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.

67 Comments on this Post

  1. 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!!

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  2. 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

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

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  4. 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. :)

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  5. kiLLingdoLL

    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

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  6. 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

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  7. 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

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  8. 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. Tama si Michael mga walang hiya kayo

    hindi naman kasi sya water resistance you know!

    my gosh

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  14. Marvin Lumague

    Galing ako sa harrison plaza nang na check ko ang unit na ito at bago para sa akin.

    One thing i want this unit is it’s wrist type phone. Advantage ito for me kasi nayayamot ako minsan na pa hugot hugot ng phone sa bulsa.

    For the price of 1,699php actually it’s 1,800php nung nagtanong ako sa harrison plaza, sulit na ito knowing the unit comes with bluetooth monoheadset. 8gb max micro sd unit plus cam, and dual sim phone.

    Ang kapintasan lang nito ay limited bluetooth profile support limited to EDP (this unit can support branded bluetooth monoheadset like Philips SHB 1400) but this unit will not connect to A2DP format and others (Philips SHB 6000 and SHB 9100) sana man lang may support ito sa ibang bluetooth profile para sulit kung wala man lang 3.5mm jack

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  15. Marvin Lumague

    ERRATA

    EDR not EDP

    and to those who said water resistance, water resistant po ang tama. Yun lang. Wag na po kayo mag demand at mura lang naman. Reasonable pa naman sa presyo. Yun lang po.

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  16. Bakit ang daming negative comments? my gosh! i’m wearing it for 3 months already and every one around me admires it.

    Most of my officemates and classmates (I’m a working student, btw)bought one as well. My family members, who don’t really like local phones such as myphone, cherry mobile, etc, plans to buy too. (How I wish I have a commission for introducing CM watchphoneto them, and ends up buying one; but it’s fine ^_^ just kidding).

    AND BTW, it is WATER RESISTANT! I’ve been walking under the rain without an umbrella with this watchphone around my wrist. And it’s still working perfectly!

    Those who don’t like it isn’t a good critic at all! or perhaps, a fan of other brand. Why do you need to fake a review anyways? = =”

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