It's not the first time I've tried one SmartWatch of the Mibro brand and I must admit that I have been quite disappointed in the past but this Mibro Watch T1 seems to have what it takes to change my mind. Many goodies in terms of functionality, responding to an excellent quality / price ratio, which I want to tell you in this review, on which I also risked my life.
Mibro Watch T1 - Design and packaging
The sales package appears rather accurate, although the content that provides only the smartwatch, a USB charging cable and proprietary attack by means of magnetic pogo-pins and a small manual and quick guide in English and Chinese.
Mibro Watch T1 turns out well sturdy and well assembled, relying on a square-shaped case made of metal, which bears the total weight (including strap) to 51 grams while the overall dimensions of the wearable are 43,5 x 35 x 11,3 mm. If on the one hand the metal case gives a premium look, the company could have done better as regards the finishes, in fact the protrusions that incorporate the strap are sometimes sharp and annoying.
Speaking strap, this is made of silicone with 20mm pitch equipped with quick release, in order to find others on the market easily, but I must admit that I personally found it poco breathable, especially in conditions where sweating was intense.
On the right profile of the metal case, we find the system speaker that will reproduce multimedia content if necessary as well as perform the function of speakerphone for Bluetooth calls. We then find a physical crown that reacts to rotation, that is, it will allow us to move within the system menus. A feature undoubtedly copied by the most famous Apple Watch, but unfortunately Mibro has not fully developed the idea, as the "digital" crown it is not always usable, for example in the sports data menu during training, we should only move via the touch screen. Finally, it completes the aesthetics of the case of the Mibro Watch T1, the presence of a microphone on the left profile, useful only for calls, we could not therefore issue any voice commands.
The back of the watch is made of polycarbonate, rather robust and resistant to bumps and small scratches, where we find the sensors for heart rate monitor and value spO2, as well as the magnetic pins for recharging the device by means of a cable with proprietary connection. In reality, the charging cable is one of those that we commonly find on products from a few euros, the so-called cinesate.
Il of Mibro Watch T1 on the other hand does not disappoint, as large in size and equipped with AMOLED HD technology. In particular we find ourselves in the presence of a panel from 1,6 inches with HD resolution (360 x 320 pixels), with a protective glass with slightly curved edges, for an effect premium. Unfortunately, the initial emphasis stops here, since the display is nestled in the middle of large asymmetrical frames, but above all it does not enjoy the Always On Display functionality nor the sensor for automatic lighting, forcing you each time to adjust it manually according to the situation you are in. However, the on-screen readability of the contents under direct sunlight is good, as well as color reproduction with rather deep blacks.
Sensors and Performance
At the level of battery, Mibro Watch T1 enjoys a 350 mAh unit that gives about full capacity 7/8 days of autonomy, before it needs to be recharged. Autonomy that corresponds to the basic expectations of this watch, as we do not find a GPS but only a certification for diving up to 2 ATM. In fact, among the sports that can be monitored, 20 in all, we also have swimming with a metric dedicated to strokes, but overall I would not rely too much on the data collected by this smartwatch. Personally I found values increased by a good 10/15% in relation to the steps and a good 10/15 beats compared to the heart rate. The SpO2 value, on the other hand, seems to be in line with reality.
Needless to say, the sleep monitor it is not as accurate and reliable as expected from a smart watch, while at the level of additional functionality, the brand has created a MET value that more or less corresponds to the PAI value seen on Amazfit devices.
Of course, the NFC sensor is missing, but through Bluetooth 5.0 we could instead make calls directly from the wrist, being able to even store up to 10 favorite contacts, or we will be free to dial the number to call. The quality of the calls through the speaker is quite satisfactory, although at times the audio tends to croak, as well as the microphone returns to our interlocutor a good quality level of our voice. Furthermore, at the software level, there is a function that allows you to "clean" the speaker from any traces of liquids, if the smartwatch has been subjected to falls in water or rain.
I appreciated that you can insert one Wake-up calls directly from the smartwatch without having to go through the application, while the rest of the functions are the standard ones we are used to with other similar devices, such as stopwatch, timer, weather, respiratory relaxation, stress, music control, remote shutter etc. Under the smart sphere, or theupon receipt of notifications, unfortunately, nothing to report, we can receive them from all the apps on the smartphone, but we cannot answer, nor view photos, audio and even less emojis. Furthermore, the notifications are not "synchronized" with the viewing on a smartphone, so if read on one or the other device, they will remain in memory on one or the other device.
The application with which to synchronize all data is called Micro Fit, available for systems Android and iOS. Here, here is another disappointment, as if you are thinking of appearing the Mibro Watch T1 to be associated with your "iPhone by", know that the application will not synchronize anything, so all your physical efforts will remain only in the memory of the smartwatch. If you are an Android user, things are better, even if there are still some smudges, like a bad translation into the Italian language. However, you can also change from the app Watchface, some of which are also animated, although in general most of those available are typically oriental in style. Moreover, when we carry out an activity, if we want to review the statistics of what is monitored, we cannot do it. In short, Mibro in this area has to work hard and hard, especially quickly.
Mibro WATCH T1 - Price and conclusion
The new wearable of the Chinese brand has debuted on AliExpress at an introductory price of around $ 59, through dedicated coupon (MIBROT10926), which can be spent between 26 and 30 September. Mibro is not yet mature as a company and so is the Mibro Watch T1 shows some shortcomings, despite the excellent display and the great autonomy. For those who are willing to spend more than 60 euros, there are more expensive but more complete alternatives such as Amazfit or a TicWatch.
Mibro raises the bar with the new Watch T1, equipping it with a good AMOLED display, Bluetooth calls and sensors that can also detect the SpO2 value. Too bad that "safety" is not its strong point (at least in my experience of use). If luckier than me, you might want to take this into consideration, as long as you are an Android user and not an iOS user.
- GOOD QUALITY BLUETOOTH CALLS
- WATERPROOF 2 ATM
- SPEAKER CLEANING FUNCTION FROM LIQUIDS
- AMOLED DISPLAY
- ABSENCE OF BRIGHTNESS SENSOR
- NFC ABSENCE
- GPS ABSENCE
- IMPOSSIBILITY TO KEEP DISPLAY ACTIVE DURING TRAINING
- CHARGING CABLE POCO SAFE