Alcatel OneTouch Watch Review1
Alcatel OneTouch Move app
The lack of organization and depth prevents the app from being useful for fitness.
In order to sync data, you’ll need to download the companion Alcatel OneTouch Move app, which gathers the data from the Watch, so it’s presented in a meaningful matter through the app. We’ve experienced several fitness apps, like Fitbit, but the OneTouch Move app is pretty Spartan in what it provides – so it’s essentially as basic as they come.
Sure, we can view how many steps we’ve taken, calories burned, distance covered, and our heart rate, but the app doesn’t do anything else besides show us that data. Unfortunately, there are no charts or graphs to show us our progress over time. Instead, we’re required to move between the various days, which is a tedious process on its own.
There’s a timeline of events that breaks down our performance, like what distance we’ve covered, the type of movement, and the time. And finally, there’s an area that allows us to customize the watch face – a small level of personalization in an otherwise straightforward interface.
Pairing it with an iPhone 6 Plus via Bluetooth, the process is simple and straightforward with the aid of the app. One cool feature is being able to track down our phone in the event we’ve lost or misplaced it somewhere nearby, just because we can tap on the watch to make the phone play a notification tone. Additionally, there’s the anti-loss feature that reminds us if we’re too far out of range with our phone.
It’s as basic as it can get in what it can do; it neither excels greatly in being a fitness tracker or smartwatch – so it’s just okay.
For a fitness tracker, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch is pretty basic in what it can do. Obviously, step tracking is one of them, which it does pretty well. With that information, it can then tell us how many calories we’ve burned, the amount of distance covered, and duration. And just like many fitness trackers, it can also measure our heart rate and track sleep. With the latter, it’s a manual process that requires us to turn on/off the mode, which is a pain at times because we’re forgetful about it. Seriously, though, it would’ve been better if it were an automatic feature. Likewise, the heart rate feature falls in the same boat because it too is a manual process. Therefore, if we don’t constantly measure our heart rate, it won’t generate any meaningful data for us to review.
On the flip side, the OneTouch Watch bears a few smartwatch functions – such as being able to view weather information, access to a compass, control our music, act as a remote shutter for our phone’s camera, and even set alarms. Access to them is straightforward, which is something we appreciate, but what’s lacking here is an ecosystem. Unlike other smartwatch platforms, there isn’t a hub where we can download additional content or apps, to further deepen its functionality.
Riding off that notion, we can say the same thing about its fitness tracking capabilities. It’s just bare-bones and doesn’t offer the comprehensive tool-set we find in some of today’s premier fitness trackers.
It’s better than most smartwatches, but we love that its charger is built into the wrist band.
This is clearly a middle-of-the-road device, as it delivers only the most basic functions for a smartwatch and fitness tracker. In fact, we don’t find it really excelling in one area more than the other, so you can say that it’s a convergence piece that tries to offer the best from both product segments. Sporting a retail price of $149.99, that’s not bad of a sticker tag because it’s competitive to the pricing we see in today’s popular fitness trackers – while still undercutting smartwatches. Naturally, this isn’t what we feel to be the all-in-one solution, but rather, it offers a decent mixture of functionality at a pretty compelling price point.
The design is pretty decent, and we really appreciate some of its thoughtful design qualities – like its built-in charger. However, the biggest obstacle in the way for the Alcatel OneTouch Watch is its non-existent ecosystem. That’s certainly limiting its value, but at the same time, there’s a no-frills attachment to the experience. Buy it for its decent looks and straightforward operation, nothing more.