Thank you to Alcatel for sending the products. The honest opinions are my own.
Recently I was given an opportunity to replace my current phone and watch with the Alcatel Onetouch versions of each. Alcatel has done an awesome job producing the affordable smartwatch and phone as 2 high quality products available at budget friendly prices.
The Oneotuch Watch does something that a lot of smartwatches have gone away from – it looks like an actual watch! From the circular face to the leather band with a common watch clasp, this definitely looks & fits like a watch. It is comfortable to put on and wear (unlike a lot of the competing brands) and its clean and simple appearance looks great. With a price of under $150, it is very well priced and is quite a bargain.
The Onetouch Watch seems to do a lot of things well. In using it for the last week here are the features that stood out to me the most.
- Plays well with others – The Onetouch Watch uses its own operating system that is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. The operating system works surprisingly well for a first release. There is some room for improvement, but overall it is pretty smooth.
- Fitness Tracker – The Onetouch Watch has a great dashboard in the app for keeping track of a number of things, like steps, calories, distance, duration of your workout and your sleep. I love the ease of the app in tracking these stats, it is such a straight forward and simple to use process.
- Notifications – This is one of the main reasons I enjoy using a smartwatch. You are able to see who messages you, emails or calls without pulling your phone out of your pocket. This is great for meetings and when you are in a group setting. It is much easier and often much more respectful when you just glance, versus pulling out your phone and staring at it while in a business or social setting. Simply swipe up from the bottom and you are able to see all your notifications with ease.
- Companion Apps – I tried out the apps for both Android – on my Alcatel Idol 3 and iOS on my iPhone. Both apps were very smooth and easy to use. Connecting the Onetouch Watch was a snap on both devices.
- Heart Rate Monitor – This is a very handy function, it is great for working out, the one area for improvement would be if the monitor did more consistent readings.
- Use your watch to take a picture – this is a very simple and easy to use function which is great for group selfies.
- No Charging Cord to Lose – This is a pretty cool trick, they made the end of the watchband into a USB plug-in, simply pull back the flap and you can charge it. Also, it charges pretty quick, after just a couple hours you are fully charged.
- Customize It- You can use default pictures or take your own and set them as the background on the face of your phone.
The Alcatel Watch is pretty impressive overall. I was expecting the Onetouch Watch to have some minor issues since it is the first version of its own operating system, but I was pleasantly surprised. There is some room for improvement, the clasp is a little tricky to connect and the basic band could use some improvements to make it more comfortable. I have seen some reviews that say the watch is a little slow to respond, but I have not have not experienced that at all. Overall the pros far outweigh the cons with this affordable smartwatch.
Like I mentioned, the Onetouch Watch works great with any Android or iOS, but it works even better with it’s Alcatel partner, the Onetouch Idol 3 smartphone, check out our thoughts on the Idol 3, together they make a great tandem.
If you are curious if a smartwatch will work for you, this is a great watch to start with, the Alcatel Onetouch Watch looks good, feels good on your wrist and performs pretty well too. The price is amazing compared to some of the competition and you get a great value for your dollar. What will you do first with your new smartwatch?
We are giving away an Alcatel Combo of an Idol 3 Smartphone and a Onetouch Watch to a lucky reader! Good Luck!