Having anticipated being able to review a smartwatch for a while, I finally have the GT08 Bluetooth smartwatch up for review.
It’s been like 2 weeks since I have been using the GT08 smartwatch and although the experience hasn’t been like what we’d expect from Huawei, Moto, and the rest, the experience has been pretty okay.
GT08 Bluetooth Smartwatch Introduction
The GT08 is one of those numerous Chinese smartwatches available for purchase lesser than NGN10,000 and does pretty basically, what a smartwatch is capable of.
Based on my experience so far and as a tech enthusiast, I am pretty not sure I can ever again spend a dime in purchasing a regular wristwatch. I’d rather go for a smartwatch instead. After all, it tells the same time, and date, could look more stylish and yes, more classy.
If you are looking at getting a smartwatch lesser than NGN10,000, the GT08 pretty much does justice to that. However, if you are looking for something more stylish and still cost less than N15,000, the Zeblaze Crystal could come in handy.
The K8 3G smartwatch with the capabilities of a phone isn’t a bad idea as well. If you feel like a boss and would want something bossy, android wear smartwatches from big brands like Huawei, Samsung, Moto, Asus and the rest could rock your boat.
Unboxing The GTO8 Smartwatch
Although I received the package from a post office nearby and owing to the fact that they usually wrap packages in their own effizy, the main pack of the smartwatch is pretty okay. I mean, it looks pretty simple.
As a matter of fact, nothing’s written on it other than a clock symbol placed on top of the pack which clearly showcases it being a smartwatch in it.
Unboxing the pack, the first thing that shows up in your face is the Smartwatch device. Other things available in the pack includes;
- A USB cable
- User Guide
- Screen protector
…and that’s pretty much everything contained in the box.
The GT08 Smartwatch design looks pretty nice. It has some resemblance with the Apple watch design. As a matter of fact, at first look, you’d mistake it for an Apple smartwatch (iWatch).
Positioned on the left side or the right side (depending on which angle you are viewing the smartwatch) of the device is the power button. Although the power button is rollable, that didn’t seem to have any function.
On the other side is the mouthpiece, the charging port covered using a steel placement and the loud speaker. The wrist belts are not actually the buckle type. Instead, they are the pin in type and yes, i prefer the pin in type.
The interface of the device isn’t really of high quality. I mean, compared to what we’d usually get in this current era, the pixels ain’t so nice looking.
It can best be compared to the China phones interface of 2011. If you remember China phones produced in that year, then you pretty much have an idea to what I am talking about.
Connectivity and Performance
Interestingly, the smartwatch comes with Sim card functionality as well as MicroSD card usage.
During the whole time I’ve been using the device, I didn’t experience any lagging neither did I experience any heating temperature. Operation has actually been fluid.
In terms of connectivity, browsing isn’t impressive. Not even close. The device still possesses the kinda browsing experience you get on very old China phones.
Well, point is, it actually opens web pages even though rendering is bad considering the era we are in now.
The smartwatch doesn’t have a WiFi connectivity feature. Hence, a Sim card inserted in it is required in performing connectivity functions except for Bluetooth.
GT08 Bluetooth SmartWatch SIM Card Use
Although the manufacturer specifically stated on the sales page that the device works on iPhones and higher android phones, it works with pretty much every android phone running KitKat OS upwards. It also works on Blackberry 10 devices.
When connected via Bluetooth to a phone, we could make and receive calls from the smartwatch, play songs available on the phone via the smartwatch, check call logs available on the phone via the smartwatch, check phone contacts via the smartwatch and that’s pretty much it.
When SIM card is inserted in the Smartwatch, you could do much. Make and receive calls, send and receive text messages, surf the internet stocked on GPRS network (as slow as ….). Although the Google chrome app seem available on the smartwatch, it’s always stating ‘currently not available’. Guess it’s just placed there for a fancy purpose.
The battery capacity on the GT08 is just about 350 mAh. Compared to battery capacities we have often seen on mobile phones, 350 mAh is very low, right? That goes to prove that you shouldn’t expect same battery capacity on both devices because they do not run on same processor.
Interestingly, the GT08 smartwatch lasts about 2 days using just bluetooth connectivity with a smartphone. When using a SIM card on the smartwatch, it was able to go through the whole day conveniently even under intensive use.
By intensive use, we mean using it for it’s basic functions. No much music plays. No gaming because the watch doesn’t have those. You honestly shouldn’t expect that in a smartwatch in the first place.
GT08 Smartwatch Gets a rating of 4/10 from me.
For a starter, the GT08 smartwatch isn’t really so bad. I mean, it works well for a basic user who just needs a basic smartwatch for its basic functions. However, if you need something sleeker not just in design but in terms of features, interface, and functionality, this smartwatch might not be what you really need.
We might even be giving away the smartwatch as a giveaway on this blog to a reader who might be interested. If you think that’s a welcome idea, please be sure to let us know via the comment session.