Health & Fitness Smartwatch: Featuring a 1.3 inch touch screen, Virmee Tempo VT3 allows you to check your steps, calorie or distance easily. With IP68 waterproof Protection and long battery life, VT3 can go with you anywhere.
Health Tracking: 24*7 tracking your heart rate, Stress & Blood Oxygen, Sleep state to let you know your body state better. This smartwatch can also be your compass, stopwatch and timer.
Goal-based Exercise Modes: Support 18 exercise modes to record workouts like run, bike, swim and yoga to get real-time status during your workouts.
Customize Your Own Watch: In addition to four watch face background designs, you can add 1 custom background watch face to personalize your accessory.
Smartwatch pairs with iOS & Android: Compatible with most iOS (10.0 above) and Android (4.4 above) smartphones (not for pc or tablet). Go to the App Store/Google Play to get your free VIRMEE app and enjoy your smart life with Virmee Tempo VT3.
Bracelet material: Alloy, ABS+PC
Strap material: Silicone
Screen: 1.3" Color touch display
Battery Type: 170mAh polymer lithium battery
Input Voltage: DC5V
Support System: Smartphones of Android 4.4 or above / iOS10.0 or above
Charging time: about 2 hours
Lifetime: 5-7 days of use, 15 days of standby
Key Functions: Heart Rate Monitor, Stress & Blood Oxygen, Sleep State, Compass, Stopwatch and Timer, Call and Text Notifications, and Calendar Alerts
@guybrush01@manhattnik It isn’t the same (wish I could replace the battery) as the Pebble Time but there is https://banglejs.com/ and the version 2 has pretty good battery life so far. (Although GPS will definitely drain it faster.) I might have a ‘new’ Pebble Time in a box somewhere but I haven’t looked into the alternative software ecosystem yet.
Buy a couple of them and goto a bar. Find a girl that you like. Walk up to her, take off the watch, throw it on the ground and stomp on it. Explain that just the sight of her makes you feel like time is standing still. She will think you broke an expensive apple watch just to impress her.
I’ve tried a bunch of smart watches, and in the end I always go back to one of my Casios. I love my solar powered one, it’s got the best battery life of anything. I love my classic digital G-Shock, it’s simple and it works good and I’m not afraid of wrecking it. I love my calculator watch because I’m a huge nerd. What I’m saying is I have a lot of watches and I really could use something to display and organize them, I don’t really need another watch in my drawer.
@Kerig3 Feature-wise, they appear to be the same.
Since most of the useful information is presented via the companion phone app, the physically smaller screen/resolution is the only real factor to consider.
If you feel you missed out, get it anyway to try it out. It’s only $19. They may be cheaper if they’re over on sidedeals.com with your VMP free shipping and the happynewyear discount code today. Hmm. Maybe your non-VMP regular membership doesn’t carry over to sidedeals. Check before looking. Otherwise, here is the better deal.
@mike808 I did check out SideDeals and they didn’t have either version. Truth be told I really don’t need a smart watch (either version) since I no longer wear watches like I used to (years later I still have a pale circle on my wrist), but I thought it might be fun to play with and wear as a watch. But the other version with the larger battery & better screen is what all the YouTube reviews I’d watched were praising (there’s a ton of reviews for the Plus) saying it was a great deal at $50 a year ago. Unfortunately I “slept on it” and quickly forgot about it the next day. I was really hoping this one was the upgrade to that version, but instead this one is the older version. I’ll just save my money for the next toy/gadget that I don’t really need.
I bought a few of the “notifications” watches. I even tried one of the fitness trackers. Honestly, I think I’ve decided that I’m almost completely uninterested in the damned health shit—all of it. So can someone make a watch that doesn’t do any of that, but has more than just simple notifications? I like to think they can. And that someday meh will sell it.
@joelmw This, 100%. Imagine how long something like this would last between charges of it didn’t have unnecessary things like a constantly flashing LED on the back, or GPS? Maybe the developers could focus more on awesome free watch faces, or the physical design of the watch.
@joelmw Pebble started out as a notification watch and went bankrupt essentially because they were slow to add health tracking features. The “killer app” for smartwatches so far, for better or worse, is health monitoring (steps, heart rate, etc…).
@joelmw@mwarren They didn’t reeeeally go bankrupt. They just sold to FitBit because they knew the market wasn’t interested in what they were selling, even though they made hands-down the best smartwatch on the market.
This might just be a good choice for you, actually. Most (maybe all?) of those special-sauce functions can be turned off. The VT3+ I bought arrived with everything defaulted to “Nope”. Most of it still is.
Bought the VT3+ and out of all I’ve tried it is the most adequate, but my Samsung Gear S3 is the best. I like answering texts and voice calls with the S3, so buy a Samsung if you want a great smart watch, imho.
@mwarren For even easier hackability, for $52, you can get 2 PineTime watches, with one already opened up. Programming cable included. This is great for those of us that like to hack, but are afraid of damaging a waterproof seal.
Note that I haven’t purchased this product yet, but I have bought other products from them and I like them. In particular, I like the soldering iron. If you buy it, remember to buy some different shaped tips. The default tip is not ideal for fine work. The USB-C cables that come with the soldering iron are excellent. I am using one to charge my phone right now. I will buy more of them when I buy the watches and different tips.
The shipping was really slow due to COVID restrictions at the factory when I ordered the soldering iron. I am hoping that all of the normal shipping options are available again by the time there is more money in my toy budget.
Wearing the VT3 Plus right now. The level of vibration isn’t adjustable like the Martian Notifier used to be, but it’s adequate. The degree of control for which apps get included in the notifications is very high. The band is plastic but very comfortable.
I don’t care about or use the body tracking features, but the stopwatch is really handy.
Does this thing run the android wear OS so it could pair with an android phone without the app? Or do you need to install the random (untrusted) 3rd party app and give it access to all of your phone calls, contacts, and SMS messages to use it for it to work?
@summetj Nope, you need to use the untrustworthy app to use this watch (not being sarcastic, btw). Of course, it’s not that big of an increase of your privacy being abused, because you already use a smart phone (sarcasm intended).
@summetj It runs its own proprietary OS, but Virmee does not require you to sign-in or sign-up for anything – they don’t even ask for your email address. It does require a companion app on your phone, but again, there is no signing-in to anything, it just interfaces with the watch and that’s it.
Bought one earlier. Didn’t work. Contacted Virmee and they wouldn’t honor the warranty. Said they would only honor the warranty on watches purchased directly from them, not a third party! What a lousy policy.
[b][i]DO NOT BUY THIS OR ANY OTHER SO CALLED SMARTWATCHES FROM Meh or MorningSave UNLESS YOU PLAN ON GIVING IT TO SOMEONE YOU TRULY HATE YOU WONT FIND ANY DECENT SMARTWATCH’S FOR LESS THAN $150
THIS “SMARTWATCH” IS ANYTHING BUT AND ITS MADE ENTIRELY OF CHEAP LIGHT PLASTIC THAT WILL BREAK WITH THE SLIGHTEST TAP.
IHAD BOIGHT ONE FOR MY 7 YEAR OKD NEPHEW WHO WAS ASKING FOR A SMARTWATCH BUT TENDS TO BREAK EVERYTHING SO I FIGURED ID BUY HIM A CHEAPER ONE SO HE COULD HAVE S “SMARTWATCH” AND IF UT BROKE OH WELL IT WAS $30.
WHEN IT ARRIVED ABD I TOOK IT OUT OF THE BOX TO SET IT UP I NOTICED HOW CHEAPLY MADE IT WAS AND JUDT THREW IT AWAY I WOULD’VE BEEN EMBARRASSED ACTUALLY GIVING HIM THAT.
I bought this twice, but the first one got lost in shipping, so I picked it up in the mehrathon. I was enjoying it, checking my oxygen levels (NYC, Covid central), I let it access my sleep patterns, it does measure heart rate (and stress rate), tried to walk the 10,000 steps (5 miles a day), I liked that I could see who was calling or texting without looking for my phone. But after three weeks it said I had to register or I would lose my information in future updates and it immediately stopped downloading info to my phone. I just read their privacy agreement and it is not good and I can’t get past it without agreeing or exiting, but if you exit and open the app again, you are at the same page, with the same choices (it pretends to offer you two other choices, but they don’t actually work). So, be forewarned, they share your info with other companies (Apple Health Google Fit and Strava, some outside of the US and EEA, probably China, since it downloads some info in Chinese first, requires an email, age, height, weight, access to all the technical data on your devices, basically your home is their home, so I think they will be uninvited. Be forewarned. BTW, the battery lasted a little more than a day with me, but charged quickly (under 1/2 hour), and I didn’t really have any problems with it except I once inadvertently seemed to switch to Chinese and it was hard to figure out how to get back to English.
On a cloudy day on dead-flat terrain with scrub tree cover that obscures the horizon, unless you have a compass, it’s very easy to lose all sense of direction. That’s just one example. Around midday at most warm latitudes, compass points are indistinct at best if you don’t have a good firm grip on what time it is. And 90% of the old advice about How To Find North turns out to be unreliable or even dead wrong in loads of places.
I bought one of the VT3+ last time and the band broke within a week. Was rather disappointed. Switched it for a metal band that I had lying around, but it’s a bit too tight for my wrist. Haven’t gotten around to replacing it yet.
Have been wearing this daily for 2+ months since I bought it. Not really a smart watch–more of a fitness tracker with a screen. The Sleep tracking is probably not accurate–the heart rate is ok. Step count has been checked and is accurate (off by 1-2 steps per 300).
The notification setup is great, allowing you to select app by app which will notify.