DBPOWER V9 2-in-1 Smart GSM & Bluetooth Watch Cell Phone with Voice Dialing Function — Anti-Lost Alarm Function for iPhone and Android Cell Phone (White)
I’ve owned smartwatches that were really quite dumb. The DBPOWER V9 is my very first smartwatch that’s not just smart, it’s some sort of prodigy. It has LCD, not LED. It has a touchscreen I can swipe. I can make calls using a Bluetooth connection with my phone or through the SIM card. Yes, SIM card. It’s a phone! My first smartwatch phone. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.
There are so many features, I don’t even know where to start. Below is a brief overview.
There are four different watch faces to choose from. Some of them include date and time. I chose to have it on analogue mode. What’s neat about the watch is it’s usually off until I move my wrist. The system isn’t perfect, because movement doesn’t always turn it on. If it’s not on, I just press the power button to see the time.
We can make calls through a Bluetooth connection through another phone, or we can use a SIM card and use the watch itself as a phone. I’ve done it both ways. If I have the smartwatch connected to my HTC One M8, I can choose whether to make a call via Bluetooth or via my smartwatch.
Smartwatch calls come in incredibly clear. Bluetooth calls are doable. My end isn’t bad, but the callers sometimes complain of echo.
This is really more of an activity monitor. All my pedometers are like this, really. I don’t calibrate it, and it records steps every time I shake my wrist. To test, I walked 100 steps and checked the readings. It said I walked 48 steps. Still, it will record less activity if I’m sitting at my desk all day, so the data is useful.
We can either set it to record steps or sleep, but not both. Basically, it records movement. If we move a lot during the sleep monitoring period, then it says we didn’t sleep well. If we don’t move, we’re in deep sleep. This data is displayed on a time graph with colored bars.
Remote control functions are as follows:
* Find Phone
* Remote Capture
* Car Theft
I didn’t use Fine Phone and Remote Capture because the QR code for installing the apps lead to a site that was all written in a foreign language. I don’t install things I can’t read, so I skipped them.
I have Car Theft left on, but I’m not sure how that works. How does it know my car has been stolen?
Anti-Lost sounds an alarm whenever I lose a connection. It assumes my phone is lost or stolen. I don’t have this feature on, but the watch will sound a different alarm regardless when I lose a connection. The Bluetooth range is incredibly good, so I don’t get too many false alerts.
This also requires scanning a QR code. I gave up scanning the QR codes after seeing that Find Phone and Remote Capture both lead to foreign language download pages, so I’m not really sure what the Notice app does.
This is text messaging. I sent my other phone a text message and it works great, except that texting on this watch is difficult, due to the small size of the keyboard. Expect lots of mistakes. If you have large fingers, forget it.
The watch displays all the contacts that are on my HTC One M8 through Bluetooth. I can also store contacts locally on the smartwatch. They are separate tabs.
This amazing watch has a camera, though we have point it like superheroes do when they have powers attached to their wrists. I can record video or sound or take photos. Afterwards, I can view the images, play the videos, or listen to my voice recordings.
Do you have music on your Android phone you want to play through this watch? How about streaming Pandora? Not a problem. Expect smaller sound, but it’s good for such a small size speaker.
Wait, there’s also FM radio. We can preset the channels or scroll or enter channels manually. Reception is good, but we have to use the micro USB earphones (included) to listen. I’m not sure why we can’t play the FM radio through the watch’s speaker, since mp3 music will play through the speaker.
Lastly, we get an alarm clock and stopwatch (but no countdown timer). The alarm clock allows multiple alarms and we can set them to repeat or just for one event. There is a choice of ring tones for each alarm.
I love this watch. It’s the very best smartwatch I’ve ever owned that does far more than I ever expected. I’m strapping it to my daughter so she can have a phone that doesn’t have access to the web. She can’t lose it, either. You know kids how kids are. It’s perfect for her little fingers. Adults with big hands might have a problem dialing and messaging. My fingers are skinny and I do hit the wrong buttons. I get around that by presetting numbers so that I only have to hit the button that says “home” to dial home.
To use this watch as a phone, you’ll need a micro SIM card (I use Airvoice Wireless). To take photos and video, you’ll want to add a micro SD card.
The only thing I dislike is the phone apps are located on non-English sites. Because I don’t want to download from there, I’m missing out on the full experience. No Find Phone, Remote Capture, or Notice for me. Less those three features, it’s an incredible experience regardless.
This product was provided for review by DBPOWER.