There are many fitness trackers that work well as smartwatches, and many smartwatches have enough health and fitness tracking capabilities to be used as fitness trackers. In fact, the lines that once separated smartwatches and fitness trackers are blurring significantly. Most devices today are a healthy mix of the two. This has made the budget smartwatch segment very attractive as brands like Fire-Boltt, Noise, Zebronics, Realme, and Xiaomi now have attractive options for less than Rs. 5000.
The product I’m reviewing here is a smartwatch in the traditional sense of the word. But it has fitness and health tracking features that might set it apart from the competition. The NoiseFit Active smartwatch costs Rs 2,499 in India and comes with useful features like heart rate and blood oxygen tracking, exercise and sleep monitoring, and the ability to show notifications from your smartphone directly on your wrist. Is this the best affordable smartwatch you can buy right now? Find out in this review.
NoiseFit Active design
The NoiseFit Active has a round face with a 1.28-inch TFT LCD touch screen. The dial’s smooth matte finish and sleek black bezel ensure that what’s on the screen takes center stage. There are two buttons on the right side. The top button is turned on to open the application menu and go home. While the bottom button opens and activates the training mode. In addition, navigation is completely touch-based, using drag and tap to navigate and select specific options.
At the bottom of the watch are connection points for the charger and optical sensors for measuring heart rate and SpO2. The body is made of plastic, which also keeps the NoiseFit Active light and comfortable, weighing only 45g. This smartwatch is 5 ATM water resistant, making it safe to wear in most water exposure situations.
While my rose gold review unit looks pretty decent, the gray, black, and blue color options look a little better in my opinion. A 22mm rubber strap is included with the watch. It is comfortable, fully waterproof, and easy to replace with a standard 22mm strap.
The display has a resolution of 240 x 240 pixels and can be activated by a flick of the wrist or by pressing a button; Oddly enough, touching the screen doesn’t work. This smartwatch uses Bluetooth 5 for connectivity and supports smartphones running iOS 9 and later or Android 4.4 and later.
NoiseFit Active software, interface, and app
Like many budget smartwatches available today. The NoiseFit Active runs a custom operating system designed for circular displays and controls. It has a simple interface and all apps and screens can be reached with a few keystrokes or a swipe from the home screen. The interface includes a notification bar, quick setting colors, fitness parameter graph, and exercise tracking menu. The app drawer displays several pre-installed apps for various NoiseFit Active tracking functions.
There’s also a “Breathe” app for guided breathing and basic tools like a stopwatch, timer, alarm clock, music remote, and smartwatch settings menu. You cannot install additional apps on your device. But NoiseFit Active can read and display notifications from various apps on your smartphone.
Although it took a bit of getting used to. I was finally able to navigate the interface without too many missteps and quickly got what I needed. The standard watch face is my favorite because it displays a lot of relevant information. Such as day and date, battery level, heart rate, steps taken, calories burned, and distance traveled in addition to time. You can choose from about 50 other watch faces available in the NoiseFit app, and browse through several on the watch itself to find one you like.
NoiseFit Active performance and battery life
Most budget smartwatches tend to focus on specific features, and the NoiseFit Active highlights fitness and health tracking. It’s a capable smartwatch, but it can’t function as a speakerphone for your smartphone like the Fire-Boltt Talk. Showing only notifications from supported apps and caller ID.
However, the user interface is designed to make health and fitness features within easy reach. Making this smartwatch more suitable for users with active lifestyles. As I mentioned, I really like the standard watch face, which offers a modern and clear view of important data like heart rate, steps, battery level, and more.
The two most important health parameters measured by NoiseFit Active are your heart rate and SpO2. And the device provides accurate readings for both under normal use compared to a standard fingertip pulse oximeter and Apple Watch Series 5. register and sometimes inaccurate at first before finally stabilizing an accurate reading.
While a budget fitness tracker like the Mi Band 6 might seem like the most sensible option for fitness-focused users, options like NoiseFit Active have a certain appeal. The NoiseFit Active looks better have a bigger screen and offer a much better smartwatch experience.
Heart rate and SpO2 monitoring are decent. But the pedometer has a greater error rate when tracking steps than competing products in this price range. On the plus side, the good design and comfort, decent software, solid connectivity, and excellent battery life more than makeup for it. NoiseFit Active is an option worth considering for less than Rs. 2500