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Purple, the new sibling company of Vatsal Impex has launched a bunch of Purple smartwatch for Nepalese customers. Among them, the Purple Alpha smartwatch sits top of the list with a squarish design & the ability to make and receive calls. Okay, now let’s get into the Purple Alpha Smartwatch review after a week of usage time.
Purple Alpha resembles a squarish type design with a 2.5D contoured glass for protection. The smartwatch consists of a crown on the middle right side. The sensors are placed on the bottom along with a mic. Similarly, a speaker is placed at the bottom curve on the top left corner. Also, the build quality feels good, it doesn’t look cheap at all. The zinc-aluminum alloy body is accompanied by a silicone wristband.
On the front side, there is a 1.69″ IPS panel. Sunlight visibility at max brightness is usable. There is no automatic brightness sensor though. So, you have to manually adjust the brightness as per the requirements. The LCD screen looks okay for the price. Colors do not look punchy as an AMOLED though which is rare in this price segment. The watch faces on this watch look good on this panel.
I found the UI on Purple Watch Alpha to be smooth on my usage period. The touch response along with scrolling speed is quite good for a budget smartwatch like this. Swiping left from the home screen takes you to the menu. Again, the menu can be customized into two types; honeycomb-style (Apple Watch style) & list style.
Swiping from down brings in the notification panel. The notifications shown are not that appeasing though. It misses out on emoji & app icons. Also, the Nepali font is not displayed correctly. The UI needs more work for improved notifications.
To display the status bar, you have to swipe from the top. It consists of DND mode, theater mode, flashlight & menu style. Also, you get a brightness slider with a settings toggle. While on the top, there is a battery icon & date plus day icon.
The overall UI performance is pretty smooth. There are no hiccups while scrolling through the menu. There are plenty of watch faces on its companion app, ‘Da Fit’. By default, the watch can save 4 watch faces. On the app, you can find plenty of watch faces to choose from. Also, you can set your custom watch face.
The Alpha boasts a heart rate monitoring sensor. I tested it along with another smartwatch. The difference is not that drastic though. To note, smart wearables cannot match the accuracy of medical-grade equipment. Here, the watch mostly makes near-accurate heart rate monitoring. Sometimes, the monitoring might not be liable though. To get proper results, I had to wear the smartwatch tightly.
Purple Watch Alpha can also track blood-oxygen levels. In this ongoing situation, monitoring SpO2 is very important. I measured SpO2 on this watch and found the results to be fairly accurate. But it’s hit or a miss sometimes. As said, it can’t be of a proper standard as compared to medical equipment. Here too, tight wearing is required for better results.
Unlike other watches on this price segment, this watch boasts a blood pressure measurement feature. The results are near accurate mostly. But do note, it also requires tight wearing. Otherwise, the results can be fluctuating. You can also view, seven days bar diagrams on the watch itself.
The watch can also track sleep data here is not 100% accurate. Generally, it adds in more amount of sleep than your actual sleeping record. Besides that, it can track your light & deep sleep which can be viewed on the watch itself.
There are altogether 8 sports modes on this smartwatch; Walking, Running, Cycling, Skipping, Badminton, Basketball, Football & Swimming. The steps counting is very accurate. You can get heart rate monitoring at the same time with steps data on the sports mode. The only problem here is with the companion app. It also counts the step on its own which might double the steps taken. Whereas, the watch itself gets no complaint on that.
The main USP of this wearable is the Bluetooth Call feature. You can dial phone numbers from the watch itself. Also, you can take or reject calls with no hassles. The sound quality is good for indoors along with the mic quality. While for the outdoors with a loud noise, there can be some disruption while attending calls. Nevertheless, having a calling feature on this watch is very handy. Taking calls hands-free without having to take out your phone, is convenient most of the time. You can also play music on its speaker.
Other notable features are the shutter button for the camera, music player, weather, etc. You also get breathing exercises, a stopwatch, alarm, countdown & flashlight.
The 246mAh cell on this watch can cater to one week of battery life on moderate usage. The battery can extend more with minimal usage. It is charged by the magnetic pin charging cable bundled in the box. It takes around 5 hours to fully charge the smartwatch.
Purple Alpha offers impressive specs for the price with its Bluetooth Calling feature. Design-wise, it looks like a decent smartwatch with a crown. The sensors provided here are accurate on average. The steps counting is the most accurate in comparison while the heart rate comes next. SpO2 tracking might not be liable though. Sleep tracking also adds in more hours than your actual sleeping time.
The UI is a very good one. Scrolling feels smooth and lag-free. Coming updates shall make it better. Also, tracking can be better with that. The companion app ‘Da Fit’ is simple to use with the necessary features. The app is not too intuitive though. Also, it can improvise with the upcoming updates for sure. For the price tag of Rs.8,499, Purple Alpha is a good watch for the calling feature. That is its main USP.
So, what do you think about this Purple Alpha Smartwatch Review? Do you want the Bluetooth Call feature on your smart wearable? What’s your main preference? Do write us in the comment section below.