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LEMFO LF16 Review - Smartwatch with Android 5.1

by 27. March 2017
With the LEMFO LF16 another China smartwatch with real Android 5.1 operating system has appeared. The hardware equipment hardly differs from comparable competitors. Nevertheless, this watch has a sporty design that seems familiar to us! For almost three weeks, the smartwatch has now accompanied us. Our assessment of the LEMFO LF16 and whether a purchase is worth more in this review.
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

LEMF

Product

LEMFO LF16 (DOMINO DM368)

Specifications

Display
Display Type: AMOLED
Display diagonal: 1.39 inches
Display resolution: 400 x 400 pixels

Processor and memory
CPU: MTK6580
RAM: 512MB
Internal memory: 8GB
Memory extension: no

Mobile
GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900MHz
WCDMA: 850 / 1900 / 2100MHz

other
Bluetooth: 4.0
WiFi: 802.11 b / g / n
GPS: Yes
Pedometer: Yes
Heart Rate Monitor: Yes

OS: Android 5.1
Battery: 450mAh

First impression of the LEMFO LF16

Design and workmanship

Wait a minute, is this a Samsung Gear S3? At least that's what you might think when you see the LEMFO LF16 for the first time. Just like the Gear S3 3 different colored silicone bracelets (red, white and black) to choose from and even the fluted pattern was taken cheekily. And that's not enough, LEMFO has just copied the bezel of the Smasung Gear S3. In contrast to the much more expensive Samsung model, the bezel of the LEMFO LF16 is only optical in nature and offers no functions. The upper case of the Smartwatch is made of metal and is after the Degree of protection IP54 protected from dust and spray. Do not shower or even swim with this smartwatch!

The processing is not to be criticized. The Bracelet with pin buckle closes well and the watch sits comfortably on the wrist. Even on relatively narrow wrists that works Housing with an 50 mm diameter and a Height of 12 mm not too heavy.

What's in the box

The delivery includes everything you need. In addition to the smartwatch, the manufacturer has one cleaning cloth, Charging cable with 4-pin magnetic plug as well as a suitable one Screen Protector attached. An additional screen protector was already on the watch glass, so you are well supplied in terms of screen protection.

LEMFO LF16 Smartwatch Review / Test Part 1 - Unboxing

Display

The display of the LEMFO LF16 triggers at one Diagonal of 1.39 inches with 400 x 400 pixels on. Was used AMOLED panel, whereby colors shine even stronger and the black appears even more saturated. The big advantage over a conventional LCD, in which the liquid crystals are illuminated by a backlight, is the energy efficiency. There is no backlight for an AMOLED display. Each pixel lights up on its own and especially in displays with a lot of black, the energy consumption can be significantly reduced.

In the test, the display impresses with its surprisingly sharp appearance. Individual pixels are only recognizable when viewed very closely. As expected from an AMOLED panel, the display produces a black as you wish. In addition, all colors appear brightly strong. The Viewing angles is also not objectionable. No matter from which angle and which direction one looks at the display, the readability and color fastness is maintained. Positive is also the maximum display brightness, Even in direct sunlight, the display remains readable. Blurred or strongly edged edges do not appear on this circular display. The Accuracy of the touchscreen is good. Even the smallest inputs, such as the virtual keyboard, are detected accurately.

Performance

Under the hood works one MediaTek MTK6580 processor, Almost every Chinese smartwatch over 100 € currently uses this processor, which has a total of 4 processor cores that clock with maximum 1.3 GHz. The memory equipment coincides with only 512MB memory and a 8GB large internal memory comparatively narrow. Effectively, the internal memory is 6GB. The system already occupies 2GB of memory. A memory extension is not provided. Models from other manufacturers (eg Finow X5 Plus) already offer twice as much 1GB memory.

In everyday life, the LEMFO LF16 can be used fluently. Scrolling through the app list is fast. Occasionally make app load times noticeable, but these are still within reasonable limits and are not disturbing.

User Interface

LEMFO LF16 Smartwatch Review / Test Part 2 - Hands-On

There's a native on the watch Android 5.1as you know it from smartphones. Pre-installed are, among others, the Google Play Services, As a result, the Google PlayStore is already on the clock, which allows you to install all the apps available for Android 5.1. However, not every app is perfectly scaled by the circular display. Depending on the app, it is possible that individual control surfaces are not displayed and the app can not be used with the LEMFO LF16. The most important apps, such as WhatsApp, Google Maps or Facebook, are very useful despite the round display.

Overall, the user interface "smartwatchtauglich" adapted. App icons can be displayed in a list or in a round format. In the form of widgets, the user interface has, among other things, a notification display, a weather widget, a sports widget and a quick selection, which allows functions such as Bluetooth or WiFi to be activated / deactivated in one click.

To complain about is the OTA update capability, Although an update was available at the time of the test, it was not possible to install OTA (Over-The-Air). Different error messages before downloading the update were the result. Even after a manual update to the current version, the OTA bug was not fixed.

Features

Watch Faces

Total are 19 Watchfaces preinstalled, In addition, there is a download manager on the clock, about which again Download 45 more watchfaces to let. Unfortunately, the designs of the LEMFO Watchfaces are not very appealing. Alternatively, you can too manually created watchfaces be installed on the clock.

Heart rate monitor and pedometer

For the sporty user, the Smartwach has a Heart Rate Monitor and a pedometer. The heart rate is determined by means of a photodiode and a green LED. The data are collected via the "health app" of the LEMFO LF16. In the test, it took a comparatively long time until the heart rate was detected by the smartwatch. Whoever wears his watch loosely on his wrist, will not even come to the measurement. More inaccurate, however, are the inaccurate measurements that were times 200 beats / minute during the test or dropped to 30 beats / minute.

The Pedometer however, provides more accurate results and deviates only slightly from the values ​​of the previously tested Lenovo HW01 from. In addition to the daily steps, the calories burned and the distance traveled are also displayed. A weekly overview provides an overview of the weekly data collected. For short-term sporting events, a measurement can be started for only this specific period.

Weather

If you would like to stay up-to-date with the weather, the LEMFO LF16 is the one for you Weather widget, The location is determined via GPS, but can also be entered manually. The weather data gets the clock from AccuWeather.

Google Play Services

In addition to the already mentioned Google PlayStore Smart Watch also comes preinstalled with other Play Services. Under the heading "Voice search" starts the Google Now Launcherthat provides customized information. Also preinstalled Google Mapswhich can be used for navigation by the additionally integrated GPS module.

other

Other functions include an alarm function, a calendar app, a web browser for surfing the Web, a gallery for viewing images, a sound recording program, a file manager, apps for remote control of the connected smartphone, telephony apps with contact function and an app for music playback.

Telephony, WLAN and Bluetooth

The LEMFO LF16 is in this sense a smartphone in the watch format. About the integrated Nano-SIM slot can the smartwatch in 3G mobile network be used. Telephoning is easily possible. On Microphone and a speaker are of course available. The voice quality and the range of the microphone convince. Even loosely worn on the wrist, the microphone could still capture enough to talk intelligibly with the interlocutor. The playback quality of the speaker is neat and provides a good volume.

Auch im Wifi is the smartwatch doing well? The 2.4G WiFi Module provides a good transfer rate and stable connection quality. With a firmware update to the latest version of March 2017 also hidden SSIDs can be entered.

The same applies to the transfer via device, Less pleasing, however, is the "WiiWear" app, which establishes a connection between Smartwatch and Smartphone over Bluetooth and serves for the notification transmission. On the one hand, the app is not under the name "WiiWear" in the official Google PlayStore, as well as the app requires many permissions. If you install the "WiiWear" app of the Chinese provider, the app in Google PlayStore as "Sinwear" recognized. The notification transfer via "WiiWear", however, works well. For example, WhatsApp notifications received on the smartphone will be timely transferred to the smartwatch. Which notifications are to be transmitted can be set by the user himself.

GPS Compass

An interesting feature is the integrated GPS module, A GPS Fix finds the LEMFO LF16 surprisingly fast after only a few seconds. Also the presentation and operability of the already pre-installed Google Maps succeeds amazingly well. An accurate pedestrian navigation is therefore no problem.

Accumulator

The Capacity of the battery gives LEMFO 360mAh at. Charging time was about 2 hours in the test. With active WiFi, 3G and GPS, the possible usage time was one day. If additionally the gesture recognition was activated, the LEMFO LF16 had to be charged already in the early evening. The smartwatch is charged via an 4-pin magnetic plug.

Price and availability

Update: The same model is now also under the name "DOMINO DM368" available. Visually, the models are identical and also the hardware equipment is the same. It can be assumed that this is only an umgelabelt OEM product, which is sold under different names. With the DOMINI DM368 you get the same smartwatch!

Update2: From now on there are also the "DOMINO DM368 Plus", This is an upgrade of the DOMINO DM368, in which the Storage equipment doubles Has. Due to the currently lower price of the DM368 Plus, it is recommended to consider this smartwatch. At the online dealer GearBest, the Plus model is currently available for 80.43 €.

To the Domino DM368 Plus

Update3: In our Price Comparison We list the daily updated prices for different LEMFO Smartwatches. In addition to the LEMFO LF16 there is also the new LEMFO LEM7, LEM5 Pro and other models.

Price history

Current prices

TOMTOP
10-30 working days
87,45€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
103,54€
Gearbest
3-7 working days
105,72€

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Prices last updated on: April 7st, 2020 14:01

Price history

Current prices

Banggood
10-30 working days
157,29€
Gearbest
10-30 working days
160,47€
TOMTOP
10-30 working days
277,43€

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Price history

Current prices

Gearbest
3-7 working days
106,27€
Gearbest
3-7 working days
107,45€
Banggood
10-30 working days
139,99€
TOMTOP
10-30 working days
339,27€

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Price history

Current prices

Banggood
10-30 working days
132,59€
Gearbest
3-7 working days
139,34€
Gearbest
3-7 working days
140,20€
TOMTOP
10-30 working days
261,74€

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Prices last updated on: April 7st, 2020 14:01

Final Words

rating
Positive

Sporty design
Good workmanship
Real Android 5.1
Very good AMOLED display
Accurate GPS
Stable WiFi and Bluetooth
Telephony function with SIM
Good microphone and speaker
Google Play Services

Negative

Boring watch faces
Inaccurate heart rate monitor
512MB RAM only
OTA update does not work
WiiWear App requires many permissions

First impression
8.0
7.6
application
8.5
8.3
Design
9.0
8.5
Display
9.0
9.5
Performance
7.0
8.2
User Interface
7.5
7.6
connectivity
8.0
9.3
GPS & sensors
8.5
6.3
Audio
7.5
8.2
Accumulator
5.5
8.5
Summary

The LEMFO LF16 impresses with a great design and a good build quality. The performance MediaTek MTK6580 processor is good and sufficient to handle the smartwatch fluently. Only the low main memory of only 512MB makes itself noticeable on the hardware side. Here at least 1GB would have been desirable.

Particularly interesting is the native Android 5.1 operating system, which can install numerous apps. For example, if you want to use WhatsApp on your watch, you can simply install WhatsApp on the preinstalled Google PlayStore. On the user interface, there is little overall exposure. Especially annoying is the malfunctioning OTA update function and the "WiiWear" app, which requires a lot of permissions.

If you are looking for a cheap and sporty looking smartwatch with a real Android feeling, you should take a closer look at the LEMFO LF16!

7.9
Our rating
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Erik M.
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Erik M.

Hey, thanks for the review. I've been thinking for some time if I should get the LF16 or the DM368. Is there no difference at all? And another question. How did you install the ROM if OTA does not work? greetings

Marvin. j
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Marvin. j

Hi all,
I would like to know if you can make calls via Bluetooth?
Thank you so much.
Marvin

Torsten
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Torsten

May I ask how the update can be made ??? So how can I play a new firmware. Unfortunately, there are also various errors ...

Mike
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Mike

Hello everybody. Had two whatsapp questions:
1. If you get the message on the clock, you can also read and answer it?
2.And if a picture is sent man sees it too?
Greetings Mike

CH4_Fox
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CH4_Fox

Hallo,
Had a question for you:
What about the battery life? Does a normal day or not?

Markus
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Markus

Hello Timo…
I have a problem with my Rock LF 16 Smartwatch ... it can not be turned on anymore ... even when it's done on the charger ... can it be that the battery is broken ?? Greetings MARKUS

Michael
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Michael

Is it possible to use the Whatsapp function without a connected mobile phone with an inserted SIM card?

Wolfgang Fröhlecke
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Wolfgang Fröhlecke

Wolfgang Fröhlecke
With my Lemfo Lem 7 I can not adjust the volume of the ringtone, there is no sound at all, although I have selected a ringtone.