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DM98 full Android widescreen smart watch with built in phone sim slot - Flash Sale - £64.13 @ GearBest
DM98 full Android widescreen smart watch with built in phone sim slot - Flash Sale - £64.13 @ GearBest

DM98 full Android widescreen smart watch with built in phone sim slot - Flash Sale - £64.13 @ GearBest

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A pretty good deal for an Android smart watch. The reviews are generally good. Not the latest Android operating system, but still very functional and it may get upgraded via OTA at some point.

Some will see the size of this watch as a disadvantage. But I've had a smaller/standard size smart watch for over a year and I actually want a bigger screen size now. Finding Wi-Fi and GPS on a smart watch is reasonably rare also. Plus this has a big battery which should last some time. My current Chinese smart watch lasts about five days in standby, heaps longer than the Apple watch, which also doesn't have a phone built in.

Having a phone sim card slot, to operate the watch as a standalone phone, is really useful. My current smart watch has this facility and I use it for close friends and family to reach me. All my business calls still go through to my standard phone.

Finally, a pretty decent camera resolution on this watch. Most of them are 0.3 megapixels.

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Wow, that's one seriously ugly "watch". I can't see display's like that catching on.

thats horrible!!!

I think it looks gorgeous but I wouldn't buy it. 512MB RAM? This thing will be hanging.

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It's the same model, bar two extra desktop backgrounds and the allocation of the on-board memory, as the LEM4. Check out this very long review (because it has so many features): youtube.com/wat…zJ0

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waynester21

I think it looks gorgeous but I wouldn't buy it. 512MB RAM? This thing … I think it looks gorgeous but I wouldn't buy it. 512MB RAM? This thing will be hanging.



I've got one winging it's way from China, so will let you know once I get it. That said, the online video reviews of the LEM4 seem fairly snappy and one guy mentioned that it wasn't laggy.

If you watch the 1hr 30 min review the guy takes off the screen protector about 1/2 way through the review and you can see that the watch suddenly becomes more responsive.

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add23

thats horrible!!!



Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.... but I concede it is big:-) On the other hand (wrist?) I've always had a Casio calculator watch since the 80's. But I'm the sort of person that actually used the calculator a lot as well as the built-in database. Thus I'm more function-over-style orientated.

For the last year I've had the Aplus GV18 smart watch and found it invaluable (for the phone and customisable alarms mainly), but one key thing that let's it down is the screen size.

Although it's pretty standard for a smart watch, I find myself selecting the wrong character on the screen a lot. So having this sort of real estate should overcome that issue.

I guess the price I'll pay is the strange looks at the supermarket check-out!



Edited by: "Noddydog" 2nd Mar

Makes android wear watches seem VERY overpriced....heat

At this point why not just strap your actual phone to your arm like Buzz Lightyear???

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k1ngchr15

At this point why not just strap your actual phone to your arm like Buzz … At this point why not just strap your actual phone to your arm like Buzz Lightyear???



To me it doesn't look that much larger than many of the fashion watches out there:

http://image.dhgate.com/0x0/f2/albu/g4/M01/BC/83/rBVaEVcoZjuAP2iIAAL7RkVzmN4754.jpg

https://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1ag82HVXXXXamXVXXq6xXFXXX6/Large-Dial-Watches-Luxury-Brand-Silicone-Strap-Analog-Men-S-Quartz-Watch-Casual-Watch-Men-Wristwatch.jpg

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Edited by: "Noddydog" 2nd Mar

Noddydog

To me it doesn't look that much larger than many of the fashion watches … To me it doesn't look that much larger than many of the fashion watches out there:http://image.dhgate.com/0x0/f2/albu/g4/M01/BC/83/rBVaEVcoZjuAP2iIAAL7RkVzmN4754.jpghttps://ae01.alicdn.com/kf/HTB1ag82HVXXXXamXVXXq6xXFXXX6/Large-Dial-Watches-Luxury-Brand-Silicone-Strap-Analog-Men-S-Quartz-Watch-Casual-Watch-Men-Wristwatch.jpghttp://des.gearbest.com/uploads/pdm-desc-pic/Electronic/image/2016/11/25/1480044230337065.jpg



That first one, does that fall under 'fashion'? It has a compass and a thermometer.....

I honestly dot recommend buying something like this from abroad as if it goes wrong, you will struggle to return it

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Lloydinio

I honestly dot recommend buying something like this from abroad as if it … I honestly dot recommend buying something like this from abroad as if it goes wrong, you will struggle to return it



Yes and no. Like any trader in the UK (where admittedly consumer law is much better) it really is down to the reputation of the trader.

Being in the video production business I've brought quite a lot of electronic and optical gear from Asia, some of it running to hundreds of pounds. Most of the time I've had no issues, the items worked.

However there was one occasion where a DSLR body went wrong twice in a row after a few weeks of usage. It was purchased from Panamoz in Hong Kong and they replaced the product without question on both occassions without charging me postage.

But I did my research before purchasing from them and they have an excellent reputation.

Gear Best and Banggood both have positive feedback around 80% in the top feedback sites. When you compare that to many UK companies that's pretty good. If you look up reviews for Currys for example, it's right down around 20%.

Now I admit some of the feedback sites are skewed by false reviews (Amazon particularly), but if you dig around in the tech forums you'll find plenty of folks who buy stuff from Asia and have no issues.... even when things go wrong.

Personally I'm willing to take a risk on this watch. I reckon there's a 70% chance it will be ok (like my current/older Chinese smart watch). If it's not I'm fairly certain I'll get a resolution with Gear Best. For DOA items they do say they'll pay the return costs up to US$50. I'm sure I can get it back to China for that amount.
Edited by: "Noddydog" 3rd Mar

Noddydog

Yes and no. Like any trader in the UK (where admittedly consumer law is … Yes and no. Like any trader in the UK (where admittedly consumer law is much better) it really is down to the reputation of the trader. Being in the video production business I've brought quite a lot of electronic and optical gear from Asia, some of it running to hundreds of pounds. Most of the time I've had no issues, the items worked. However there was one occasion where a DSLR body went wrong twice in a row after a few weeks of usage. It was purchased from Panamoz in Hong Kong and they replaced the product without question on both occassions without charging me postage.But I did my research before purchasing from them and they have an excellent reputation.Gear Best and Banggood both have positive feedback around 80% in the top feedback sites. When you compare that to many UK companies that's pretty good. If you look up reviews for Currys for example, it's right down around 20%.Now I admit some of the feedback sites are skewed by false reviews (Amazon particularly), but if you dig around in the tech forums you'll find plenty of folks who buy stuff from Asia and have no issues.... even when things go wrong.Personally I'm willing to take a risk on this watch. I reckon there's a 70% chance it will be ok (like my current/older Chinese smart watch). If it's not I'm fairly certain I'll get a resolution with Gear Best. For DOA items they do say they'll pay the return costs up to US$50. I'm sure I can get it back to China for that amount.


Gearbest also accept PayPal payment by the look of it so you get some extra coverage from them.

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Yep, I did use Paypal for that reason. Well the watch has turned up and so far it's all working fine.

I really like it and although the screen is small compared to my phone, there's still a lot of Android related stuff I can do on it like installing/using Skype.

The 1.5 hour YouTube review I posted further up has been very useful.

So it seems to have turned out ok for me..... so far.
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