Fitness trackers that have some quality, and actually work, don’t come much cheaper than the YAMAY SW501. This isn’t really an exercise bracelet, like a Fitbit HR, it’s more of a watch in stature. Which is somewhat comparable in appearance to the Fitbit Blaze. Could it be considered as an alternative to the Blaze. In some ways yes.
The YAMAY is never going to out-do the Blaze in any department, but it can compete with it in certain areas. And that alone says a lot. Especially when you consider the price difference. When you see the price of the YAMAY SW501, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
For newcomers to tracker band technology who want to spend the bare minimum to see if they like the idea of wearing a monitoring device for training / exercise, it’s a good introduction. That’s because it’s cheap and it works well. Reviews are also widely positive.
The App appears stable and the watch is easy synchronised to a Smartphone. That goes for Apple iOS and Android based. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not perfect, but it’s one of the more better products at the price point for where it sits in the marketplace. The build quality is above average, and the OLED screen is really clear. The strap is very similar to that of a normal watch in the sense that it has the buckle and various holes, making it very secure and convenient.
It’s also extremely easy to get up and running. Just follow the instructions. Download the App, Pair it to your Smartphone via Bluetooth etc, and you’re good to go. There is only one button on the watch. Well, it’s actually a touch-screen style button located below the screen. Just press the fingerprint icon to go through the options. See the picture below. Tracking wise, the YAMAY SW501 Fitness Tracker can almost do it all. It is a pedometer after all. It can, with a good rate of accuracy for the price (not 100%), count steps taken, distance travelled, speed, calories used, and even has a sleep mode. Other modes include running and biking.
Due to this tracker being waterproof to the IP67 standard, it can potentially be worn / used when surface swimming (also in the shower, rain etc), and even has a setting specifically for swimming. But be sure not to swim too deep as IP67 has a depth limit of only one meter. And even by sticking to this, there is still a risk that water could penetrate the watch. So yes, it is waterproof against things like rain, sweat and even showering, but being submerged for prolonged periods of time (longer than 30 minutes) could potentially damage the band. So just be aware of this.
Like most of these devices, it can also alert you when someone rings or texts your phone (Needs to be synced). And it has some alarms and decent battery life too. OK, you’ve heard many good things about the YAMAY, so whats the catch I hear you say. Please remember the price. It’s crazy low. And with that in mind there aren’t really all that many bad points to mention. However, the one thing that is missing, which for some could be a deal breaker, is the heart rate monitor. It hasn’t got that feature. But all is not lost. YAMAY also do a model which does have a heart rate monitor. See it here.