With a Z1 Android WatchPhone you can eliminate your smartphone and take calls from your wrist.
The Z1 Android is a useful wearable tech device that runs on the Froyo 2.2 OS. With it you can make and receive calls, surf the web and stream video. Released in 2012, it is still available through sites like Amazon and Aliexpress for around $200 USD.
How does the ZI Watch Phone look?
Compared with what we now expect from wearable gear, the ZI seems oversized on the wrist. Keep in mind though that all of the functions you expect from a hand held smart phone have been packed behind a two inch screen. The watch face is a transflective liquid-crystal display touch screen that looks washed out, yet is still readable.
The watch and the band are made of durable plastic, and will likely feel heavy on your wrist until you get used to its large size. Once you see it there is no mistaking that what you are wearing is much more than a watch.
How does the Z1 Android Watch work as a smart phone?
With the Z1, you insert a SIM in order to activate the phone functions. It has a built in microphone and speakers to talk with like a phone, or you can sync it with a Bluetooth enable headset and talk more discreetly. This function will also allow for wireless music playback with Stereo Bluetooth.
Contacts can be stored on an SD card that gets inserted behind the battery. Using the USB connection at the end of the wristband the SD card is recognised as a storage device allowing you to download as much information as you want your smartwatch to have. Once the contacts are set up you can scroll through the list on the watch face, choose who you want to call and let the watch do the rest.
Other features of the Z1 Android Watch
Not only does the smartwatch work as an mp3 player, it is also has mp4 built in which can be used to screen video. The installed camera is 2 megapixel and helps to explain the large design. Navigation is also a feature with the internal GPS antenna installed. When connected to a WiFi network you are able to access Google Play and most of the apps that are offered there.
The WiFi connection can be poor at times, and running some of the apps like Netflix will take some time. You might find that some apps don’t work well at all, and may need to be uninstalled for the rest of the functions to run smoothly.
Battery life of the Z1 Android Watch
With regular use you might find that the smartwatch needs to be charged nightly, which can be accomplished using the included USB cable. It will also shut down automatically at night time to help with conserving energy.
In comparison to newer smartwatches available, you may find this one to be awkward looking at first. Don’t let that deter you from considering it as a smartwatch if you want the convenience of taking calls right at your wrist. Compare it with other wearable gear to see if it has the functions you are looking for at a comparable price.