HiFuture has released its brand new fitness smartwatch, the FutureFit ZONE. If you haven’t heard about it, HiFuture is a relatively new company, founded in 2016. HiFuture focuses on developing high quality consumer electronics and mobile audio accessories with the vision of providing consumers with high quality products at affordable prices. In cooperation with brands like Qualcomm, Realtek, BES and others, they are developing quite reliable technology.
The FutureFit ZONE is without a doubt an affordable fitness tracking smartwatch. You can currently find the product on their website for around $45 or even less if you use an available discount code.
Compared to the rest of the market, this is a really solid price point for the features that the ZONE comes with. The watch is available in three color options: Black, Gray and Pink.
The watch has tons of features like heart rate, oxygen, blood pressure and sleep monitoring, as well as a pedometer and 24 different sport modes to track your workout. Thanks to the IP68 degree of protection, you can take the device with you almost anywhere.
Other specifications and functions
Basically, the ZONE is just stuffed with features. First of all, with 24 different sport modes available, you can track the metrics of all your workouts.
Once you download the app, you can see some saved data about your heart rate, daily steps and the like, but I think the information you can find leaves a lot to be desired.
I couldn’t seem to find much information on individual workouts; it just appeared that the information was added to a running total of steps and calories burned for the day. The watch showed that I burned a total of about 465 kcal in two weeks, which is obviously way too little. I’ve taken the watch to intense workouts or mountain bike sessions countless times.
I believe the heart rate sensor is accurate if nothing else, but I have no way of confirming the accuracy of the blood pressure reading or oxygen levels. Regardless, I would not recommend using the watch for medical purposes.
Additionally, the app lets you find and download unique custom watch faces to personalize the feel of the watch, allowing you to choose the aesthetic that suits your style. Another small feature that I think is important is the alarm function. The Zone can wake up automatically when you twist and pull your wrist up, which to be honest I wasn’t really expecting from it.
Aside from what I would call “extras,” there are a few other essential features that are worth mentioning if you’re considering purchasing. With 14 days of standby battery life, I don’t think a dead watch will ever be an issue. Two weeks is impressive for most smartwatches I’ve experienced. I’m lucky enough to get two full days out of my Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2.
Also, like most smartwatches, the watch can receive notifications from your phone, set alarms to find your phone, adjust brightness, and set various reminders through the app. It also tracks distance for your workouts as well as your daily walk distance, but nowhere on the site does it mention that it uses GPS, so the data should be taken lightly as I suspect the metrics are pulled from your step count.
Cheap or not expensive?
On the outside, the FutureFit Zone feels good. The strap is comfortable and interchangeable, and the watch itself is fairly light. It has plenty of room for sizing, so I don’t think most people need to worry about needing a new bracelet size.
The display is big enough, but the actual screen doesn’t cover the entire face of the watch as the photos on the website seem to indicate. Of course, this small blemish isn’t really noticeable when using a black background dial, but it’s very noticeable and, in my humble opinion, rather ugly if you prefer a more colorful dial.
That being said, both the screen resolution and refresh rate are pretty low compared to the higher end watches I’ve owned before. It gives the whole watch a very clunky or dated feel as far as software goes, but it’s another thing that can easily be overlooked if you just want a low-budget watch to time your workouts, set alarms , receive notifications, etc.
In an interesting, if not minor, detail, the knob on the side of the watch can be pressed or rotated, but it does nothing except wake up the display and open the app drawer. As far as I know, the rotation function doesn’t do anything.
Another aspect where I feel the ZONE lacks quality is the app. The whole UI looks pretty early in development and seems to be missing some key features as I mentioned earlier.
I would like to see the actual battery percentage and would love to be able to download additional apps to install on the watch like a weather or calendar app. Aside from that, the app also gets pretty annoying by hitting you with notifications. This happens every time you intentionally or accidentally disconnect the watch from your phone.
It’s also a bit irritating which push notifications the watch sends out, as the list of available apps isn’t based on those installed on your phone, but on a select list of popular apps like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and a few others. I’ll give them some credit as development seems to be early days, but I think improvements to the app should be a priority.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive smartwatch with essential features to help you track your daily fitness, the FutureFit ZONE could be a worthy option for you.
While it doesn’t have the best looks and its software needs to work, it does all the things (and more) that I think a fitness smartwatch needs to do.
The watch wasn’t accurate at tracking calories burned, but it did a solid job of distance, time, sleep, and other metrics. It has impressive battery life and solid waterproofing. It’s comfortable and light, and after a short while it doesn’t even feel like it’s there.
You can currently purchase it for under $40 through HiFuture’s website. For a limited time you can use the promo code HI ZONE to remove an additional $7 from the price.