I have a x5 (and several other types) sadly the firmware isn’t really mature and does have bugs in it, which probably will never be resolved.
So, I did some testing to see if the watch would be useful for me.
the goal for me was (is) to have a messaging device around my wrist, so that my wife, family and friends can sent a message via whatsapp (or similar service). I usually mis messages because i am not glued to my mobile phone all day.
My setup is as follows :
Finow X5 with the latest firmware.
chatsim unlimited sim card.
It would be nice to get the messages as soon as they are send, but the x5 disconnects the 2g /3g / wifi data link as soon as the screen goes to sleep. If I have the “conspire screen on” function enabled then the 2g/3g datalink will be disabled and you have to go into the network settings to enable it again. So that is not going to work for my.
I discovered that without the “conspire screen on” function enabled, the 2g/3g datalink will reconnect in about 15 second. the same will happen when you receive a sms. So I told my wife that if it is urgent she needs to send a sms and then continu via whatsapp. If it is not urgent then I still receive the messages when I check the time on my watch by pressing the middle button.
I set the screen timeout at 30 seconds, the 15 seconds is just to short for reconnecting.
I use a chatsim unlimited card because it gives me unlimited chatting in about 150 countries and I do travel a lot for work.
last week I could test it in russia and it became my primary way for communication. you can also buy “credits” for multimedia so you can make whatsapp audio calls and sent / receive pictures. etc.
To use my whatsapp account on my “normal” phone, I put the X5 into wifi hotspot mode and connected my phone to it. It works like a charm for chatting. typing on a X5 is not so easy as on a galaxy note 4.0.
So the combination of a X5 and a chatsim unlimited gives me a small and working device to communicate around the “world”. It took some work and testing but I am happy with it. Maybe it is useful to you.
If you plan to use a chatsim please consider using my coupon code during activation CAM5YLAL This will give you and me 1000 multimedia credits. If you don’t us a coupon code you won’t get any.
Also don’t register 2 cards on the same account, you will not get any credits for that, I found out the hard way.
The last thing about the X5 that I had to solve was the connecting pins for charging and connecting. If it is warm and you sweat a bit the pins start to rot away very quickly. Not sure it this is a production fault, but i will become a problem very quickly.
I have a background in watchmaking and goldsmithing so I tackled the problem by gold plating the pins and now they are protected. you can buy DIY gold-plating solution and if you follow the instructions it works fine. You can push the copper pins gently out of the black socket and gold-plate them completely, just make sure that the surface is smooth and fat free. I plated them about 12 minutes a piece. and pushed the pins back in the black socket. now they stay shiny without corrosion.
I am not sure if all of the x5’s have this problem but it would make our watches unusable and it not why we buy them for.