Alcatel OneTouch Watch hands-on

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.

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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23 Comments

1. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

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

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7383; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

6. mixedfish

Posts: 1557; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

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

9. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

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

16. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

It depends what you what it for though really.

19. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

256 KB!?

8. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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...

11. Kruze

Posts: 1285; Member since: Dec 30, 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.

10. boosook

Posts: 1442; Member since: Nov 19, 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...

18. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

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

2. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Wow, it's so freaking ugly.

4. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

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

5. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

13. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 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.

17. needa

Posts: 205; Member since: Jun 30, 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.

7. domen151

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 13, 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.

14. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 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)

12. greenelektron

Posts: 537; Member since: Sep 10, 2014

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

15. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

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

20. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

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

21. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

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.

22. lola99

Posts: 33; Member since: Aug 03, 2013

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

23. Jojoirving

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 19, 2015

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

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