Review: TCL Movetime
Many smartwatches don’t look like conventional watches at all. The likes of the Samsung Gear S3 and the Garmin Fenix 3 tried to take the smartwatch design back to its roots, with arguable success. This is where TCL seems to have done well with the Movetime smartwatch. The round dial, paired with the black leather strap, feels plush. The silver finish on the dial exudes sophistication.
The Movetime weighs just 50g. There is a 1.39-inch AMOLED display which catches your attention immediately because this is a rich screen. It is bright, sharp, the colours look good, and reflections don’t spoil the viewing angles. Touch response is fairly accurate too, though we realized that occasionally, a slightly stiffer stab at the screen was necessary to elicit a response. There is no auto-brightness adjustment, which can be irritating at times when you may have turned down the screen brightness for in-office use, but forgot to increase it when stepping out.
The TCL Movetime ushers in yet another operating system into the smartwatch ecosystem. No, this isn’t Android Wear or the Tizen wearable OS. Instead, this watch runs what is known as an RT OS. This is a free and open-source software which tries to take cues from Android Wear in terms of how some parts of the interface should look. You swipe down from the top to open a control panel that shows battery life, connectivity options, controls for display brightness, etc. Overall, the interface is quite slick to use, though it falls short in terms of the apps you can install on the watch. You need to download the Movetime Smartwatch app (free for Android and iOS).
The Movetime has a heart-rate sensor built in, something that is very rare in this price segment. This means that data such as steps walked, distance and sleep tracking will be more accurate.
The battery life of the TCL Movetime is strong, and it was only after five days of use that the charge came down to 15%. With reduced screen brightness and only essential notifications from the phone pinging on the wrist, it’ll last you an entire week.
It’s a strong showing, given the TCL Movetime’s classy design, crisp display, slick interface and good battery life. The heart-rate sensor adds accuracy to fitness tracking.
At this price, it is hard to find fault, though the brand still doesn’t have strong recall value in the smartwatch ecosystem.