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Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

Cheap watch phone

Got my son a PM sim, but at the age of 11, apparently he doesnt want to carry a phone around... Fair enough... Anyone know if any of these watches will work from Amazon.com, or .ca?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_p_36_1?rnid=386442011&keywords=3g&rh=n%3A172282%2Cn%3A1004...

Mayor / Maire

Re: Cheap watch phone

@po Those are all 2G-only, so they won't work on the Telus 3G network.

 

Also, the watches on that page are all very cheap and likely will not be reliable at all. And talking without a handsfree on a watch like that has to be a real challenge. Would you have to hold up the watch to your mouth the whole time?!

Model Citizen / Citoyen Modèle

Re: Cheap watch phone


@7789849803 wrote:

@po Those are all 2G-only, so they won't work on the Telus 3G network.

 

Also, the watches on that page are all very cheap and likely will not be reliable at all. And talking without a handsfree on a watch like that has to be a real challenge. Would you have to hold up the watch to your mouth the whole time?!


I agree. The quality of those watches may not be very good

po
Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

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I agree about talking to a watch. He (my 11 year old son) would be texting and using data. If anyone knows of a suitable watchphone please tell me, or even better, an alternative small enough to wear somehow rather than carry.

Mayor / Maire

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@po How would your son text or use data on a smartwatch? For that matter, how would he do it on any device significantly smaller than a regular smartphone?

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Mayor / Maire

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@po unfortuantely, I don't think you're going to find many "cheap" watches that can do what you're looking for.  There are SOME Android watches that have a built in LTE modem (so don't require a companion smartphone), like the LG Urbane LTE, but they are rather pricey.  http://www.amazon.com/Urbane-LTE-1-3-Smart-Snapdragon/dp/B0162VS7WI/ref=sr_1_2?s=wearable-tech&ie=UT...  Also, there isn't really a good way to enter texts other than voice on Android Wear watches that I'm aware of.  That's one of the reasons I returned the Fossil Q Founder watch I was trying for about a week.  The text entry was limited if even possible.  (Some apps have pre-defined "canned" responses you can select from, but I wasn't able to really get anything where I could type a response.)


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Mayor / Maire

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@po, I agree. Those watch things are not cheap, and for the one's that are the cheapest, they may not offer much in function or quality to degree

po
Great Citizen / Super Citoyen

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Voice to text works v well on my pebble time to nexus 6p. Very good for short messages. But I accept the points - Will prob be looking for a small cheap phone that can access Whatsapp. Any suggestions?

Mayor / Maire

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@po I don't know of anything significantly smaller than a regular smartphone that would still allow you to use WhatsApp.

Mayor / Maire

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@po unfortunately, SMALL phones are getting harder and harder to find, and they typically aren't cheap.  The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact or Z5 Compact come to mind--both are 4.6" and pretty compact.  However, they are hard to find in Canada (you'd probably have to order one up from american Amazon or another site--but be careful to oder the correct model and not the European/Asian one.  For Z3 Compact, you want D5803 and NOT the D5833, for example.  I'm not sure about the Z5 compact but I'd assume it's the E5803 you'd want.  But again, this isn't a "cheap" phone.

 

Another option would be an iPhone 5C/5S, which is a 4.5" phone but again usually relatively expensive.

 

Oh, another good option could be the OnePlus X--it's 5.0" and $329 Canadian (plus shipping and any import fees the border dings you with).  https://oneplus.net/ca_en/x

 

 


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