Whether it’s standing alone or as a companion to your cell phone, the Omate TrueSmart lives up to this name.
Running on an Android 4.2.2 and its own customised Omate interface – OUI 2.1 – users of the Omate TrueSmart can pair the wearable gear with a smartphone, or insert a SIM to make it a standalone phone. This is a first for smartwatches, and makes the TrueSmart truly standout.
The funding for the Omate TrueSmart came from a 2013 crowdfunding event initiated on Kickstarter. The goal was to reach $100,000 with reduced prices in the smartwatch promised to those who contributed. Over a million US dollars was raised, and now the Omate website is featuring a number of follow-ups to their first wearable tech device.
How the TrueSmart looks
The TrueSmart smartwatch fails at being wearable gear that does not appear to be a technical device. It is bulky, but that is because it is loaded with 1GB of Ram, 8GB of storage, a camera, SD slot, dual core processors and antennas. Still, there are other smartwatches that look more like a watch you would want to wear everyday when compared to this one.
The display screen is 1.54 inches with a 240 x 240 resolution and touch activated. Omate claims it is super sensitive and can be used while wearing gloves, but this makes it react even when your finger is only hovering over the screen.
You will find that with normal use, the battery lasts for the day, but will likely need to be charged every night if you want to continue using it as a phone for the next day.
The TrueSmart as a standalone device
If you have a SIM card that is not locked into your smartphone, you can use that to turn the watch into a phone. The Omate TrueSmart will then receive all of your smart phones data on its own and let you make calls and texts. This is a good option to have when going out to places where you don’t want to have to carry your smart phone with you and one that is unique to this device when compared with other smartwatches.
Since the device supports Bluetooth accessories, you can use these to script your text messages with the virtual keyboard. You can also browse the web from your wrist, tweet updates or create blog posts. As far as wearable tech goes, this smartwatch took the concept to a whole other level.
The TrueSmart as a companion to your smartphone
Bluetooth is used to sync the smartwatch with a cell phone, allowing you to see when you have incoming calls coming in or received a text. Yet unlike other smartwatches you are not able to look at or respond to these notifications, necessitating taking out your cell phone anyway.
At the time of its launch, Omate’s Ostore did not offer much in the way of apps, but they have since improved and now have close to 30, including choices in smartwatch launchers, WhatsApp, FaceBook and Twitter. Even Dropbox, Skype and Instagram can be added to the device.
The watch has other useful apps built in like GPS tracking plus there is a small camera located on its side. These make it even more useful as a substitute for your smartphone, not just an extension.
Omate did claim that the smartwatch was water resistant, yet users have reported not being able to submerge the watch without it being ruined in the process. This seems to be one hurdle that a number of smartwatch manufacturers are having trouble with.
Since the release of the Omate TrueSmart the brand has begun production of other similar smartwatches with different designs. Some are sold out, but others like the Omate Racer can be pre-ordered for $129 USD. The TrueSmart is no longer listed as being for sale, but it originally retailed for between $249 to $299 USD depending on whether you had contributed to the Kickstart campaign.
Before pre-ordering any smartwatch from these new start-ups that are being funded with contributions, do some research to see how long it takes to fulfill orders, and if anyone has yet to receive their promised product. With so much attention being given to wearable gear right now, there have been a few cases where what is promised is far from what was delivered.