Who ever said a smartwatch had to be expensive to actually be good obviously has never checked out the GT08 Smartwatch which is an inexpensive offering that available on the market that costs less than $50 if you can believe it. But the big question for this review is whether or not this watch is worth the price you will be paying.
The various color options for this smartwatch include: Black and Gold, Black and silver and red and gold and you can find them being sold by several different sellers on various websites.
Whats Inside the Box?
Inside the box you will find :
- The GT08 Smartwatch
- Getting started guide or user Guide.
- Screen protector
- USB cable
- Battery/Back cover
Features of the GT08 Smartwatch
The GT08 Smartwatch comes with a front facing camera on the top of the unit, colored display, rubber wrist band, the operating system is Android based, towards the side is a cool charge port that covered with an easy pop out flop, loud-speaker and on the other side you have the mic and then to really finish things off you have the dial wheel as on most watches that can turned and be pressed but when turned it has no real functionality at all except when pressed.
If the watch is asleep by pressing the dial wheel it will wake up the watch or put it back to sleep or can act as a home button of sorts when moving through the watch menus.
The watch can also take a SIM card and double as a fully functional standalone phone which is one of the best things about the GT08 Smartwatch which I really love.It can also connect to your smartphone by Bluetooth or your car and can work with Android or an Apple iPhone easily.
This cheap smartwatch attaches to your hand by clamping together which makes it really easy to put on but do watch out as while it easily is put on it can easy be knocked off during intense activities if you are not careful.
The Camera and Microphone
The camera can do still shots or record video depending on what you are aiming for. The quality is not really anything impressive so you may be less than impressed with it.The microphone on the other hand is more practical and you can really use it to record stuff or leave memos. Also the speaker that carries sound is really good and loud.
The Operating system
The watches OS is Android and it OK, you have a home screen and the watch can be set based on your phones time once the watch and your phone is synced. You can also get various clock faces which keeps the look fresh.
There is a dial pad for calling a number if you have a SIM card present. You can view messages and even write or compose a message. You have notification and you can set various privacy setting and even adjust your brightness.
To sync your phone and your smartwatch successfully you will need the smartwatch App from the Play store to pair both devices.
Other cool features include:
Alarm clock, stop watch, World time and more.
There is a cool feature that also allows you to locate your phone or prevent it from getting lost, it works by allowing your phone to vibrate once your phone is out of your range or range of the watch.
This is another cool feature that allows you to remotely view the camera of your phone using your smartwatch and see everything that is being seen by your phone’s camera on your watch.You can even capture pictures easily from the phone with a simple click.
Charging and battery life
A standard charger will work for charging which you can find just about anywhere and you can easily get a whole day worth of usage out of your device easily. Charging can take an hour or more give or take and you will be good for a day of activity.
Overall for the minimal price you pay for this very cool watch is worth it, it’s not super fast or smooth but it’s really packed with features that work pretty well for the menial price. So if you are looking for an affordable smartwatch the GT08 Smartwatch is definitely for you.
Why you should buy it?
1. Act as a standalone hone and accepts a SIM card.
2. Very cheap compared to other smartwatches that can cost way more.
3. Connects to your phone by Bluetooth easily or your car.
4. Support Micro SD card for extra storage.
5. Watch video or Play music
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What’s the best app to use for the GT08? And does the watch work well with a nexus 6p running nougat? Tq!
Its a basic smartwatch, its not super fast or like a high end model.
I have been trying to locate my smart phone that I renamed using BT Notifier to synch Messages, Texts, Music but my iPhone 6 is doesn’t appear on the scan. Please suggest what can be done to resolve this.
You can’t use an iPhone to connect to your watch properly, as the app is only for android. I suggest you get rid of that piece of trash (The iPhone, not the watch), and get an android instead. Then you install the app, and all will be good.
How do you take the watch out of flight mode? Also, how do you change the watch out of company mode, which appears in the top right corner?
Great information and very accurate. I purchased this model and your review is spot on. The thing I am having a problem with is the SIM card. I ordered it off Wish and there was a very limited instruction pamphlet. I bought a sim card for the phone, but am confused if it was the right one and how to make it work. Do I need to activate the sim card separately and pay a service charge, which sim card is appropriate, etc. I use straight talk wireless with a Verizon phone. Thanks so much!
You need a 2G SIM card for it. I also think if you searched harder in the deep depths of eBay, you might find a band for it that does not pop off. (After lots of uses it becomes even easier to pop off)
Does it require a phone to play music or use the web browser?
No it can act as a standalone device.
Bought it for 9 yr old grandson as novelty. The rubber strap or band has come loose at watch after two wears to school. Cannot find replacement. The music I put on sd does play rather loud for its size. I would not recommend it though. The back is very thin plastic and may be easy to pop off. I also had to open when first received because the battery did not seat well.
You are correct it does have a few flaws as it relates to the battery I recently discovered. If you are careful with it its not that bad, but kids tend to be rough with gadgets at times.
Does it work with whatsapp?
Yes the GT08 does work with Whatsapp and you can get your messages.
Can you view and send SMS or see an incoming call with it just paired via Bluetooth and not having a sim card in the watch?
Yes, And you can answer the calls and texts as well. The watch only works with 2G SIMs, so I mostly just connect it to my android phone and it works fine. Because of apple, you won’t be able to answer calls or text through Bluetooth on an iPhone.
I can answer with it connected to my iPhone via Bluetooth. Don’t be such an Apple Hater.
Do you have to put a SIM card in it
Don’t think so, seems to work without a SIM being inserted.
Is this a good option for a child to use as a stand alone phone, can I download apps, for example whatsapp? If using the bluetooth function, what is the range?
No it would not work overly well as a standalone phone, as a supporting device yes. Its cool for kids but it does not replace a actual phone so bear that in mind. Not sure of the range I assume just as any normal Bluetooth device.
HI, So I bought the watch, it works pretty well, but is only over a week old and I’m experiencing an issue. Can you please help? It suddenly continuously asks ‘Power On/Off’ and no matter whether I select Yes or No, it powers on and off on it’s own. Btw, the watch was fully charged at the time so that is not the issue.
It may be a issue as seen here or you might have a faulty or stuck button that powers the phone off.
Makes sense, will give it a try, thanks for your advice!
Thanks told me what I needed, Robert.
Is the GT08 smart watch compatible with a charging dock and if so what kind and what do you need to do so
Will only work with the accessories that it comes with and does not support third party charging docks as far as I know.
How would whatsapp messages wrk on the watch?
See the Question and answer section.
Speakers are very loud or loud enough, but mic won’t work right. Unless I put the watch really close to my mouth, the other person can’t hear me during a call. I was looking for something like mic settings or mic volume, but there’s no such thing. What can I do? Can you please help me?
Its a cheap $10 watch. For that price, you shouldn’t expect EVERYTHING to be nice. You might get better luck if you buy another one.
Agreed better to keep expectations withing range of the price.
Can you view the clock without having to press the power button?
Hi Ricardo,my Son is 12 and he got a Samsung smartphone 5.1.1 ,,he ask me for a smarwatch forhis birthday but i would like something not too spencive, ould you pleaase suggest one ….video,music,Messages,calls,whatsApp,? Waterproof if i t s possible .Thank you in advance.
There are plenty of great Kid friendly options on the Market. I recommend: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX, you can get it on places such as Amazon for a good Price.
What functions work on this watch for iPhone please?
See the Questions and answers section my friend it answers common questions.
Please remove your statement taht the GT08 operating system is android based. This is not true. It is Nucleus OS.
Can I change the strap and were do I purchase a new one from ?
You can search online but I do not know of any regular sources including those that you bought the watches that has them in stock.
Hi, can I view pictures stored on the memory card I put inside the watch?
My watch is always saying it has low battery, but when I charge it over night it still says low battery, what do I do?
Check to make sure the battery is connected properly, if that’s not the fault you may have a bad battery.
Get a new battery (or a new watch). I had the same problem. After ruling out cable issues, testing revealed a dead battery. Some sellers are shipping old stock watches with little or no battery life. Buyer beware!
I HAVE AN IPHONE NOT RECIEVING SMS OR TEXT…. IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD BE DOING OR IS THERE AN APP FOR EMAILS AND MESSAGES TO BE RECIEVED?
You made your first mistake when you bought that iPhone. iPhones can’t connect properly to the watch, as they can’t install the app that allows texts to be received. Second, a SMS and text is the same thing. Also why the CAPS? there is no reason to shout at your own mistakes.
Does it support mp4 and 3gp videos?what is video recording format?
It should support MP4, but some only support AVI for some reason.
What can it do without a sim card?
how many mm is the side (the side with the buttons)
?? Google or check the official specs sheet friend that public knowledge.
Hi, I want to use this watch for jogging, will it not snap while im jogging?
Not sure what you mean, it should be fine to jog with the watch without it breaking.
yo! you haven’t answered the 7. question of ios well. What application is there to aid the connectivity and what features will not work with iphone. explain.
None, which is apples fault, not the watch. If you read more than one review before you buy the watch, you might have realised this
I have problem to download apps such as WhatsApp and PDF reader
This is an excellent basic overview of the GT08, definitely the most “bang for your buck” smartwatch out there. Check current ebay pricing, which (as of 9/2017) can run as low as $10-11 (with free shipping, in many cases) from US shippers, making for a virtual no-risk transaction
Just wondering, can this operate as a stand alone music player, using google play music Bluetooth headphones.
This isn’t android (despite the authors comments) so it cant use google play. It also doesn’t connect to Bluetooth headphones- but you can get some micro-USB headphones for it if you don’t mind cables.
Not true, I got my s6 basic Bluetooth headphones to connect with the music player. I’m having an issue with the music player playlist though, is it only possible to have one playlist?
Can the watch face be changed? Didn’t see that in the article or the FAQ.
Can the band be changed??
Why does my GT08 ask me to install a valid sim when I try to use functions when I have installed a sim card ?
If i pair my iPhone with gt08, can i see my whats app message on my watch? Can i see calls on my watch which comes on my phone?
You didn’t mention that the watch has a pedometer function, a sleep monitor function, and a sedentary reminder function.
Totally forgot about that, thanks for the pointers.
Good job explaining watch details but I want to know what the actual battery life is. How many hours?
That would depend on usage. Under normal usage for basic taks usually last a day or two before needing charge again.
Thanks for the info, I have one on the way here.
Nice hope you like it.
Can it access the internet?
That is great information but one thing you have left out and in my opinion very important and that is the name of the app that you need to download
i really enjoyed, and appreciated your review. I found it to be informative, yet concise. In my experience, many reviewers seem to get fixated on word count, while forgetting substance. Thankfully, you avoided this pitfall. Just one quick question. I have a gt08, on the way, and one of the big factors for me was the ability to play videos. you had mentioned that the gt08 did. Realistically, was it easy to play video, or like other watches, was it a pain to play them? finally, do you know if i will be able to connect my bluetooth earbuds? Thanks again for your time, and consideration. Stan Cortez
I would not expect much from the Video playing feature after all the processing power on these small devices is limited.