Makibes DM98 3G Smartwatch Review

The Makibes DM98 3G Smartwatch is currently on sale and costs €60.51 at GearBest. But beware the number of pieces is limited!
What was still absolute science fiction in the 70s and 80s is slowly getting really affordable. The Makibes DM98 3G Smartwatch is basically a small smartphone. On board: Android 4.4.2, the  Google Play Store and a Nano SIM slot. Selfies, Angry Birds and Skype; We have tested different scenarios.
  • Makibes DM98 3G Smartwatch
    • at GearBest for 60,51 € Geekbuying for 61,38 €  | Banggood for 104,63 €
Display 2.2 inches with 320 x 240 pixels
Processor MTK MT6572 1.2 GHz Dual Core
Graphics chip ARM Mali-400 MP
R.A.M. 512 MB
Internal memory 4 GB
Camera 1.3 megapixels
Battery pack 900 mAh
Connectivity GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA 850/2100 MHz; 2.4GHz  Wireless LAN; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS
Features Google Play Store, Nano SIM, Step Counter, Push News
Operating system Android 4.4.2
App available for Android 4.0 or later
Material Aluminum alloy, plastic, TPU
Dimensions 5.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 cm
Weight 92.4 g
AnTuTu Scores 4511 UX, 5395 CPU, 31 RAM
Vellamo Scores 749 Multicore, 590 Metal, 907 Android WebView, 841 browser

Packaging & Delivery

The Smartwatch comes in a black box, which is attached to a small pillow. Accessories include a 4-pin connector charging cable, an English manual and a cleaning cloth.

Makibes DM98 Smartwatch Scope of delivery
The scope of delivery of the smart clock.

Design & processing

The DM98 makes a fine impression. Even when looking closer, no unevenness or the like can be seen on the aluminum housing and on the plastic rear side. Find. With a weight of 92.4 grams with a size of 5.9 x 4.2 x 1.2 cm , the clock is already quite a chunk and is therefore more likely for the men’s world. The wear comfort does not suffer! The watch can wiggle a little on the wrist, but is generally pleasant. With a length of 21 cm, the TPU bracelet offers enough possibilities for large as well as small wrists . The closure can be easily closed or opened and holds reliably. An interchangeable bracelet would have been a cool feature.

Makibes DM98 Smartwatch colors
The Makibes DM98 is available in three color versions.

Unfortunately the Smartwatch has no IP certification . So you have to take care when washing your hands that it does not get wet. Small drops or sweat are however no problem.

Display

The watch has a 2.2 inch IPS LED touch screen with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. Unfortunately, the DM98 is not protected with gorilla glass, so it is questionable how scratch-resistant it is. After all, a protective film is attached.

Makibes DM98 Smartwatch Display
The 2.2 inch IPS LED touch screen.

The touch screen reacts mostly reliably and astonishingly the rather small keyboard can also be used quite precisely. The display edges are slightly larger on the left and right than on the top and bottom; In total the display takes 4 x 3 cm. The brightness is sufficient to be able to recognize even in the bright sun. The color presentation is nice and strong. Unfortunately, the clock is quite prone to fingerprints, which makes the cleaning cloth more often used, and there is no Wake Up gesture.

Functions / app

The DM98 already has some features without the app:

  • Step counter ,
  • Calorie counter,
  • Odometer,
  • Sleep tracker (must be started manually),
  • Alarm clock,
  • Alarm when sitting too long,
  • Remembrance for drinking,
  • Push messages

The vibration is not as strong as with many Smartwatches and Fitness tracker. If you are in deep sleep, you will probably sleep easily. The volume of the vibration is also limited. So as long as you are not called, disturbances in meetings and co. If the above functions are not enough, the App can still install FunFit. This is available for Android 4.0 or later. The connection to the app is established by Bluetooth.

Makibes DM98 Smartwatch App
The app is very clear, but unfortunately only available in English.

Since the clock is basically a small smartphone, the app for the mobile phone is but another feature and no need. The pre-installed Play Store also allows you to use many different apps. Thanks to the built-in microphone and the 1.3 megapixel camera, can be videotaped via Skype, for example. In fact, games such as Angry Birds are possible, but due to the size of the display, they are correspondingly small. Even racing games are easily possible in theory. It is important, however, to keep in mind that the clock does not have a gyrosensor, which most of the racing games leave.

Makibes DM98 Smartwatch Selfie
Selfie with the 1.3 megapixel camera of the Makibes DM98.
Makibes DM98 Smartwatch Angry Birds
Even games like Angry Birds are not a problem!

A Nano SIM slot is  attached to the back of the Smartwatch. Thus, with the clock also telephone calls would be led! Supported are GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz and WCDMA 850/2100 MHz. The slot for a microSD card is unfortunately not possible.

Makibes DM98 Smartwatch SIM Slot
On the back is the connector for the charging cable and the Nano SIM slot.

Extras

Two nice extras are the location recognition (GPS) and the energy saving mode. For the background, 15 watchfaces are available; Your own pictures can unfortunately not be included. A small bug, which is hopefully fixed with my update, is that the background is reset to the default image after every reboot.

Makibes DM98 Smartwatch Watchfaces
The Watchfaces of the Makibes DM98.

Battery & Runtime

The watch has a 900 mAh strong battery, which according to the manufacturer 280 hours of standby time should have. Since the DM98 is quasi a small smartphone, the battery is active with active but after barely one day is empty. The Smartwatch is loaded over the somewhat wobbly 4-pin connector charging cable in about 3 hours. The battery is firmly installed.

Makibes DM98 Smartwatch Charging Cable
The 4-pin connector is held with only two small magnets on the watch.

Conclusion

Overall, I like the clock quite well! Yes, it is a bit big and therefore not suitable for everyone. If you decide for the Makibes DM98, you get a small smartphone for the wrist with many features. Especially the pre-installed Play Store and the Nano SIM Slot make the Smartwatch a great companion in everyday life.

  • Pre-loaded Play Store
  • Without app usable
  • Video-telefonie possible
  • Nano SIM Slot
  • GPS
  • Watch face Bug
  • Permanently installed battery
  • Missing IP certification
  • 4-pin connector charging cable

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