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Quick review: Spice Smart Pulse M9010 – a smartwatch just for the sake of it

Quick review: Spice Smart Pulse M9010 – a smartwatch just for the sake of it
Ravi Mandalia

Review Overview

Design, Build & Display
6
Software & Interface
5
Storage
4
Battery
6
Sound & Video
6
5.4

Mediocre

An outlay just below ₹4,000 may seem impressive at first and specifically until the Smart Pulse M9010 is still inside the box, but as soon as it is out there is just one feeling we are left with – What!!!

Right of the bat, the Spice Smart Pulse M9010 smartwatch isn’t something that you can’t do without, but it does provide a glimpse of what local vendors in India are up to as far as wearable technology goes.

We check out the Spice Smart Pulse M9010 to provide you with a quick review based on the specifications.


Specification Overview

Component Value
Display Size 1.6-inch screen; 320 x 240p resolution
Software Java
Camera VGA
Onboard Storage 256KB
Expandable Storage 8GB (microSD card)
Battery 420mAh
Dual SIM 1 Normal + 1 micro
Connectivity 2G, Bluetooth
 

Design, Build & Display

The first thing that you will notice about the Smart Pulse M9010 is that it is made out of plastic. What we observed was that Spice has tried to give it a metallic kind of finish by giving it a metallic texture and even tried to top it with industrial design screws, but it has more or less failed in that aspect. To add a little spice to the mix, Spice is even offering two extra straps.

The Smart Pulse is squarish in design with rounded corners and within that is the 1.6-inch display. We will give it to Spice on using a display that provides great brightness and colours in low lighting conditions, but as soon as you wander off in the Sun or a well-lit area, the display gives up and the colours seem to be giving our a smudged or washed off effect.

We are sure you will get a real metallic watch for that price sans the smartwatch capabilities. We will leave it to you to decide – real metal or plastic with metallic finish!

Software & Interface

We would have expected Spice to atleast honour the demand of current youth by powering its smartwatch with Android, but it has definitely failed here again. Java based interface is that last thing that one would and inability to add new apps is definitely a huge deterrent.

The interface will remind you of a feature phone that you would have been using 2-3 years back – if you aren’t still holding onto one right now. Navigation on the Smart Pulse M9010 has to be done through three capacitive keys below the display.

As far as keyboard is concerned – predictable enough – it is tiny. Sending out an SMS may seem to be a daunting task. You can pair the smartwatch with your smartphone for notifications – but they will remain just that – notifications – and you can’t act on them.

If you fancy using Smart Pulse’s VGA camera to shoot pictures, you can do so using a remote capture option beyond the manual controls right through the smartwatch.

You find some prebuilt apps like a file manager, one game, among other things – all in all limited functionality accompanied by tiny controls that really do not appeal a great deal.

Storage

256KB onboard storage is so like 1990s; however, having said that you can have an 8GB microSD card for additional storage on the smartwatch. We are not sure why one would accept 256KB storage and to top if why would one go for 8GB storage on a smartwatch that offers no ability to add new apps.

Battery

The 420mAh battery may not sound too impressive, but given the components of the smartphone, we wouldn’t expect Spice to go overboard and fit the Smart Pulse M9010 with a huge battery. Considering that the display and the OS aren’t too tasking on the battery and with only 2G connectivity option the 420mAh should give you a day on single recharge.

Sound & Video

Onboard speakers are definitely great and the accompanying headphones aren’t impressive either. We wouldn’t recommend listening to songs on this one as you wouldn’t get the feeling you might be looking for from your smartwatch.

You can play videos, but it seems that only onboard camera recorded videos are supported.

Conclusion

An outlay just below ₹4,000 may seem impressive at first and specifically until the Smart Pulse M9010 is still inside the box, but as soon as it is out there is just one feeling we are left with – What!!!

We do not see using the device on a day to day basis and definitely not while going to office or a social gathering as we don’t want people to look at us with strange expressions. Further, attending to phone calls on a gadget slapped onto your wrist isn’t practical enough.