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Alcatel OneTouch Watch hands-on

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Alcatel OneTouch Watch hands-on
Alcatel is announcing big plans for 2015, and like its competition, it is focusing on engaging directly with consumers and gaining mind share through a line of affordable, well spec’d devices.

Wearables are part of that strategy as well, and where else but at CES 2015 to give the official announcement of the OneTouch Watch. This new watch covers a lot of the features we are seeing come out of the box of most mainstream wearables. It has activity monitoring, and smartphone connectivity notifications, and media remote control capability.

Like a lot of Alcatel’s smartphones, the OneTouch Watch also has a very attractive price point, well under $200. Do not let the price tag fool you though, it has a couple tricks up its sleeve that make this handsome wearable stand out.

Alcatel OneTouch Watch hands-on
Alcatel OneTouch Watch hands-on
Alcatel OneTouch Watch hands-on
Alcatel OneTouch Watch hands-on
Alcatel OneTouch Watch hands-on
Design


The OneTouch Watch adopts the classic round timepiece design, making use of the bezel to provide the familiar timepiece ticks along the outer face. The crown and body has a metal construction, and overall it errs on the side of conservative design queues. It will be available in a few color options, and straps to the wrist with familiar flat clasp.

There is an accelerometer so that it will turn on when you want to check the time or see a notification. There is also a sleep/wake button in a familiar fashion to other wearables that are available now. The OneTouch Watch is water resistant (IP67), and connects via Bluetooth 4.0.

The battery is small, 210mAh, but with that Alcatel says you can get up to 5 days of use, and it charges in less than an hour. When it comes to charging, there is no dock or cable to worry about, the wrist strap has a male-end USB plug. Simply plug the watch into your computer while you work or surf the web. It is a solution that is off the beaten path of wireless charging, and it eliminates the need for a separate cable.

Display


The display is 1.22-inches in diameter. That dimension may seem on the small side, but it is mostly round, save for a small chin, and makes use of real estate providing easy to read watch faces, and icon placements.

Interface


Alcatel did not go the Android Wear route for the OneTouch Watch. Instead it has developed its own operating system to work on its own specification. The features cover the basics, notifications, activity monitoring for heath, heartbeat and the like.

Most remarkable about this interface, and its companion application, is the connectivity options. The Alcatel OneTouch Watch will connect to any Android powered smartphone (4.3 and up), as well as any iOS device (iOS 7 and up). You read that right, this watch costs just $149 and will connect to an iPhone for good measure.

Processor and Memory


The chipset is an ST Micro ST429 unit. No other specifics were provided, but for the walled-in nature of the proprietary operating system of the OneTouch Watch, it is operating within the specs that Alcatel required to make it work.

Expectation


The value proposition Alcatel is making is optimizing the current crop of functionality in a fundamentally attractive design, at an attractive device that is designed to be easy to use. At only $149, the OneTouch Watch fits Alcatel’s current model of attractive devices with desired features.

The Alcatel OneTouch Watch will launch with availability direct from Alcatel.





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posted on 05 Jan 2015, 07:18 1

1. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


What? $149? Shut up and take my money!

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 07:30 3

3. sgodsell (Posts: 3047; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I can see why its only $149. Its using an STM 32F429 MCU that runs at 180mhz with 256kb of ram, and 2 mb of storage.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:08 3

6. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


And that's where smartwatches should stay around. It needs to be functional yet be efficient for good battery life.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:28 1

9. cezarepc (Posts: 714; Member since: 23 Nov 2012)


Exactly.

I'd get one just so I can see notifications without getting my phone out of my bag.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 11:19

16. pavsidhu (Posts: 214; Member since: 20 May 2014)


It depends what you what it for though really.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 12:44

19. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


256 KB!?

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:24 2

8. boosook (Posts: 1413; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Not a very low price if you consider that the watch does not support android wear and will be obsolete in a few months...

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:44

11. Kruze (Posts: 1285; Member since: 30 Dec 2014)


I don't mind about it doesn't support Android Wear, as long as it's Android compatible then it will be okay for me.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:31

10. boosook (Posts: 1413; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Not a very low price if you consider that the watch does not support android wear and will be obsolete in a few months...

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 11:38

18. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


not with that bezel.... And a flat tire.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 07:27

2. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Wow, it's so freaking ugly.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 07:34

4. phljcnth (Posts: 479; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


Is the watch too compact or the hand is just too big?

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:06

5. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Bit of both I guess. Hopely it's not smaller than Pebble Steel.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 10:30

13. Jason78 (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


You don't have to guess they gave a dimension in the article. The watch face is 1.22 inches (31 mm) in diameter. For comparison the Moto 360 is 1.8 inches (46 mm) in diameter.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 11:35

17. needa (Posts: 205; Member since: 30 Jun 2014)


no. the display is 1.22". then you have to factor in that huge bezel going all the way around it. which is going to put it in the 1.5" range...the same size as the 360.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 08:22 2

7. domen151 (Posts: 30; Member since: 13 Sep 2012)


I like it alot because it looks alot smaller than other smartwatches (moto watch...) even though it has less features. Those regular smartwatches are just too big and weird looking for me.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 10:45 1

14. Jason78 (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


I agree. Every current smartwatch is is too big but the Alcatel seems to be just about right. I prefer watches from the 40's-60's before the trend of everyone pretending they were a diver or pilot and required 3,4,5,6.... dials on their watch.

(I know this flies in the face of current trends where bigger is better)

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 09:42 1

12. greenelektron (Posts: 528; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


Is it just me? I feel $149 is still too much for this.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 10:47

15. Jason78 (Posts: 234; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


$149 is just slightly more than a fitness band like a Fitbit Charge that only displays a single line of text.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 12:45

20. Neo_Huang (Posts: 1067; Member since: 06 Dec 2013)


It's not too bad, but that watch band is UGLY.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 20:16

21. bob_monkeywarts (Posts: 236; Member since: 14 Apr 2014)


It looks great when you first look at it, but it's probably only OK in reality. I have the G watch, and the thing I like about it the most is Google Now. I don't mean the stuff sort of like a notification, I mean the voice search. Sadly, Android wear is the only smartwatch OS that can use voice control (currently, I know the Apple watch has Siri, and I know that Tizen has Svoice, but Svoice is almost useless). Alcatel should have used Android Wear, and if they did that would probably be one of the best smartwatches you can get right now.

posted on 05 Jan 2015, 21:19

22. lola99 (Posts: 33; Member since: 03 Aug 2013)


Would have been helpful to see it on the wrist. Any chance I could use this as a trusted Bluetooth?

posted on 23 Sep 2015, 03:38

23. Jojoirving (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Sep 2015)


Can you use the acatel one touch watch on the blackberry passport

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