The iTouch line of Smartwatches are a lower cost option if you are dying to get a smartwatch. But is the product a good deal, or a mediocre stepping stone to a higher quality product?
Let’s go through the product offerings.
i-Touch Classic Smartwatch
This is the “original” iTouch smartwatch. Here’s the functionality:
Camera remote–take pictures with your phone’s camera with a wave of your hand. Voice assist–talk to your phone’s virtual assistant through your smartwatch. Notifications–set your watch to alert you when your phone receives notifications for text, social media, games, email and others. Music remote–use your watch to play, pause, skip, and rewind your music. Messaging–view your email notifications.
Phone–make out-going and receive incoming calls using the watch’s built in speakerphone. Pedometer–count your steps. Sleep monitoring. Compatible with Android, iPhone and other top phones. Rechargeable battery.
Setup: download the app associated with this watch for either Android or iOS, then once the app is installed, sync the watch to the phone via Bluetooth.
How well does this watch work for buyers? Reviews on the watch are mixed. While some users think the watch is easy to use and very functional, others complain that the watch feels and looks cheap. Those who use the watch sparingly state that the battery can easily go through a day or more without charging it. Others felt that a day’s worth of battery was hardly worth the purchase.
Some customers were disappointed with the size of the watch face (too big for small wrists).
Other complaints include lack of ability to tap on the screen to return text messages, customer service communication and confusing return policies.
Those who reviewed it positively glowed about the functionality (meaning it does what it says it can do). Amazingly enough, the smartwatch is marketed to be able to make and receive calls, receive text messages and notifications, count steps, and play music, just as promised. However, the primary place I found positive reviews is on Amazon, a place that is notorious for the manipulation of product rank by paid-for positive reviews.
I think that the watch is somewhat mediocre, and find that the styling, squarish/roundish watch face and band are uninspiring. (After all, it is on your wrist and everyone can see your hands). But if what you need is something basic that gets the job done, and doesn’t break the bank, then this watch could be a good option for you.
This product retails in the range of $29.99-$49.99, depending on where you find it. You can find it for sale on Amazon, and in some independent Shopify stores. I’ve seen that this product is getting harder and harder to find on sale, and is listed as “sold out” on some websites, including the iTouch Wearables home site.
But honestly, I am having a hard time getting excited about this product, and there are enough negative reviews about the battery to advise caution on this product.
The iTouch Curve is a watch that has really similar functionality to the classic iTouch smartwatch reviewed above. However, the main difference is that the watch face is round rather than square, making it look less like a device and more like a watch. You will find this watch in more colors than the basic black or white (Pink Merlot, and Bright Blue). Some companies market this watch as a “unisex” model, meaning both men and women could wear it.
With this watch, you have a:
- phone locator
- calorie tracker
- sleep monitor
- music remote
- compatible with iOS and Android
- rechargeable battery
One of the main complaints about this watch is that even though it is billed as “water resistant,” those who got it barely wet found that the watch died almost instantaneously. One woman washed her hands and got water into the charging port, and that was that.
Other reviewers called it “generic” or “inaccurate.”
Also check the version of Android and/or iOS you are running. It needs Android version 4.4 or higher, and iOS version 7.2 or higher.
Like other iTouch watches, reviewers had a lot of complaints about the battery life, and having to charge it in the morning and again at night.
But on the upside, while the reviews were fairly poor for this watch, the reviews weren’t QUITE as bad as the Classic and Air models. I am not sure if this tells you much. I am still pretty unexcited about this watch.
I’ve seen this watch for sale for $29.99, $39.99 and for $49.99, as well as for $85.00. This is a good one to shop around on to find the right price.
iTouch Air Smartwatch
Like the classic iTouch smartwatch, this product seems to be popping up a lot on the internet, but it is hard to tell if this is a smartwatch that is still being made. On some websites that I’ve seen, the product is listed as “sold out” while others are only selling “refurbished” or “like new” version of this watch.
On Amazon, like-new, the price exceeds $40, and brand new, I’ve seen the price as high as $70. Wal-mart has this watch for $36, but notes that the watch is “low in stock.” Others have attempted to return this watch to get a replacement due to problems and have been unable to get another watch, despite promises.
- phone locator
- calorie tracker
- sleep tracker
- music control
- water “resistant” (I don’t trust this, assume that you shouldn’t get it wet AT ALL)
This watch has a square face with a flat screen, unlike the iTouch Curve (which is round) or the Classic, which has a round-ish face.
There are a lot of complaints about this watch.
Buyers say that the watch does “not work well” and does not hold a charge. For example, if you want to wear it at night to monitor your sleep, you have to charge it again in the morning to wear it for the day.
Others complain that the sync frequently disconnects (requiring a lot of resets). An important detail is that the phone and the watch have to be nearby each other to communicate effectively (like in your pocket), which defeats the purpose of the watch for many people.
The watch is supposedly compatible with iOS and Android, but many complained that the watch didn’t work with their phones.
The bands may be hard to clean and become discolored.
“Cute but not functional” is another review, while others have stated that they are “very unhappy.”
“Crap” is another comment I have seen about this watch.
Another common complaint is that the watch falls off, primarily that the band needs a “watch keeper” (small PVC loops) and disappointment that the product doesn’t come with any.
All in all, I can’t recommend that you purchase this watch even if you can find it.
iTouch Air 2 Smartwatch
Unlike the Classic, and Air models, the Air 2 seems to be more readily available for purchase online. And overall, the reviews on the product seem to be superior to the Classic and Air options, so perhaps iTouch is phasing out production of those other watches.
- sleep tracker
- heart rate monitor
- messaging app (receive messages and notifications)
- phone calls (receive and dial out)
- sync’s up to 1,000 contacts from your phone
- call log tracks all calls
- remote to your camera phone
- date display
- 5 custom alarms
- music remote
- options to buy in gold, silver, rose gold, merlot, black, and lots of strap options
- calorie tracker
- voice assistant
- weather display
- screen customization
So what are the reviewers saying? While the majority of the reviews for the Classic and Air models were horrific, the reviews that I’ve seen on this watch are closer to mediocre. If on a scale of 1-10, the Classic and the Air were a 1 or a 2, the Air 2 is probably closer to a 5-6.
The battery life is called “ok” rather than terrible. Pairing up the watch to phones was “pretty straightforward.” The speaker was “very loud.” The design of the watch is “slim” and “very modern” and “comfortable.”
- heartrate monitor didn’t really work well
- music didn’t sync
- screen was too sensitive
- screen display was a bit pixelated
- takes a long time to update
- can’t charge it wirelessly
You can find this watch for sale for between $55-$70 online.
Air 2 Summary
If the choice is between the Classic, the Air, and the Air 2, the Air 2 is hands down, the only possible option. I think that iTouch attempted to address previous complaints about their products with this redesigned smartwatch, and they are on the right track. Many people who have used the watch said that it wasn’t exactly what they were looking for, but that it was pretty functional and did most of what they wanted.
If you are looking for a Fitbit or Apple iWatch and buy the iTouch, I think you’ll be disappointed. But if you know what you are getting into, and you accept that this watch isn’t a Fitbit or an iWatch, you just might be satisfied.
iTouch Air Pulse Smartwatch
For the life of me, I can’t see exactly how this watch is any different from the Air 2. This watch isn’t being sold currently on the iTouch Wearables site. So far, I’ve decided that the Class Smartwatch and the Air model were iTouch’s initial forays into smartwatches, and the Air 2 is the redesign. The Curve is an attempt to make a more stylish watch out of the initial Classic and Air functionalities.
But what is the iTouch Air Pulse? Well, it’s for sale at Target, and it lists the following as its functionality:
- calories tracker
- heart rate
- sleep monitor
- camera remote
- music remote
- “sedentary reminder”
So far, it seems that the iTouch Air Pulse is just about the same as the iTouch Air 2, but focused on the monitors (heart rate, calories, steps, etc).
It has gotten a lot of better reviews, but people seem to either love it or hate it (either one star or five stars, not much in the middle).
It sells for about $60 new online, which is about the same at the Air 2. Have you gotten this watch? Can you tell us the difference between the Pulse and the Air 2? I’d love to hear about it in in the comments.
If a Cheap Smartwatch Above All Is Your Goal
If you are looking for a smartwatch for REALLY cheap, you should consider looking to AliExpress. Many dropshippers who are selling on Amazon or in their own stores are getting products off of AliExpress for really steep discounts and then market them to you are a mark-up. It takes a few weeks (or even a month or two) to get the product on your doorstep from China (and FORGET returns). But if the money is the most important thing, check out the offerings for smartwatches there. You can find cheap-as-heck smartwatches there for under $20, the same watches that are being sold around the internet marked up to $50+ or more.
If what you really want is an iWatch….
If you are buying the iTouch products because you want the high quality product that is an iWatch…..then perhaps you’d just better wait and buy the iWatch. I can’t recommend the iTouch lines as a good, high quality alternative.
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