Smart watches were cool when they first came out, because they were hi tech and they let you add more capabilities to your smartphone.
But nowadays there are lots of smartwatches to choose from, so you don’t have to settle for a goofy-looking, bare-bones smartwatch when other options are available.
The Otium Gear Smart Watch is a prime example—it’s not just a smartphone extension. In fact, it can act as a smartphone all by itself.
But how well does it work? We’ll find out in this Otium Gear smartwatch review.
|Battery Life||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆|
|Charge Time||★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆|
|Comfort||★ ★ ★ ★ ☆|
|Price||★ ★ ★ ★ ★|
Features of the Otium Gear Smart Watch
The Otium Gear and the Otium Gear S share virtually the same features.
It weighs 50 grams and the dimensions measure 1.71 by 0.46 by 1.57 inches. Only the looks of the two versions are different from one another, and each version comes in 3 different colors.
There’s a rudimentary 1.3 megapixel camera on the watch strap.
This means that not only can you watch pictures and videos on the screen, but you can also use the smartwatch to take pictures and record videos.
You have 64 MB for your ROM and 128 MB for RAM.
It comes with speakers and a microphone, so you can hear music or hold a conversation. You can play music with the standard music controls, and even get FM radio if you have a headset.
Battery life is another main difference among the Gear and the Gear S. The Gear can last up to 80 hours on standby, which is nice enough.
But the Gear S really lasts a long time thanks to its 380 mAh battery. On standby, it can last for up to 180 hours. Both versions need 3 hours to recharge fully.
Whatever version you choose, it’s compatible with Bluetooth 3.0 and has a mini-USB 5-pin interface. When you insert a micro SIM card, you don’t even need a smartphone as the Gear can act like one.
It supports very long list of features, such as: Support Bluetooth Dialer, Contacts, Call Reminder, Clock, Anti-loss, Pedometer, Sleep Monitor, Sedentary Reminder, Remote Camera, Voice Recorder, Calendar, and SMS.
Benefits of the Otium Gear S
There are many advantages to wearing an Otium Gear, and in some ways it’s superior to its competitors.
It looks terrific, and that’s because it offers a lot of options as to how it looks. You can pick the color, and then you can choose the style of the Gear or the Gear S.
You can also pick the background and the face of the clock.
It offers the pedometer and the sedentary alarm for your active lifestyle. Not every smartwatch offers these features.
The pedometer measures how far you’ve walked or run, which is quite helpful when you play sports or when you want to run a set number of miles on your jog. The sedentary alarm notifies you if you’re not on the move for a set amount of time.
The touchscreen is a relief, since again not all smartwatches have this feature.
Taking a call is a piece of cake. You just tap the watch face to answer the call. This is great when you’re doing something with your hands, such as driving a manual transmission vehicle.
Now you don’t have to ignore a call or fumble through your belongings to answer it.
You can keep both hands on the wheel while you have your conversation, as if the person you’re talking to is right beside you.
Playing music is great when you don’t want to use headsets or earphones. For example, such headsets are not always advisable when you are jogging, as you may not hear the horns of the incoming vehicle behind you.
The watch offers several brightness settings, so you can still use it outside on a bright day.
The camera is quite basic, so you can’t expect to take excellent pictures and videos.
But it will do in a pinch when your smartphone is inside a bag and you have to record something that your toddlers, pets, or drunken friends are doing right now. In other words, it’s better than nothing.
The anti-loss feature works great, but only if you really don’t want your smartphone farther than an arm’s length away from you. It warns you when your smartphone is more than 2 meters away.
The battery life is excellent, even with heavy use throughout the day. Just have it recharged when you leave your home in the evening, and you won’t have to worry about recharging again for the day.
This is especially true of the Gear S.
- You don’t need a smartphone to use it, as in some ways it already is a smartphone.
It’s not a real Otium Gear review when there’s no mention of any negatives. That’s an advertisement, rather than a review. And the Gear does have its fair share of negatives.
Foremost is the fact that it’s only fully compatible with Android smartphones. Those iOS users will have to look elsewhere, although Otium does offer the Steel model that accommodates iOS.
The Steel is also waterproof, while the Gear isn’t. That means you have to be very conscious about your smartwatch.
You have to remember to remove it before you wash your hands or take a shower, and it’s a good idea to just remove it when you’re involved in any activity that involves water, including washing your car.
Now the Gear also—in theory—allows you to use the screen to send text messages.
For some people, this is only a theory because the small watch face doesn’t let some people with big fingers type the message they want on the keyboard accurately.
And then of course, that 2-meter anti-loss range can be very annoying. That’s also true of the lack of access to an app store.
The Otium Gear Smart Watch does offer a lot of features in which you may be interested, and you can add this functionality with its nice look for a very nice smart watch indeed.
If you like fiddling with your smartwatch, then this is one you need to get.