Magellan Echo Review

Awhile back I was contacted to review a cool new device called the Magellan Echo. At first I wasn’t so sure why this device was special, but upon further reading, I realized this was nothing like anything I had ever used.  It also comes in several pretty colors!


Echo solves the biggest problem when doing sports with a smartphone. How many times have you used a running app on your phone, and got aggravated because you had to keep pulling it out of your pocket or armband to check you time and pace? Or, when running in the bright sun, having to figure out a way to read your smart phone’s screen to see how your run is going? The Echo fixes this by syncing your info from your app to a wrist watch!

Echo streams data and controls from your smartphone to your wrist. At a glance, you can see things like distance, pace, and heart rate from certain apps on your phone in realtime.echo_fea_fitness_1_2

With your phone in your pocket or in an armband, etc., remote controls make it easy to do things like Start, Stop, Lap as well as Music controls like Play/Pause, and hanging to the next song. Also, tapping the screen turns the page to show more date screens. Echo uses Bluetooth Smart to connect your smartphone and watch.

Apps bring Echo to life on your wrist. They are working with the leading fitness apps to ensure that your favorite app works with Echo. Strava, MapMyRun, MapMyRide, Wahoo Fitness, iSmoothRun, iMobileIntervals and other apps will be announced soon. (I am currently using Strava on mine).

The device is always on and ready to go. Echo does not need to be recharged, it uses very low power technology and runs off of a replaceable coin cell battery.
Echo’s low power technologies also help preserve the battery of your smartphone. Using Echo means your phone screen stays off, which saves your smartphone battery for more important functions. Also, When you’re not running or biking, Echo is an everyday watch showing the day, date and time.

The model I was sent also came with a heart rate monitor, but you can also purchase the watch alone without this feature. I really liked not having to stare into a glaring screen to see what was going on with my phone app, or worry about draining my battery. The screen on the watch is large and easy to read, and I really love that you aren’t just limited to one app like if you are using a regular GPS watch. Depending on your preference or activity, you have many options with more coming!

QOTD: What are your thoughts on a device like this? What other apps would you like to see the Echo work with?

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  1. This sounds like something I would totally use. I love my Endomondo app on my phone, but I hate how quickly it drains my phone’s battery on my long runs. As a Disney racer, you know I gotta save my phone battery for more important things like pictures : )

  2. I am in the market for a new device, thanks for sharing how this one went for you!

  3. Angie Elliott says:

    I bought the echo for those same reasons: not having to pull my phone out, etc. the problem I am having is I use Bluetooth headphones and can’t use both the headphones and the echo. Unfortunately , the headphones are currently winning. I just don’t like having the cords with regular headphones. If you know of any tricks to use both together I would love to hear it!!!!

  4. What a cool piece of technology! I have considered getting a Fitbit or something, but it’s just not geared toward running the way I would like it to be.

    I use my iPod nano a lot, but it is not easy to record laps, splits, etc. and is not totally accurate on its own. As you mentioned, using the phone uses up battery and is a little bit awkward. I actually rarely use my phone for those reasons (but keep it on me because I run alone).

    I would totally use this, though (maybe I’ll ask for one for Christmas), and think another useful app they could partner with would be MyFitnessPal. I am guessing this watch estimates calorie burn more accurately and my iPod and phone always give different results compared to MFP… so I never know which to believe! If the watch uploaded these results to MFP that would take some of the guesswork out of tracking diet.

    • they are always adding new apps etc! I too hate when I get different results from different sources on the same workout!

  5. That’s really cool! That’s one reason I don’t use my phone…it’s so inconvenient and hard to see in the sunlight!

  6. That’s so cool and such a great idea! I always want to use my phone apps when I’m running but it is so annoying to scroll every time. Great review!

  7. This is kind of cool…and I love that it doesn’t need to be charged! I am terrible at remembering to charge my Garmin!

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