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NO.1 D5 Smartwatch test

by 9. January

NO.1 D5 Test - With the NO.1 D5 has the Chinese manufacturer "NO.1" Another smartwatch brought to the highly competitive wearable market. However, the NO.1 D5 not only stands out from the NO.1 "D range" in terms of price, but also promises more features.

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Manufacturer/Model

NO.1

Product

NO.1 D5 Smartwatch

Specifications

SoC: MTK6572
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.0
RAM: 512MB
ROM: 4GB
Protection class: IP65

Bluetooth call: Dialing, Phonebook
Messages: retrieve messages
Health tracker: heart rate monitor, pedometer
Remote: Music Remote, Camera Remote
Notifications: Yes
Other: alarm, weather forecast, WIFI, GPS, barometer

Display: IPS
Display resolution: 360 x 360 px
Display size: 1.3 inch

Battery: 450mAh
Housing material: aluminum
Bracelet Material: Leather

Compatibility: Android 4.3 / iOS 7.0
Colors: Black, Silver

Size 4.6 x 4.6 x 1.3 cm
Weight: 0.060 kg

Scope of delivery

1 x NO.1 D5 Smartwatch
1 x magnetic charging station
1 x USB cable
1 x Operating Instructions

Review: NO.1 D5 - A smartwatch or a smartphone?

NO.1 D5 Smartwatch - Unboxing

First impression

Update September 2017

Meanwhile another model of the NO.1 D5 has been released. The so-called NO.1 D5 Pro is based on the design of the NO.1 D5 or D5 Plus, but offers one extended storage equipment, As a processor, the NO.1 D5 Pro, like the Plus model, uses one MediaTek MTK6580, Regarding the memory equipment the NO.1 D5 Pro has one 1GB memory and a full one 16GB flash memory, The operating system is Android 5.1.

Update November 2016

The smartwatch maker NO.1 has released an upgrade to the NO.1 D5. The upgrade model listens to the name "NO.1 D5 +" and differs above all in terms of hardware equipment. As a processor, the NO.1 uses D5 + (plus) one MediaTek MTK6580, This is a Quad-core processor with up to 1.3 GHz overclocked. Also the storage facilities was doubled, causing the Memory on 1GB and internal memory on 8GB have grown. The operating system is still genuine Android 5.1 used.

As befits a watch, the NO.1 D5 was also delivered in a simple watch carton. In addition to the smartwatch were included a magnetic charging station, a micro USB charging or data cable and a bag with two clock screws and a small screwdriver. An operating manual was not included in this early trial version.

Unpacked I immediately noticed the valuable metal housing of the NO.1 D5. This is well made and has no production defects. The button on the side of the housing is also made of metal, is firmly seated and also has a good pressure point. Unintentional activation is thus hardly possible. Also a rustling with fast movements I did not notice.

The bracelet of the Smartwatch is made of imitation leather. Unfortunately, the bracelet does not quite meet my taste. Here I would have preferred a high quality silicone bracelet. The problem here is also a bracelet change. As can be guessed, run inside the bracelet, the antennas of the clock. The Smartwatch has its own SIM slot, a GPS and a WLAN module. In order to reach the SIM slot, the metal back has to be screwed and lifted at four points. According to the manufacturer, the watch is certified to IP65 protection. Accordingly, the watch is dustproof and protected against water jets. Water should still not get to the clock, because inside there is only a very thin plastic seal.

Display

The display of the Smartwatch is an 1.3 inch IPS display with a resolution of 360 × 360 pixels. This display is thus completely round and does not have this ugly bar at the bottom of the display. The pixel density is approximately 277 PPI. The display is comparable to that of an 5 inch HD smartphone. Individual pixels can only be recognized by a very close and precise look.

The display brightness I would call average. In direct sunlight, I could not test the smartwatch yet. Although the NO.1 D5 does not have an OLED display, the contrast ratio is good. The colors are also strong and natural. I was not disappointed with the viewing angle stability either.

The accuracy of the small touch screen is good. Inputs can be transferred without errors on the really very small keyboard with a little practice. However, the capacitive touchscreen is not multi-touch capable.

It is also interesting that the display of the smartwatch has an anti-fingerprint coating. This coating works quite well, which allows me to use the smartwatch for several days without even cleaning the screen.

Performance

The NO.1 D5 has a Mediatek MT6572 dual-core processor with a clock rate of one GHz. The GPU uses a Mali-400 MP. In addition, the smartwatch has 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. The internal memory is unfortunately not expandable. The SmartWatch has already installed the Google Play store, so I left it to me do not take to install Geekbench 3 and AnTuTu.

During normal operation, the clock runs quite smoothly. Some stickers with a quick swipe through the user interface may occur, but rather belong to the rarity. Apps can be opened with a slight delay, but also in a timely manner.

User Interface

In contrast to the wearables of well-known manufacturers, the NO.1 D5 has no Android Wear, but a full Android 4.4.2 ("Watch OS 2.0"). The launcher has been completely adapted to the round and small display. The implementation is pretty well done by NO.1. All system apps have been customized and are displayed correctly.

As already indicated, the clock also preinstalled the Google Play Store which allows you to download any apps. These apps are of course not adapted, but are also shown mostly operable. However, I have to say that I also had installed apps that I could not use the D5. In these apps, for example, a necessary input area was not displayed because it was simply displayed outside the screen.

The smartwatch is operated by swiping movements. Apps can be closed by a swipe from top to bottom. The side-mounted button serves only as switch-on or. Off button.

Features

Watch Faces: Overall, 39 Watchfaces are preinstalled. These are fully animated, ranging from analog to digital. Each Watchface has a different look and is based on different application areas. Watchfaces, for example, display the last measured pulse and the current number of steps in addition to the time of day. Other watchfaces have a battery indicator or a weather indicator. In this huge variety should really be included for everyone the matching Watchface. In addition, there is a NO.1 own store where you can download more Watchfaces (currently 3) for free. I was also able to install my own watchfaces via detours. There is one in the Playstore App, which acts as a widget and accurately displays the watchfaces contained in the app. Here is an overview of the watchfaces:

NO.1 D5 Smartwatch Test / Review - Watchfaces

Heart rate monitor and pedometer: The heart rate is measured by a green LED on the back of the watch. Compared with the heart rate monitor of the NO.1 D3, the results are almost identical. Since I have, besides the two devices NO.1 no other device with pulse sensor, I can not determine exactly how exactly the D5 works. Anyway, the smartwatch pretty much recognized my resting heartbeat. I compared the pedometer with my Xiaomi Mi Band. Within the Fitnessapp you can define the step length and height. Steps are also recorded throughout the day and you can set your own recording interval. In an overview you can see the total number of steps of the day and the calories burned. The total number of steps after one day deviated somewhat in direct comparison with the Mi band. Which device now measures more accurate is of course questionable. Even with the NO.1 D5 there are minor incorrect measurements, for example when driving a car. Overall, I would call the value of the NO.1 D5 step counter more accurate.

Weather app and barometer: The weather app and the barometer only work with an active internet connection and probably also a GPS signal. At least I could rarely query the weather data in a closed room.

More functions: Telephony (contact, dialing and message management) | Alarm function | Internet browser | Calendar | Filemanager | Music player | Audio Recorder | voice search

Telephony, WLAN, Bluetooth

Making a phone call sounds unusual, but is possible with the NO.1 D5. I only used the function once and only for this test. The voice quality was okay. Over the loudspeaker one could understand the caller well. The built-in microphone also allowed the caller to understand me well. At least when I held the smartwatch in speech.

Regarding the WLAN of the Smartwatch, I'm rather zwiegespalten. It really is very beneficial that the clock is WLAN-capable. However, you can not manually enter SSID when setting up the WLAN. Thus, hidden SSIDs are ignored mercilessly. Also, the connection to the WLAN is disconnected as soon as the display turns off. Again, I could not find a setting that prevents loss of connection.

The installed app "Watch Helper" is used for Bluetooth connection with the smartphone. Calls from the smartphone can thereby be accepted with the D5. Also, the app has a notification function. Unfortunately, I was unable to use this app to transfer WhatsApp notifications from my smartphone to the NO.1 D5. Only an alternative app from the PlayStore enabled the reception of notifications.

GPS Compass

A GPS fix finds the clock already after 5 seconds. The navigation through the adapted Google Maps also works very well. Unfortunately, the GPS function drains the battery very quickly.

NO.1 D5 Test Google Maps

Accumulator

The capacity of the battery is 450mAh. With normal use and the activated "Conspire Screen" (automatic wake up of the display), I could survive the day well with just one charge. A SIM card was of course inserted and all functions were activated. As an additional feature, there is also a power-saving mode, which cuts off all wireless connections. The clock is charged with an 4-pin magnetic charging station. A complete charge takes less than an hour.

Price Comparison

The first model of the NO.1 D5 is no longer distributed! The prices refer to the last published NO.1 D5 Pro!

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Final Words

Positive

►Sharp display with bold colors
►Good workmanship
►Android 4.4.2 with Google Play
►WLAN and GPS
►Simply accurate pedometer and heart rate monitor

Negative

►WLAN can not be entered manually
►Watch-Helper App is in need of improvement

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Summary

The NO.1 D5 beats its own way compared to the usual Android Wear smartwatches and can be used completely without a smartphone. The workmanship is consistently good, but the design of the bracelet is rather a matter of taste.

The D5 convinces above all by the sharp display and the large number of watchfaces. The operating system "Watch OS 2.0" was well adapted to the round display and the integrated apps can be operated easily. The performance is except for small stuttering with fast menu consistently good.

What bothers me about the watch is that no Wi-Fi can be manually entered. Also, the integrated app that connects the smartwatch to the smartphone is still a bit flawed. Working alternatives are available in the Google Play Store.

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Uwe
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Uwe

I also have a D5, can you give me the alternative to connect to the smartphone. Because I can not accept calls to the smartwatch. In addition, the app pulls down the battery very quickly.

Timo
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Timo

Hello Uwe, the app is called "SWApp Link", available in the Google Play Store.

Uwe
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Uwe

Hello Timo, thank you for your answer. I have installed the app SWApp Link. Everything went well, now only the battery consumption has to watch, because my clock was empty after a short time. I hope that was only because of the first syncr. Otherwise, the app is great. Do you have a solution because of the data and Wi-Fi connections. These always go out immediately after standby of the clock.

Timo
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Timo

The problem with the data or WLAN connection, I know of the K8 3G, which is comparable to the NO.1 D5. There, an additional option was added in an update, where you could choose whether the data connection is interrupted in standby or not. Unfortunately, you also have to hope for such an update on the D5. I will soon ask the manufacturer, if an update is planned in this regard.

Otherwise, I can recommend you these two threads on XDA:
http://forum.xda-developers.com/smartwatch/other-smartwatches/smart-watch-android-watch-to-look-1-d5-t3270656

http://forum.xda-developers.com/smartwatch/other-smartwatches/clockskin-extracted-1-d5-firmware-t3295297

The NO.1 D5 is very popular in the XDA community, which is why the first custom watch faces have been created and you can even hope for custom ROMs.

Schnurzpiepe
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Schnurzpiepe

Hello, I am also owner of a No.1D5 since yesterday, but my enthusiasm is limited. The BT connection to the Smarthhone (Note 4) works very strange. BT connection search and connect goes. If I go to the smartphone and tap on the connection (W812A), a pop-up message "Can not use bluetooth tethering when connected via WiFi network" is displayed.
Oh I'm not in the AppStore (eternally long loading) over Wi-Fi.
The next "clock helper" with QR scanner to the mobile phone, then no further, just do not come to the website.
If I set the time and put the hack at "time from network" set the clock back by one hour.
Have now installed the app SWApp Link but no connection to the clock.
Play Store, browser, weather works.
Can you help me further, achso Sim card I have no in the clock I do not see as necessary.

Timo
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Timo

Hello Schnurzpiepe, in the XDA forum has already been discussed that the download link for the "Watch Helper" does not work correctly. One member has kindly uploaded the APK. Here's the link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BzaM61zQn00LbDJtNGtIMEtHRHc/view

After setting up the Bluetooth connection, you do not have to make any other settings in the smartphone's Bluetooth settings. You make further settings via the respective Sync App (Watch Helper / SWApp).

There are only three other apps in the "AppStore" (manufacturer AppStore). Apps are mainly from the "Google PlayStore", which was also pre-installed on the clock.

The wrong time sounds like a time zone problem. For me, getting the time zone from the network works flawlessly. You can also set the time zone manually.

Schnurzpiepe
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Schnurzpiepe

Hello Tim

First of all thank you for answering my question / problems so quickly.
Watch Helper has loaded from internet site, connection to the clock is now established. Otherwise, I am still ambiguous in terms of the clock, I just hope for an update of the manufacturer or a Custom Rom from the fanbase.
I still own a NO.1 S3, which I was actually happier with, even though it is more simple in the system.

Jo Ommer
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Jo Ommer

Hello Timo,
is it possible to change the amrband?
MfG Jo

Timo
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Timo

Hi Jo,
Within the bracelet, the antennas for the WLAN, GPS and mobile network run. A bracelet change is therefore not recommended.

Chopper60
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Chopper60

My No1D5 does not boot anymore. remains after the start on the initial picture and beeps a few times.
Have already taken away the tension by pulling off the power plug completely. Without success.
Also the reset by pressing 5 sec. Of the button did not bring any improvement.

Timo
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Timo

Hello Chopper60, that sounds like a Brick of the firmware. I myself had my D5 knitted a few months ago and could save them by a flash tool, including ROM of the manufacturer. If necessary, I send you the link to the files via email.

Chopper60
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Chopper60

what does the "gebrickt" and how can you play firmware if the watch does not start?
Is not a Rome a fixed hardware component?
Sorry but I do not know myself with the flashing ????

Timo
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Timo

A software brick damaged the installed firmware, so the device will not boot. Software bricks are repairable to 99%. The ROM is often called the firmware. Here is a guide to "unbricken" a software bricks. https://www.techreviewer.de/no-1-d5-unbrick-firmware-flashen/

Chopper60
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Chopper60

Thanks for the help, I have the clock back because there is still warranty on it. they send me a new one (I hope ????)

Mirek
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Mirek

I get on the clock no exchange account installed ???? How do you do that eg with the contacts?

Mirek
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Mirek

Ok, I've synced contacts through Google, but it's not optimal. Does any of you know a solution with Exchange? And one more thing: Has anyone already found on the Web an additional charging station for the clock to buy?

runner
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runner

Hello,
I've just been the No1 D5 and wanted to use it as a heart rate monitor.
Unfortunately, S-Health does not find the heart rate monitor of the watch!
Is there a solution or do I need a chest strap?

Mirek
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Mirek

List the app and start not funzt? For me it goes without problems and of course without chest strap, so at least when the clock is on the hand.

Silas
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Silas

Is it possible to listen to music via Spotify or PlayMusic without being connected to a smartphone? That means save music offline and then connect with Bt headphones and listen to music while playing sports ...

Timo
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Timo

Hi Silas, I installed Spotify on my watch myself and it can be used like on a smartphone. A BT headphone can also be connected.

Tobias Gleich
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Tobias Gleich

Hallo,

I also bought the clock. Everything worked well. One question: There is the function Use Bluetooth for Internet access, but here you can not set the hook. The device is paired with my phone. is there a solution for this?

....
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....

You have to activate Bluetooth tethering on your mobile phone first, then it works.

Heiko Hübner
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Heiko Hübner

Hallo,
Can you change the bracelet on the D5, eg against a metal bracelet?
LG
Heiko

Timo
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Timo

Hello Heiko,
Within the bracelet, the antennas for the WLAN, GPS and mobile network run. A bracelet change is therefore not recommended.

Harald Klinger
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Harald Klinger

Did not know until today that there are "hidden SSIDs". Is this really a drawback with a smart watch, which - actually - is not a mobile phone? Thank you for the good review and the beautiful pictures!

Gela2007
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Gela2007

Hello everyone, also have a D5, except GPS, I've tried almost everything and am quite happy, where I'm desperate to connect the clock with Win7, it will not find a driver. Still did not find in the clock in the developer options, the debugging turned on, maybe one has an idea

Harald Klinger
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Harald Klinger

Class clock. Since 3 months, I use this clock and so far no "hanger" no moaning and the design is just great. A Chinese product of which I am convinced (and there are relatively few of them so far). Navigation (GPS) does not work properly, but does that happen on a clock ??

Alexander
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Alexander

Unfortunately, I was not able to use this app to transfer WhatsApp notifications from the smartphone to the NO.1 D5. Only an alternative app from the PlayStore enabled the reception of notifications.

I search and search and search .... Which app did you use?

Timo
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Timo

For me, the "Watch Helper" app, which can be downloaded via the QR code stored within the NO.1 D5, works just fine.

Alexander
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Alexander

But then you can not answer the Whatsapp messages directly? You just get a PushUp, that even a message has arrived?
As far as I was unfortunately already :). But I would like to read the news directly on the clock.

Timo
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Timo

Alternatively, there is the "MediaTek SmartDevice" app in Google PlayStore. With that I could at least read WhatsApp messages, but did not answer.

Alexander
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Alexander

And what needs to be installed on the clock for an app? Excuse the many questions. But that really interests me a lot :).

Timo
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Timo

There is no need to have an app installed on the watch. All you need to do is enable Bluetooth on the D5, make Bluetooth visible, and connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth to the Smartwatch.

Sck
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Sck

Does the D5 have a sleep-phase alarm clock?

Timo
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Timo

No, there is no such function on this watch. It would also be rather uncomfortable to sleep with the D5.

Joseph
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Joseph

Have the d5 + and runs - up to GPS reception good. Some (good) Apks tried - no GPS fix !! Please, is there a trick, hint or something?

Thomas
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Thomas

Have the following problem with the D5 +: In Appstore I can not install apps, because I am always asked to enter the payment information (Schh ... Android!) And you get to no button ran, with which you can click away and you get to none Button up). What can you do there?

Timo
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Timo

Hi, on my NO.1 D5 the buttons were not displayed completely, but it was enough to click on. You could enter the payment requests via the Play Store of your smartphone. Then the popup should not appear anymore. What you could also try, would be with an OTG cable to connect a USB mouse and click with the buttons.

Thomas
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Thomas

Thanks for the quick reply. At some point I made it so, in which I simply clicked wildly on every point of the display, until "Accept" appeared (The scientific method).

First impression so far quite positive: Great workmanship, the basic functions run smoothly, bright display with sufficient black level. BUT the battery - oh weia!

stash
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stash

how can you change tracks from the Handy Player with the clock?