Skip to content
February 19, 2014

Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone Review

The Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone is the local brand’s first venture into the wearable technology. For those who are reading about it for the first time, it’s a dual-SIM-capable feature phone that you can wear like a watch. Let’s find out if the G1 Watch Phone is worth your money by reading our full review.

CM G1_Main Visual

We suggest reading our first impressions of the device first to get you set for our full review.

Display and Navigation

The 1.44″ TFT LCD Screen has a resolution of 128×128, it’s a very modest display and nothing dazzling about it. It’s fairly decent when used indoors but quite hard to read outdoors. Although you can crank up the brightness, it’s still not enough to combat strong sunlight.

Navigation wise, you can use the resistive touchscreen panels or the keypad to navigate. If you’re used to using capacitive touch screens then this might take some getting used to. On the bright side, the resistive screen is accurate especially if you let your nails to do the pressing. You might want to press a bit harder than usual though as there seems to be a small gap between the plastic screen and the touch screen panel.

CM G1_Calling Texting

When not in use the G1 will normally display the clock screensaver. If it’s off, you can press the power button or camera button on the right to display the clock. If you want to use the G1 as a phone, just slide up the top part to reveal the physical keyboard and it will automatically display the menu.

While the slide-to-unlock feature is pretty nifty, it can sometimes be a problem. If you leave the G1 idle in phone mode for a short time the display auto-lock will kick in and you will need slide down then slide back up just to unlock it which is annoying.

Texting and Calling

The G1 Watch Phone is dual-SIM capable and accepts regular-sized SIM cards. You can pair up the bundled Bluetooth headset for calls or use the earpiece on top, which is awkward since the phone is strapped to your wrist. But if the situation calls for it, it’s much better to unstrap it first and use the G1 like a regular phone.

CM G1_Texting

We noticed that the G1’s sound profile doesn’t allow vibration + ringtone for calls. We decided to use vibrate instead which is more helpful than the external speaker whenever we’re outside.

Call quality via Bluetooth headset is clear and very audible. So signs of muffling or distortion. The headset earpiece is good as well but lacks in loudness. This can be an issue if you’re making a call in a loud environment.

CM G1_Dialing

Texting will obviously involves using the cramped physical keypad. You can type using one finger while the watch is on your wrist but doing so isn’t exactly efficient and comfortable. This can be a learning curve to some but you might find yourself unstrapping it every now and then just so you can text.

CM G1_Reading SMS

Reading SMS on the G1 is very much similar to old feature phones. You only have two lines to read SMS which is cumbersome when it comes to long messages. You will really need to press that down button to scroll.

Multimedia and Speaker

Before you can use the camera, music player and other multimedia applications, you need to put a microSD for storage as the phone itself has no usable memory. The G1 can hand up to 8GB microSD cards.

The G1 can play mp3 files with up to 256kbps bitrate, which is quite good for a feature phone. Unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm audio jack to enjoy stereo music on your favourite earphones. We tried paring it to our Bluetooth speakers but unfortunately it doesn’t have A2DP (Advance Audio Distribution Profile) for stereo streaming; ergo, we’re limited to low-quality mono. This is a bit disappointing as the G1 could have been a really good music player.

CM G1_Music

Video playback is also available for .3gp and .mp4 files, but it’s going to be really difficult to appreciate given the 320 x 240 resolution. As for the speakers, it can be utilized both for calls and music playback, however it’s too weak and not exactly enjoyable. A friend even asked if there was a mouse squeaking nearby when we we’re playing some video.

Camera and Video

The G1 Watch Phone is equipped with a VGA camera. Image resolutions are at 1280 x 960 which is higher compared to the 640 x 480 pixels found in old feature phones. Still, they’re not exactly worthy for uploads but should suffice when doing “spy shots”.

Sample Photo 5_resized

Sample Photo 2_resized

Sample Photo 1_resized

Video recording is also possible with a resolution of 320 x 240 at .3gp format. Details are very low but beats having no video recording at all. Orientation in taking photos and videos can be challenging as well as all photos are normally in portrait mode. So you need to position the watch in a vertical position in order to shoot in landscape. Watch the sample video below:

Connectivity

While the G1 have some learning curve, our biggest challenge was how to transfer files. Due to its thick body, the metal end of regular microUSB cables aren’t long enough to reach the port. To make matters worse, the G1 doesn’t come with its own microUSB cable that fits it so we have to improvise by stripping a standard microUSB cable.

Battery Life

The G1 has a Lithium-Ion battery of 400mAh. It’s underwhelming but in our use we managed to get a good 3 – 4 days of battery life. That is inclusive of average calls (5-10 minutes a day), text usage (15 texts) and usual opening of applications like calculator, calendar and alarm clock. But when paired with the bundled Bluetooth headset, the G1 can last for around 2 – 3 days which still good.

Conclusion

To conclude, the Cherry mobile G1 Watch Phone is a good secondary phone. It can be easily accessed for your casual personal calls or even texts. Being a wearable device, we applaud Cherry Mobile for introducing something different yet affordable enough to be considered by anyone who’s looking for a dual-SIM phone.

CM G1_conclusion

Surely, there are shortcomings like the weak speakers, absence of Bluetooth A2DP, and the lack of a 3.5mm headset jack and its own microUSB cable, but given the price range I think we can give the G1 a break.

The Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone is now available for Php1,699.

Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone specs:
1.44-inch TFT LCD Display, 128 x 128 pixels
Expandable Micro SD Storage up to 8GB
VGA camera
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
400mAh battery

What we liked about it:
* Long battery life (Average 3-5 days)
* Free Bluetooth headset
* Great secondary phone

What we didn’t like about it:
* Need a Dedicated microUSB Cable (Not included in the package)
* Need to slide the phone in order to unlock
* No Bluetooth A2DP Support for stereo music
* Weak speakers


49 Responses to “Cherry Mobile G1 Watch Phone Review”

  1. Thanks a lot for this web page, can blissfully announce we currently have a steam shower of our own and we think it’s
    great

  2. No one will condemn you from getting rejected at first, but David Tian’s system can help secure that all important date the first time around.
    It is a technology that deploys shared infrastructure that links together large pooled systems
    in private or public networks in order to provide Information Technology (IT) services.
    As opposed to IFRS accounting, wherein the cost
    recovery method is used.

  3. Every weekend i used to pay a quick visit this site, as i wish for
    enjoyment, since this this web page conations genuinely nice funny stuff too.

  4. http://www. says:

    Hurrah! In the end I got a website from where I be able to genuinely obtain useful information regarding my study and knowledge.

  5. maria says:

    i cant seem to factory reset the phone
    its has asked me for a password w/c not really available on the use manual..i cant literally delete at least or all messages though.

  6. Heaps of functions on these steam showers, I love the multimedia
    opinion as well as the lighting style

  7. Thanks for this site, can blissfully declare we currently
    have a steam shower of our own and we like it so much

  8. Shiela says:

    My Partner And I just recently set up our steam shower unit, best item i’ve got a hold of in a while, children and family
    members think it’s great, simply cannot see me moving back to regular
    showers again

  9. Anonymous says:

    Excellent blog here! Also your site loads up fast! What host are you using?
    Can I get your affiliate link to your host? I wish my web site loaded
    up as quickly as yours lol

  10. Lemuel says:

    looked over the material within this website quite a lot, intending
    to take the plunge before long and acquire a steam shower
    cabin, most likely in the aftermath of the holiday
    season

  11. google.com says:

    Attractive section of content. I simply stumbled upon your
    blog and in accession capital to claim that I acquire actually enjoyed account your weblog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing to your feeds or even I fulfillment you access constantly fast.

  12. Hello! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after browsing through some of the
    post I realized it’s new to me. Anyhow, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be book-marking and checking back
    frequently!

  13. Interesting blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere?
    A theme like yours with a few simple adjustements would really make my
    blog stand out. Please let me know where you got your design. Thank you

  14. http:// says:

    Fantastic site loads of brilliant steam shower knowledge
    here

    Also visit my website … steam shower whirlpool tub
    (http://myarcadegames.altervista.org/members/dexteharricks/activity/26491)

  15. Dolores says:

    It’s genuinely very complicated in this active life to listen news on Television, thus I just use wotld wide
    wweb for that reason, and obtain the newest news.

    My site: traffic report (Dolores)

  16. Excellent blog here! Also your web site loads up
    very fast! What host are you using? Can I get your affiliate link to your host?
    I wish my website loaded up as fast as yours lol

  17. gone through the articles on this site a lot, intending to take the plunge soon enough and acquire a steam shower
    cabin, in all likelihood just after the holidays

  18. And the main reason I’m talking about it is so if you find yourself
    with the receiving end of the technique, you know how to protect yourself.
    If you don’t have a full-blown POS system for your retail business,
    you might be losing money — guaranteed. These rooms often contain expensive materials
    or equipment as well as dangerous or harmful chemicals.

  19. Hi are using WordPress for your site platform?
    I’m new to the blog world but I’m trying to get started and create my own. Do you need any html
    coding knowledge to make your own blog? Any help would
    be really appreciated!

  20. I read this paragraph completely regarding the resemblance of most up-to-date and
    preceding technologies, it’s awesome article.

  21. Pretty element of content. I simply stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Any way I’ll be subscribing on your augment or even I fulfillment
    you get entry to consistently rapidly.

  22. Lots of functions and features on these steam showers, I quite
    like the multimedia idea and the lighting

Leave a Reply

*
*