IMILAB KW66 Smartwatch is one of the nicest mid-range smartwatches out there in the market. The watch came with a handful of features back in the second half of 2020. Let’s have a revisit to the Xiaomi IMILAB KW66-
The IMILAB KW66 is made of Zinc alloy material and coated with an IML case at the back which gives a premium feel. The dial is a curved glass with precise finishings. The watch comes with a nice clicky multi-functional power/sleep button at the right side which also works as a back button. There are 22mm width silicon belts for the watch but you can go with other aftermarket belts as well.
The Xiaomi IMILAB KW66 has a 1.28-inch HD display. The dial is a 3D curved glass with 44mm in diameter. The display seems scratch-resistant to some extent. The 240 x 240 pixels display of IMILAB KW66 has 265ppi and a matrix TFT panel.
The display looks bigger than the size mentioned on specs, you won’t be able to see pixels and the notification has good readability. However, after certain viewing angles some elements might look a little faded but you won’t be holding away from you to view contents eventually. It is worth mentioning that colors are vivid on this mid-range smartwatch. You can’t have something better at the same price point.
When it comes to Smartwatches, battery life is the most important factor to be considered. A smartwatch had to communicate with your smartphone all the time to pull notifications and present them to you. To do this all the time, the Watch has a tiny battery to support itself. IMILAB KW66 has a 340 mAh Li-Po battery in it.
Advertisements show 30 days of standby battery life. In reality, after getting several notifications each day, It has been seen to have 12-13 days of decent battery life along with turning on heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, alarm, and some other features.
Charing through the Laptop via a USB port takes a maximum of 2 hours to hit from 0 to 100 percent. The watch will not remind you about the low battery life. You have to check that manually when your watch needs to be charged.
KW66 Watch UI
The main screen shows the dial with time as it should be. Holding down the screen for some time will allow you to choose to watch faces. There are six pre-installed, you can get more.
Swiping up takes you to the notification panel. Up to 10 recent notifications are stored at a time. Like Android OS you can go to the bottom and a single swipe can clear them all.
Swipe down opens the quick action with date, battery level, and connection type. The watch also offers to search for a new device, adjusting brightness, enable do not disturb mode, and navigate settings.
Swipe left will take you to the health monitoring window where you will be able to see steps taken, distance traveled, calories burned. The readings are more or less similar to a Samsung Galaxy Watch series 3. You can also get a statistical report of hourly heart rate monitoring with sleep tracking. Swiping over again will take you to the music control center where you can play/pause, switch tracks, and connect or disconnect your smartphone. Sadly, the watch will not allow you to adjust the volume.
Finally, Swiping right will not take you anywhere but more or less similar options will be coming in front of you. You can not change the order of the menus mentioned above.
The Right Button
The stopwatch can be controlled with the button at the right. The right physical button has a lot to do than it seems it could. The multi-function button primarily works as a wake/sleep button. You can use the button as a back button which is a default feature. Holding the button for a while will lead you to shut down, reset, service information and a QR code which by scanning you can use the GloryFit App.
To configure the IMILAB KW66 you will need the GloryFit App. The watch is compatible with Android and iOS, so no worries in this department. The initial setup is simple. Download the app, set up your profile, and add your gadget with the QR code.
The App has four essential tabs which include weather and activity, detailed statistics of activity in week and month view, heart rate monitoring data, and sleep tracking data. Detailed data of all the monitoring can be achieved through the app as well. Workout is monitored or controlled by mostly voice alerts on the watch. However, you can set up goals of different types in the App.
There are a lot of watch faces to choose from in the App. You can go for both Analog and Digital watch faces. If you are more into customization, you can create your own watch face here. Custom watch faces contain a background image, font color, and many more.
All other options like heart rate monitoring enable or disable, call alert, choosing an app for notification, long-time inactivity alert, wake up with wrist movement, and so on are included in the App to have your preferred settings.
The Flip Side: Cons
The IMILAB KW66 does not come with a timer, weather, or alarm list feature. Sometimes notifications are missed by the device. The watch sometimes does not recognize another line or next line while showing text. A couple of times it has been encountered that a notification is shown as 10 words but the emptying of the display. There might be some issues with the software but these happen once in two or three days. Not everyone is experiencing the same.
Apart from these, Xiaomi IMILAB KW66 is a premium designed very specifically featured smartwatch. There are certain features to keep you informed about all the time. Even having limited features, the watch is very intuitive compared to other flagship-grade watches. Features are very accurate to the data and highly functional.
The device would be a better pick for you if you consider having a tracker with basic and accurate health tracking features. If battery life is your concern and you do like bigger dials with premium looks, this watch is for you. The watch has a solid build and you get everything you need in a tracker. You can give it a try if you are looking for a decent watch at a decent price.
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