Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3

Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: 

A Fitness Tracker Masquerading as a Smartwatch

 
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3



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Lenovo has today launched its digital smartwatch in India, priced at just Rs. 1,999. At that price, getting a smartwatch from a well-known brand such as Lenovo sounds like a pretty sweet deal, doesn’t it.

So, is it actually a sweet deal, and should you consider buying the Lenovo EGO for your needs? Well, I’ve been using the Lenovo EGO for almost a week now, and here are my thoughts on the watch, what it can do, what it can’t do, and whether or not it’s worth buying.

Design and Build 

Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3



At first glance, the Lenovo EGO gives a different look to be a regular digital watch, and it can also trick you into thinking of a Casio g-shock. It's not a bad thing, per-se, after all, a smartwatch that looks like regular clocks are not a bad thing to be fraudulent - they can mix right. 

However, take a few seconds to watch this clock. , And you will be able to easily tell that this is a very low-cost smartwatch.

The design here is heavy, and I'm sure Lenovo wanted to make it like a rugged clock like a blush, and it works fine. Places have unnecessary design touches, but they all come in right together and I do not really get enough to complain about it. Keep in mind, this is a clock that comes in rupees. 1,999, and I reviewed it in mind.

The build, on the other hand, is clearly where the company cut considerable costs. Don’t get me wrong, the EGO is by no means a fragile watch. 


Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


I’ve used it carelessly, tossed it in my bag for formal outings when I preferred wearing my regular watch instead, and just treated it like a rugged watch for the most part, and it has held up surprisingly well. 

However, the quality of the plastic on the casing and the rubber straps is very obviously not that great. It looks decidedly cheap to the eyes, and it feels thin and weird when you touch it. Even comparing it to the Mi Band’s silicone strap, the EGO’s strap is not at the same level.


Display 

Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


The performance on EGO is certainly not what you expect from SmartWatch or even the most fitness tracker. This is a unique display that you find on a digital watch, and it can be a good thing or a bad thing, depending on what you really are looking at in a clock. 

Personally, I think the OLED display on Mi Band 3 is a better deal than this - it can show a lot of information, and this is where the Lenovo EGO comes back to a great extent, as we review this Will discuss in the feature section.

There is another annoying issue in the display - too much pressure on the button usually spoils it, and in my experience with the clock, it will not be okay with the restarting of a smartwatch sometimes. However, this is usually done several times when pressing the 'Mode' button. 


Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3

Although this is mostly a hit or missed experience, and I suggest you treat the button with care. This timepiece may look rugged, but when it comes to buttons, I do not think it's a rugged word that I use to describe it.

 However, the display does its job well. It does not show a lot of information, which can be good for you if you are not like Smartwatch which bombard you with notifications, but the information that it shows is well organized and regularly used to watch this clock Is enough to wear

There is also a 'light' button, because the display itself is not backlit as you will see on Mi Band 3, and this button is something that you will not give importance to unless you do not drive yourself in the night And trying to check the time on your watch (or any other, similar situation).


Buttons

Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


Oh, button. I have a lot of mixed feelings about these buttons. These buttons feel enough to touch you that you are not surprised if you have pressed them or not, which is a very good thing, but 


Lenovo did the thing where he got these buttons 'light', 'start', 'Mode' and 'Reset' and this naming scheme will throw you away till you read the manual and find out what each of these buttons is actually to do.

Here I mean - mode 'button switches between date, step count, distance measurement and sleep tracking. It seems right, is not it? 


However, if you are looking for a stopwatch, or if you want a heart rate measurement from the clock, you will not be able to find it in any one mode. Those two features are accessed by pressing the 'Reset' button, which is incredibly uninstalled.

But hey, when you did not get a stopwatch, even then starting it is another exercise in frustration. You can be tempted to press a button labeled 'Start', but it does nothing. 

In fact, you have to press the button mode button to enter Smartwatch's 'Pause' status, and then press the 'Mode' button again to start SmartWatch.

In addition, when you are done with a stopwatch, resetting it is not done by the reset button. You have to stop the clock with the button mode button and then press and hold the 'Mode' button to reset it actually. 

It's just too messy The one that I am trying to tell you is to "fondle yourself and read the manual."
 
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


As I can tell, the button labeled 'I Light' is probably the only one who has a really good label. Apart from this, all these buttons are labeled very oddly, and work more in a different way than what they expect.

Once you get used to them, however, this is likely to be a problem for you, but in my experience with the technology, you should not "use" to do something ... you know, like Note that.



Features

1. Step Tracking

If there is one good thing I can say about the EGO, it’s that it does come with most of the features you are likely to be expecting from it. There’s a step counter, and it’s decently accurate, although it does count around 10-15% Less steps than I was taking, based on my own counting of the steps. Still, it’s not that big an issue.
 
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


Anyway, as far as step tracking is concerned, the EGO also shows you the distance you’ve walked, and the calories you’ve burnt, which is great, but the watch does sometimes mistake driving in a car as walking so you might get discrepancies in the calories burnt and the steps taken if you drive to and from work often, as I sometimes do.



2. Heart Rate Measurement

Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


There’s also a heart-rate sensor which, by default, takes a continuous heart rate measurement. Well, I say continuous, but the Lenovo Life app which the watch connects to and syncs with, simply calls it ‘Automatic Measurement’ and says that the watch takes measurements “every once in a while”. 

The heart rate sensor feels pretty accurate too, and for the most part, readings from the watch and from my Galaxy S10 built-in step tracker were close enough.


3. Sleep Tracking

Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


The watch also has sleep tracking capabilities, and while it does track sleep pretty accurately, I didn’t really like the feeling of sleeping with a bulky watch strapped to my wrist every night, and I’m not sure if a lot of people will, either. 

That said if you do sleep with the watch on your wrist, the sleep tracking is pretty good, and I don’t really have complaints with it. Also, the watch apparently can track swims as well — that’s something I didn’t test out though.


4. Remote Camera

Another feature that I thought would be cool, but actually wasn’t, is the remote camera feature. This isn’t an entirely new concept, I could do this with a third party app on my first generation Moto 360 back in the day, but the Lenovo EGO comes with a remote camera feature built in. However, using it can be a pain.
 
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


First off, you can’t use your phone’s stock camera app, and you’ll have to go to the Lenovo Life app, tap on Profile, head over to the watch under devices, and then tap on ‘Take Photo’ which will launch an in-app camera. 

The problem here is two-fold. First, the camera quality of this app is pretty bad; the image gets distorted around the edges and it just looks weird. 

Two, taking a picture doesn’t come as easily as pressing a button. Instead, you’ll have to shake your watch-wearing hand pretty ruthlessly to actually take a picture. It not only looks weird, but it’s also a pretty annoying gesture to make; plus, it doesn’t work half the time. 

Or at least I wasn’t able to get it to work properly. If you’re better at shaking your hand than I am, your mileage may vary.


5. Alarm Clock

The Lenovo EGO doesn’t have a built-in speaker, but that doesn’t hold it back from becoming a pretty solid alarm clock. If you set an alarm using the Lenovo Life app, the watch uses vibrations to wake you up, and yes, it sounded pretty silly to me too, but it’s pretty effective at waking me up. 

I mean, sure, on the first day I ended up setting my regular alarms on my phone as well, but I decided to risk it on a weekend when oversleeping wouldn’t be an issue, but the watch could easily wake me up, which is great. 

Setting the alarm isn’t the easiest task to accomplish since you’ll have to depend on the Lenovo Life app for it, but hey, at least it works and it works well.


6. Notifications

The EGO wouldn’t qualify as a smartwatch unless it had the capability to notify you of, well, notifications on your phone, and this watch does that, just not as well or as effectively as you’d expect from something like the Mi Band.

Basically, you can enable notification support from the app, and choose the apps you want to receive notifications from. The feature works reliably, and the vibration is strong enough to alert you easily. 

However, when you receive a notification for something like a message, the watch simply says ‘Message’ on the display and doesn’t show who the message is from, or what the message says — that’s something the Mi Band 3 can do, and it does it pretty well.

Even for calls, the Lenovo EGO simply mentions ‘Call’ on the display, and there’s no way to reject or answer the call, or even to know who’s calling without checking your phone. To me, this feels like it kind of defeats the purpose of having a watch that can show you notifications. 

Weirdly enough, the Lenovo Life app does ask for ‘Contacts’ permission as well as the ‘Phone’ permission, which led me to believe that the watch will show at least the name of the person calling, but it doesn’t. 

I’m not entirely sure why Lenovo wants my contacts if it won’t even show me the name of the person calling, so I have since revoked that permission from the app.


7. Battery

One of the things that really impressed me about this smartwatch is the battery. Now, Lenovo hasn’t mentioned the battery specifications of the watch, but it does claim a 20-day battery life on it, which is pretty neat on paper.

In real life, the battery life feels somewhat less than claimed. In my entire week of usage, starting from 100%, the watch has dropped down to 40%, which makes it look like it’ll last about 10-15 days on a charge — that’s still pretty impressive, although you’ll have to keep in mind that this display is clearly not a battery hog. 

Charging takes place via pogo-connectors on the back of the watch which magnetically aligns with the charging module that you get in the box, and it takes around an hour to fully charge the EGO, after which it’s good to go for another 10 to 15 days.


Lenovo EGO Review: Should You Buy It?

Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3
Lenovo EGO Smartwatch Review: Better than the Mi Band 3


It is a very difficult thing to recommend or not to watch this watch. After all, Lenovo is giving a very smart watch like a smartwatch. 1,999 and it really does a lot. It is precisely accurate to measure the steps, measure your heart rate, awaken you in the morning and tell time (duh!). 

It also has good battery life. However, it is also annoying how the buttons are labeled, notification support is not strong enough and easily beat the Mi Band 3 (Rs.1999), and on a personal note, I do not like the design very well. Attractive.

If you are looking for a fitness tracker, and you like the design of the Casio's G-Shock line of watches, then the Lenovo EGO is definitely worth a look. 

However, if you want more features, a sleek design, better support for information, I still do not recommend the Mi Band 3 on the EGO. Or, if you can increase your budget a bit, you can get a colorful OLED display with Honor Band 4 (2,599 rupees).
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