After smartphones and TWS, it is the turn of smartwatches to go affordable, and the Fire-Boltt Talk exceeds expectations with the ability to take and make calls hands-free using a connected smartphone.
The Fire-Boltt Talk smartwatch has its origins in China, and the pedigree shows in the build quality. From the top, the device looks quite similar to the Huawei Watch GT 2 except for the classic analogue-watch-style single button. Even the straps are made similar to its popular original. However, turn the watch around and you will notice the not-so-perfect cheap plastic cover glass on the sensor and the Fire-Boltt logo screen-printed at the bottom, which, in our device, was misaligned and tilted towards one side. The watch uses an app called Da Fit to pair with both Android and iOS phones. The watch faces are quite basic, with flashy colours, but extensive. Of course, there are a handful that are subtle and ‘decent’.
Coming to the interface, the watch uses a 44mm display. At first, the display was perfectly aligned, but after a few days of use, I noticed a prominent tilt in the display, which even a reset failed to correct. The watch uses a standard 22mm strap, which was comfortable to wear for long periods. We cannot expect a high-resolution display on a budget watch, and the Talk is no exception. Having said that, we should stress the fact that the watch offers the most advanced option available on an advanced smartwatch, including heart rate sensor, accelerometer, step counter, sleep monitor, workout stats and SpO2 measurement. There is also a BP monitor, which we found to be unreliable.
Coming to the main USP of the watch, the device paired readily with both Android phones and an iPhone 12 Pro Max, allowing us to make and attend calls in addition to controlling music. In fact, this is something that most of these similar devices fail to do, especially when paired with an iOS device. The call quality was decent enough for an under-10,000 watch. The one feature I missed in this device was a standby watch face, which I find difficult to live without. However, this conserves a lot of battery. Even with some heavy use like tracking my workouts and sleep, I could get more than 10 days of battery life at medium brightness. The battery charges in approximately two hours. The charger magnetically latches on to the contacts, and the magnet is strong enough to hold it in place.
Overall, we were quite satisfied with the features and functions of this device, especially at a price that is highly competitive. However, the build and overall quality need much improvement, even at this price. The misaligned display is certainly a deal-breaker at the mid-level market, but then, there is certainly a section of potential buyers who are not bothered about aesthetics.
WE’RE IMPRESSED Bluetooth calling, Packed with features
WE’D IMPROVE Overall finish, Glitchy software
THE LAST WORD The Fire-Boltt Talk smartwatch caters to the lower strata of the smartwatch buyers and the OEM has made too many compromises to pack this device with features exceeding its scope.