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Lenovo EGO review: Made for your wrist and wallet

Jinoy Jose P | Updated on May 11, 2019

The no-frills smartwatch from Lenovo is strong and stylish

Chinese tech giant Lenovo has not been able to make an impact in the wearables segment even though the computer-to-cable company has always been quick to embrace innovative technologies to bring out impressive products. With the EGO smartwatch, which is priced at an affordable ₹1,999, it seems Lenovo is aiming to shake the market for low-cost wearables, currently dominated by Xiaomi and Honor.

The Lenovo EGO is said to be a personalised fitness guide that can serve the needs of the less-smart mortals as well. It looks impressively sporty with the big black face and the plastic-rubber frame. The watch is extremely light. The strap hugs the wrist well and does not leave marks even if you use it for long hours. The pin on the strap looks fragile but feels strong.

When it comes to features, the Lenovo EGO packs a bunch of them. It has a heart rate monitor, scientific sleep-tracking, allows smart notifications, swim tracking, and more. You have to install the Lenovo Life Mobile Services on the phone to make the most of the watch.

To get the optimal results, one must pair the phone with Lenovo’s Life app on the smartphone. The pairing is an easy affair, but the app needs improvements. It takes some time to sync with the watch and the readings were not synced perfectly in our experience. The app doesn’t utilise your phone’s hardware to count your steps (like say Huawei Health) but relies only on the watch to convey the same to it.

That said, most other features are really cool. The Lenovo EGO lets you track your heart rate in real time, even while you are engaged in activities such as cycling, running and other exercises.

The performance is pretty impressive if you keep the watch really close to the skin — any deviations can be a tad confusing and may affect the reading. The sleep-tracking department does its job really well. The EGO tracks sleep patterns so well that you can easily set sleep schedules and assess your sleep.

The smart notifications are kept to the minimum. If the watch is connected to the phone via Bluetooth, it vibrates each time you get a call, email, text or social media message, but the message is not displayed.

The swim tracking also works nicely. The watch claims a water resistance of up to 50 metres, and that helps you use it to record your laps, calories burnt and stroke style while swimming.

The Lenovo EGO has an impressive battery life. On a single charge, the battery lasts for weeks in our experience (we will update you on this later). The phone is compatible with iOS and Android platforms.

Packed with features, the Lenovo EGO is a good-looking, robust value-for-money smartwatch and can give rivals a run for their money.

Price: ₹1,999

Pros: Strong body, sporty looks, affordable price, smart features

Cons: App-syncing takes time and patience

Published on May 11, 2019

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