Like all smart fitbands, Oraimo Tempo C is a wearable designed to help you manage your health and fitness better. Oraimo is the accessories brand of Transsion Holdings. That means it is a sister company to Infinix, TECNO and itel. As a matter of fact, it is the official partner that supplies accessories to these three smartphone brands.
itel Mobile sent me a lovely gift pack that includes the Oraimo Tempo C and the Oraimo Neckband Bluetooth Necklace. The Bluetooth neckband is a subject for a different article. For now, our focus is the Tempo C. Let’s have a quick look at the key specs first.
Oraimo Tempo C Smart Fitband Key Specs
- 2.4cm/0.96″ IPS display
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 85mAh Lithium-Polymer battery
- IP67 splash proof
- Proprietary charging connector
- Model Number: OFB-11
Oraimo Tempo C Smart Fitband review
Setting up the Tempo C requires downloading its compatible mobile app, Joywear 2, which is available both from the Oraimo website (click HERE) and Google Play Store.
The app binds your smartphone with the smart fitband. This lets the two devices work in sync (I explain how further down in this article). There is also an iOS app for iPhone and iPad users.
The app has what I consider a poor colour scheme that makes most of the text difficult to read. White text on this green background (screenshot below) is as horrible as it gets. Plus, most of the text would be more readable if they were larger.
A much deeper shade of green or outright black would make for a much more usable background for white text. Hopefully, Oraimo will fix this quickly.
Other than the poor colour scheme, the app is easy to use. Pairing (or binding) the smart fitband with my Android smartphone took only a few moments after I downloaded the app.
As long as the Joy Wear 2 app is connected to your Oraimo Tempo C smart fitband, it displays the fitband’s Mac address and battery level. Using the app, I am able to monitor how many steps I have taken daily, and the distance covered, as well as calories burnt. Not like I have a lot to burn anyway, as I am a life chairperson of the Lepa Association.
The app can present the information to you in daily, weekly or monthly aggregation, so you can see how you performed during the specified period.
There is a sleep monitor too: I got 3 and a half hours of sleep before getting up and sitting with my laptop this morning. Too little, but I will make up for the shortfall later in the day. There is also a sports monitor for when you want to workout. It can monitor you while walking, running, cycling, or skipping.
You can also set the Oraimo Tempo C up to remind you of miised calls, SMS, instant messages, and alarms. If you want, it has a sedentary reminder that will also remind you to get up and move your body. You determine at what intervals it does that.
There is a Personal tab, where you can add info about your vitals, including: height, weight and age. You can also create a user account. Lastly, the Joy Wear 2 app also monitors the weather, showing you your current city’s weather reports.
Oraimo Tempo C is all plastic and is very light. Once strapped to my wrist, I almost forget that it is there – until it vibrates to notify or remind me of one thing or the other. It has a vertical display, under which is a touch strip/button that you use for all controls. Visually, the touch strip/button is part of the display, but it isn’t. It seats right under the display.
Lift up your arm to turn on the display, and swipe on the touch button at the bottom edge to navigate through the menu items. Press and hold on an item for 3 seconds to open it. If you open the Message menu, for example, you can read your incoming messages there without picking up your smartphone.
The display is sharp and bright. I have had no trouble viewing details on it.
Oraimo says that the 85mAh battery will provide me with 20 days standby time. I will be keeping an eye on that. I am also curious about how long the battery will last with daily active use. Oraimo Tempo C comes with a proprietory charging port and charger. I wish it used a regular pin or USB charger instead, but this proprietary one works though.
I do have one niggle about the charging process: the display of the fitband lights up briefly after I successfully plug it in to charge, and then the display goes off. Unless I pick up the fitband and wake up the screen to check, there is nothing to indicate that charging is in process. It would be nice/reassuring to have a visual cue that charging is ongoing without having to touch the band.
Lastly, the specs sheet and user guide also say the Temp C is IP67 certified, meaning it is splash proof. Taking a shower or sweating profusely while you have it on should not get you worried. I shall find out later this morning when I get in the shower. This gift pack arrived only yesterday afternoon, so first splash time is today.
It is early days yet for me with the Oraimo Tempo C, so I cannot make conclusions yet. But it has been a good start. I will keep using it and keep updating this review article with my findings, so if this gadget interests you, bookmark this page in your browser now and check back daily.
My Tempo C has a red strap – branded to reflected itel’s colours. If you are buying from the market, you get the non-branded version, of course. And the pack I got (pictured earlier above) is not the standard sales pack either.
The Oraimo Tempo C sells for between ₦7,000 and ₦11,000, depending on where you look. To buy one, check online stores like Jumia and Konga, or walk into a TECNO/itel/Oraimo store in your city.
Day 2 Update: Splashproof and Sleep Timer
So, yesterday, I had a shower with the Oraimo Tempo C smart fitband on, and it is still working till now, so the claim of IP67 splashproof is true.
I also observed that the band is unable to differentiate between when I am sleeping and when I am merely reclining but awake. I spent some time reclining yesterday, and that was added to my sleep time records on the app.
Lastly, having something on my wrist all the time is taking a getting used to. Yes; it is lightweight, so it isn’t about the weight. It is my head needing to adjust to being a prisoner to this gadget. More updates on the way.
Day 4 Update: Sedentary Reminder
I am taking a liking to the Sedentary Reminder feature. The fitband monitors one’s body movements, and where it does not detect exercise within a set period of time, it vibrates and displays a notice to remind one to get up and move about.
I set mine to remind me every 60 minutes if I do not get up from my seat. It has been an interesting experience each time I get buzzed. “Get up, lazy bones!”
Day 5: Battery Life
It has been 5 days since I first put the Oraimo Tempo C to use and the battery is at 32% now. I have plugged it back in to give it a full charge after which I will use it till it runs down this time. Again, I will update this review with details of how long it runs this time.
Update: The Oraimo Tempo-C fitband runs for at least 7 days with my very moderate usage. This is quite impressive. We have come a long way with battery life since the first generation of wearables.
Lastly, note that as at this time at least, you cannot use multiple Oraimo wrist bands or smartwatches with the Joywear 2 app on your smartphone. If you buy a newer model Oraimo wearable, for example, you have to unbind the older one you were already using in order to add the new one to the app. Bummer. Multi-device support would be nice.
Lastly, if you want something more than a fitband offers, e.g. a smartwatch that supports heart rate, bigger display, and bigger battery, you should check out the Oraimo Tempo-W, Tempo-S, and Tempo-W2 smartwatches.
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