The budget smartwatch market is rife with options, both from brands you know and brands you don’t. However, with the large number of watches that have accumulated on the shelves in recent months, choosing one for yourself is not an easy decision. While some watches will sell you a good display and won’t talk about how bad something like the strap is, some might sell you a good list of features built on a shoddy chassis.
That’s not the case with the Molife Sense 500, an inexpensive smartwatch priced under Rs 5,000 that seems to have no cheating at all. More importantly, it includes some cool features that you just won’t find at this price, like Bluetooth calling. We tested Molife Sense 500 for about a week and here’s what we think about it, starting with a quick look at the specs.
Molife Sense 500 Specifications: 1.7 inch TFT color screen | Resolution 240 × 280 | Aluminum frame | 220mAh battery with magnetic charge | Bluetooth 5.0 | IP68 certification | Realtek chipset
The Molife Sense 500 is an attractive watch in its segment, but not the most original. The elegant rectangular frame will remind you of a brand named after a fruit, but I see this as a plus for many people. Unlike some competing products, here you have a metal frame, along with a decently good button and a microphone on the right and a speaker on the right.
The metal frame gives this device a sturdy feel, and while we didn’t drop it, the Sense 500 can likely withstand those accidental bumps and bumps. Consider IP68 water and dust resistance and the Molife Sense 500 is ready to survive the elements.
The lack of a rotating crown on the side or some other form of bulge is great as there is nothing to bite into your wrist when you are at the gym lifting weights or at home doing push ups. A silicone strap here is pretty average quality, but the good thing is that it comes standard size replaceable 20mm straps that you can swap out for your own straps or custom straps.
One of the main differentiators of the Molife Sense 500 is its screen. Unlike a thick bezel implementation, which is a very common thing at this price point, you’ll see a full-size 1.7-inch edge-to-edge TFT display, which actually makes this watch look like a much more expensive product on its own. wrist. The 2.5D glass that is curved enough around the edges to give it a premium look is the icing on the cake here.
It’s not the highest resolution panel on a portable device out there, but it’s not bad either. When it comes to a watch, we’d go for a thin-bezel display with a decent resolution over thick bezels with a higher-resolution display any day. There are several brightness levels, the highest of which makes the screen look decent outdoors in the bright summer sun.
User interface and complementary software
The Molife Sense 500 features a familiar user interface, including a honeycomb-style app drawer that is clearly inspired by the Apple Watch series. While we’re not fans of the replication business, the layout is pretty neat and practical for accessing multiple apps quickly. This watch is also fluid and fast enough to handle a graphically heavy user interface like this one. There’s no budget smartwatch laziness here. If the Apple Watch-like UI isn’t your thing, you can switch to a list-based app drawer.
Other items, like the quick fitness widgets on the right side of the home screen and a drop-down quick settings switch that lets you control the brightness and a few other important settings, come in handy. One thing we think the brand can improve is making the quick settings panel available in all apps. Currently, it can only be downloaded from the home screen showing the clock.
The Molife Sense 500 connects to your phone through the Da Fit app, which is currently available for all phones running Android 4.4 and higher and iOS 9.0 and higher. The companion app feels decently polished, but it’s not as feature-packed as other implementations we’ve seen. The good thing is that all the basics are covered and presented in a simple way that is slightly aesthetic but not overwhelming. See some screenshots of the Da Fit app below.
The Molife Sense 500 is packed with features. While your standard additions like a heart rate monitor and sleep tracker are here, you also have a SpO2 monitor and a blood pressure monitor. There’s also step tracking and dedicated sports tracking modes for walking, running, playing soccer, and more.
However, what we found most interesting was the support for Bluetooth calling, which is impossible to find in a watch at this price. We tried calling through the clock and the experience was pretty good. Our callers could hear us clearly and we could hear them well on the clock speaker. There is a dedicated toggle that allows you to turn the phone feature on or off, in case you don’t want to receive calls on your watch. The feature is useful when your hands are full, such as when driving or playing games.
However, the notification support is not the best. Handling text notifications from your apps like WhatsApp seems like it could use a better implementation of gestures and a bit more polish. Like many inexpensive smartwatches and fitness trackers, emojis are not yet supported.
Battery life and charge
The Molife Sense 500 has a decent battery life for the features it offers. While the company claims 3 days of battery life with moderate use, the standby time here is up to 15 days, so light use can also give you up to a week of battery life. The implementation of magnetic charging is effective and the pin quickly snaps into the charging points. The charging cable also feels sturdy and shouldn’t be damaged anytime soon.
Should I buy the Molife Sense 500?
The Molife Sense 500 is an overall good smartwatch, distinguished by its good looks and impressive features. At a price of Rs 4,499, the Molife Sense 500 is a great value-for-money deal for people looking to buy a good, feature-packed entry-level wearable.