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Review: Anex Monkey Smart Watch

Hello Readers, 

Welcome back. While browsing through a weekly flyer by Canadian Tire, my eyes got hold of a smart watch, primarily for its name - Monkey Smart Watch. It's original price was $89.99. On account of Father's Day, the price was slashed 70% and offered for just $24.99 (from June 9th to June 16th). 



As it was listed on Canadian Tire website, I thought the product should be genuine and googled to know more about the product. But there weren't sufficient reviews online. So I decided to try it myself and booked it online. This smart watch was launched in the last quarter of 2021 as Anex Monkey Smart Watch. Last year, it had been sold for just $19.99 as part of Black Friday deal. Even after 5 days of waiting, Canadian Tire didn't process my order. On the other hand, the stock was vanishing real quick and only 80 watches were available in our near by store. When checked with their customer service executive, I was told to cancel my online order or wait until they process the order 😐The response couldn't be weirder than this.

In the past, one of my online orders with Canadian Tire was unprocessed until the offer was over and later they cancelled my order quoting insufficient stock. So, I decided to buy it from the store instead. Caution: If you plan to buy anything from Canadian Tire, my piece of advice is to buckle your shoes, go and buy it in person. The next day when I went to the store, only 2 watches were left - one an open box and another one, unopened. I thanked my stars and picked up the later. And yes, finally I got hold of one 'Monkey' Smart Watch. 

Naturally after all the wait and stock depleting at fast pace, I was very curious to see how well the watch functions.

Features:

  • The watch comes with a band, USB charger and user manual
  • It is an unisex model and designed for youth (13-18 years) and adults (18+)
  • It is compatible with both Android and Apple devices
  • The band is made of silicone material and is available only in one colour - black
  • The manufacturer claims the watch to be water resistant
  • It is designed to monitor foot count, distance, calories, heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygen level, sleep duration (deep and light sleep)
  • It also has a sports feature to measure the duration of our walking, running, biking and hiking activities
  • It boasts to have a remote enabled camera
  • Apart from these features, it has stop watch, find the phone option, option to set alarms and notifies user of the incoming calls and texts (including many social media accounts like facebook, twitter, insta etc.)

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The watch has to be integrated with our mobile using Thefit app, downloadable from play store and app store. I used the watch for close to a week, and below is my take. 

Pros:

  • The touch charger fully charged the watch in less than 2 hours
  • Charge lasts for more than 2 days, which is pretty good
  • Decent display and the watch has 4 clock faces
  • Has quite a good amount of features to track our physical activities
  • Notifies incoming calls and texts 
  • Messages from sms, whatsapp, twitter etc. are readable. However, emojis aren't displayed
Cons:

  • Watch doesn't have a back option. So while navigating through the options in the watch, if we miss to stop at what we were looking for, we have to do it all over, which is quite annoying.
  • Thefit app is the biggest downside of this watch. 
    • I found it to be poorly developed and launched it without a thorough testing. Many features in the app like display settings, notification don't list a fixed set of options. The options keep vanishing and reappearing. All of a sudden, I saw Gmail listed under the notifications tab, just to find it disappear the very next day😕 
    • It doesn't store past data. It just displays the data (pedometer, heart beat, blood pressure etc.) tracked on that particular day. One wouldn't need an app for that. We can just peep into the watch.   
    • Watch gets unpaired if you move beyond 20 meters from your mobile. Notifications will work as long as your mobile is only within this vicinity. I am ok if the watch gets automatically paired once I am closer to the mobile, but it doesn't. We have to manually pair it again.
    • Remote enabled camera doesn't work. They just mentioned this feature as a crowd puller

So if you are wondering what's my verdict on this device, though I didn't find any issues with the watch, I am much disappointed with the app due to its poor design and fails to make the watch, SMART. 

After all this, you may still buy this product, but only on a sale. Spending $20-$25 won't hurt much, if you want to

  • add this device to your watch collection
  • measure your foot count and other metrics on a given day  
  • gift it to your teenager who had been nagging you for a smart watch. Considering the price point, you won't feel bad if they lose or break it 
Do not buy, if you are looking for a watch
  • smart enough to retain data, so that you can evaluate and do better to achieve your fitness goals
  • well integrated with mobile phone to receive prompt notifications, attend calls and send texts
Invest few more dollars and buy better brands like Garmin, Samsung, Apple or Fitbit. You may find better deals as part of Back to School offer that might start soon.

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Comments

  1. Definitely a no then.. 😄

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  2. Ive had it for a few months!!! would not recommend, basically a load of rubbish

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  3. I just bought some for Christmas and tried setting it up. It was too good to be true. Returning all. It does not do what it says it can. Kept on taking my BP when it was off of me and was having trouble pairing. Definitely a no-go!

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  4. Thanks for the well done review.

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  5. I had greart results. For 25$, you can't go wrong. I had 2 Fitbit watchs that lasted a year then broke, no way to have it repaired by Fitbit, thats what I call RUBISH. The smart watch is great, stays charged for 6 to 7 days, yes, believe it or not !. A YES to buy on my part

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  6. This watch is not worth... it's better to pay few additional $ and get a watch that measures and stores data correctly.

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  7. I received this for Christmas and was very happy with it. It is now Jan 2 and it will not turn on. This is being returned to Canadian tire!

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  8. I love this inexpensive wstch. Got our 9 yr old grandson one and he loves it as well. Being 9 yrs old that's quite a feat.

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  9. I am not happy with this watch, and I no longer have the bill to return it. There’s no explanation of the features it’s not recording my sleep patterns which is one of the biggest reasons I wanted it! I went on YouTube to try and get some information but it’s not telling you for example how to change the face is it says there are four different options!

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  10. Does anyone find a free app Who Was functional ? We try de QR code and it's fail .. when a find an app Who maybe functional.. it's 3 days Free trial .. i buy this for my 10 years old girl

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  11. The app no longer exists in the Play Store, so the watch is basically useless unless you already had the app downloaded :(

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    1. Good to know, thank you.

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    2. I just bought this watch and was able to download app. Works great for me so far!

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    3. which app did you download? Appreciate if you could share the info, as it benefits many here.

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    4. Just bought the watch and the QR code doesn't work and the app is non existent

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    5. The apps name is THEFIT

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    6. I just bought this watch, and the Android app link comes with the quick start manual. The QR code works just fine with my Marshmallow device. The photo remote also works.

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    7. Good to know that yours is working well. can you share the app name used to sync your watch? It will help a huge crowd here.

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  12. I bought the watch, can't find the app. The qr code brings me to a link to subscribe for $50 a month for games and movies. I can't figure out how to update the time nor can I figure who to contact for help. One of the most frustrating purchases ever.

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    1. agreed... i believe they took down "thefit" app. i tried much to figure out an app that works with this watch with no luck!!

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    2. I need to reset my monkey smart watch can anyone help me

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    3. I can access the app even now it's still available to download but only on iPhone in my experience

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  13. Check for reset to factory under settings in the watch menu

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  14. I have changed to an android phone and need the appropriate app. I can't find it online? Does it still exist and, if so, can anyone give me the link to it? Thanks.

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  15. Same here, can NOT find the App for android

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  16. Je ne trouve pas l applcation gratuit il faut payer ca ne marche pas. C est pas correct

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  17. I had thefit app(made for this smartwatch) on my Samsung S20FE 5G and it disappeared!?

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  18. https://thinfit.fr.aptoide.com/app

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  19. Mon Bluetooth voyait " Thinfit-36 " alors, j'ai fait une recherche sur le net et j'ai trouvé l'application.

    https://thinfit.fr.aptoide.com/app

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  20. is it not possible to simply use a different app like SamsungHealth and pair the watch via Bluetooth?

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    1. I bought this watch for ten dollars. Can anyone tell me why i am not receiving texts or calls on it? I have the notifications turned on

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