Boat Watch Xtend review: Boat Watch Xtend review: Good for beginners

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Lifestyle brand Boat introduced its Xtend smartwatch in the market recently. The smartwatch was launched at Rs 7,990 but right now, it can be purchased for Rs 2,499. It comes in four colour variants: Sandy Cream, Olive Green, Pitch Black and Deep Blue. Let’s take a look at how the Deep Blue colour variant of the Xtend smartwatch by Boat fared in our review.

Boat Watch Xtend: Design

The Boat Watch Xtend feels light on the wrist and does not cause any chafing if you do not wear it too tight. The watch straps are made of a rubber-based material and grip the wrist properly. The smartwatch comes in a rectangular shape with rounded edges and there is a slight circular bump at the rear for the sensors. Otherwise, the dial is pretty much flat only. There is a single button on the right for accessing different functions on the watch. The colour scheme is mostly blue and red, with the straps in faded blue colour and the entire edge of the watch, the clasps in deep red.

Boat Watch Xtend: Display

Boat Watch Xtend comes with a 1.69-inch capacitive touch display. It has got about 1cm thick bezels towards the bottom and thin bezels on the other three sides. It can be said that the bezels do take up some of the display space.

The smartwatch comes with five display brightness levels (1 to 5). The feature can be accessed by swiping up the home screen. To increase or decrease the brightness, you just have to tap on its icon on the left. The display is quite bright when jacked up to full. At 5, the display is bright enough to be used under direct sunlight.

Boat Watch Xtend: Performance

The smartwatch takes about under two hours to charge to full. If you use it to record your physical activities for an average of an hour every day, the smartwatch can give you a battery backup of a week easily. If you are one of those for whom even a 30-minute brisk walk is an achievement for the day and use the watch to record only those, the battery life can extend to 10 days.

The charging cable attaches magnetically to the back of the smartwatch but the smartwatch does not have a locking mechanism for it, which means that if you dangle the cable with the watch attached to it, the watch may fall down. We tried checking the strength of the magnetic connection by swinging the cable and every time, whenever there was a little more than a gentle swing, the watch would come off the cable and fall on the bed. So, our advice, do not to try to lift the smartwatch by the cable when it is charging and if you do, be very careful with it. Boat could add a locking mechanism for the charging cable with its upcoming models.

The display is easy to use even if your fingers get all sweaty during workouts. In our testing, during a morning run under the sun, the display didn’t respond on the first try in the case of sweaty fingers but on tapping it again, it responded. There were not many display-related issues after that. The smartwatch sends you a notification asking if you would like to exit the exercise mode after you have finished the activity you had set the watch to record. The notification stays for about 15 seconds to which you have to respond with a tick or a cross, or else it comes out of the workout mode and stops recording your session. At this price range, very few smartwatches have this feature where they give you a reminder when you have stopped working out and can stop recording your sessions automatically if the sensors tell it that the workout is over.

On the home screen, swipe down from the top to get you the list of notifications while swiping up from the bottom fetches up a list of options for the DND mode, wake gesture, brightness etc.

Pressing the only button present on the device once (on the right) will get all the accessible functions and activities that can be managed with the watch. It is a simple interface and you do not have to press the button multiple times to reach a watch function or workout mode.

The featured sports modes include Hiking, Outdoor Cycling, Indoor Cycling, Cricket, Yoga, Pool Swim, Outdoor Run, Indoor Run. Open Water Swim, etc. With regular heart rate and SpO2 monitoring, the watch can also measure your stress levels. There is an option for breath training too.

But, one drawback which we felt could add to your stress is that you cannot access anything in the watch while it is charging, so you need to wait for it to charge sufficiently, remove the cable and then use it.


The Boat Xtend smartwatch comes with plenty of workout recording options. It has a bright enough display and the watch has an overall durable build. The wrist straps fit comfortably on the wrists without chafing them. It has also got a good battery life of about a week on average. On the other hand, the charging could have been faster and the cable connection more secure, both of which can still be managed if you can stay alert about the battery levels and be careful with the watch. At Rs 2,499, this is a good option for beginners.


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