Alcatel had revealed some juicy details about their upcoming smartwatch just a few days ago, and now at CES 2015, we got a chance to check out the smartwatch and see what sets it apart from the Android wearables already in the market.
One of the most unique factors about the Alcatel Smartwatch is that it will support both iOS and Android devices. Except for the Pebble and Pebble Steel watches the Alcatel smartwatch is the only other phone to do so. This certainly gives it an upper edge and also we think it's a really nice feature. You can always be connected whether you're carrying an Android or an iOS device.
Of course Alcatel have developed an app to control the smartwatch and also to view your information on a bigger screen. From the app you can choose what apps will notify you on the watch, view your health and activity data and adjust the way your smartwatch looks by changing themes and colours. The ability to change themes and colours affects the way your watch looks and it's always nice to look at something new.
Now, we know that iOS always limits your use and cuts down the amount of things we can do with the phone, saying that if you are using an Android device any single notification can be pushed to the watch whereas on iOS devices it is more limited.
All Apple apps seem to work fine but the third part support seems to be in the cloud.
Unlike the Moto 360 the main interface is not controlled by swiping the screen but instead you have to tap at the bottom edge of the watch. When you raise your wrist the screen lights up just like the Apple watch and tapping will cycle between the main watch face and the menu. The menu is quite colourful but the interface isn't as smooth and responsive as other Android wearables. You will see yourself sometimes tapping or swiping twice to get the attention of the screen.
Back to the good of this gadget, the Alcatel smartwatch will come with a battery that will last you two days and maybe even five days on light use. Moto 360 or even the Apple watch will have to be charged after everyday. Now we all can't have a battery of one week like the Pebble smartwatch but two days will do just fine. While were talking about battery the watch is charged by USB which is tucked away at one end of the strap. It's a convenient way to charge the watch as you don't have to hunt around for another wire.
The watch has a built-in heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyroscope, altimeter and e- compass to measure the usual metrics like sleep cycles, steps taken, distance traveled, and calories burned. One cool feature of the watch is that if you walk or travel too far away from your phone it will vibrate. You can also ping your phone so that you will never loose it. You can use the watch as a shutter buttons for your phones camera as well.
There are four variants of the smartwatch two "micro-textured resin" models in black / red and white as well as two metal options - unfortunately, those metal options aren't coming out until later this year. The watch feels and looks a lot like the Moto 360 although smaller and lighter it still looks quite premium.
It definitely is not the best smartwatch in the market and it could use some updates, but its lowly price of $149 will give it a push when comparing it to the competition
If your an iOS user and you don't want to clean out your bank account for an Apple watch this seems like a good option. Android users have a number of smartwatches to select from and depending on your budget you can do so.
The watch will come out later this year in March and will be available on Amazon.