Boult Striker Plus: Pros and cons of an affordable smartwatch option

Is the Boult Striker Plus the right smartwatch for you?

boult striker plus smartwatch Boult Striker Plus: Your budget-friendly companion for calls and notifications

The Boult Striker Plus is an entry-level smartwatch with a decent battery life and reliable notification display, but it falls short in terms of fitness measurements. Boult is a rapidly growing brand known for budget-friendly options popular among students. The Striker Plus, priced at Rs. 1,299, offers various fitness features and other capabilities.

Design: The watch boasts a 1.39-inch circular display with a zinc-alloy metallic frame and is lightweight. The soft, thick silicon straps are comfortable for extended wear. It offers ample size adjustment holes, and four color options are available. The right side holds a multi-function crown button, while the bottom houses sensors and the charging port. The copper-shaded crown button responds well to taps and works reliably. It's IP67 water and dust-resistant, suitable for workouts and outdoor activities.

Display: The 1.39-inch display is sufficiently bright at 350nits peak brightness for use in direct sunlight. Text, numbers, and icons are readable, although the resolution isn't the sharpest. The touch and crown taps on the display are responsive.

Features and Performance: The Boult Striker Plus includes tracking features like heart rate monitoring, SpO2 measurement, steps tracking, and blood pressure monitoring. Steps counting is accurate but occasionally a bit high (10%-15%). There can be instances where it counts steps in a moving vehicle. The SpO2 readings matched an oximeter once, but the app's responsiveness for displaying results needs improvement.

The watch offers numerous sports modes for activities like running, cricket, yoga, etc. It has multiple watch faces and practical shortcuts accessible by swiping down. Swiping left lets you choose sports modes, and swiping right leads to the dialer, contacts, and recent calls.

The watch features a microphone and speaker for calls, although making extended calls with it might not be comfortable. The raise-to-wake mechanism works about 70% of the time, which is typical for a budget smartwatch.

Overall, the Boult Striker Plus is a good-looking, comfortable smartwatch with a 3 to 4-day battery life. While it's not the best at tracking physical activities, it excels as a wrist accessory for notifications, calls, weather updates, and basic voice commands, reducing the need to check your phone constantly.

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