As the environment all around us slowly deteriorates, people have started looking at tech to help them lead a healthy lifestyle. From buying air purifiers to receive some relief from the contaminated air to wearing fitness trackers to maintain their health in check, individuals are looking for help wherever they can find. As a result, companies catering to these needs also have gone up significantly. Timex, an old name when it comes to wristwatches, is now looking to carve out a place for itself in the fitness wearable area. With great fitness bands already available in the current market, does the brand new Timex Blink stand a chance? We set it to the test.

Timex Blink design
Timex has gone with a simple design consisting of two elements: a curved stainless steel core, and also a user-replaceable strap. The business provides 2 straps in the box – you own a metal strap that is attached to the device along with also a silicon band included alongside. The bright colored silicone strap is very good to look at and is suitable to be worn during workouts while the metal mesh ring goes nicely with formals. Providing two rings is a plus in our novels, since it gives you the option to swap it to suit your own outfit. Both the bands have a quick release pin which may be used to swap rings without any issues. Once fastened correctly both the straps hold on nicely and we haven’t had any issues with the core falling off. However, we did notice that the pins are not fastened in the metal strap and then drop out easily.

The core has a rectangular display on the front along with a capacitive touch button beneath. We liked the touch-sensitive display on the Ambrane Flexi Fit which made it convenient to utilize the band, but you need to make do without one here. There is not any heart-rate sensor in the back of the Timex Blink, therefore it will only be capable of tracking measures and computing calories burned. At the back, you can get a Micro-USB port insured beneath a thick rubber flap for water resistance.

Timex Blink performance
Like most other wearables, the display on the Timex Blink automatically detects if you raise your wrist and lights up the display to show the time – or is supposed to, anyway. In practice, we found the lift to wake function to be highly erratic and had to tap the button to wake the device up. Apart from time, the first display on the Timex Blink gives you information regarding the date and the battery status. You are able to tap the capacitive touch button to see more information like the number of steps taken, distance travelled, and calories burned. The group does sleep tracking also, but the information is only available via the companion smartphone program, available for the two iOS and Android.

Pairing the band with the program is fairly easy – the app sends the ring a pairing petition which needs to be accepted by pressing the button on the ring. The process did not move as easily as we expected and we had to restart the phone to get it going. Once paired, you are able to enter all your details such as height, weight and stride length to help the group better calculate calories burned etc.. You also get the option to enable notifications on the group which notifies you when you get alerts on your phone. You can even set alerts via the program – the band will buzz 5 times in the set time prior to automatically setting a rest for 5 minutes after if you don’t admit it. All in all, the app looks good along with also the first screen displays a lot of information at one go, however, navigating through all of the options isn’t all that simple.

Tracking on the Timex Blink isn’t very precise – on most occasions we observed that the step count was lower than we counted. Even if testing the device alongside a Mi Band 2, the measure count was a little lower. The deficiency of a heart-rate scanner means that you don’t have the option to monitor that while working out. You even get notified of calls along with the caller name scrolling across the screen, a feature not all of budget trackers offer.

Battery life on the Blink is slightly on the lower side and the 90mAh battery on the ring will last you only a week before needing charge. Thankfully the Micro-USB port is convenient for charging the device up. One thing that the band provides over other wearables is the SOS feature. While setting up, the app asks you to choose contacts for the SOS feature. Setting it up isn’t simple as it requires one to manually type in the number and the email from the recipient. Once set, long pressing on the button on the band sends an SOS to the saved contact together with last known location.

Verdict
The Timex Blink is a very basic wearable backed by a famous manufacturer. It has basic step and sleep tracking and a handy SOS function that might come useful in crisis situations. With two bands in the box, you also get the option to select what goes well with your outfit. In the price that Timex is demanding, you are better off looking at the Mi Band two or an Ambrane Flexi Fit.

Experts

Micro-USB interface is convenient for charging
SOS feature can be useful
Disadvantages

Lift-to-wake gesture Doesn’t operate
Overpriced
No heart-rate sensor
Ratings (Out of 5)

Design: 3
Tracking: 2.5
Other Features: 2.5
Total: 2.5