Review: boAt Smart Ring Gen 1 – A Stylish Ring with Room for Improvement

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boAt Smart Ring Gen 1

boAt, known for its cost-effective imports from China, has ventured into the world of smart rings with the boAt Smart Ring Gen 1. Priced at Rs 8,999, it comes in 7, 9, and 11 size options. In this review, we’ll delve into whether this smart ring is a worthwhile purchase or merely another imported product with a fancy label.

Design and Build

The design of the BoAt Smart Ring Gen 1 is fairly generic, suggesting minimal investment in research and development. It fits comfortably on your finger, provided you select the correct size. However, it’s worth noting that the size kit has been consistently out of stock since launch. You can measure your finger size at home using a piece of paper and a foot ruler, but the weight of the ring is a bit on the heavy side, at 8 grams. Ideally, it should have been lighter, around 5 to 6 grams. Nevertheless, it’s durable, made from ceramic and metallic materials, and boasts a 5ATM water resistance rating, making it suitable for everyday wear, even during baths or rainy days.

boAt Smart Ring Gen 1

BrandboAt
Model NameSmartring Gen 1
ColourCharcoal Black
Special FeatureHealth Monitoring, Ceramic Build, Smart Touch Control
ShapeRound

Health Accuracy

The primary purpose of the BoAt Smart Ring Gen 1 is to provide accurate health data, given its lack of a display. Unfortunately, it falls short in this regard. Despite having six 6-axis motion sensors, the step count is often inaccurate, consistently adding extra steps. This discrepancy appears to be a software issue. SpO2 measurements are close to accurate but can be inconsistent at times. Heart rate data follows a similar pattern, necessitating skepticism.

boAt Smart Ring Gen 1

Sleep tracking fares relatively better, offering usable data, including REM, Light, and Deep sleep metrics. However, it doesn’t detect workouts automatically, requiring manual initiation through the boAt Ring App. The ring also offers Body Temperature Monitoring, although its reliability is questionable. Overall, the ring’s health accuracy leaves much to be desired, and users may find it necessary to have their smartphone on hand for more reliable health data.

Software and Features: BoAt Smart Ring Gen 1

To maximize the potential of the boAt Smart Ring Gen 1, you need to download the boAt Ring App, which, while functional, feels outdated and incomplete. Gesture controls, touted as a selling point, lack consistency and often require multiple attempts to work. The ring allows you to swipe up and down for shortcuts, take pictures, or change songs. However, you can’t use all these features simultaneously, limiting functionality. The software’s lack of polish is evident, and there’s ample room for improvement.

Battery: BoAt Smart Ring Gen 1

With no display, the BoAt Smart Ring Gen 1 offers a long-lasting battery life. BoAt claims a 7-day battery life, but real-world usage suggests it lasts around 3 to 4 days, depending on usage patterns. Its 30 mAh battery size is appropriate for a smart ring, balancing functionality and form factor.

Battery Life

Specifications

  • Price: Rs. 8,999
  • Color: Black
  • Dimensions: 10.7 × 9.5 × 5.7 cm, Weight: 8g
  • Sizes: The smart ring is available in three sizes to ensure a comfortable fit for various finger dimensions:
    • Size 7: Suitable for finger sizes ranging from 54.50 to 55.00 mm.
    • Size 9: Designed for finger sizes ranging from 59.90 to 60.40 mm.
    • Size 11: Ideal for finger sizes within the range of 65.30 to 65.80 mm.
  • Sensors: This smart ring is equipped with a comprehensive set of sensors to provide a range of health and activity monitoring features:
    • Pedometer: Tracks your steps and physical activity.
    • Heart Rate Monitor: Monitors your heart rate for health insights.
    • Spo2 Monitor: Measures blood oxygen levels for wellness assessments.
    • Sleep Monitor: Analyzes your sleep patterns and quality.
    • 6-axis Motion Sensor: Detects motion and aids in activity tracking.
    • Calorie Count: Estimates the calories burned during physical activities.
  • App: boAt Ring App
  • Other Features: Waterproof level 5 ATM, SOS, and Body Temperature Monitoring
  • Battery: 30 mAh Battery
  • Compatibility: Android and iOS 14.0

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Solid Build Quality
  • Close to Accurate Sleep Tracking
  • Long-Lasting Battery Life
  • 5ATM Water Resistance

Cons:

  • Inaccurate Health Data
  • Unpolished Application
  • Slightly Heavier than Ideal
  • Overpriced

In summary, the boAt Smart Ring Gen 1 presents itself as a stylish accessory but falls short of expectations, especially in terms of health accuracy. The software and gesture controls require refinement, and the pricing at Rs 8,999 seems unjustified. If you’re considering spending this amount, it may be more sensible to opt for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, which not only offers accurate health tracking but also a range of additional features. The boAt Smart Ring Gen 1 has potential but currently lags behind its competition.

Note: Accuracy of health data is essential for a device like this. Users are advised to exercise caution and consider alternative options if reliable health tracking is a priority.


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