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

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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10 Comments

1. Tritinum

Posts: 471; Member since: May 06, 2014

unnecessary

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7184; Member since: Mar 16, 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 unregistered

Agreed bro. Also look to their prices! They pack more hardware than your average mainstream OEM but cost so little.

2. mossman

Posts: 23; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

These are all just terrible.

3. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

I think the An1 Smart Watch Phone 2.0 (#9) is the most decent one out of all those "smartwatchs"

8. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Yeah, that's the flagship!

6. benhar156

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 26, 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".

7. jibraihimi

Posts: 801; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

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

9. BattleBrat

Posts: 1476; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

I had a W950, horrible device!

10. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Can you elaborate? I'm genuinely curious.

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