Topic:- Haylou Solar LS05 Review | The Best Budget Smartwatch
Haylou Solar LS05 Review | The Best Budget Smartwatch. Hello and welcome to my blog. We have the Haylou LS05 which is also called Haylou Solar. It’s a simple but stylish looking smartwatch with heart rate monitoring, it’s got a touch display and it can track activities by using a Smartphone’s GPS.
We have the watch and this is a round style watch. We get a simple manual that explains the basic use and how to use it. The charger is the magnetic type that we usually get with many other smartwatches, and it’s the same as comes with the Haylou LS02. It also came with a set of extra bands, in blue colour, and a screen protector. The watch itself is 45 into 11 mm and weighs only 54 grams.
It’s got a 340 mAh battery that can last as long as 30 days if everything is switched off or 15 days with heart rate monitoring. For connectivity, we have Bluetooth 5. The colour of this watch is something between dark grey and black, and I think the way it reflects light, looks very nice. The only button on it is on the side here, and it’s mainly used to turn on the screen but it also works as a back button.
On the back, we have the heart rate sensor, and there is also an accelerometer inside for counting steps. So there are two silver coloured circles are for charging, so all we need to do is attach the magnet here, and we should see the charge progress on the screen.
Haylou Solar LS05 Review | The Best Budget Smartwatch
Battery Life – 15 Days – GPS – Yes Swim Proof – Yes – Heart Rate Monitor – Yes
LTE – Optional – Compatibility – iOS
If you don’t want the black bands then simply remove them with the quick release pins. It’s not the prettiest bands I’ve seen, but they look ok. They’re also soft and flexible and it’s comfortable to wear. On the side, we have a small button.
So let’s try turning it on, as we can just scan the QR code on the watch. It will take us to a website, where we can choose the operating system, and finally to Google Play Store. The app is called Haylou Fit, so it’s not the same app that’s used with the Haylu LS02 watch.
Now install the app and open it. If you already have a Haylou account you can simply log in and start pairing the watch and go to the app, select it then tap the red button. I’m not sure why the button is red though, as it feels more logical to use green colour.
The screen will automatically turn on when we raise the wrist, so there’s no need to push any buttons. The Haylou Solar looks much better than the theLS02 in my opinion, as it has a more classy style, and the case is made of alloy instead of plastic.
I think this is a good-looking colour. The display is colourful and quite bright; so I never used it at max brightness. It’s a 1.28” TFT touch display with a resolution of 240 by 240 pixels, so it looks pretty nice.
For water resistance, we have an IP68 rating, which means it’s for daily use only, like rain and washing hands, but it’s not for swimming. Even though it’s probably not recommended, I used it in the shower every day, and it’s still working fine.
One small problem is that the bands accumulate dust easily. It’s easy to wash off with water, but as you can see here, it doesn’t look very nice. On the main screen, we have time, date, heart rate, steps, calories, distance and weather, but if you don’t like the watch face it can be changed by holding on to it.
The next watch face is digital with a bit fewer details. Here’s one with analogue-style. There is a black edge around the display, so it doesn’t go all the way to the edge. But, because of the good black levels, it’s not very visible when using watch faces with a black background.
Swiping down we find the quick toggles. We have to Find Phone, DND, brightness controls. The display is quite bright, so I didn’t use it at more than 75%. The gear takes us to settings, and it is possible to change the watch face and brightness from here as well.
Although it’s easier to do it from the home screen or from the quick toggles and we have the software or firmware version and the mac address. At last, we have a power-off and the reset function. Go to the home screen, and swiping from the left, they take us to the breathing exercise.
Here we can only choose between one or two minutes, and it’s a simple exercise where you sit still and just follow the instructions on the screen. The animation and text show us when to breathe in and out.
The weather page shows us the current weather, and for the next three days, with the lowest and highest temperatures. There’s no detailed view of the days, so this is all we get.
Next is the sleep monitoring results for last night, Here’s light sleep, deep sleep and total sleep with a graph around it. We can only see last night’s results, as there’s history available on the watch. Heart rate monitoring works superb and it shows us the last reading with a graph around it and the highest and lowest value at the bottom.
I like the look of the activity screen, with the three graphs going around and in the centre; we have steps, distance and calories. Sadly we can only see today’s data, so if you want to see any history, you’ll have to open the app on the phone.
Fitness Tracking – 12 Tracking Modes
Sport is where we start an activity, and we have 12 options to choose from. Here’s jogging, fast walking, climbing, biking, yoga, spinning, indoor running, integrated workout, gymnastics, and many more.
When selecting the one we first get the standard 3 seconds to get ready. While it is active, the time spent heart rate and distance on the first screen. Tap once will show steps and calories.
You can start activities from the App to get GPS tracking. If you swiping to the right will put the activity on pause, and gives us the option to resume or finish it.
One of my most used features on this type of watch is Notifications. It’s very nice to quickly see what’s going on, without taking out the phone. A text notification looks like this, and the only thing that’s not very convenient is that I can’t read the whole message.
If it’s longer than what is on the screen, you’ll have to read it on the phone. At least I can see if it’s something important, or something that can wait till later. For incoming calls, we can see the name of the person calling, but there’s no option to mute the call.
The only option that bothers me and which is a bit annoying. Especially if the phone has a loud ring tone, as it will keep ringing until the caller picks up the call. The Music Setting is customizable you can play, pause and skip the songs.
It works well, but I wish it would also show the name of the song that’s playing, but sadly it doesn’t have this option. It also doesn’t have an option to adjust the volume. In the More section, we have a simple stopwatch, and the only option here is to start, stop and reset it.
It does not support laps. The countdown timer has a few presets, and plus an icon to set it manually. Find a phone that will play the ringtone on the phone, to help you find it. Many of the features are repeated on the watch, which is a little bit unnecessary.
I think I covered everything that’s available on the watch; we have today’s activity data, with target, steps, distance and heart rate.
HEART RATE DATA
Next is the heart rate data with a cool graph, and under is sleep data for last night. For a more detailed view, we can open them, and get a nice detailed view of the day. For the different days, we can use the arrows at the top.
So it has the graph and a list below with different activities that are automatically captured during the day. To see activities that we start ourselves we have to go into Other Resources, steps, time, calories, the minimum, average and maximum heart rate.
We also get a detailed graph of the heart rate by swiping to the left. The heart rate details, we have a nice view at the top, some average, minimum and maximum data, and at the bottom are the heart rate ranges.
It’s basically the same as other brands call heart rate zones. In the Device, we have all the settings for the watch, and at the top, we can see the remaining battery. You can switch on or off the heart rate monitoring.
If you want notifications for the incoming calls then you need to on the call reminder. We can choose app notifications accordingly. There is also a sedentary reminder, which I personally never use. Alarms must be set here since it’s not possible to do it directly on the phone.
The Haylou Solar features a nice vibration alarm, so I got no problems using this as the main alarm in the early morning. We can turn on or off the automatic display. To avoid getting alerts in the middle of the night, we can also set the DND mode.
In universal settings, it’s possible to switch on or off SMS reminders. We can choose how long the display should stay on when it’s activated. And we can also switch between 12 and 24-hour time formats.
At last, we have a firmware upgrade and clear data, which definitely will delete all our data. The ME section and helps us with the necessary permissions to get the watch working the way it’s supposed to.
And now we have covered everything in this app. Even though the Haylou Solar is a budget-friendly watch, it looks fantastic. The display is good with nice vibrant colours and it’s more than bright enough.
THE MENU SYSTEM
It’s also comfortable to wear for a long session and even at night while sleeping. The menu system is smooth and a little bit smoother than the Haylou Solar Mini or LS02. It’s still a bit laggy in the main menu, but at least it’s a bit better.
Even though the battery can last up to 30 days with everything switched off, I don’t think that’s how people will use this watch. I used it for a full week with everything and I still had 67% left, so it seems to have quite good battery life. It should last about 2 weeks with everything, but of course, it depends on how much you use the different functions.
Since the watch itself doesn’t have a GPS, the activity data we get when using only the watch is a bit limited. But it does what it is supposed to in a good way, and it’s possible to use the phones GPS when needed.
Some minuses are the bands that observe dust a bit too easily, the main menu gets laggy occasionally and it would be better to be able to read longer massage in notifications without having to use the cell phone.
And that’s it for my review. So this concludes the topic for the Waterproof smartwatch – Haylou Solar LS05 Review: The Best Budget Smartwatch. Please leave comments down below and I love to hear your feedback.