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Goophone: A True Smartwatch?

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goophoneI gave up wearing a watch years ago when I figured out that my iPhone was a decent stand-in and didn’t get in my way while typing. So I’ve been watching (no pun intended) all the coverage of smartwatches with a somewhat skeptical eye. The Samsung watch was, in my opinion, a big yawn since I don’t own a phone it will work with. Naturally, I’m waiting to see if Apple will pull one out of its hat, but while we wait, I ran across the Goophone in an article on Android Community.

Check out the video. This device is a fully functioning Android device housed in a watch casing.

As the video shows, it has Google Play access, which gives you just about any app that will run on its screen/processor/operating system. (It’s running Android 4.0, but I hope it will upgrade to 4.4, which is optimized for lower-specced devices.) So Google Search, Calendar, mail and more. It’s even got a camera!

There’s also some pretty decent hardware packed into this small device. A 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor won’t impress smartphone buyers, but for a watch buyer? Not bad. Plus 4GB storage, which should be more than enough since I doubt people will be storing tons of video on it.

It has the music app installed, but I couldn’t tell if there was a headphone jack. None of the pictures were at quite the right angle.

I browsed the comments on the video and was amused to see that someone else had noted that the main screen had a Windows 8-esque look about it. It works from a design/usability perspective, but I’m not sure it’s a good idea from a branding perspective.

The price of the GooPhone is high for what is probably a novelty device. A 2G version sells for $249.99, and a 3G version for $299.99. I’m not tempted, but I’ll be curious to hear what any of you think if you buy one. They are on preorder right now, and I couldn’t find a firm shipping date.

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