The Nubia Watch is a smartwatch featuring a massive 4.01″ flexible screen, taking the shape of your wrist. Between futuristic gadget, or real technological advance, where does this connected watch fit?
Our opinion on the Nubia Watch
The Nubia Watch therefore has this large screen, which is a bit like a connected bracelet, while keeping a certain thickness. This in-between placement offers a half-hearted experience, without asserting any will, both in design and software.
Nubia Watch Data Sheet
Although on connected devices, mentioning the technical sheet is not very relevant, for those who would like to technically compare two devices, we remind you of the major characteristics.
- Screen: 4.01 inches, AmOled
- Resolution: 960*192 Pixels
- Processor: SnapDragon 8909W
- Storage: 8 GB of storage, half of which is unavailable, and 1 GB of RAM
- Battery: 425mAh
First interesting point that shows the vision of the product by the brand, we find a square box, with a direct visual on the watch. We thus find a desire to have a product that is closer to the traditional watch, and distances itself from the connected.
- The watch at the center of the packaging
- Two compartments for papers and bracelet
We therefore find a complete content, and which does not only present the minimum. Beyond the classic papers/charger, there is also an additional, shorter bracelet, allowing the thinnest wrist not to have the bracelet too long, and thus respect the design of the product.
Charging and autonomy
Perhaps one of the key points of a watch today, as miniaturization can sometimes lead to major problems on this side. Here it is quite correct. We last up to 3 full days in classic use, with only watch and notifications. As soon as we add activity monitoring, regular heart rate recording or music, the autonomy drops to 2 days in this slightly more intensive use.
And as for recharging, it is quite long. It takes at least 3 hours for a full cycle. Another negative point on the recharge is the base. This is magnetized quite well, but you have to plug in micro-USB on the side of the base to be able to recharge your watch. Thus, you only have one way to put it, on the left edge, where there is no navigation and start button.
A traditional watch…
The Nubia Watch, both in design and software, seems to want to be a watch on your wrist first and foremost. It seems silly to say it, however, other connected watches, such as the Galaxy Watch Active 2, have a more pronounced tracking aspect.
The rounded side edges of the nubia Watch, as well as the golden touch encasing the screen offer a distinguished experience on the wrist.
As for the software part, you can choose from more than thirty styles of clocks. In addition, you can also leave “dams” on the way. These are kinds of screen savers, which display animations. Apart from draining the battery, I did not really see the point.
The different clocks range from futuristic to traditional watch face, you will find something for everyone. As for activating the watch when you want to read the time, the responsiveness of the watch to wrist movement is not very good. We sometimes wait 2 to 3 seconds looking at the watch before the clock is displayed.
… but very little connected
An interface to be desired
The Nubia Watch claims to be a connected watch, and it is, however the tracking and software experience is not very advanced.
When we see this watch for the first time, we can see an interest in it, increasing the screen means having an imposing and “classy” watch. Only, for the product to be successful, it is more than necessary that the software follow, and not be neglected. However, here, the software of the watch is really not good, it is even mediocre.
- The settings, really old
- The navigation interface, long to scroll.
Between dated interface, even prehistoric, features that can only be described as gadgets, an update should be required. Indeed, the various navigation menus are very ugly, and the incorporation of the flexible screen is little thought. For example, if you want to discreetly watch your notifications on your watch, in low light so that the person does not see your screen, this is a concern. Indeed, the flexible goes beyond the part that you see of your wrist, and thus, the person in front will see the upper part of the watch. A discrete mode could have been incorporated.
Health and sports monitoring
Additionally, for the health part, the watch offers sleep tracking, which seems consistent. There is also the taking of the heart rate, which however takes a few seconds to start, up to the point where you have to keep your finger on the screen so that the watch does not go to sleep.
And the sports training part offers you 4 kinds of activities to choose from. You will find free training, walking and running outdoors, and running indoors. The follow-up is done correctly, nothing to reproach on this aspect there.
Notifications, calls and music
The Nubia Watch offers you a classic approach to notifications, you receive one, a vibration on the wrist, simple, fast and efficient. Only, you cannot interact with them, except to delete them. Thus, impossible to reply to a message, impossible to like a tweet, or an Instagram DM. It’s quite disappointing, especially with such a large screen.
The watch also offers the possibility of calling, with integrated speakers. It was a bad idea, or at least poorly executed. The sound is really bad, it will be more than necessary for you to bring a Bluetooth hands-free kit to be able to make calls with the watch. In addition to the poor sound quality, for the recipient or for ourselves, it will take some gymnastics between your ear and your mouth if you want to be heard and heard properly. In short, another gadget feature.
And the last of the “interesting” features of the watch is the music menu. It allows, on condition of having connected with wireless headphones, to listen to up to 4 MB of music recorded on the watch, but it is quite special to have to upload the music. This is clearly not the menu you will frequent the most.
Conclusion on this Nubia Watch
In short, the Nubia Watch offers a particular experience, yet an experience should be offered, one might ask. Among all the gadget features, this watch aims to reach people who are looking for a classy, chic watch, with a connected aspect in the background. This proposal could be interesting, only, at 219 euros on the nubia site, the entry ticket is quite expensive.
- A beautiful watch
- A beautiful AmOled screen
- Various clocks, with the right number of choices
- Sufficient sports monitoring
- Too many gimmicky features
- A bad and underused screen
- A decent battery, but too long to recharge
- Borders on the screen that harm the design