Sunday, December 21, 2014

Magellan Echo Review

People take their smartphone with them everywhere. With the improvements in hardware, they can do a lot! And there is an app for just about anything you can think of. This included fitness apps. But pulling your smartphone out during your workout isn’t always convenient. Enter the Magellan Echo.

Features and specs:
  • Weight = 1.55 oz. (44 g)
  • Echo is water resistant, safe for the shower, not suitable for swimming. Rating = IPX7
  • Battery type = CR2032 3V
  • iPhone® 4S, 5, 5C, 5S
  • iPod touch® (5th generation or higher)
  • iPad miniTM
  • iPad (3rd generation or higher)
  • Select smartphones with AndroidTM 4.4 or later
  • Four buttons
  • Tap screen
  • Customizable – change the button function to meet your needs
  • 1" (2.54 cm)
  • 128 x 128 pixels
  • Backlight for dark conditions
  • Inversable screen
  • Battery life for Echo Fit
    • Heavy usage = 4 months
    • Light usage = 8 months
  • Battery life for Echo
    • Heavy usage = 6 months
    • Light usage = 11 months
The Magellan Echo came shipped in a standard packaging, with a thin, hard clear plastic so you can see the Magellan Echo watch. The watch was mostly made of plastic with a rubber wristband. Quality of materials used was good, so was the fit and finish. It was put together very well.

The Magellan Echo helps you to take advantage of the fitness apps that are available. While the apps work great, it isn’t very convenient to have to pull it out while you are jogging, for example. This is where the Magellan Echo steps in. And it is compatible with both iPhone and android. I was anxious to put it to the test.

Putting the Magellan Echo to the test was simple. And if you need help, there and tutorials on Magellan’s website to help. The Echo was easy to get to link with my android smartphone. And with just a simple lift of the wrist you can see your pace, time and distance. The only downside is it’s toned down watch functionality, such as lack of a stopwatch and alarm.

The Magellan Echo is a great working product. If you like using fitness apps on your smartphone, the Magellan Echo would be worth a look. Being able to check your progress with just a lift of the wrist is great. For more info and complete specs, check out their website at