Magellan Echo Fully Reviewed for Quality
The Magellan Echo is a sport watch with Bluetooth connectivity to display data from smartphone apps. It was intended to be a convenient way to check on your apps and stats without having to take your smartphone out of your pocket. It is designed with athletes in mind it can be worn outside on hot, cold or rainy days, all day or while working out. It is powered by a coin cell battery that runs on low power, does not need to be recharged, and is replaceable. Bluetooth 4.0 is also low power and can be used to connect to the wearer’s smartphone or a chest heart strap rate monitor. The Echo is compatible with Android 4.4 and later, as well as iOS 4S and later. Data such as pace or distance can stream from the smartphone in real time, as well as notifications and text messages. The wearer can control the smartphone’s music, timers, and lap count from the watch. The Magellan Echo has a high resolution 1” display that can be seen in the sun, at night, or anywhere in between, and the background and text colors can be inverted. The tap screen that allows the wearer to scroll through the different faces or close notifications, and there are also customizable apps and watch faces. If you are an athlete looking for a convenient way to keep an eye on your stats and smartphone apps while running or working out, continue reading to find out if the Echo is right for you.
Keep reading our in-depth Magellan Echo review to find out if it is worth the investment.
- Good battery conservation; does not need to be recharged
- Very lightweight and comfortable to wear
- Can control smartphone's fitness apps
- Good price
- Displays are customizable
- Water resistant so it can be worn during workouts
- Needs to have a smartphone nearby in order to work properly
- App does not work well with Android
- Sometimes has trouble syncing with iOS
- Tap feature is very sensitive; some testers experienced it scrolling through the screens randomly as they jogged or rode a bicycle
When using MapMyRun on a connected smartphone, runners can keep track of their runs, find and create routes, or participate in challenges. The Magellan Echo can also start and stop apps, mark laps, and control music on a connected smartphone.
The tapping feature works well, although it is perhaps a little too sensitive, as going over bumps in the road registers as a tap and it will close the notification or scroll to the next screen.
Strava keeps track of run maps, analyzes speed and distance stats, keeps training logs, and allows runners to connect with their friends. Golf Pad is a GPS rangefinder and scoring app. AllTrails is for hiking and trail running. iSmoothRun is an indoor/outdoor GPS and pedometer that tracks cadence, heart rate, and much more. Magellan Echo has an open platform so that developers can create new apps that are compatible with their devices.
Because there is no built-in heart rate monitor, wearers can adjust the fit to be as tight or loose as they prefer.
The strap has several holes for adjustability and a metal buckle to select and hold the size. Some people did not like how the strap buckle looks, but many people liked that they could choose the band to be their favorite color or the color that matches their workout clothes.
The Echo is IP67 water resistant (up to one meter, up to 30 minutes) so it can be worn in the shower or withstand being rained on, as long as it is dried off quickly. One person did swim without any problems but noted that they did not press any buttons while underwater, which will break the watch. The band is not replaceable, so users should be careful with it.
The battery lasts between six and eleven months. The Echo can withstand temperatures between 14°F to 140°F, or -10°C to 60°C; temperatures outside this range can cause the watch to a malfunction or stop working entirely.
Ease of Use
Some people thought that the label fonts were a bit small to read. There are four buttons on the side that users can change the functionality of, and users can control their smartphone's timer, lap count, and music from the watch.
This makes it so that users do not have to worry about finding their cable or forgetting to charge it at night. Most testers did not have problems with battery life, but a few had a defective battery that did not work at all or lasted only a few days, or the watch would not turn on even after replacing the battery with a new one.
Some people felt that this watch was a good deal for conveniently helping them track their goals, while others thought it was an expensive controller for their smartphone. The Echo is currently being sold for anywhere from 18% off to 80% off its original price, depending on the color and retailer.
The most popular color, black, generally has the highest price, while orange is sold out at a lot of stores.
It is sold separately, and price varies depending on the retailer.
- Designed to be worn outside or in the rain, all day and during workouts
- Replaceable coin cell battery does not need recharging
- Pace and distance data stream from smartphone in real time
- Compatible with Android 4.4 and later and iOS 4S and later
- Bluetooth 4.0 for connecting to smartphone or chest strap heart rate monitor
- Tap screen for navigating or closing notifications
- High resolution 1” display can be seen in bright light or back light turned on for visibility in the dark
- Customizable apps and watch faces (digital or analog clock) with inversable screen and character colors
- Receives texts and notifications from smartphone
- Controls timers, laps and music on smartphone
Its long lasting battery never needs recharging and is inexpensive to replace when the time comes. It is excellent for runners who want to check their current workout stats and set goals for the future. Ways to improve include a less sensitive tap screen and better connectivity to and compatibility with smartphones.
It could use more built-in features like a GPS or heart rate monitor, so you do not have to carry your phone around, but not having those keeps the price low. Overall, Magellan Echo is a beautiful watch for someone who does not want to have to pull their phone out while they're running and who uses typically the apps that work with the phone rather than wanting to use native watch apps.