It’s not the prettiest smartwatch. It’s not the most feature-rich smartwatch. But priced at $150, it’s one of the cheapest smartwatches that are compatible with both iOS and Android devices. It’s only the low price that can seal the deal, ideally if you’re making your first foray into the smartwatch game.
- Price : $150
- Display : 1.22“ IPS 240 x 204 pixels TFT 262k
- Compatible with : Android devices running version 4.3 (Jelly Bean) or higher, iOS devices running version 7 or higher.
- Dimensions/Weight : 10.5 x 41.8 mm/60 g
- Sensors : Gyro, Accelerometer, E-Compass, Heart rate monitor, Altimeter
The Alcatel Onetouch Smartwatch – Detailed Review
The Onetouch smartwatch has a round face, and a fairly simple and responsive interface. Just like the Moto 360, the display isn’t completely round, but there is a black void at the bottom which is actually the back button.
Design and display
The design isn’t bad, but it isn’t great either. The metal case is cool and inoffensive; in other words, it won’t protrude out of your wrist like a geeky piece of hardware. However, the substandard rubber band and subpar finishing don’t give the watch an ideal, elegant look.
The 1.22 inch IPS 240 x 204 pixels TFT 262k color display with Oleophobic coating is fairly bright and readable even in direct sunlight.
Charging and battery life
Alcatel has chosen an interesting option for the charging mechanism. You have to insert the USB connector directly into the charging point that’s fixed into the strap – that means you can’t swap the strap, but it makes the charging pretty hassle-free. Alcatel boasts a two to five day battery life.
Dust and water resistance
The smartwatch is IP67 certified. That means it’s protected against dust and you can take it one meter underwater.
Features and apps
The Alcatel Onetouch Watch doesn’t support any third-party apps and has only a few built-in features.
It can display notifications for a small set of smartphone apps including text messages, emails, and Facebook and Twitter alerts.
The notifications show only top level of the activity and the alerts are not interactive i.e. you can’t respond to texts or emails directly from the watch. It also shows caller ID with options to accept or reject the call.
Then there are some entry-level fitness and activity tracking options; it counts steps taken, calories burned, miles walked, minutes active and hours slept. You can also set goals, and the data seems sufficiently accurate for the price you’re paying.
There is a built-in weather app which reveals just a rudimentary local five-day forecast. Then there’s a remote camera control and remote music player control for your smartphone.
It’s not a great smartwatch. It might not even be a good smartwatch. And now with the Moto 360 costing as low as $165, we just can’t recommend the Alcatel Onetouch, especially for Android users.
However, it is in fact a good choice for iPhone users – who don’t want the black-and-white, square-faced Pebble – to try out what smartwatch notifications and fitness tracking are all about, and see if they should actually shell out $350 or more on an Apple Watch.
And, as we have seen with several other smartwatches recently, it’s quite possible that Alcatel might drop the price below $100. In that case, it might be just too cheap an option to pass up for beginners – provided you’re not too fussy about features and aesthetics.
Alcatel Onetouch Watch
DESIGN & DISPLAY5/10
COMPATIBILITY & CONNECTIVITY8/10
FEATURES & APPS3/10
- Compatible with both Android and iOS
- Decent battery life
- USB charger
- Limited number of features
- No third party apps
- Undercooked notifications engine
- Paltry activity tracking features
- Dismal aesthetics