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TLDR: 2 out of 5 stars - many issues that may get corrected
My Wyze background: I actively use 10 Wyze Cam v2, 3 motion sensors, 4 plugs, and 7 contact sensors. I am a fan.
Personal background: Daily runner (3.5 miles), technology professional, using Pixel 3, and Mi Band user for 2 years and a Mi Band fan. I was hoping the Wyze Band could be the US originated better band.
Battery: I am over 5 days and still at 65% battery. It is a trooper and will easily last about two weeks.
Display: Visible during my runs. Customer picture is cool.
Display Layout: Only 1 out of 5 layouts show steps. No measure or circle that fills up to show progress anywhere.
Shortcuts: I don’t use them in my current app. I disabled this from the menu. I was glad to have the option to remove it.
Notifications: The app icon waste screen space when the focus should be the message.
Run: Currently the only option for workout. My wife refuses to consider the watch until other options are available. My daily runs (with my phone for GPS) have been about 1 to 1.5 miles short. Also, I don’t want to scroll while running and checking my stats. Try to use one screen like the multi-day weather forecast. The current stats screen has wasted blank space.
Weather: Currently worthless. The main screen and multi-day screen shows different current weather temperatures. On the multi-day screen, did you mean “Today” instead of “now.” The current weather temp is always off by several degrees (up AND down). One day showed 14 degrees lower and another day show 12 degrees higher. I don’t even use it anymore. Yes, I have validated my location several times in the app.
Heart Rate: Works well when it works. I have been wearing the watch 24 hours a day. On the second full day it just had me flat lined for most of the day. On the third day it quick taking measurements and didn’t start back up for about 24 hours. (See image)
Alarm: Works good. Seems odd to be missing a snooze (like my Mi Band).
Find: This feature provides a puny jingle for a few seconds then stops. To find my phone it need it max out the volume and continually blast a noise until I find it. Again, check out the Mi Band.
Settings: Works great. All settings seem to match my adjustments.
Alexa: Currently clunky. A couple of times it has given me results for the previous question I asked.
Activity: (see image above) The steps it tracks are painfully low. My normal run is between 5,000 and 6,000 steps according to Mi Band and Google Fit. The Wyze Band is only recording less than 4,000 (estimated). The Running Record log doesn’t show steps (weird). I run the same path daily (yes, I am boring). One of my runs measured a flat 82 heart rate during the entire 30 minute run. Another case being highly inaccurate.
Another counting example, I live in a two story home. I can walk from my desk in the bonus room, down the hall, down the steps, to the kitchen and back. The band will record zero steps. When it does record steps it will only show 15-20. I generally track around 10,000 steps per day and the Wyze Band recorded 8,400 on my TOP day. Google Fit records more steps when my phone is in my pocket and I don’t always have it with me. The band never leaves my wrist.
General: Why does Alexa still work when the band screen is locked? This has woke me up multiple times when my other arm or my wife’s arm has laid across the watch during the night. Also, why does it have to vibrate every single time I press the button. I would like to turn this off. It doesn’t help anything and likely would extend the battery more.
Conclusion: The Mi Band 5 comes out in June and I will likely go back unless there is a drastic change. As a big fan of Wyze, I was happy jump on the watch when it came out. Maybe I am not the target demographic for the product.