Omate TrueSmart smartwatch can also be a telephone, incorporates Fleksy keyboard (palms-on)

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch is also a phone, incorporates Fleksy keyboard (hands-on)

Whereas most smartwatches just like the Pebble and the Galaxy Gear cannot reside as much as their true potential with out the help of a smartphone, the Omate TrueSmart is a full-fledged calling and texting machine proper out of the field. We have seen a few different such smartwatches in fact, however the TrueSmart units itself aside with a design that is each water- and scratch-resistant, a singular UI that runs full-on Android four.2 and most intriguing to us, a partnership with Syntellia’s Fleksy keyboard as a way to truly sort coherently on such a tiny display.

We had a quick arms-on with the TrueSmart on the Glazed convention in San Francisco, and we’ll admit to a little bit of skepticism that we would be able to do a lot with a 1.fifty four-inch display. Nevertheless, we did handle to flip via the 4-icon menu with out an excessive amount of hassle. The icons have been giant sufficient for us to faucet, and we merely needed to slide our finger to the left to go to the earlier display. It refused to acknowledge our swipes once in a while, however hopefully that is simply because of it being a pre-manufacturing unit.

Omate TrueSmart smartwatch is also a phone, incorporates Fleksy keyboard (hands-on)

On the proper aspect of the gadget are a few buttons plus a tiny 5-megapixel digital camera, whereas the microSIM card slot sits on the left. We’re not fairly positive why the digital camera is not a entrance-dealing with one for video calls, however Laurent Le Pen, Omate’s CEO, tells us you may use it for GoPro-esque motion photographs (or sneaky spy pics, maybe). In the event you unscrew the underside of the digital camera, you will discover a 600mAh battery that guarantees round one hundred hours of standby time, plus a microSD card slot beneath that.

As we stated earlier although, what excited us probably the most concerning the TrueSmart was its integration with the Fleksy keyboard, which is likely one of the most intuitive we have tried but. Throughout our temporary time with it, we have been amazed at the way it managed to translate our mangled typing into coherent phrases and sentences. When it guesses the closest potential phrase, you possibly can swipe to the appropriate to verify it, or toggle by way of an inventory of highlighted strategies. We nonetheless have our doubts over studying textual content on the puny show, however you might in all probability use it for sending and studying emails in a pinch. We have included a video under of Fleksy in motion on the TrueSmart.

Whereas we’re unsure if we might need to take telephone calls on our watch, you are able to do so with the TrueSmart as properly; there’s an embedded microphone plus a loudspeaker so you possibly can chat together with your buddies Dick Tracy type. Different options embrace a 1.3GHz twin-core Cortex A7 processor, quad-band GSM help, WiFi 802.eleven b/g/n, Bluetooth four.zero, GPS, a set of pre-certified Android apps and over-the-air firmware updates. Le Pen tells us that you should use the TrueSmart by itself or for those who like, you should use it as a Bluetooth accent together with your present telephone. Even when we had our doubts over the TrueSmart, clearly lots of you did not because it earned over one million dollars in its Kickstarter marketing campaign. It prices $249 retail for the mannequin with 512MB of reminiscence and 4GB on-board storage, and $299 for 1GB reminiscence and 8GB storage. The primary models from Kickstarter ought to begin delivery within the subsequent month. Have a peek on the gallery above for a better take a look at the smartwatch that is additionally a telephone.