Makibes is definitely not a novice when it comes to wearables (Smartwatches & Fitness Tracker) from China. With the Makibes DM98, they have launched one of the few really solid China Smartwatches in the lower price segment. With its latest model, the Makibes Talk T1 , this time is a watch in simple wristwatch design, which wants to convince mainly through everyday functionality. Promoted with a good Google Now compatibility via the built-in microphone, an interesting concept.
- Makibes Talk T1
- At Geekbuying for 87,58 € | AliExpress for 88,74 €
|Processor||MediaTek MTK6580 (1.3 GHz Quad-Core)|
|Display||Round / 1.39 “AMOLED display / 400 * 400 P / 286 PPI|
|Internal memory||8 GB|
|Battery pack||350 mAh|
|Operating system||Based on Android 5.1|
|Connectivity||2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900; 3G WCDMA: 850/2100; Bluetooth 4.0; WLAN: 802.11 b / g / n|
|App||WiiWear app for Android 4.3+ / iOS 7.0+|
|Card slots||Nanosim card|
|Features||Google Now, Play Store, Heart Rate Monitor, Step Counter, GPS, OTA Updates|
|Dimensions||56 x 46 x 13.5 mm (L x W x H)|
|Delivery||Makibes Talk T1, protective film, USB cable (4-pin), screwdriver, instructions (in English)|
Design, weight and dimensions
In contrast to some older Makibes models is not a sports watch , but a noble wristwatch. Whereof, of course, is always a matter of opinion. If one the whole thing but times with a NO. D7 , which in our test was described as relatively clumsy: despite an approximately equal weight of 65 g , the Makibes comes with a larger and flatter display therefore, which should look in any case more elegantly. The bracelet, even if not stated explicitly in the shop, should be interchangeable without major effort, and is available when ordering in black or orange.
The round 1.39-inch touch screen is made of sapphire glass, which means you can count on a very resistant material. The only drawback here is usually that the display is difficult to recognize in strong light due to reflections on the glass. However, this is counteracted by the AMOLED display (a further development of the OLED display) which, like the normal OLED display, saves battery and increases visibility. With 400 * 400 P resolution is a good average here, and the resulting 286 PPI are neat. For the right look on the display, the watch face provides, here are over 70 different available on the Smartwatch.
Inside the Makibes Talk T1 is set to a MediaTek MTK6580 quad-core processor with 1.3 GHz clocking, completely legitimate and sufficient at Smartwatches in this price segment. Since there is unfortunately no way to expand the memory, the 8 GB of internal memory are quite appropriate, since enough Smartwatches also only 4 GB offer. The memory of 512 MB is a very solid value for a Smartwatch, considering that the most favorable models of NO.1 not infrequently deal with 64 or 128 MB. To the Battery Talk T1, there is not much to say without own tests: with 350 mAh is a decent but not above-average large battery installed, presumably to keep the body of the watch slim.
In the software Makibes, like most China Smartwatches, is based on an Android-based OS – in this case Android 5.1. This allows most apps to be downloaded from the preinstalled Play Store. A special feature is that on the Smartwatch several apps can run at the same time and can be switched between them just like on a smartphone – this is not usual for such smartwatches. In addition, the OS is to be optimized to the preinstalled Google Now, which gives you the usual helpful Google Now messages and also the classic “Ok Google” language input over the built-in microphone runs.
Connectivity and App
Since the Smartwatch can work independently via nanoSim card , the Smartwatch has 2 & 3G. As always missing here, of course, 4G and thus volume 20, but we will have to do without such smartwatches for a very long time. In addition, there is a built-in GPS transmitter, which allows improved weather surveys and the like. In order to connect the Smartwatch to the smartphone, of course, Bluetooth 4.0 is available. How functional the required WiiWear app for Android & iOS is, we can not tell you without a test, but it is certainly praiseworthy that, unlike the NO.1 watches, there is an iOS app at all.
Since the Makibes Talk T1 Smartwatch costs 80 €, the Specs must agree – and they do at least on the paper. With a solid processor and 512 MB of RAM memory, a good performance should be assured as long as the Android 5.1 based OS is good. The recharge time will be in a good range with 350 mAh capacity, also thanks to the AMOLED display.
Even if the article has now become very detailed: we have not yet tested the clock, it is rather an analysis of the given Specs and features. In the end, it will be the smartphone app and the OS of Makibes whether the clock is perhaps the long-awaited price-performance king among the China Smartwatches, as is the Mi Band 2 among the fitness trackers. Which is your favorite China-Smartwatch so far?