An Android bike computer

Remember my overview of the Unihertz Atom? It’s a tiny Android phone which has all the features of a normal smartphone, just with a smaller screen and a very rugged appearance.

Available on Amazon for £219.99, you can also get this bike mount for £12.99 to rig it to your bike. I like this idea because, to use the Atom as your normal, everyday phone… well, it’s a bit of a “jump” because you’ve got to go all-in with that smaller screen. So, I decided to fix it to my bike but, instead of getting the proper bike mount from Amazon, I used the lanyard loop on the bottom of the phone and a whole load of cable ties.

The phone has an octa-core 2GHz CPU, 4GB RAM and connects via 4G. You get a 2000mAh battery, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, Corning Gorilla Glass, 64GB of storage on-board and it runs Android 8.1.

I won’t lie, getting apps like Strava (which monitors your cycling / running activity) setup is a little tricky because of the teeny-tiny screen (a 240×432 pixel, 2.45″ display), but once it’s done, it’s done. I’ve installed Strava and this Speedometer app so I can see how fast I’m going.

Battery life, I’ll admit, isn’t a huge strong point – especially not when you’re recording your position all the time via GPS – so I keep it plugged in when the bike is parked in the garage, then it’s ready to go.

Oh, and the phone is IP68 waterproof, dustproof and shockproof, so should survive my cycling and the British weather.

I’d love to hear your thoughts as to what else this phone would be good at. I’m thinking of playing music on the external speaker or something else?

I’ll be testing this over the coming days and will let you know the Unihertz Atom performs!