Do you disdain "toy" smart watches? Here's a titanium model with no plastic parts!Johannes Röll 09 / January / 21 Visitors: 192
Not so long ago, a new Zepp brand appeared on the wearable electronics market. It offers “different” devices andbelongs to good old Huami. You have come across this company quite often, I'm sure. It is Huami that produces MiBand bracelets for Xiaomi and more extreme devices under its own Amazifit brand.
Zepp did not appear from scratch. Expensive looking devices simply did not fit into the format of the subsidiaryAmazfit. Yes, and together with Xiaomi it would be difficult to release this. And if you look at the sales of the sameApple Watch, it becomes very clear that people want not only convenience and a bunch of functions, but also adecent appearance without all these sporty design delights.
And here we have the Model Z. A brutal and peasant appearance, a titanium case, a bunch of sensors on the backpanel and a biting price. And what can new stylish watches from Huami offer the buyer at the same price? Let'sfigure it out.
Zepp Z got the most classic case shape. It's hard to imagine anything more neutral. But neutrality here is by nomeans in the spirit of modern minimalism. The same metal case that can be found on the stands in an ordinarywatch store. Without sports carbon inserts and silicone straps.
The titanium case goes through an incredibly long polishing process. On average, the procedure takes five timeslonger than other wearable electronics manufacturers
Three elements are responsible for controlling the watch: a standard scrollable “crown” and one physical button forswitching to sports mode. I am glad that the manufacturers from the Celestial Empire still realized that the wheelshould be useful, and not scroll idle, as was the case with Honor MagicWatch 2 and Amazfit Stratos 3. In the caseof Zepp Z, the wheel is responsible for navigating the interface.
By the way, the rotation of the crown is accompanied by a pleasant tactile feedback based on the Haptic Feedbacktechnology. An analogue can be found in the Apple Watch and in the touchpad of the latest generations ofMacbook. The sensations are pleasant, almost immersive, the quality of the recoil is head and shoulders above thatof a conventional vibration motor.
Despite the absence of plastic, which is often used due to its low weight, the watch is almost not felt on the wrist. The declared weight of 40 g is an ideal indicator for not the most modest watch sizes.
It's hard to surprise the reviewer with yet another bright OLED display. I would love to see the development oftransflective display technology, which can provide a decent picture and almost never drain the battery. It waspossible to make a smaller air gap, increase the resolution and get the ultimate clock in terms of autonomy. Butalas. We have what we have.
Zepp Z is equipped with a solid display, not only by the standards of wearable electronics. Even amongsmartphones, it is a great success to meet a peak brightness value of ≈550 cd / m2. Now add a high PPI value of326 PPI. Therefore, this watch is a huge plus behind the screen. No pixels visible, bright. What else do you need?
The screen itself is covered with protective glass, the manufacturer of which, apparently, has not yet been revealed. And now a little about what we managed to find out during testing:
An oleophobic coating is present, and quite high quality. The finger glides perfectly over the surface, visible tracesand prints on the glass simply do not remain.
A week and a half of testing allowed us to visually make sure that the glass in Zepp Z, apparently, is not onlytempered “on paper”. Scratches did not appear even in conditions of active everyday use. Meanwhile, Gorilla GlassVictus in the Galaxy S21 Ultra continues to scratch as if not into itself.
In order to continue to argue about what Zepp Z is like with a smart look, it would be nice to decide on what can beconsidered a smart watch.
Is there an app store for watches (not just watch faces) and a relatively "open" operating system? In this case, these are more like what was originally a smartwatch. Otherwise, we have a fitness bracelet in front of us. Yes, evenif he knows how to record all your activities and looks exactly like a clock.
Let's take a look at what Zepp Z can do and what the manufacturer has not yet managed to implement:
The user has the ability to control the interface using his voice, but only in English. Even integration with AmazonAlexa is announced, although in our reality I would like to see Google Assistant. Moreover, Huami is not Huawei foryou, and the company should not have any problems due to cooperation with the American search giant.
As you already understood, the watch is equipped with a microphone, but there is one catch. It is used exclusivelyfor voice control.
There is multimedia control, but there is no need to rely on ecosystems. The user only has a playback controlwidget on the smartphone. The clock itself picks up the active widget from the status bar and shares the controlover itself. And I would like to choose playlists, you know.
But what Zepp Z has no problem with is monitoring physical activity and your biological indicators. From standardheart rate measurements to blood oxygen saturation measurements, the watch does a great job. And the display ofreadings in the Zepp app is beyond praise. Everything is very clear, even your grandmother will figure it out in acouple of hours.
Huami in this line is actively pushing the PAI system, which, based on information from sensors and the work of AIalgorithms, promises to give an assessment of your performance in the form of its cleverly calculated index. Forthis, even the hardware power of the watch itself is used, judging by the assurances of Huami. But why not transferall the calculations directly to your smartphone and tackle the obvious problems? A rhetorical question.
Johannes Röll was born 1978 in Brilon,Germany. Graduated RWTH Aachen University. Over the past ten years he worked as Head of the plastic card team, where he was mainly responsible for the development of the distribution, Head of sales Department and Financial Analyst,where he got experience in planning and support sales figures for branches. For the present he works as freelancer