Testing: Smart Electronic Toothbrush Oral-B Genius Pro
In the meantime, there is hardly any area of life that you cannot optimize with an app. Thanks to Oral-B and its smart electronic toothbrush, brushing teeth is part of this for some time now. The Genius models have Bluetooth so that they can be connected to your iPhone via an app. We tested the Oral-B Genius Pro and answer the questions if you really need an app for brushing your teeth.
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The electric toothbrush does what it supposed to: Cleaning the teeth. The Genius Pro has different modes that allow adjustments to your cleaning needs. Some of these modes are gum protection, whitening mode, and tongue cleaning.
The body contains a lithium-ion battery, which is supposed to last for 12 days when it’s fully charged, according to Oral-B. In practice, this electric toothbrush only lasts for around one week until it has to be charged again. The shorter battery life may be caused by the built-in Bluetooth and micro controller, which recognizes the location of the toothbrush. The battery status shows you when it’s time to charge again. If you want to use the full capacity of the battery, you should wait until it’s completely discharged at least once every 6 months.
In addition to the toothbrush and exchangeable brush heads, you will also get a smartphone mount, a charging station, and a travel case.
Oral-B app: Useful or unnecessary?
The electric toothbrush can be paired with a smartphone app via Bluetooth 4.0. You will at least need an iPhone 4s/iOS 8 in order to use the app. The application works without issues, no crashing and fast connection to the toothbrush. It functions as a personal cleaning assistant and will give you real-time tips. Besides telling you the recommended cleaning period of 2min, it alerts you if you put too much pressure on your gum. As soon as you do, the SmartRing on the iPhone lights up and the pulsation of the Oral-B slows down. If you keep putting too much pressure on your teeth, the smart toothbrush will automatically shut down.
If Bluetooth isn’t available or failed, the Oral-B app uses the microphone of the iPhone to detect the sound of the toothbrush. This way you can keep using the app even without Bluetooth.
The most useful part of the toothbrush is the Position Detection Technology. It will help you, which part of your teeth has to be cleaned for how long. So you can adjust your cleaning technique to perfectly brush your teeth. Dental recommendations, cleaning challenges, different dental care programs, and product recommendations from dentists are also part of the app.
The Oral-B Genius Pro serves the purpose like other electric toothbrushes of this brand and won’t disappoint you. However, it’s totally up to you, if you really need the app to brush your teeth. It definitely offers an additional value and helps to optimize your daily teeth cleaning. Some features, such as the product recommendations and cleaning challenge might be nice, but eventually useless. On the other hand, the integrated timer for fulfilling the 2min cleaning and the position detection are very helpful and useful.
Get your Oral-B Genius Pro on Amazon.