Magellan fits wrists with a fitness friendly time piece

Need a hand with your fitness and also a new watch? Magellan hopes to have an answer in the Echo Fit.

As smartwatches begin to take over wrists, the question of what sort — if any — you should adorn is something many are thinking of, and with smartwatches comes a question of should it be fitness focused?

If that’s the question you’re thinking of, but you’re unsure how much to spend, Magellan’s answer will come in the form of the Echo Fit, a sporting smartwatch with a $149 price tag and some compatibility with iPhones and Androids supporting Bluetooth Low Energy (LE).

The new watch packs in the necessities, such as step counting, kilometres travelled, calories killed in the process, and sleep tracking, as well as the ever important requirement of a watch to have, you know, a clock, and this is available in either digital or analogue.

The phone can connect to it as well, sending the information to third party services and display on social media if you so choose, while goals can also be set on the watch with progress displayed by way of a simple bar on the left side of the watch screen.

“Smart watches and fitness trackers have exploded onto the market in the past 12 months. What sets Echo Fit apart is it’s the only smart watch in Australia designed specifically for sports and fitness,” said Paris Basson, Product Manager at Magellan Australia.

“It’s rugged and showerproof design means it can withstand even the toughest physical activities, and unlike other smart watches, it also features a coin cell battery which lasts up to eight months so the Echo Fit can be worn every day without the need for constant recharging. This means it’s ready to go no matter what your activity.”

We’ve used it for a couple of days now, and while the wrist is comfy enough, it feels geared at the first time fitness smartwatch owner, providing just enough of the information, but not enough of the smartphone “smarts” as the app feels a tad underwhelming.

In any case, we should have a review shortly, and you’ll be able to find it in stored for $149 now, or for $199 with a heart rate monitor.