Posts Tagged ‘Echo’

Running watch

September 15, 2014

This is my 3rd running watch, Echo is dead after 9 months and I’m so used to running with a watch. My elder brother has one, I’m pretty confident Pebble will be good.

I started with it Saturday, went for a run Sunday morning as of now it’s being used as everyday watch. I think the first full charge will probably last until mid day tomorrow.

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As it’s connected to my iPhone 5S all the time I just need to turn on the iSmoothRun app in Pebble before my run. There is no connecting to do like the Echo watch. Apparently there is no need to kill the app in Pebble while I’m not running. The Echo watch is slightly better in control as buttons are mapped for music control and run start/stop.

Pebble is water resistant to 5 atmosphere it must be better than Echo.

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Echo is certified dead

September 9, 2014

With the new battery it didn’t last my Sunday run. I suspected that it got moisture in it so I put it right on top of a dehumidifier. Tried another battery it didn’t boot, certified dead.

From the autopsy I saw moisture marks but there isn’t a lot, the battery got a little warm as well, I don’t see any burn mark or rust on metal parts. If you see this post and are still owning a healthy Echo watch please keep your watch away from water. The water seal rings look a bit flimsy and it wasn’t designed to repel water. I never put it under water I washed away sweat by running water a few times.

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The residual value of my investment is now the heart rate belt. Although the workmanship of the belt is unsatisfactory, as the sharp edge cuts my skin, but so far it’s working fine.

Echo – battery low

August 31, 2014

The Echo watch advertised to have battery life of about 11 months. I saw “battery low” this morning for the first time so I have the battery changed. I started with it last November so that lasted 9 full months.

The iPhone companion app used to show battery level when it’s connected with the watch but that feature has now been removed.

Pairing iSmoothRun with Echo

December 1, 2013

My first test drive of the iSR and Echo smart watch combination went OK.

My second run with Echo was in trouble.   It was my habit to turn on my Garmin as soon as I step out of the door, GPS running watch takes time to lock into satellites.   I did that by mistake, I shouldn’t have started pairing Echo so early.

The Echo smart watch pairs with an App, in my case iSmoothrun, in my iPhone but not with iOS.   If I let the watch to search device without the App running (in fact at the right page of it, see below) it’ll attempt to pair with iOS.   Of course it didn’t work that way.    The device id inside the App has gone perhaps pairing was done with iOS instead.   Throughout my run the watch displayed no data but the mapped buttons (music control, running statistic etc) worked?!!

I was quite upset with it, especially with a new gadget, it turned out to be my bad.

I experimented with the watch and the App few more times at home the correct way should be like (1) start the App you paired with the watch, you’ll be reminded to turn on BT if you haven’t already done so (2) go to the page where connecting/pairing was done (3) press the pair/search button of your Echo watch. In 8 seconds or so you are good to run!

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Front page of the App, don’t start pairing yet

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This is the page where pairing was done, the App starts looking for paired Echo

On average, in 8 seconds, you are good to run!