Noise has refreshed its smartwatch lineup with the all-new Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz. It comes with Bluetooth calling, connected voice assistant, and is priced quite aggressively at just Rs. 3999. We have used this smartwatch for a while now, and in this article, we will be sharing our experience in the Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz review.
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz Review
Before we take off to the review, here are the box contents that we get with the Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz:
- Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz Smartwatch
- POGO Pin Magnetic Charging Connector
- A Warrannty Card
- A User Manual
- Noise Stickers
Now, let’s discuss our experience with the Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz smartwatch!
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz: Display
The ColorFit Icon Buzz has a 1.69-inch TFT LCD with 240 x 280 pixels resolution. The display looks fine but maintains a flat profile for the most part and a bottom chin which is too large for our liking.
The colors are good but being a TFT screen, it isn’t punchy or contrasty. It has three levels of brightness with good sunlight legibility. The touch response is satisfactory, and there’s no jitter while scrolling and swiping.
The brand gave two screen protectors pre-applied on the watch, which, while a good thing, gave a cheap look.
Overall, I would say it is a decent display considering the price it is coming for. An AMOLED screen would have been better. For instance, Noise itself sells the Evolve 2 with an AMOLED for the same price but lacks Bluetooth calling functionality.
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz: Design and Build
The Icon Buzz equips a square-shaped dial with a metal chassis. The Silver Grey unit we have here doesn’t look that premium, but there are other color options, including Jet Black, Midnight Gold, and Olive Gold.
The backside is made of good quality plastic which does not leave any marks and spots on the wrist. The sensors are embedded on a raised platform, making them fit snuggly on your wrist. It also has a side button which we had no issues with.
The strap is made of silicone TPU and is neither hard nor soft. There are two rubber loops for a better grip, and the pin lock is also made of metal. You can also remove or replace the strap with the compatible ones in the market.
Overall, the Noise Icon Buzz has a good build quality and feels good on the wrist. Although, we’re not very happy about the looks, particularly the Silver variant.
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz: Bluetooth Calling
Bluetooth Calling is one of the main highlights of the Icon Buzz. Unlike the issues we faced with Bluetooth calling on FireBoltt AI, it seems quite polished and works without any hiccups here.
The watch has a built-in speaker and microphone placed on the right side of the back panel. The positioning is okay, but the microphone gets covered while calling, so make sure to keep it close while on a call. That said, the audio from the mic sounds clear, without any unwanted noise.
The speaker quality on this watch is appreciable. It is not only loud enough but also very clear. You can attend the call without bringing it close- you’ll still be able to hear it properly.
Overall, I am impressed with the speaker and microphone quality. And more importantly, the feature works fine without any problems.
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz: Productivity Features
In terms of productivity features, Icon Buzz is no less than other smartwatches in the segment. Along with the already discussed Bluetooth calling, it also has a voice assistant feature.
No, the watch does not have a built-in Alexa or any other assistant. Instead, it toggles the voice assistant (Google or Siri) on your smartphone to take commands from the watch mic. It then speaks out the results through the onboard speaker.
While we would have loved to see built-in Alexa support like Boat Xtend or Amazfit GTS 2 Mini, the connected assistant works fine on the Icon Buzz.
Other features include Weather Info, Camera Control, Music Control, Stopwatch, Alarm, Timer, and Find Phone. The smartwatch also has two in-built games like Floppy bird and Hamster for on-the-go entertainment.
The watch also has DND, but the control center has very few options. Overall, the Noise Icon Buzz has more than the basic features one would demand in this segment.
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz: Health Features
The ColorFit Icon Buzz comes with basic health features like heart rate monitoring, SpO2 or blood oxygen, sleep tracking, and breathing exercises except for stress monitoring. It also has nine sports modes: running, walking, spinning, yoga, fitness, and more.
The watch comes with a wear detection feature that prompts a message when you try measuring heart rate or blood oxygen without wearing it on your wrist.
Unfortunately, the data from the sensors aren’t reliable. In our testing, the heart rate monitor showed inaccurate readings which kept fluctuating for the most part. The same is the case with the SpO2 monitor.
While Noise may rectify the issue with a firmware update in the future, the watch is currently not suitable for intensive fitness tracking.
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz: App Features
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz is compatible with Android and iPhone and can be connected through the NoiseFit Track app. The app is easy to use but has minimal options.
You can check all the health and activity data in a detailed view in the app. You can also change the watch settings and enable or disable some features.
Some useful options onboard are downloading watch faces from the internet, enabling notifications, and adding contacts to the watch.
Overall there are not many customizations available in the watch’s app. But, it is simple, easy to use, and has all the necessary tweaks around the watch features.
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz: Battery Life & Charging
Battery life is a weak point of Noise Icon Buzz. The brand claims that the watch can last up to seven days. We got a battery life of only about three days in the actual usage.
Our usage involved notifications for calls and social media apps, continuous heart rate monitoring, and Bluetooth calls- all of it with the screen at medium brightness. If you use it without calling and continuous heart rate, you may shell out up to five days of backup.
We also noticed a significant idle battery drain on the watch. Nonetheless, you get a magnetic Pogo pin charger that clips at the back and takes about 1.5 hours to charge the watch fully.
Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz Review: Conclusion
The Noise ColorFit Icon Buzz is a feature-rich smartwatch with good build quality, Bluetooth calling, and connected voice assistant support. The onboard speaker and mic work very well in supporting the above features.
However, the watch isn’t accurate with heart rate or blood oxygen tracking. Plus, the battery life is quite average.
Overall, if you’re looking for a smartwatch to check notifications and make calls over Bluetooth, the Icon Buzz is an ideal choice available at the right price. But if you’re someone who’s solely into health and fitness, you shall look somewhere else.