I've been testing out a new Manta Alexa smartwatch for some time now. I’d like to share my thoughts on how it performs in real life. I'll go over its features and give you my overall impression after using it for a few weeks.
During my testing, I got to try out the Manta Alexa SWU501SL model, which comes with a silver mesh bracelet and an interchangeable black leather strap. The watch arrived in an oblong box, and when I opened it up, the first thing that caught my eye was how thin and slim the watch case was. Despite its 43-millimetre diameter, it didn't feel bulky on even a petite woman's wrist. The package also included a magnetic USB charging cable, a user manual and the interchangeable leather strap I mentioned earlier.
I was pleasantly surprised by the smart casual design of the Manta Alexa smartwatch. The silver bezel surrounding the display adds a touch of elegance and glamour to the model, and it looks great with both the mesh bracelet and the leather strap. Swapping them out is a breeze thanks to the quick-release mechanism. In addition, both the bracelet and the strap offer a wide range of adjustments.
It's definitely worth highlighting the impressive quality of the AMOLED colour display. The display is touch-operated and lights up when you move your wrist or press the crown. I found the colours to be clear and the content easy to read, which was a big plus for me. You can choose from a variety of available themes or set your own picture or photo. All the details are clearly visible even when using a custom image.
The menu is very user-friendly and intuitive. Swiping left gives you access to the circular icons, while swiping right brings up the most important functions within easy reach. Swiping up reveals the latest notifications, and swiping down reveals the basic settings. Plus, the Always On Display option keeps the screen constantly lit, which is super handy.
Now, let's talk about battery life. According to the manufacturer, the Manta Alexa smartwatch can run for up to 14 days, and I can confirm that this is true. With standard use including 3-4 workouts per week, the watch lasted for about two weeks without needing to be recharged. It's really convenient not having to worry about frequent recharging.
Moving on to the features, the Manta Alexa smartwatch offers some great options for everyday use, such as the ability to control the camera and music on your phone via the watch. Both options work flawlessly. The watch also provides notifications for almost every possible app and it includes standard features like "Do Not Disturb" mode and Find a Phone option.
Those who want to keep track of their body parameters should be satisfied as the measurements are among the most accurate when it comes to models in this price range. The watch can measure blood pressure, heart rate and blood oxygenation. Of course, one has to take into account that it isn’t a medical sensor, but can serve as a reference point. Moreover, the watch features a sleep monitoring function that accurately determines the time of falling asleep and waking up, measures the duration of the deep and light sleep phases and shows a reference to norms. Plus, it's possible to set reminders for hydration and exercise – these features will be useful for those who need support in making good habits.
In terms of sports features, the watch includes basic options like a calorie counter, step counter, distance travelled and basic sports modes like walking, running, cycling, hiking, stationary bicycle, skipping, yoga, rowing, elliptical trainer, various team sports, rollerblading, dancing or climbing. For running, walking, and cycling, the app gives you the option of using GPS sharing with your smartphone. It's worth pointing out, however, that this is not a typical sports smartwatch and its sport features are a useful addition. The model will be suitable for people who do sports recreationally.
So, do I recommend the Manta Alexa smartwatch? Absolutely! It's a useful device for everyday use as it comes with practical functions. Moreover, it looks great on the wrist thanks to the use of fine materials. It's an excellent smartwatch for those who don't want to bother with daily battery charging.