Purple Crown Premium Smartwatch is the latest offering from Purple, a brand under the Sharada Group. This smart wearable comes with an almost bezel-less design and Bluetooth Call on a budget. Boasting all the basic fitness features, is the watch worth its price tag? Let’s find out in our Purple Crown Premium Smartwatch Review.
Purple Crown Premium Smartwatch Review
Design and Display
Talking of the design, I found the looks of the watch to be eye-catching. The bezels are slim and the crown does give it a premium look. The crown dial can be rotated to scroll on menus and to change the watch face as well. There is a speaker on the left side for music and taking calls. Likewise, the mic is on the right side below the crown. Looking at the bottom, there are PPG heart monitoring and SpO2 sensors.
Coming to the front, there is a 1.69″ IPS LCD screen with minimum bezels. The display looks good for the price. While using it in broad daylight, the sunlight readability is okay but the visibility could have been better. Nevertheless, it is an LCD panel, not an AMOLED. Hence, I found the colors and contrast to be okayish for its price.
How is the User Interface (UI)?
Turning on the watch, it greets you with its proprietary OS. There are several preloaded Watch Faces and an analog clock for the lock screen. Rotating the crown changes the Watch Face. Likewise, you can also lock it which will prevent changing to other ones while rotating the dial. During my usage period, I found the UI to be responsive and smooth. Well, it can’t compete with the fluidity of expensive watches but for the price, it gets its job done.
Swiping up from the home screen takes you to the menu. Again, the menu can be customized into thirteen unique styles. You can choose normal list view style, honeycomb, circular motion style, and many more. While you are on the lock screen, you can swipe left to access the quick menu. Similarly, you can also swipe from the top to view a similar quick menu but with a different toggle. Pressing the dial will lock the screen and to go back, you need to swipe from the left.
About Its Companion App
The companion app for Purple Crown Premium Smartwatch is Wear Pro App. It is available on both iOS and Android platforms. For downloading it, the user manual and the watch itself provide a QR scan. Talking about the app, it is pretty basic with a white UI theme. You get a heartbeat, SpO2, sleep, Blood Pressure, etc data in the first section.
The second section, shows the running, walking, cycling, and other exercise data with maps. Meanwhile, the third section lets you turn on/off various settings. Here, you can change the notifications settings as well to only get notifications from your selected apps. During my usage, I found the app to be a bit buggy. Connecting and syncing can take some time. But an update might fix such problems. The overall UI performance is okay with no major hiccups. Getting the notifications from the phone was quick enough. You can also set custom watch faces.
Heart Rate Monitoring
As a fitness watch, Purple Crown also boasts a heart rate monitoring feature on the watch. It can measure your heart rate but the accuracy can’t match that of a medical-grade device. Likewise, for reference, I tested it along with another smartwatch. The output was not similar but it was close. For normal reference, you can rely on the readings. But for medical usage, the monitoring might not be reliable. To get accurate results, I had to wear the smartwatch tightly.
The smartwatch can also track blood-oxygen levels. I measured SpO2 on this watch and found the results to be fairly accurate most of the time. Well, that being said, one shouldn’t rely on the data in serious medical conditions. The data provided by a smartwatch won’t be of a proper standard as compared to medical equipment.
Blood Pressure & Sleep Tracking
The watch has a blood pressure measurement unlike other watches in this price segment. The results are primarily accurate. In order to have a proper reading, one should wear the watch tight. 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 but it is not 100% accurate. It shows the hours of sleep but cannot track the amount of awakening time. And there is no REM data as well. 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. On the smartwatch, the step counting is accurate but if you are carrying the phone at the same time, it might double the steps taken. So, the problem is here on the companion app and it should get a fix asap. You can get heart rate monitoring at the same time with step data on the sports mode. Whereas, the watch itself gets no complaint on that.
Bluetooth Call & Other Features
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 call quality quality is decent for indoor usage. While on the outdoors, you might find the speaker not so great. Nevertheless, having a calling feature on a smartwatch is pretty handy. Taking calls hands-free without having to take out your phone, is convenient most of the time.
Likewise, other notable features are the shutter button for the camera, music player, weather, etc. You also get breathing exercises, a stopwatch, alarm, countdown & flashlight.
Battery Life & Charging
There is a 280mAh cell on this watch. Talking of battery life, it can go on for a week with moderate usage. If you are fond of exercises and tracking, you might have to charge it after 2 days or so. Hence, the battery can extend more with minimal usage. It is charged by the magnetic pin charging cable bundled in the box. The charging time takes around 3-4 hours to for a full charge.
Purple Crown Smartwatch boasts some good specs for the price, especially, the Bleutooth Calling feature. Its minimal bezel design looks beautiful. The rotating crown also provides it a premium outlook. Talking of the sensors, the watch does its job most of the times. As said earlier, you should not rely on the SpO2 and Blood Pressure measurement. Apart from that, other readings are accurate on average. The step counting is the most accurate in comparison while the heart rate comes next.
The UI feels okay here. You get some customization options on the menu section. Scrolling feels fine. It is not super smooth though. An update is required here for the companion app. Also, tracking can improve with that. The app seems simple anf easy to use. For the price tag of Rs.8,499, Purple Crown Premium Smartwactch is a nice offering for Bluetooth calling feature
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