Smart Watches seems to be the rage currently. Most of the smart watches are designed to communicate wireless with your smartphone and function as a second screen for your phone. However, with the Androidly smart watch, you can get rid of your smartphone completely.
The Androidly smart watch is in fact a fully functional Android phone that has been squeezed into a small enough form factor so that it can be worn on your wrist like a watch. Like most Android phones, it comes with a colored touch screen although it is only 2 inches across and has a 320×240 pixel resolution. It has both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, 2 megapixel camera as well as GPS. It can of course make phone calls either through the built-in speaker phone or via a connected Bluetooth headset. It supports SMS as well although I have no idea how you will be able to type using an on-screen keyboard on a 2 inch screen. Perhaps you are supposed to use Google’s voice to text function for SMS.
The other specifications of the Androidly include the latest Android 2.2 although I am skeptical how well it will run on only 256 MB of RAM. There is an SD slot for storage and it comes with an 8GB card.
The Androidly’s biggest advantage is that it is capable of running a huge number of apps from the Google Play Store. On their website, it is listed at over 100,000+ apps. There is also a selected list of popular apps which includes Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, Google Maps, YouTube and games like Cut the Rope and Angry Birds. Of course being able to run the app is one thing. How well it runs and operating the app on a 2 inch screen is another thing.
On paper, the Androidly compares very well with other smart watches like the Pebble, Cookoo and Sony LiveView. It has much more impressive specifications and it is the only smart watch that has phone functions. However, the most difficult problem that the Androidly faces is to balance between size and function.
Although the device is tiny for a fully functional Android phone, it is huge as a watch. It looks absolutely humongous in the photos found on the website. On the other hand, if it was any smaller, the touch screen would not be functional. That is why most smart watches are more of a second screen to your existing phone that provides notifications and other simple functions. We will need a radically new interface system for a smart watch before it can replace our current phones.
Androidly is on pre-order and you can pick up one at $229.