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Omate TrueSmart Review


Let me confess, after reviewing the much hyped Pebble, the Sony SmartWatch 2 and the Galaxy Gear, we were not that excited about the Omate TrueSmart 2.0. But after playing around with this little gadget for about twenty minutes and despite noticing some obvious shortcomings, we were totally impressed.
Currently the smartwatch is available for pre-order, however, we managed to get our hands on a beta version for this review.

Most smartwatches these days have some basic issues, for example they go blank when untethered from a phone, some are compatible with a small subset of smartphones, while others can show notifications only from a few particular apps, and so on. The Omate users don’t have to fear any of these glitches, since it works as a smartwatch as well as a standalone smartphone.

The Omate TrueSmart is not there to replace your cell phone, but it keeps you connected to the world at places where you can’t take/use your phone. No matter whether you’re swimming, cycling, running, or surfing, the smartwatch lets you make calls, shoot videos, take photos and even connect with other devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Quick facts

  • Rating : 7/10

  • Operating system : Omate UI 1.0 / Android 4.2.2

  • Display : 1.54’’ TFT by LG with 240 x 240 pixels

  • Battery life : 24 hours

  • Storage capacity : 4 GB/8GB

  • Memory : 512 MB/1 GB

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Standalone mobile service via micro-SIM

  • Camera resolution : 5 MP (video at 720 p)

  • Weight : 100g







10 Comments

24 hour battery life? Ugh. But this watch is what I want others to become in the sense that it can operate as a standalone smartwatch for when you really need it in case you have zero access to your phone and the fact that it is water resistant makes it sound all the more sweeter. The design isn't one of my favorites at all unfortunately, but overall I get the impression that this watch has some pretty good potential. 

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pandandesign
Feb 06 2014 06:52 AM

Wow. Camera resolution 5 MP? That's very good considering it will take clearer pictures than other smartwatches with the camera do. The battery life isn't bad considering it packs with 24-hour battery life, which I believe it's much better than my previous smartwatch, Samsung Galaxy Gear. I'm looking forward to hearing what people say about this smartwatch.

I like the storage capacity. But does it mean this device will have more functionality or is the storage mere decoration like the other watches.

Thanks for the great review.

Great review indeed Nick, thank you! I love the 8GB capacity, as for the 24h battery what can we do, just wait for more autonomy, not bad even so, I can charge it during the night.

Let me confess, after reviewing the much hyped Pebble, the Sony SmartWatch 2 and the Galaxy Gear, we were not that excited about the Omate TrueSmart 2.0. But after playing around with this little gadget for about twenty minutes and despite noticing some obvious shortcomings, we were totally impressed.Currently the smartwatch is available for pre-order, however, we managed to get our hands on a beta version for this review.

Most smartwatches these days have some basic issues, for example they go blank when untethered from a phone, some are compatible with a small subset of smartphones, while others can show notifications only from a few particular apps, and so on. The Omate users don’t have to fear any of these glitches, since it works as a smartwatch as well as a standalone smartphone.

The Omate TrueSmart is not there to replace your cell phone, but it keeps you connected to the world at places where you can’t take/use your phone. No matter whether you’re swimming, cycling, running, or surfing, the smartwatch lets you make calls, shoot videos, take photos and even connect with other devices via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Quick facts


  • Rating : 7/10

  • Operating system : Omate UI 1.0 / Android 4.2.2

  • Display : 1.54’’ TFT by LG with 240 x 240 pixels

  • Battery life : 24 hours

  • Storage capacity : 4 GB/8GB

  • Memory : 512 MB/1 GB

  • Connectivity : Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Standalone mobile service via micro-SIM

  • Camera resolution : 5 MP (video at 720 p)

  • Weight : 100g


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Is it really better than the Sony 2 Smart Watch, I mean I know the Sony 2 has a few faults but all this is new technology so I'm not judging it that harshly.

Nothing like trying it on before we can really compare. The fact that so many smartwatches are appearing it's a clear indication that the smartwatch market is really about to burst with clients.

Pretty good but that battery life is a serious problem, only 24 hours? In order for smartwatches to appeal to the mass market you can't expect users to charge everyday especially considering you'll probably be using it less than your smartphone, and a lot of smartphones today easily last a couple of days with constant use.

A few smartwatches last more than 24h, depending on the ue you give to them. I agree it's a big limitation, but at least you can charge them at night while you sleep.

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mameeker@cuse
Feb 24 2014 10:03 PM

This watch just seems like another knockoff Pebble or Galaxy Watch to me. When are people going to start being innovative?