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January 05, 2014

Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone first impressions

Barely 4 days before Christmas when Cherry Mobile officially announced that the Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone. We wanted to purchase a unit in SM North EDSA but, when we arrived there, we we’re disappointed as all the units were pre-sold already.

Due to the increasing interest in wearable tech, a lot of users became curious about this locally-branded watch phone primarily because of its call functionality and affordable price. Now that we have purchased one, here’s our initial impression of the device.

Official Packaging

Upon opening the box, you will be greeted with its standard packaging which includes the charger and unit. Since the G1 doesn’t have a 3.5mm headset jack, Cherry Mobile was generous enough to bundle it with a Bluetooth headset. Keep in mind the unique charger for the Bluetooth headset that is similar to Nokia Phones.

The watch phone looks like a kid’s watch or a watch with calculator because of its color and design. The build of the strap is fully made of rubber and the smartphone is made of solid plastic. The watch feels light where it’s around 60 grams in weight so it doesn’t feel heavy when worn. The screen is a 1.44” TFT LCD with a resolution of 128×128 pixels; nothing impressive compared to the OLED displays of other smartwatches but sufficient enough for personal viewing of the display.

Upon opening the back cover you will see the 400mAh battery, of course given the size they can only fit that much capacity. We will see how the battery will perform in full review of the device.

Inside are two sim slots and a micro-SD slot which can go up to 8GBin capacity. We learned though that the phone doesn’t have an internal storage so you will really need a micro-SD for your multimedia content or even using the camera to save your photos.

Besides the resistive touchscreen to navigate, you have a slide alpha-numeric keyboard and navigation keys. Using the touchscreen display needs some learning curve as you will most likely use your thumb to navigate. Since the screen is small, your thumb will already cover around 60% of the screen which makes it hard to touch exactly what you want to touch.

If you’re shy using the Bluetooth headset provided you can use the earpiece on top where you can use receive calls just like a regular cellphone. The earpiece also acts as the loud-speaker; however we think it’s a bit weak so you might depend on the vibration for notifications.

On the right side you have the VGA Camera, Volume toggle switch and Call button to answer calls even if the keyboard is hidden. Unfortunately there is no 3.5mm audio jack to listen using your own audio equipment, perhaps its due to the small size of the device. Also, we noticed that the FM Radio needs a headset plugged in but due to the fact that there is no slot, then it’s a waste of feature to include in the first place.

On the left side you have the Micro-USB port and microphone. We tried connecting the watchphone to our laptop but unfortunately due to the thick body of the phone, the micro-USB head can’t reach the slot. Otherwise, you can still use the provided charger to charge the device, which is quite inconvenient as you need to bring the cable to charge the device.

It’s really interesting that the market is starting to appreciate more of the wearable technology. So we’re really interested if the Cherry Mobile G1, being the 1st local watchphone in the market, can really start a trend here.

Cherry Mobile G1 watchphone specs :
Dual Sim/Dual Standby
Dual Band GSM (900 / 1800 MHz)
GPRS / WAP 2.0
Resistive Touchscreen 1.44″ TFT LCD Display (128×128 Pixels)
VGA Camera
FM Radio (Not Working since no headset Jack)
Music / Video Player
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
Micro-USB (Up to 8gb) / Mass Storage
SRP: Php1,699

Check out our full review soon for the Cherry Mobile G1 watchphone to check if this one of a kind phone is worth the investment.

Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone hits stores for Php1,699

63 Responses to “Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone first impressions”

  1. Michael
    Twitter: browse10
    says:

    Some downsides not mentioned by Yuga.

    It’s not typical watch for kids. Imagine how can this thing last for some time when it’s not water resistance?

    The phone has a sliding feature that may cause damage to its flex.

    Resistive touch needs a hard stroke to let it work perfectly. Kailangan ng konting walis tingting. Hahaha

    Kids is also the same as adults when it comes to gadget. Phone/Tablet with widescreen still a best shot!

    The price Php1,699 is really not for the unit itself. I guess that’s just for bluetooth headset. Hahaha

    I rather buy a P50 Ben10 watch sa bangketa than wasting my bucks to this… ‘Yung may songs pa ng Aqua. ??I’m a Barbie girl in a Barbie world…?? You know..? Like what can we expect….? that still Cherry Mobile after all.

    Next thing happen, they will remove or ban me from their Facebook page. Right after na-comment ko ‘to :-D

    • jokab says:

      you mean member ka pala sa facebook page nila pagkatapos mong manlaet?

    • Unknown says:

      Kundi ka fan wag kang maging hater

    • Randy says:

      wow you expect too much on FIRST IMPRESSIONS, please wait for the review please.

      Feedback is okay but your opinions are considered Demanding.

    • matricsneo says:

      pare kung manglalait ka nlng sana plz galing galingan mo naman ung ingles mo o magtagalog ka nlng…. sumakit ang ulo ko sa kababasa ng comment mo….

      Don’t expect too much on a first generation device specially that which came from a local local/Chinese company like CM….

      I think CM did a great job on this project… They’ve pulled of a great stunt with this.. I only expected a normal call/text phone feature on this watch but for it to have dual sim slots, a bluetooth support and a camera is surreal!!

      Great work CM and thank you for a wonderful review Yugatech.. really learned a lot from this review..

  2. Leo says:

    May point naman c Michael maaring masira agad kung di water resistant kung para sa mga bata at may mga unti karamihan madali masira pag slide di lang aq agree dun sa price e para lang dun sa bluetooth para bang sinabi nya na walang halaga yung watch itself.kung tablet ang pag uusapan at ipad oo maganda ang wide screen e watch naman yan eh so i compare mo n lng xa sa ibang smart watch.but honestly bilib at satisfiead ako sa unit na nasubukan ko sa CM yung dragon phone.. astig sa features at ok rin naman sa performance.. tumagal rin naman until now yun gamit ko.. over all i salute CM!! keep it Up More power!!

  3. wew says:

    mas maganda kung hindi siya ruggedlook para mas lumiit,let say minimalist design tulad ng sa ipad nano 6thgen para di na rin mukhang laruan hahaha

  4. jo says:

    Ill wait for the G1 2.0 or they might call it G1-X hehe!

  5. Karen says:

    oo nga parang watch ng power rangers.:P

    madaming bad reviews… pero fact remains that the convenience of having your phone attached to your wrist is very very…bongga! ehehehe este marketable…

    i think, CM will learn from the bad reviews, aantayin ko ang 2nd gen nito. at sana..may headset jack na. :)

  6. kiLLingdoLL says:

    for me… G1 is not bad, actually sa gym nga pinagkakaguluhan ng mga buddy ko ito for being unique and compaque. hello… sa worth 2k less anu ba ang hinahanap mo tol? ang kinulang lang naman dito ay yung wala syang 3.5mm headset jack to supprot the Radio… pero lahat naman ay Ok na. demanding ka masyado… bago ka mag demand tol… tingin muna sa salamin at sabihin mo, bagay ba sakin mag bitter sa G1? sabagay hindi kasi can’t afford ako bumili… wahahaha

  7. Unknown says:

    ok ung G1 4 me..tibay nga eh..endi pa sira hehe at kung gus2 niong gumana ung fm radio gumamit po kau ng headset na micro usb ang jack pra maikabit sa usb port ng G1 pra gumana ang radio..kso imagine wired headset 4 a watch?..haha kya nga BT headset ang kasama eh at endi tlga pang music ung free BT headset pang tawag lng tlga..gus2 nio bili kau ng talagang pang mp3 BT headset dba..peace

  8. Gyane says:

    Sa halagang 1699 ang dami naman demands water resist ba hanap nyo eh di totoong relo bilhin nyo headset pra radio eh sna radio nlng bilhin nyo or mp3 guys naman napakamura lng kya wag magexpect ng sobra design prang pang power ranger depende nlng sa pagdadala yun kng kyang mong dalhin

  9. Jade says:

    cooooool!!!~~~ I will try that xD!~… kapag nasa classroom and office hindi halata na may cellphone akong dala ^_^… hindi rin mahahalata na nagsa-sound trip ako :)… may alarm na rin kapag malapit na akong mag-overbreak xD!~ and I think… it’ll suit my style xD!~

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  12. rr says:

    Tama si Michael mga walang hiya kayo

    hindi naman kasi sya water resistance you know!

    my gosh

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