Product Name: TOTOBAY ST05 Smartwatch
Overall Rank: 3.5/5
Price: 73.95 $ CAD
Best Place To Buy: Amazon.ca
Guarantee: 1 year (2 years bonus on registration).
People are now more sensitive and aware with their health than before. This is why a smartwatch or a fitness tracker can be helpful to give them more information about their health and much more.
Finding a great cheap smartwatch on Amazon can take a lot of your time and can also be confusing with so many models in the market. Being myself a smartwatch user I can point you to the right path. If you are looking to purchase your first smartwatch, there’re many things you need to know about a smartwatch by example which fitness features are the most important to track to improve your health on the long run.
In this post, I will do a full review of the TOTOBAY Smartwatch that you can find on Amazon.ca (Amazon’s Choice) for less than 100 $ (I bought it on Prime for 69.99 $ CAD!). I will strip down everything this smartwatch has and what it brings to the table so you can make a clear decision in the end. Simple right? Let’s get down to business!
Please note that there’s another version available on Amazon.com that is well acclaimed too.
What’s in the Box
The TOTOBAY Smartwatch comes packed on a box like a standard wristwatch that you buy on a jewelry store. It reminds me the times that I was buying normal watches, there was always something ”magical” and ”classy” about opening a new wrist watch in the past…
Here’s what you get in the box:
- The TOTOBAY Smartwatch with the silicon strap
- Magnetic 2 pins charging cable (USB)
- Flyer with 2 years extra warranty
The best thing beside the watch is definitely the flyer that allows you to add 2 years to the original warranty when you register online. This is AWESOME since normally you only 12 months of warranty on wearables in the market.
Hardware and Design
The black silicon band is 25 cm (10 inches) long and 2 cm large*. The thickness of the strap is 3 mm making it a bit more thick than most of the smartwatches in the market but once you wear it, it is comfortable and sits fine on the wrist.
The body of the TOTOBAY Smartwatch looks great and feel robust. The middle portion of the case is dark gray compare to black for the rest of it. Around the display you can see the minutes (15,30 and 45) engraved, good if you are using the needle watch style watchface. Beside that, it is only good for aesthetics.
The watch diameter (including the body) is 45 mm, a great dimension for most wrist sizes. I got medium wrists and it looks great on me. Maybe for some very small wrist users this smartwatch could be too big. Hard to judge… The gray casing has a matte finish that I found beautiful and feels like you are wearing a solid smartwatch.
The rounded display of the TOTOBAY Smartwatch looks bright and sharp. Of course, you cannot compare to a AMOLED display of a high-end smartwatch but it is still good. You can choose from up to 6 different brightness levels that can be adjusted into the menus of the watch.
Once you configure the watch with the companion app you can also set it to turn on the screen automatically when you twist/lift your wrist (pretending you are looking at the time).
The display is not touchscreen. It has a capacitive ”sensor” at the bottom of the screen that allow you to navigate into the menus.
You are limited to 5 watchfaces to choose from, that are really different one from the other. Samsung smartwatches will probably laugh at this (there’s a ton watchfaces available) but it is better than nothing. I love the classic and the red/white numeric styles.
Waterproof and Swim-Ready
One of the best features that the TOTOBAY Smartwatch includes is that it is fully waterproof (IP68) and swim-ready. So, no worries about keeping your watch on wrist while taking a shower or working out outside during storm. It will survive! The only restriction the company tells us to pay attention is to not use the watch on a hot tub or sauna. This could lead to condensation inside the watch and affecting the accuracy of the sensors and stability of the device.
If you are a social media time of person, this watch allow you to receive push-on notifications directly on the watch. You can receive a lot of social medias and messaging apps notifications but you can’t answer them. By example if you receive a text message you can read it but you cannot reply to it. Here’s a list of the most popular apps that the TOTOBAY watch can receive:
- Social Medias: LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram
- Messaging: WeChat, Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat
- Emails: Outlook, Gmail
- Others: Call and SMS Reminders
Device notifications named ”Device Reminders” can also be activated using the app:
- Take Medecine
- Drink (water)
This feature allows you to take a picture/image from your phone and set it as a background on the phone display.
You can track up to 9 different sports with the TOTOBAY Smartwatch. This can be accessed directly on the smartwatch by select the proper menu (Sport).
Here’s the list: Running, Cycling, Swimming, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Mountain climbing and table tennis (really?).
Heart Rate and BP Monitors
With a 24 Hours continuous HR and Blood Pressure Monitor this great to have but don’t get overexcited. They accuracy still remains questionable and the data cannot be used as a medical reference. It is always best to see your doctor (unless you have an Apple Watch?).
Automatic Sleep Monitoring
Are you really sleeping deeply? If not, your body may not recuperate quickly. In conjunction with the WearHealth app, you can track and see with a chart what type of sleep you get every night. This could help you improve your sleep quality on the long run.
Step Counter and Distance
Directly through the watch you can track how many steps you have taken on a day and the distance traveled. You can set up the amount of steps you want to achieve everyday (e.g.: 10000 steps) by setting up the watch with the app.
Being able to track how many calories you have burned during a day can also guide you know if you are eating enough food(for better performance) or too much (for weight loss). A must in my opinion.
The WearHealth App
The WearHealth app can be installed on any iOS (8.0 +) and/or Android (4.4 +) device. A good thing. Whiting the app you can check your daily health information (steps taken, distance, etc…) with a health index that is a bit confusing. This is something that I don’t like at all. It doesn’t give you any insight about your health data (like Fitbit does by example).
The Sport menu allows you to start recording your run/walk showing you in real time the duration, the speed and the distance. Pretty simple and easy. You are actually recording the position/location used by your smartphone. Nothing fun there.
The Care menu allows you to add contacts/friends in case of emergency. I haven’t really try this feature but it seems irrelevant.
The Mine menu is what you will use the most. It allows you to show the battery life and set up many parameters like a Target steps and sleep. Accessing the Device Management will give you more parameters that can be added to the TOTOBAY smartwatch once set up.
Pros and Cons
- Good battery life while using most of the features (6 days)
- Waterproof (IP68) and Swim-Proof
- Nice look and great design for a low-cost smartwatch
- Good variety of push-on notifications (emails, text messaging, sedentary reminder, call, etc…)
- Really easy to use
- Comes with an extra 2 years warranty (after registering)
- No built-in GPS
- Push-On notifications cannot be answered/reply
- Blood Pressure and HR sensors are not that accurate
- Sometimes the Sedentary Reminder acts up even if you are active
- The app is too basic and need to be more agnostic with insight functions
The bottom line…
If you are looking for a cheap smartwatch the TOTOBAY Smartwatch can be a good choice. For counting steps and calories, you won’t be disappointed but if you want deeper health data (like heart rate or blood pressure), forget about this one! Beside these two downsides the TOTOBAY smartwatch is a beautiful and rugged watch that can be wear on any conditions (waterproof).
If you are looking for more accurate readings you can also check my video review about the Kungix Smartwatch, that cost about the same price.
I hope you enjoyed this blog review about the TOTOBAY smartwatch. If you have any questions feel free to drop a comment at the bottom of this post.
Stay active! Have a good one.
Alvaro ”Al” Paez