The Atrio Londres, a member of the Atrio Sports family, from Multilaser, is a smartwatch that promises interesting design and a good cost-benefit ratio, ideal to compete with models like Amazfit Bip or to be an upgrade for those coming from older Mi Band models.
With a price below R $ 400, it is ideal for those who want a model with warranty and without the need to import, with all the risks involved in the operation. But is it worth it? It is what you check from now on.
Atrio London’s design is very familiar. It is impossible not to notice the inspiration in models like the Apple Watch itself or, more precisely, the Amazfit Bip, from Xiaomi. It is a square model with rounded edges, composed of metal and glass and which gives an undeniably elegant and sober design. The screen is an IPS and the glass offers some difficulty in viewing in bright sunlight, and the edges are metallized and give an impression of resistance
The screen does not occupy the entire body of the watch, which measures 43mm, and there is a space for a kind of touch-sensitive home button, identified by a white circle. At the rear are the charging connectors and the other sensors are placed inside a circle that corresponds to the old ‘engine’ of the watch.
It also has a rubberized bracelet, which is 20mm wide and can be exchanged for any other model with the same size. The detail is the Atrio logo on the beam. Although its weight is 50g, it seems heavier than the Amazfit Verge, clearly more robust, but the feeling on the wrist is of a compact model, without much exaggeration.
Even with its own system, Atrio London is not exactly a complete smartwatch. Its interface is simple and the amount of monitorable activities is limited. There are five modes of exercise, heart rate monitoring, step count, sleep, music player.
A side swipe to the left leads to notifications and on the right it is possible to access the full menu. By pressing the home screen for more than a second it is possible to change watchfaces, and there are only four options available, with no possibility to download others, even with third-party applications. It is worth mentioning that the music player controls the tracks playing on the cell phone, since it does not have internal memory, nor does it support third-party apps, such as Spotify or Deezer.
In addition to these functions, there are also reminders – activated by the cell phone and displayed on the screen – stopwatch, a curious camera control by the cell phone, which allows you to use the watch screen to take photos, a ‘finder’ to find the smartwatch, and alerts for sedentarism and drinking water, in addition to the weather forecast.
In practice, we are talking here about a smart watch-shaped bracelet, but it should meet the needs of most users, who do not need a complex system.
Atrio Londres uses the SW Atrio app, an application available for Android and iOS, which is confusing due to its confusing design, despite having options like native dark mode. The clock is very dependent on the app, so there will be several daily checks to check information about sleep and exercise. There are some curiosities here: although it promises integration with Google Fit, it just doesn’t happen. There were several attempts, even restoring the clock to the factory default, no integration.
Another detail is in the applications that can display notifications to Atrio. Some pre-defined apps are listed, such as WeChat, and not those that are actually installed on the smartphone. Another point is the Portuguese translation, closer to the Portuguese version. When pairing the watch, the expression “Connecting …” or “Charging …” appears.
Speaking of the pairing process, other problems here: the process is not always automatic and fast. Sometimes the app takes time to find the clock and you need to close the app and try again after some time. It is definitely not a pleasant experience.
If you think that the most complete clocks in terms of the system have a very low battery life, this is the high point of the clock. The battery of 180 mAh, according to the manufacturer, promises autonomy of five days. But in just over 20 days of use, I only needed a full refill after two weeks of use.
For those who do not like to constantly recharge the watch, it is one of the models with greater autonomy in its price range. The charger is a curious point, as its design has a case that closes to charge the device. The recharge from 0 to 100% took about 1h40min
Here is Atrio London’s Achilles heel. As a user of smartwatches and smart bracelets, I have a sense of the number of steps taken per day in different situations, such as on more sedentary or active days. And I was surprised in the first days of using the smartwatch. That’s because it counts a lot more steps than normal, and it’s easy to see.
Respecting social isolation, it is rare to take more than 5,000 or 6,000 steps very often, but that number was easily reached with Atrio London. After three days of noticing this greater number of steps, I went back to using my old watch to check it out, and, for the avoidance of doubt, I added a smartband, to have two other records.
And the conclusion is that there is a problem with the sensors: in addition to counting more steps than normal, it was possible to notice that the sensor misinterprets activities such as handwriting, for example, and counts this activity as steps taken, which compromises an interview .
On the other hand, when connected, the watch reads notifications well and displays them in real time on the screen. Heart rate measurement is more accurate than step count, with numbers close to two other gadgets. Among the five possible exercise modes are walking, running, cycling, indoor running (treadmill) and climbing.
In all cases, before the activity starts, the device suggests a goal, which can be skipped, and the watch starts to track the activity. At the end of the training, the data is synchronized – when the pairing works – with the cell phone in the Activity tab. There is also a history of physical exercises done on the clock. Atrio Londres does not have integrated GPS, so it is necessary to take the cell phone for external races.
Atrio Londres has a pleasant design, is light and has a battery of great duration, besides the good cost benefit, which places it as one of the cheapest smartwatch models for the national market. Although competitors such as Amazfit Bip can be found easily, it will be necessary to resort to imports or gray markets, already knowing the risks embedded in these processes.
However, it is impossible to rely on a watch that fails its most basic monitoring, which is the step count. In all test days, the device registered more steps than two other models – already tested by TudoCelular, inclusive – and this amount has already reached twice as many steps. And that compromises the user experience, as well as the application, which in addition to the need for visual repair, suffers from constant instabilities.
If the idea is to have a watch that sends notifications and has a design that resembles the Apple Watch, Atrio Londres is a good choice. But for those who want to do physical activities and need precision to check steps and distance covered, there are better options with similar prices.