CNET First Look
Omate TrueSmart a full-on Android smartphonewatch on your wristIt makes phone calls with SIM cards. It takes photos and video. It's an Android 4.2.2 phone, on your arm...impractical, but true. Take a look at the madness.
Hey, I'm Scott Stein. Have you ever wanted to make a phone call from your wrist? I know there are a lot of wrist watches that claim that. But I mean seriously, a phone call from a phone on your wrist, a wristwatch phone that take sim cards, micro sim cards, 2g and 3g. Oh, did I also say this runs Android 4.2.2? It's got 4 gig or 8 gig of storage. It has Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS. It's water resistant, has an IPS display. Yeah and oh, a 720p video camera built into the bottom. I'm talking about the Omate TrueSmart and this is on my wrist right now. This is kickstarter campaign watch that has been solely trickled out and is being trickled out to people who have been campaign contributors to it. But, what the price is not exactly clear, but this is a watch that is very real and we have one here at CNET and I'm checking it out. And let me tell you, I've never seen a watch this fully featured before. I don't know if you need a watch this fully featured, in fact, I'm pretty sure you don't, but it definitely stands as a testament to how a full featured, truly independent smartwatch can exist right now. It has its own little charger. It doesn't have any plug-in USB to ensure that it has water resistance and you control everything through this touch display. But you can run Google Play on it for instance, which does not work on this model but they claimed you will be able to connect to it. I was able to side load apps that were sent to me via Gmail. I was able to install applications like Spotify. I was able to run Twitter on here and send tweets including photos from this watch, and of course make phone calls, although the phone call quality wasn't always that great. This does have Bluetooth 4.0 so you can connect the headset. Why would you want to do this? That's a very good question. You probably don't want to, but imagine a future where you have a standalone device like this paired to other wearables that you've got on you, maybe Google glass, maybe Pivothead, which is a wearable camera that's trying to work in connectivity to this. Because this is a full Android Smartwatch, it connects as a hub that may sound completely crazy, but maybe crazy as what's needed now in wearables. I don't know what where I'd ever use this for, but the fact that I was able to pair a Microsoft Bluetooth keyboard to it and start typing tweets on my watch, made me feel ridiculously geeky and also pretty damned cool at the same time, I have to admit. The hardest part about using a watch like this is a screen this small. I felt like I was committing microsurgery taking a look at some of the small font sizes and trying to swipe around and do things on this. Now, some apps may take advantage of the size and start building applications that feel a little more attuned to this screen, we'll have to see. It's a kickstarter project, so you'll never know where it's gonna go. But it's up and it's running. We have to see how the battery life performs and this certainly bodes interestingly for where the weird world of wearable tech is gonna be heading in 2014. I'm Scott Stein and that's a look at the Omate TrueSmart, completely smart standalone smartwatch.