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AXL’s X-Fit M57 review: Neither here nor there

The purpose of a smartwatch is to make things easier, not more complicated. Yet that’s what the M57 does

The purpose of a smartwatch is to make things easier, not more complicated. Yet that’s what the M57 does

Searching for a gadget on an e-commerce website can sometimes leave you as confused as poring over the “what to watch” menu on OTT platforms. You might get lost unless you know exactly what you want. Given the wide range of options to choose from and the fact that most of what you see on the landing page is dictated by algorithms, chances are you won’t even make it to the second page and you will not settle for what is popular among customers.

On an OTT platform, unless someone recommends unpopular, non-mainstream content considering it a “hidden treasure”, you are very likely to miss it, unless, of course, there is a considerable interest in this particular work. It’s the same case with gadgets. I hope this analogy should help you decide if AXL’s X-Fit M57 smartwatch is worth checking out. For one thing, the smartwatch isn’t even listed in the top 10 pages of Amazon or Flipkart. But that is not the problem. The odds of you showing a distant interest in a relatively unknown brand depend entirely on you.

Let’s say, for example, that I’m not interested in the expensive smartwatches offered by Apple and Samsung. Some of my options are already gone now when you put a cap on the price. But, this is where it gets tricky. Most brands making smartwatches target the budget category, where prices range from ₹3,000 to ₹6,000 to ₹7,000. This is where AXL’s M57 struggles to find elbow room in the now-crowded segment, where it gets slammed by competitors such as boAt, Fire-Boltt, Noise, huami and realme for n cite just a few.

My argument is simple: if I were to buy an M57 today, it must have an attractive design and compelling features for me to opt for. this device on the rest. Unfortunately, that’s the problem. Why should I buy this device that doesn’t appeal to me with features and fails to deliver a satisfying user experience, when there are quite a few options available at the same price?

M57 comes with multi-sport modes

M57 comes with multi-sport modes | Photo credit: special arrangement

According to a press release, the initial launch price of the M57 was ₹3,599 which has now been reduced to ₹2,599. For starters, the smartwatch comes in the form of a round dial with a rubber strap. If anything, it feels comfortable on your wrist. I’ll give them that. Other than that, everything about this device feels tacky, especially the user interface which is vital for any smartwatch. It comes with a 1.28 HD screen with 240 pixels but the screen just isn’t bright enough during the day.

Like all other smartwatches, the M57 comes with multi-sport modes for running, cycling, climbing, basketball, yoga, and fitness. It also supports heart rate and SpO2 monitor among others. These features work very well. But I don’t buy a smartwatch to track my health. For that, I might as well grab a fitbit. AXL has decent battery life, which can last up to 10 days.

But the annoying part of the M57 is Bluetooth. It took me a long time to figure out the basic Bluetooth operations on this device. In order to pair your device with the phone, you need to download a third-party app called FitPro, which also tracks your health. The purpose of a smartwatch is to make things easier, not more complicated. Yet that is what M57 does. Even for a basic function – like calling a friend – you have to transmit this data to FitPro under “frequent contacts”, so that it is stored on the smartwatch. The same is the case with other features, such as accessing messages or playing music. All of this makes the user experience frustrating.

The M57 smartwatch simply isn’t for you. There are tons of options available with better value for money providing a smooth browsing experience. But if you’ve decided to burn a hole in your hard-earned cash, then go for it.

At the price of 2,599, X-Fit M57 is available on AXL’s website and on Amazon and Flipkart.

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