[Review] ZGPAX S28, the inexpensive Smartwatch

We took a Smartwatch from GearBest for give it to our readers [find how], but first I wanted to get my hands on it for a few days just to give an idea of ​​functionality and performance.


In addition to the Smartwatch, in the box we find the user manual, earphones, USB cable and charger. The latter unfortunately has an American power plug and there is no adapter. However it is rechargeable via USB via PC, but we'll talk about it later.

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Memory MicroSD up to 8GB
SIMs. Micro SIM
Connettività GSM
GSM850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
Bluetooth 3.0
Display 1,54 ″ Capacitive 240x240p multitouch
Battery 450 mAh

Let's start by talking about the dimensions of this Smartwatch: the dial, in millimeters, is long 46 (58 in total), wide 39 and often 12.5, a little too often to tell the truth; the display is instead of 1,54 capacitive inches with 240 resolution * 240p: it is not too small, but the edges are abundant .. a slightly larger display would have perhaps been more comfortable, however it is still a smartwatch and overall the design is not for nothing bad. Just below the display, we find a central multifunction button: lock / unlock screen; switching on and off; home function. The left side is completely clean, on the right instead we have the microphone and the connector both to recharge the battery and to insert the earphones. At the top, finally, we find the boxes.
The strap is made of silicone; the total weight approaches the 100g: it is not the maximum of lightness, but it is not even uncomfortable to carry around on the wrist.
The internal memory of the phone is very limited, but on the other hand we have a microSD slot (maximum 8GB) with a micro SIM slot next to it. The only sensor mounted is the pedometer that after all does its dirty work. Unfortunately, the heart rate monitor and the camera are missing. The battery is from 450 mAh.
Finally, the CPU is an MTK6260 that makes the system run smoothly, on which I never detected a snag. The latter is unfortunately not Android, so it is not possible to install various applications. In reality it is a small system with interfaces similar to those of Samsung Gear - even the start-up sound is reminiscent of Samsung - but that performs native functions more or less well. About functions, let's see them in detail

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Honestly, from the price (which we will see at the end) I expected much less! The thing that struck me at first glance is the touch which responds really well: on a scale from 1 to 10 I would give an 9 just because it is not possible to set feedback to the touch. Even it is almost easy to write even with the QWERTY and, speaking of the keyboard, we have more ways of writing: the qwerty, the T9 and the gestures. The T9 is the one that gives a better writing experience but unfortunately the Italian language is missing, in fact the whole system is English, even if everything is very intuitive. The other languages ​​available are German, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Interface: the display to be locked shows an analog clock with the date, unlocking it we will have access to the home which is composed of status bar, digital clock with date and 3 icons - below - for quick access to the dialer, pedometer and settings. In the notifications menu there are two tabs: the first note for network notifications, messages, missed calls, etc; the second one has 4 quick toggles to activate / deactivate the bluetooth, the sound, the airplane mode and manage the brightness of the screen. The latter is not bad: in these days it is not that there has been much sun, but on the outside it is seen quite well.
With a swipe - in any direction - from the home you access the menu (applications) divided into 24 entries, 4 by screen: the few customizations allow you to set different transaction effects between switching from one screen to another.

Applications: the apps available are the essentials: call register, dialer, address book, messages, calendar, alarm clock, radio, file manager, calculator, browser, multimedia, etc.
I like how they interface well with the smartphone: the call log, the dialer and other apps work both with the smartwatch and with smartphones. Communication takes place via Bluetooth and what happens on a smartphone is immediately notified on the smartwatch. If it is an SMS we can even reply from the latter, while other types of messages (see whatsapp, hangout, etc) can only be read since there are no dedicated apps. Through the dedicated application (downloadable via QR Code available on the smartwatch) we will decide which applications will also be notified on smartwatch and which will not.
In the same way, we also receive calls and therefore it is also possible to answer directly from smartwatch! The audio unfortunately is not the strong point of this device, it is very low, while the microphone allows the interlocutor to hear us clearly and cleanly, even keeping the smartwatch at a certain distance: another positive aspect that I never expected.
Audio excluded, the telephone part is really well done both with an integrated card and remotely, the navigation certainly a little less. Actually, I haven't even tested it for two reasons: first of all, the maximum connection is GPRS and second, but not least, it wouldn't make any sense - at least for me - to browse on devices with lower displays than 2 inches!

What does not work very well, however, is the capture and playback of music remotely. That is, two smartwatch applications that - respectively - should start the smartphone camera (and take pictures) and play the smartphone music on smartwatch. The problem is that with the first the camera sometimes starts sometimes not, with the second the reproduction goes jerky. However the following video demonstrates the efficiency of these apps, so it could also be an incompatibility problem with my phone.

Other interesting features are the alarm clock that it also works with the device turned off, the sleep monitor that evaluates the quality of sleep or the search for the phone that makes it ring in case we don't find it (similar function on the smartphone app). In the latter it is also possible to set sound and vibration in case we move too far away from the phone, so as not to lose it.

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Battery life is normal. With moderate use, active bluetooth and connected to the phone, the two days are covered and in stand-by the battery drain is very low. The 'problem' could be charging by electricity due to the lack of the European adapter. However, the problem can be solved with the USB cable and the PC, with which it takes around 2 and a half hours / 3 hours to fully charge.


All in all the smartwatch likes it. What would make it perfect in my eyes would be a lower thickness and the volume keys that you might miss. A camera and the possibility of installing applications would then be the top, but for the price it has, it would be too much to ask. The quality / price ratio, to conclude, is quite honest. Indeed it costs about 39€, but you can buy it at 33€ with our coupon (below)!

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