and pressing on the clips, a system similar to that of other wearables. The problem is, if putting it on seems complicated, taking it off is extremely easy and can make you lose it.
The design of the bracelet itself is flexible and lightweight. The screen is the only rigid area, and you should always go up and in the correct posture – the button to the right side of your left wrist – or you will run the risk of preventing the detection of your parameters. However, it is a common problem in cheaper sports smartbands.
The OLED display is your main strength. It is not a feature that abounds among the most economical smartbands, and turns it into a monitor bracelet that in turn fulfills the function of watch, something extremely useful at night. The only drawback is its low visibility outdoors.
Measure your activity and monitor your dreams
Many have questioned the accuracy of the monitoring wristbands in calculating the steps taken throughout the day. At ComputerHoy we wanted to check it first hand when analyzing the analysis of the FitRist smartband.
In a timely manner, we have noticed that steps are detected when you are not walking, although it may be due to sudden movements of the arm or wrist. However, you can’t ask a sports smartband that costs less than $30 to offer the same features as a high-end one.
For some users, it may not be a minor detail, as one of the things they are looking for when buying a smart bracelet of this type is to know at all times how many calories they have burned and how far they have traveled. If it also offers other functions, better, but first things first.
Despite the above-mentioned problem, automatic detection of the steps offered by the FitRist is passable. It will hardly suffer lag if you use it running or walking, nor will it throw out erroneous or too deviant data from reality. Its accuracy should not be a concern. All this data is displayed on the screen. You can access it by pressing its Home button.
When compared to mobile apps like Google Fit, Samsung Health or other smartbands like the Mi Band, the FitRist is conservative when it comes to calculating distance traveled and calories burned. In addition, you have the option to configure the distance traveled with each step.
One of the things that positively surprises Intex’s wearable is sleep monitoring. Its accuracy is extreme, in line with what other devices of the same segment offer. It offers four sleep modes depending on how restful it is, something very few wearables do.
Instead it does not detect calories burned if it is not moving. Forget about using it to calculate how many calories you’ve needed for a bodybuilding or swimming workout. In fact, although it is a smartband aquatic sports, it is not advisable to put the FitRist in the pool or shower because it is not submersible.
Manage your phone’s camera remotely
Among the many options offered by the Intex FitRist stands out the camera remote: you can shoot the mobile camera from the smartband remotely, an ideal feature for taking selfies.
To take the photo you will have to press and hold the button on your smart bracelet until the watch disappears and gives way to the other options. With each press, the menu will scroll sideways until you reach the camera icon. One long press and you’ll have accessed the remote control of your smartphone’s camera.
The trigger remote control works correctly, albeit with some lag when processing the order to the camera via Bluetooth.
Handling music from the FitRist doesn’t seem like the most useful feature a smartband can have that only has a physical button. Repeated presses on your Home button will be required to access it, and that if you have a smartphone compatible with this function.
The same goes for call and SMS notifications. On some terminals they will not work, especially those that use Android versions prior to Lollipop.
The social aspect is a concern for many manufacturers of technological devices. From its app you can share the results of your training or nap on Facebook, Twitter and WeChat.
Anti-theft mode causes your smartband to vibrate when it gets too far away from the smartphone you have linked to. It’s a good way to keep your phone from being stolen, even if to notify you, you’ll have to get away from it.
A mobile app to be developed
The design of the Intex FitRist app is remarkably improved, although first glance may seem aesthetic and functional. It is available on Google Play and the App Store.
The first example of why it’s an app that has a lot to polish is this: it doesn’t always automatically sync your FitRist data. Sometimes, when you run it, you’ll have to wait for the data to finish loading from your smartband.
In addition, the Spanish translation has other small defects that you will find little by little, but that do not pose too much an inconvenience for a suitable user experience.
The accuracy with which you calculate sleep hours is one of the positive surprises of the Intex FitRist analysis. However, this good news is slightly decaffeinated by its application: although it offers you the total hours of sleep, deep, light and very light sleep, you can’t tell exactly what time each thing happened.
The fault is design. Data is provided on an interface similar to that of an analog clock, with the problem that only four hours are marked on it: twelve, three, six and nine. If you happened to fall asleep at 1:30, you’re going to have a hard time distinguishing it.
Viewing the hours of sleep leaves you wanting. It’s hard to distinguish the border between different types of sleep. The same problem with historical trend charts: there’s no way to know how much you slept yesterday.
You’re shown a graph, but you can’t access the exact data in any way. After the current day it will be impossible for you to know how much you have slept or burned. You can only compare it at a glance with the rest of the days.
Less autonomy than expected
It is common for such devices to have a lower actual autonomy than indicated by the manufacturer. What’s not usual is that it’s less than half. According to Intex, your FitRist has battery for seven days, while with normal use the battery arrives in trouble for three and a half days.
All that without just using the camera’s remote trigger and the rest of the original options offered by this economical fitness smartband.
Full charging connected to a USB port takes more than an hour and a half, pretty much the same as any smartphone. Its charger will only work for this smartband, as is usual in the sports wearables sector.