The Moto 360 is one of the most beautiful smartwatches on the market, with it’s round watchcase and display that really sets itself apart from the competition. However, it’s biggest downside is that it doesn’t work with iOS devices, but a new smartwatch aims to fix this.
The Alcatel OneTouch Watch features a round display, just like the Moto 360, but it works with iOS devices like the iPhone and it’s also way cheaper than Motorola’s own wearable, ringing at just $150, which is a whole $100 cheaper than the Moto 360. It’s also a whopping $200 cheaper than what the Apple Watch will start at when it’s eventually released in a few months at $350.
The OneTouch sport a 1.22-inch color touch screen that isn’t quite completely circular, much like the Moto 360, where a portion of the bottom of the screen is displayless to make room for the drivers and other components.
Inside of the watch body that measures in at 10.5mm thick, there’s a heart rate sensor, vibration motor, altimeter, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, Bluetooth 4.0, and NFC capabilities, as well as 210mAh battery to top it all off. The company says that the battery can last a few days on a single charge, but if you play your cards right, Alcatel says it can last up to five days.
The watch is running its own operating system, so we’re guessing the experience with an iPhone or even an Android device won’t be as seamless as it could be if you were to use Android Wear or Apple’s Watch software, but with a price tag of just $150, it’s definitely an option for those who want a good-looking smartwatch without paying a premium price.
The Alcatel OneTouch Watch will be available at some point this March and will sell on Amazon.
Alcatel is one of the few companies that offers (or will offer) a smartwatch for iOS devices, which isn’t too surprising as Apple likes to keep its ecosystem locked down. Of course, if you want the best smartwatch experience on iPhone, the Apple Watch will be the best option by far.
The Apple Watch is Apple’s next big product, which is set for release at some point in the next few months. The company announced the Apple Watch back in September at its iPhone 6 event, and while it didn’t provide every single detail about the new wearable, there are quite a few details that we know so far.
We thought we would never see the existence of an Apple wearable, but the company officially announced and unveiled the Apple Watch a few months ago, only instead of calling it the iWatch (as it has been named in past rumors), Apple has taken the “i” prefix out of the name, but that doesn’t mean it loses its Apple value. The device’s design is very similar to that of Apple’s other iOS products, and it even runs a modified version of iOS.
However, Apple CEO Tim Cook says that the company didn’t just shrink down the iPhone’s user interface and strap it to your wrist. Instead, the touchscreen UI is much different on the Watch than on an iPhone in order to make it easier to use with the small screen.