[Review] iQi i8 4G – the Only Android Smartwatch that You Need

iQi i8 4G Smartwatch

iQi company continuous to bring new and innovative wearable in the market, the latest in their smartwatch line-up is the iQi i8 4G smartwatch, a 4G smartwatch that is answer for those who are looking for a wearable that has  message and call capabilities, giving the user an option not to rely on their smartphone for communication but still having that health and fitness feature for their daily activities.

If you are not familiar with the company, iQi is a Chinese tech company and one of the leading when it comes to innovation for 4G smartwatches. Their popular product iQi i3 to iQi i7 changes the landscape for Android smartwatches especially in the 3G/4G category, these wearables are like smartphone packed in a small form factor with additional features such as sport and health options.

This latest smartwatch from iQi is loaded with the latest and best feature for a 4G smartwatch, it also has an affordable  price making the wearable a good pick for those who are looking for the best 4G smartwatch in the market for 2018.

Well, we explore its features and specs and here is our take on the iQi i8 4G smartwatch.

Design

The iQi i8 4G smartwatch comes in a small black box and it includes a user manual available in English and Chinese language, a proprietary pogo pin charger, a screw driver and two small for SIM slot cover.

The smartwatch has a circular design with steel body, it has a smooth body finish, glossy physical buttons and with soft silicon strap with stainless steel buckle that is connected to the body seamlessly. The smartwatch has two physical buttons for navigation as well as home button, and on between is a camera with 2.0 MP HD resolution.

There is also a speaker on the left side body of the smartwatch and on the bottom is the power connector, the heart rate monitor and a SIM slot. Please take note that the SIM slot needs a screw driver to remove the cover,  it is a good thing that the smartwatch comes with a screw driver. The wearable has a compact body weighing only.0695 kg, it is comfortable to wear as well as trendy.

Display

The display is one of the highest in the market  having an AMOLED display technology with 400 x 400 pixel resolution, it is sharp and with vivid colors, it has a touch screen support and I find it very responsive. The wearables display is protected  by  a 2.5 HD tempered glass with high  abrasion resistance while providing high contrast.

So far, I am impressed with the quality of the screen, it is one of the highest in the market when it comes to resolution, the graphics are sharp and amazing.

Let’s Check on its Hardware

Under the hood, the smartwatch runs the MTK6739 Quadcore processor, 1.3 Ghz. And on top of that is the Android 7.0 operating system. When it comes to storage the iQi i8 has a 16 GB storage space enough for apps and photos as well as audio files such as MP3’s. With its 1 GB of RAM, expect a fast and smooth operation of its menus and apps.

Connectivity

With its built-in SIM slot, the wearable support a single Nano SIM slot supporting  GSM/WCDMA/ FDD+ LTE compatibility, call, receive and send messages right directly to your wrist with the 4G capability of the i8. Additional network features are Bluetooth 4.0, WIFI 802.11 and GPS functionality.

Features and Functions

Aside from communication option, the wearable has health and fitness option. It comes with a heart rate monitor, and gyro sensor for its pedometer. There is also a sleep monitor to monitor your sleeping habits and pattern.

Here are some of its main menus

ContactsBrowserClockFitnessMaps
PhoneDownloadsGalleryWeatherHR Monitor
MessageCalendarSound RecorderVoice SearchAssistant
SettingsCameraFile ManagerPlay Store

Regarding its fitness and Multi-Mode Sport, here are some of the activities

Outdoor Run                      Ride Bike                             Play Ping-Pong

Outdoor Walk                    Play Basketball                  Play Badminton

Indoor Run                         Play Football                      Rope Skipping

Battery

When it comes to battery, the iQi i8 4G smartwatch has one of the largest capacity when it comes to battery, it has 700 mAh Lithium polymer battery but still having a slim form factor. According to its specs data, the iQi i8 4G smartwatch has a 2 days standby  time in just a single charge. But with the sport and GPS activated expect that the smartwatch will only last a day, still it is good if you compare it with other wearable in its category.

OverAll Take

The smartwatch iQi i8 4G smartwatch is one of the latest smartwatch in the market loaded with the latest technology that an Android smartwatch has to offer.

It is not just a basic Android smartwatch with call and fitness functionality but it is also packed with health and fitness features. This includes multi-mode sport that is usually available only for fitness tracker.

It has a simple UI that is easy to navigate, just like I have said earlier, the i8 4G smartwatch is like a smartphone packed in a small form factor plus with added feature such as fitness option. Price wise, the smartwatch is very affordable, every now and then, top e-shopping site such as Gearbest or GearVita.com, offers amazing deals for the iQi i8 4G smartwatch.

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