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Micromax Yu Yufit: Makes You Crave For Better Bands

Written by Maanasi

With gadgets becoming increasingly powerful and smaller, the day will not be far when you will be able to carry a fully fledged computer in your pocket! As of now, you can use the wearables. With Apple Watch and rival smart watches being released, the range of fitness bands- devices that help you stay fit and healthy has also appeared. When Xiaomi created a sensation with its amazingly cheap Mi Band, can Micromax be far behind? The Indian start-up, a big name in Smartphone sector is now eyeing other tech arenas too. I spent a few days using its new Yu Yufit to see if it can be a fitness band worth using.

Design and build

Micromax created the co-brand Yu with a target of retaining the consumers getting swayed by Chinese rivals like Xiaomi. The YuFit is aimed at the Mi Band and it comes with a display. But before you get too excited, it’s time to check whether you get enough bangs for your bucks or not! YuFit is built with a removable capsule. The capsule contains the display and chargeable part. It fits into the band easily. The Yu Yufit is water resistant, which is quite handy when there is an occasional splash or you sweat. I did not come across any discomfort or skin allergy issues while using it either. At just4.5 grams, it is easy to forget you are wearing it.

Display

You get an OLED display in Yu Yufit. However, it is not touch screen- you get a smart button. The button is used for navigating display menu. It works well in general, but I won’t call it exactly user-friendly. The sunlight legibility of the display is not great as such and it does not show the caller’s name while vibrating if an incoming call comes.

Performance

In the Yu Yufit band, you get 2 main apps- YuFit and Healthifyme. With the former app, you can set alarms, sync data and do some basic tasks. With the latter, you can track diet. Micromax wants you to buy a subscription, which can shoot up to INR 10000 per year. Note that the YuFit app has only android version. This is where the Mi Band races ahead. When it comes to app efficacy, sadly, the YuFit is quite lacklustre. I found it posting inaccuracies in activity tracking. It gets left behind by other fitness tracking devices and apps.

You need to use the Bluetooth feature in your Android handset to pair it up with YuFit. Micromax will release an iPhone version, but the glitches in the app need to be polished first! Another thing that may irk you is that the YuFit app needs too many manual data inputs. One redeeming aspect of the band is its battery life. Even after a week of usage I found its battery level standing at 50 percent.

Where it all leads to

As it is, I was left not much impressed by the Yu Yufit band. Yes, it costs the same as the Mi Band and packs in more features. However, the usability of such features is what matters. It has a display all right and water resistance is also appreciable but why not use a touch screen when it is the norm today? If the main activity tracking app offers flawed performance, would you buy it, no matter how affordable it is? I found many iOS and Android fitness apps outshining the YuFit in accuracy. It redeems in battery life to an extent, but the Mi band actually lasts way longer than it.

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Rating:

Build and design-7/10

Display=6/10

Perfromance-4.5/10

Battery life- 7/10

Overall-5/10

 

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With gadgets becoming increasingly powerful and smaller, the day will not be far when you will be able to carry a fully fledged computer in your pocket! As of now, you can use the wearables. With Apple Watch and rival smart watches being released, the range of fitness bands-...
With gadgets becoming increasingly powerful and smaller, the day will not be far when you will be able to carry a fully fledged computer in your pocket! As of now, you can use the wearables. With Apple Watch and rival smart watches being released, the range of fitness bands- devices that help you stay fit and healthy has also appeared. When Xiaomi created a sensation with its amazingly cheap Mi Band, can Micromax be far behind? The Indian start-up, a big name in Smartphone sector is now eyeing other tech arenas too. I spent a few days using its new Yu Yufit to see if it can be a fitness band worth using. <strong>Design and build</strong> Micromax created the co-brand Yu with a target of retaining the consumers getting swayed by Chinese rivals like Xiaomi. The YuFit is aimed at the Mi Band and it comes with a display. But before you get too excited, it’s time to check whether you get enough bangs for your bucks or not! YuFit is built with a removable capsule. The capsule contains the display and chargeable part. It fits into the band easily. The Yu Yufit is water resistant, which is quite handy when there is an occasional splash or you sweat. I did not come across any discomfort or skin allergy issues while using it either. At just4.5 grams, it is easy to forget you are wearing it. <strong>Display</strong> You get an OLED display in Yu Yufit. However, it is not touch screen- you get a smart button. The button is used for navigating display menu. It works well in general, but I won’t call it exactly user-friendly. The sunlight legibility of the display is not great as such and it does not show the caller's name while vibrating if an incoming call comes. <strong>Performance</strong> <strong>In the </strong>Yu Yufit band, you get 2 main apps- YuFit and Healthifyme. With the former app, you can set alarms, sync data and do some basic tasks. With the latter, you can track diet. Micromax wants you to buy a subscription, which can shoot up to INR 10000 per year. Note that the YuFit app has only android version. This is where the Mi Band races ahead. When it comes to app efficacy, sadly, the YuFit is quite lacklustre. I found it posting inaccuracies in activity tracking. It gets left behind by other fitness tracking devices and apps. You need to use the Bluetooth feature in your Android handset to pair it up with YuFit. Micromax will release an iPhone version, but the glitches in the app need to be polished first! Another thing that may irk you is that the YuFit app needs too many manual data inputs. One redeeming aspect of the band is its battery life. Even after a week of usage I found its battery level standing at 50 percent. <strong>Where it all leads to</strong> As it is, I was left not much impressed by the Yu Yufit band. Yes, it costs the same as the Mi Band and packs in more features. However, the usability of such features is what matters. It has a display all right and water resistance is also appreciable but why not use a touch screen when it is the norm today? If the main activity tracking app offers flawed performance, would you buy it, no matter how affordable it is? I found many iOS and Android fitness apps outshining the YuFit in accuracy. It redeems in battery life to an extent, but the Mi band actually lasts way longer than it. Rating: Build and design-7/10 Display=6/10 Perfromance-4.5/10 Battery life- 7/10 Overall-5/10  

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