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The miracle of watch-phones – 10 quirky wearables to 'question' your Android Wear purchase

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The miracle of watch-phones – 10 quirky wearables to 'question' your Android Wear purchase
What is a watch-phone? Does it grow on trees? The watch-phone is a specimen unique to China. Basically, at some point – probably after they saw Sony's 2012 smart-watch - Chinese mobile manufacturers adopted the watch form-factor and made it theirs in surprising, clever, and often funny ways.

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.

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posted on 17 Jul 2014, 07:58

1. Tritinum (Posts: 174; Member since: 06 May 2014)


unnecessary

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 08:31 4

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.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 08:33

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.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 08:12 1

2. mossman (Posts: 7; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


These are all just terrible.

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 08:27 1

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"

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:21 1

8. luis.d (Posts: 170; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Yeah, that's the flagship!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 08:38

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".

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:02

7. jibraihimi (Posts: 695; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)


3,4 and 9 looks nice......

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 09:43

9. BattleBrat (Posts: 1102; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I had a W950, horrible device!

posted on 17 Jul 2014, 14:24

10. luis.d (Posts: 170; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)


Can you elaborate? I'm genuinely curious.

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