Omate Racer Smartwatch Review: A Simplistic Beauty
The Omate Racer is a difficult one to categorize. Born and developed from the similar stable that brought to the market the TrueSmart smartwatch back in 2013 as well as the stylish Lutetia duo and Omate X in 2014. Omate Racer happens to be the rugged number of the New York company, shamelessly aimed at men who have not yet made the significant smartwatch jump.
Although this is not feature ridden as the Apple powered and Android Wear rivals, this has got even more mobile savviness as compared to the glorified stylish fitness trackers from Withings and Mondaine. And with its very affordable price, do you think that this is a functional option?
Build and Design
Omate Racer took the design cues from that of the Tissot PRC200 and Casio G-Shock. This boasts of a sport look, a rugged smartwatch that has a rubberized bezel. This is definitely as premium as the first two regular watches and at its price range, this is no doubt a touch more high street than high end.
It comes with a one active button that acts as standby switch, back key and backlight activator, with the rest of the five raised panels merely acting as mock buttons. Majority of the controls are being handled by its touchscreen.
Its looks are a big tarnished by the easily visible and big screws that you can find on the side of the watch. All in all, this has a comfortable fit and decent design made possible by the texturized rubber strap although this feels a bit more prototype compared to the polished article.
It comes with a 1.22 inch capacitive touch display. Omate remained mum on the resolution but don’t expect for a high one. In fact, the graphics look a bit pixilated, with colors far from vibrant. This is readable by any stretch although this might not really be that impressive. Its backlight has slightly improved things but this is just a temporary measure.
The Omate Racer’s touchscreen is perfectly okay, letting you scroll through numerous features with very little resistance although it is not at the similar level of slick responsiveness that you would expect from Android Wear or Apple smartwatches.
In general, the display’s round design works without any issue yet some screens, specifically the settings menu, is bleeding over its edges that is obviously a flaw with the software.
Features, Battery Life and Hardware
Running on its very own operating system known as Nucleus, the main idea is to keep everything as simple as possible. On this point, Racer definitely succeeded. This will tell you the time with eight various watch faces being offered. This provides basic pedometer statistics for obsession for step counting and provides an extensive array of smartphone-linked notifications.
- Smartwatch - Push Notifications from iOS and Android
- 4 days standby time battery life / 300mAh rechargeable battery
- 1.22 inch Reflective Always On Color Display - Touch Panel
- ARM7 - MT2502 Aster
This is packed with a dual core ARM based MediaTrek processor that the company boasts to be the world’s smallest wearable chip. It has a system that offers a smooth running and its battery life, about two days if paired, is really good. You can charge it with the use of a magnetic dock. The truth is, the entire back of this watch is magnetic so this can be stuck on your fridge if you like.