Amia DalveyJuly 28, 2022 at 10:02:48 IST
Stylish design and good build quality
Sharp AMOLED screen
– Fast and accurate SpO2 sensor
IP67 dust and water resistant, but not swimming resistant
– Simple User Interface
– Direct dialing feature from the watch
– Affordable, Affordable, Affordable
– No GPS; The pedometer records the minimum number of steps
– Slot for only one watch face of your choice on the watch
– Minor bugs, questionable sleep tracking
– Frequent disconnection from the app
Price: 3,999 rupees
Rating: 3.5 / 5
We’ve reviewed a few audio products from Boat in the recent past, and today we’re analyzing the latest fitness watch. Like most of their products, the Boat Watch Primia is also a budget offering, but it looks very stylish and could easily be mistaken for something more expensive. It offers some interesting features that are hard to find in this segment. So let’s see how much style and content this fitness watch brings to your wrist.
Primia boat: design and build
The Boat Watch Primia is super stylish without being too flashy. The dark blue leather straps beautifully complement its shiny metallic frame. You can also get the variant with black straps. What surprised me was the lack of any obvious boat branding on the bezel or edges of the screen. It’s only on the buckle if you’re alert enough to notice it. It’s a good thing in some ways because the watch looks more premium without the brand name watering down that perception. Even better, if you don’t like being called “BoAthead.”
The build quality is very good, and the watch feels sturdy without being too heavy. It probably weighs about 50 grams. The straps fit well and do not irritate the skin even after wearing the watch for the better part of the day. They have a standard width of 22mm with a simple locking mechanism, and if you don’t like the default straps, you can replace them with any external straps of the same width.
The watch is IP67 water and dust resistant. While it can handle quite a few splashes with ease, it doesn’t make it swim-proof. So don’t forget to take it off before jumping in the pool. The SpO2 and heart rate sensors are located on the back, along with the charging points. There are two physical buttons on the right side – one doubles as the menu button and the main button, while the other acts as a shortcut for fitness activities.
Primia boat: view and watch faces
One of the most eye-catching features of the Boat Watch Primia is the 1.39 inch circular AMOLED display. The screen resolution is 454 x 454 pixels and is extremely sharp, vivid and responsive. Circular AMOLED displays in this budget are pretty rare, but it’s great to have one. There is a curved glass on top but no scratch-resistant or oleophobic coating is mentioned. Don’t think that Boat has implemented the latter as one can easily spot signs of smudges on the screen. There were no scratches though even after weeks of use.
You get five levels of brightness, of which level 3 is bright enough indoors, and level 4 or 5 gets the job done under bright sunlight. In current weather, even level 3 was fine outdoors. You can turn on the screen by moving your wrist or pressing a button. One click generally works, but I haven’t found it as responsive as the watches from Amazfit or Xiaomi. Flick to wake can be turned off or scheduled to stay away during your sleeping hours or in a dark room like a theater. You also have the option of Always On Display, but at the cost of battery life.
Moving on to the watch faces, there are five of them pre-installed on the watch, and you’ll get about 100 more with the Boat Crest app. You get the usual mix of digital and analog faces, some with fitness data like step count, heart rate, calories burned, etc. I liked a few faces but the watch allows you to store only one watch face of your choice. If you add another, it replaces the one you downloaded before. Pre-installed faces cannot be removed. If not more, the company should have allowed users to store at least three faces of their choice on the watch.
Primia boat watch: software and user interface
The user interface is very simple even for first time fitness watch users and it is also lag free. A swipe down brings up the quick settings menu, while you can check notifications by swiping up. Swiping left or right allows you to cycle through tools like daily activity progress, heart rate, music playing, stress levels, etc. Swiping to the right on any screen other than the Home screen will go to the previous screen and pressing the top button takes you directly to the Home screen.
Before you start using this watch, you need to download and install the Boat Crest app and sync the watch with it. The app is fairly basic, good for beginners, but could have been done in more depth. In addition to the watch settings and watch face library, you can access daily activity progress, exercise data, heart rate, sleep data, and SpO2 level. Clicking on some of them will bring up more information, but don’t expect a major data crunch.
For example, sleep data covers the amount of deep sleep, light sleep, and REM sleep information but does not give you a deep analysis of sleep quality such as the score or the ideal ratio of deep sleep to total sleep duration. The same goes for exercise data. Yes, this is a fitness watch for beginners, but we still feel there is room for further analysis.
Primia: Performance . boat watch
You can track 11 different fitness activities on this watch ranging from walking, running, cycling and yoga to sports like basketball, badminton, and soccer. The watch has a heart rate sensor that can monitor your heart rate throughout the day with a frequency ranging from 5 minutes to an hour. I would have liked to see an option for 1 minute as well. Stress monitoring is also available here and with a dedicated widget on the watch.
The SpO2 sensor on this watch does a great job in terms of speed and accuracy. You can get a reading in just 15 seconds which is almost twice as fast as some of the fastest I’ve come across in fitness watches. It is understood that it is not as much as the counter-oximeter but the readings are equal with a contrast of 1% at most. As always, these are just reference values and are not intended to replace clinical equipment.
This boat watch does not have GPS, but your walks and runs are tracked with reasonable accuracy. There is a 5% margin of error, which is acceptable in this segment. The good part is that the pedometer does not record wrong steps. If anything, overall steps are often reported. The accuracy of sleep tracking is questionable here. Although it provides information about the different sleep stages, I felt that the total sleep duration I reported was much less than the actual duration. I’ve tried it three times and it only seems to get it right once.
Primia boat: other interesting features
Other than the above, you get the usual set of features like music controls, call alerts, and notifications from the various apps on your phone that you allow. Messages are crystal clear on the watch screen, but as always, you can’t reply to them. Unlike the usual, it supports one interesting feature – the calling function. You can actually make calls from this watch without the need for a headset. It has a built-in microphone and speaker.
Of course, the watch must be synced with your phone to route calls as it does not have a SIM slot. But you get a dialer on the watch screen where you can dial a number. If you give the watch access to your contacts, you can choose directly from one of the saved numbers. Similarly, you can answer a call on the watch as well, but it can be a success or a failure. The watch tends to disconnect from the app frequently, and you often don’t receive incoming call alerts on the watch.
Call quality is acceptable at best. In a quieter place, you need to hold the watch close to your ear to hear clearly because the speaker on the watch is not too loud. The microphone does a fair job although the person on the line can hear me with reasonable clarity. The watch also gives you constant hourly reminders to get up and move. The implementation could have been smarter as it appears to appear on screen even when you are not wearing the watch.
Primia boat watch: Backup battery
The Boat Watch Primia claims to last up to a week on a full charge. In fact, it works better and over and over if you don’t indulge in a lot of calls from the watch. During the test, it lasted 8 days with screen brightness set to 3 most of the time, notifications limited to SMS and email, three hours of total fitness activity over four days, two daily oximeter readings, and three nights of sleep tracking during this period.
It’s not bad but many hours of fitness were comfortably going through 10 days. Given that this watch does not have GPS, you should have struggled to get that number. Another minor issue is that you’re not getting a numerical value for the battery on the watch, and the battery graphic isn’t perfect. The watch battery runs out without warning when one senses that there is 25% juice left in the tank according to the battery graphics.
Primia boat watch: price and verdict
The Boat Watch Primia was launched at Rs 4,999 with a one-year warranty but can easily be bought around Rs 3,999 online. It’s a fair price for what it offers, and if style ranks high on your list of requirements, that’s a great price. And this is not the highlight of the features either. Yes, GPS is conspicuously absent but is offset by a circular AMOLED display; Something very rare in this budget. Add to that decent performance, ease of use, and one of the fastest SpO2 sensors, and you’ll easily get your money’s worth.
For alternatives with round faces, you have the Realme duo for the Watch S and R100 that offer similar features in the 4K to 5k range but without the AMOLED display. If a rectangular screen is for you, you have two good Amazfit options that also have GPS. The Amazfit GTS 2 Mini and Bip 3 Pro can be selected for Rs 4,999 and Rs 3,999 respectively, with the previous AMOLED display showing off. It’s also swim-proof thanks to its 5ATM water resistance. Choose one based on the style and features that appeal to you the most.
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