The miracle of watch-phones – 10 quirky wearables to 'question' your Android Wear purchase
Unlike today's smart-watches, which are designed as servants to a smartphone, the Chinese watch-phone is a completely autonomous entity. It makes ample use of its assets – a built-in SIM card slot or two, a spec sheet of cheap internals, and a featurephone-like Java operating system to put the best and worst of pre-iPhone mobiles on your wrist. Concerns of usability, screen quality, battery life, or tasteful design don't matter much.
Thus, a new breed of mobile device was forged, that takes a certain type of humor to appreciate. Because, let's face it – getting one of these jewels for their ability to do calls and messages means signing up for weird stares and unreliable communication. With no further ado, here are ten watch-phones that will change your life.
10 quirky wearables to question your Android Wear purchase
1. H2 1.49-inch MTK6253 Watch
We're not sure what OS it runs, but this is a watch you can actually make calls with! It has a SIM-card, and its other capabilities include support for calling await/forward, ring tones, music and video playing, messaging, alarms, and pretty much everything a phone can do.
Considering the $55 price tag, we'd be happy if the watch delivers even half of its advertised functionality.
2. G10 1.49-inch MTK6253 GPS Watch Phone
Calling and messaging aside, the watch has a radio, calendar, alarm, path query, and so on. It costs $91. If you ever get one of these, hit us back to tell us if it's worth the price.
3. W950 Watch Mobile Phone
4. TW810 Watches Style Cell Phone
5. Q8 Watch Mobile Phone
The Q8 costs just $62. We're considering crowd-funding the cash and sending one to BlackBerry CEO John Chen to catch his reaction. Will you pledge?
6. A1 Smartwatch Smart Bluetooth Watch with Display Dial for Mobile Phone 2
The price, you asked? $60.
7. G13 Watch Phone
8. AK11 Watch Phone
9. An1 Smart Watch Phone 2.0
10. W838 Watch Phone
4. sgodsell (Posts: 1307; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)
I remember people saying that about smart phones. Why do you need a smartphone when you can use a laptop it can run more programs, its faster, bigger screen, now look at smartphones today. I had a Galaxy Nexus S back in 2010. It had a single core 1ghz CPU with 512mb of ram. Now on my Gear Live smart watch I have more computing power then that smartphone. Times constantly change everything, and time waits for no one. With that said, some can see potential in a smart watch, while others will have no need.
I would like to know the resolution of this smart watch.
5. steedsofwar (Posts: 288; Member since: 07 Oct 2013)
Agreed bro. Also look to their prices! They pack more hardware than your average mainstream OEM but cost so little.
3. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 751; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)
I think the An1 Smart Watch Phone 2.0 (#9) is the most decent one out of all those "smartwatchs"
6. benhar156 (Posts: 10; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)
These are close to what we can call real smart-watch. Look at smart-watches from Sony or any other, they need a smartphone to do all the basic stuff...they are more like a modified digital watches. Smart-watches now are more like accessories which cannot be used separately. I just hope the big companies make something which can be actually be called "SMART-WATCH".