The Indian smart wearables market is expected to register a CAGR of 23.91 percent over the five-year period from 2022 to 2027 and is on the rise. Faced with factors such as changing lifestyles, the need for more energy-efficient products, rising incomes and improved living standards, consumers are choosing to spend more of their hard-earned cash on functional devices like smart wearables. With additional elements such as technical developments and an increased availability of low-cost, high-quality manufacturing processes, this market now offers enormous scope for growth.
That being said, FitShot, the Delhi-based smartwatch brand, recently launched the brand new FitShot Crystal. The device is loaded with many interesting features such as a 1.8-inch AMOLED screen, over a hundred sports modules, heart rate tracking, SpO2 monitoring, stress monitoring, and sleep monitoring. It goes without saying that the Bluetooth calling capability along with the built-in speaker and microphone combo takes the proverbial cake. Let’s go into the details of the smartwatch to better understand the device.
Specifications to be reckoned with
The first thing that catches your attention is the metallic body. Unlike the many smartwatches available on the market, the Fitshot Crystal presents a sleek metallic finish with clean lines and edges. The watch offers an ultra-bright AMOLED display with 560 nits of brightness. Reading the time on a bright, sunny day will not be a problem. The display also offers a 60Hz refresh rate, putting it on par with the top competitors in its range.
The resolution of 368 x 448 pixels is also quite refreshing. As you would expect from an AMOLED display, the color saturation and detail are spectacular. The touchscreen also responds very well and without delay. To put this in perspective with the industry benchmark, the specs are pretty decent. The Apple Watch 7 is the leader in this segment, offering a 45 mm (1.77 inch) display, a resolution of 396 x 484 pixels and a brightness of 1000 nits.
The square dial is supported by a rotary knob on the top right and a push button on the bottom right. The watch comes with a built-in microphone and speaker combo, and it also supports voice assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant. In addition, the FitShot Crystal Smartwatch offers more than 100 sports modes such as skating, strength training, indoor and outdoor walking, running, boxing, jumping rope, meditation, music and gardening. It even has a “cooking” mode.
We live in a time where tracking vital information about bodily functions has become essential. The spread of Covid-19 has only amplified this trend. We still haven’t forgotten the days when SpO2 trackers sold for four grand each. The Fitshot Crystal has followed this trend as it offers various health tracking features such as a built-in 24×7 heart rate sensor, SpO2 monitoring, sleep tracking and of course the most sacred of them all, the pedometer.
One of the main USPs of a smartwatch, something that their traditional counterparts lack, is the ability to change the watch display. The newly released smartwatch has more than a hundred watch faces. Speaking of unique selling propositions: Bluetooth calls are more in demand than ever. The smartwatch leaves no stone unturned with Bluetooth calls powered by Bluetooth 5.0. The wearable also offers additional smart functions such as alarm clock, remote camera shutter, stopwatch, timer, remote music player control, phone search, sedentary reminder and weather forecast.
With a 330mAh battery, the watch can last up to 7 days. Last but not least, the Fitshot Crystal has an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance and a 365-day warranty.
performance in the real world
The watch is a pleasure to wear. The beautifully sculpted zinc alloy metal case fits perfectly, while the metal bracelet fits comfortably around the wrist. The buckle works really well and closes the bracelet effortlessly. Features like always-on display and raise to wake are big bonuses. Although the Always-On Display feature speeds up battery drain, it’s a feature that’s on display. The Always-On-Display and Raise-to-Wake functions are also very practical. Pressing the screen unlock button to check the time can get frustrating very quickly.
To add even more fun to the mix, the Fitshot Crystal smartwatch allows users to change the watch face with a scroll of the dial. The push button on the bottom right is basically a keyboard shortcut that I set to “lock screen” right away. However, it can also be set to launch other features like heart rate, phone, SpO2, alarm and launch games within the watch.
When it comes to tracking and monitoring movements and bodily functions like steps and heart rate, the smartwatch does a great job. All of my movements on the treadmill, elliptical trainer, and stair master were accurate. It tracked all movements with precision and finesse. While there was a slight difference between the watch’s heart rate monitor and the treadmill’s built-in heart rate monitor, the gap wasn’t alarming.
After 13,000 steps and a thousand calories burned in the gym, when it was finally time to end the day, the alarm function came in handy. The watch’s interface, which is user-friendly and intuitive to say the least, helped me navigate through various options. In addition, the watch interface uses modern smart gestures that add to its usability. For example, the notifications screen can be accessed with a swipe up, while the settings menu can be accessed with a simple swipe down. With a right swipe, users can also use the sidebar that appears on the left side of the watch screen.
The most captivating feature I encountered in the smartwatch was the calling feature. The Fitshot Crystal offers a call function for answering or rejecting a call and a full-fledged number pad for dialing phone numbers and calls. The speaker and microphone do their job without lag or lag in reception. With the above features, calling and calling has reached the pinnacle of convenience. The fact that the Fitshot Crystal is so good at calling is down to its Go SoloSync chipset. Fitshot’s in-house designed and manufactured chipset does a tremendous job of Bluetooth pairing and seamless calling.
Last but not least, the IP68-certified water and dust resistance is a boon for people who exercise and drive to work on a daily basis. The watch easily withstands sweat, splash water and dust.
Is it worth buying?
The Fitshot Crystal offers many features that make it value for money right away. A 1.8-inch AMOLED display, 560 Nitts brightness, a full-fledged call function, a built-in speaker and microphone duo and a sleek-looking body and a wide range of functions make this smartwatch worth buying. What makes this watch even better is its affordability. Getting all of the above specifications at a retail price of INR 6,999 (currently available at an introductory offer of INR 3,999) is no doubt a good deal.