Interesting take on smart watches

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At CES Alcatel is showing off their Onetouch which is a smart watch that runs their own proprietary software instead of Android Wear. The Onetouch will work with android devices running 4.1 or higher but what is interesting, other than the fact it looks strikingly similar to the Moto 360, is the charging port is part of the strap itself. You can get a closer look at the device here.
 

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I think they're smart here as far as ios goes, but that's about it. Anyone who's an android aficionado is obviously going to pick android wear. Anyone who's not really sure, but leans more towards android is going to pick android wear or Samsung's Tizen.

There aren't really options for ios at this point until apple gets theirs to market, so this being the affordable price it is will be a big drawer away from the apple watch.

Anyone else won't care enough to spend the money on a smart watch, so I really see this taking off more with ios users than with the likes of us here at the forum.

I also read somewhere that notifications are quite similar to android wear with android devices, but currently only work with native ios apps on their platform. Bummer for them.

I could be totally wrong, and maybe the price point will be a big seller for many people, but I much prefer the idea of android working in harmony with android.

That charger is a cool idea, though seems like it could be quite cumbersome unless it comes with some sort of cable.
 

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Any future watch with a round, aluminum bezel will look like a Moto 360. Its a beautiful design and anything less will just look like an LG Watch R...and thats not a good thing.

As for different software, IMO if it works with Android as well as Android wear does, even if its an app you need on the phone to communicate to the watch...fine. Functionality to me is way more important on a smart watch than being an Android purist. My phone...Android, my watch, works beautifully with Android is what I care about.
 

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Any future watch with a round, aluminum bezel will look like a Moto 360. Its a beautiful design and anything less will just look like an LG Watch R...and thats not a good thing.

As for different software, IMO if it works with Android as well as Android wear does, even if its an app you need on the phone to communicate to the watch...fine. Functionality to me is way more important on a smart watch than being an Android purist. My phone...Android, my watch, works beautifully with Android is what I care about.
There's just nothing in the video that I see that my $100 G watch can't do.

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There's just nothing in the video that I see that my $100 G watch can't do.

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Aesthetics have a lot to do with it for me. I still think the MOto 360 is the best looking smart watch on the market. That Alcatel watch in the video has a huge border around it for static hash marks for the hours and looks to have an even larger flat bottem than the Moto 360.

As for functionality, I'm sure the $100 G watch does what mine does, but its about style and build quality.
 

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A matter of taste I suppose. I didn't think I'd like the square watch, but it's actually fairly sleek to me. Not that I wouldn't mind a round watch, but the build doesn't feel as cheap on the G watch as I thought it would either. Feels sturdy & ready for action.

To each their own though.

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I definitely don't care for the marks on the case though. That's what a custom watch face is for, or compel unnecessary with a digital face.

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It seems like a pretty cool looking watch and a good idea...one watch for Android or iPhone users. I'm not sure that I like permanent numbers on the screen, but it's hard to say for sure without physically seeing & using one. The companion app looks like it has a lot of useful features. The charging port built into the strap seems like a cool idea, as long as that rubber dust port / cover holds up over time. If there was a price point mentioned in the video I missed it. If it's affordable I could see this watch selling good. I do agree that the Moto 360 is probably the best looking smart watch on the market today and others are going to copy the design style. I still plan on owning one someday, but for now my LG G watch is working great (for me...and might not be the choice for all). This might be a smart watch that draws people into the wearable market / community and might have some potential.
 

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It seems like a pretty cool looking watch and a good idea...one watch for Android or iPhone users. I'm not sure that I like permanent numbers on the screen, but it's hard to say for sure without physically seeing & using one. The companion app looks like it has a lot of useful features. The charging port built into the strap seems like a cool idea, as long as that rubber dust port / cover holds up over time. If there was a price point mentioned in the video I missed it. If it's affordable I could see this watch selling good. I do agree that the Moto 360 is probably the best looking smart watch on the market today and others are going to copy the design style. I still plan on owning one someday, but for now my LG G watch is working great (for me...and might not be the choice for all). This might be a smart watch that draws people into the wearable market / community and might have some potential.
On the price, I'm thinking of a different watch that Alcatel recently announced that seems to be more of a fitness tracker than a smart watch, but does tell the time. Don't mind me...

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Aesthetics have a lot to do with it for me. I still think the MOto 360 is the best looking smart watch on the market. That Alcatel watch in the video has a huge border around it for static hash marks for the hours and looks to have an even larger flat bottem than the Moto 360.

As for functionality, I'm sure the $100 G watch does what mine does, but its about style and build quality.
I think it looks bigger because it's actually the same size as the Moto 360's flat spot but the watch face is smaller, so it's proportionately larger.

The first company that is able to get the full round face and still have the sensors will crush the competition. Then there will be no stopping any round face design from being completely duplicated. Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, here I come!

Also, I think it's far more appealing that the 360 watch is with wireless charging. It's far less classy to have to "plug in" than to "set in its custom cradle".

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I think it looks bigger because it's actually the same size as the Moto 360's flat spot but the watch face is smaller, so it's proportionately larger.

The first company that is able to get the full round face and still have the sensors will crush the competition. Then there will be no stopping any round face design from being completely duplicated. Patek Philippe Grandmaster Chime, here I come!

Also, I think it's far more appealing that the 360 watch is with wireless charging. It's far less classy to have to "plug in" than to "set in its custom cradle".

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I don't see why the sensor cane be built into the bezel more, but I completely agree. If I'm going round, I want it fully round.

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I skimmed an article earlier this evening about Qualcom. They have a team now dedicated to wearable & they don't thing it's a passing trend.

If they're on board, only good things will come.

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