Alcatel ONETOUCH Watch now available for pre-order, iOS and Android connectivity, $149

Alcatel ONETOUCH Watch now available for pre-order, iOS and Android connectivity, $149
Alcatel made a lot of announcements this past January at CES in Las Vegas. It has significantly increased its marketing to bring more exposure to the brand across the United States.

It has also started selling unlocked devices directly to consumers, capable smartphones like the ONETOUCH Idol X+ and the ONETOUCH Idol 2S, each well under $300 free-and-clear. More than a dozen unlocked and carrier branded devices are available now through Alcatel's direct sales site.

Another big push Alcatel is making involves wearables too. The company announced the ONETOUCH Watch at CES. This nifty little gadget is a no nonsense wearable that will work with an iPhone or Android smartphone, and in addition to providing 3-to-5 days of battery life, it also comes in at just $149.

While the ONETOUCH Watch brings a traditional form factor for a watch, it also houses the necessary features to provide the wearer with a supplement to his or her smartphone, rather than be an outright replacement. The interface is straightforward and easy to figure out.

The display is 1.22-inches in diameter, and is almost completely round, mimicking the small chin that the Moto 360 has. In lieu of going the Android Wear route, Alcatel opted to build a proprietary interface that is efficient and functional - provide notifications, activity monitoring, music controls, and heart rate data. The ONETOUCH Watch also houses an altimeter, e-compass, NFC tag, and is IP67 water and dust resistant, so you can take it in the shower. You may also select from a number of different watch faces, and shake your wrist to activate your camera, so you can take selfies without reaching for a camera button somewhere.

Coupling that with efficient hardware, and Alcatel can offer a device that does not need to be charged daily. When it is time to recharge, there is no cable or inductive charger to worry about, simply unsnap the tip of the wrist band and plug the whole thing in to a USB-2.0 port. Charging should take an hour or less.

As long as you are running an Android smartphone running 4.3 and up, or an iPhone running iOS 7 or later, you can connect to the ONETOUCH Watch. Alcatel is now accepting pre-orders for the ONETOUCH Watch with the black wrist band. Other color options will be available later this year.

More details are available in the press release below, and the source link will bring you to Alcatel’s order page if you want to order your ONETOUCH Watch. You can also check out the hands-on time we got with the neat new watch.



source: Alcatel

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22 Comments

1. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Stunning. I hate to say this but looks a tad better than the Apple Watch.

4. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Don't be afraid to say it. It looks a lot better than Apple Watch.

5. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

+1 for being sarcastic. I agree, it looks better than the Apple Watch but it doesn't mean the Apple Watch is ugly.

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Apple Watch isn't ugly just not good enough coming from Apple. I think they can do way better. i am not a fan of Apple bc of their OS. But I have to say their design from Mac to iPhone are pretty amazing.

7. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

People who call the Apple Watch ugly are blinded by fanboyism. Does who call it less inspiring than Android Wear watches are the real techies. I agree that Apple's products have great design. I disagree with you on the OS part though. Their OS is very optimized just not so flexible like Android. You can just jailbreak your iDevice if that's your problem. No big deal though.

11. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Not saying Apple iOS isn't good, but it's not my style. I love to have home pages and be able to use widgets. It's just a personal preference. So, I'm sticking with Android for now until Window decides to make something amazing with Win10.

14. H3Drvr

Posts: 43; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Seems all the smartwatches (android & apple) available today aren't physically appealing to me. And none seem to have the "Killer App" that would assist in their proliferation. I'd want a watch styled after the likes of IWC, TAG (coming soon), or even the lower end like MK, Invicta, KC. I'd also want this watch to proximity unlock/lock my car doors, turn on/off: car alarms, home lights & appliances when I leave my network, lock the doors when I leave my house. I'm sure there are many tasker apps already available that does this ...so really what's the point of a smartwatch besides make you feel bad for not raising your heart rate as you gulp down organic juice. This in addition to having some notification services. I don't really need to talk on my watch and look like some Dick Tracey wanna be douche. And for chrissakes, a battery that lasts >24 hours or when the battery dies, still function as a watch. Qi charging would be nice as well.

22. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I agree with you. Also, smartwatches are just gimmicks. Those who buy these stuff are ok, but should be really smarter about how rhey spend their money. I can buy a reg. watch for like $59 and would survive for 10 yrs.:P

15. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I'd disagree with you there. Just because they have other products with great designs, doesn't mean every device they put out does. Plenty of companies have the same thing happen, they have a long lines of beautifully designed products, but then they come out with one that just isnt. Car companies seem to have the most polarizing differences. Pontiac used to have beautifully designed offerings and then they come up with products like the Aztec or the G3. Porsche gave us many beautiful 911s, 930s, 939s, and Speedsters, but they also gave us the 914, 944, Panamera, and Caymen. But just because the majority thinks they're ugly, doesn't mean that there aren't people who really like those cars. Just because someone doesn't like the design of a product, even if the company producing it is usually known for making well designed products, it doesn't mean that their reason fanatically driven or that the product is designed well either. Design acceptance is going to be different from person to person. When I look at the Apple watch, it just doesn't appeal to me, even though I am OK with their other designs. But truthfully, it's a square watch with every edge rounded off, that's not too difficult a design to come up with.

2. Cyberchum

Posts: 1096; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is exactly what most people have being yearning for. Looks good, at least way better than the fruity watch and will hopefully represent a good value for money. The USB though will need caution and getting used to.

3. Rorschach

Posts: 83; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

Great design at a reasonable price. My only concern is that since it does not belong to any specific ecosystem, will it receive frequent and relevant updates as necessary..

8. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

I just wish Google could make a unified ecosystem like Apple.

16. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

If you're referring to the OS being the same across all devices, Apple isn't doing that either. The Apple watch will run what they call the Watch OS. It is different that what runs on the iPhone, iPad, and Macs. The only companies that I can recall that are planning a unified OS across all devices including wearables, is MS WP10 and maybe Samsung's Tizen. But since MS only has one wearable with isn't a smartwatch and Samsung IIRC doesn't have much in the way of Tizen phones or tablets, it's too soon to tell if that will come to fruition.

9. UglyFrank

Posts: 2194; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Strap isn't good looking but the main body looks nice.

10. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Agreed. Looks too old fashioned.

13. JakLee

Posts: 16; Member since: Jan 19, 2015

actually surprised at how nice this watch does look.

17. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I like the idea for charging, since USB ports are pretty much everywhere.

18. q857261935

Posts: 8; Member since: Nov 26, 2013

Low price and good battery life! You got me! shut up and take my money!!

19. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I'll stick with the real smartwatch.

20. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Dude, I love how you troll Sammy fanboys. Keep up the good work.

21. Awesoman64

Posts: 292; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Dude, I love how you troll Sammy fanboys. Keep up the good work.

24. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

dude even my dumb watch is smarter than your real smartwatch. /troll mode

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