Omate TrueSmart smartwatch is also a phone, incorporates Fleksy keyboard (hands-on)

While most smartwatches like the Pebble and the Galaxy Gear can’t live up to their true potential without the assistance of a smartphone, the Omate TrueSmart is a full-fledged calling and texting machine right out of the box. We’ve seen a couple of other such smartwatches of course, but the TrueSmart sets itself apart with a design that’s both water- and scratch-resistant, a unique UI that runs full-on Android 4.2 and most intriguing to us, a partnership with Syntellia’s Fleksy keyboard so that you can actually type coherently on such a tiny screen.

We had a brief hands-on with the TrueSmart at the Glazed conference in San Francisco, and we’ll admit to a bit of skepticism that we’d be able to do much with a 1.54-inch screen. However, we did manage to flip through the four-icon menu without too much trouble. The icons were large enough for us to tap, and we simply had to slide our finger to the left to go to the previous screen. It refused to recognize our swipes on occasion, but hopefully that’s just due to it being a pre-production unit.%Gallery-slideshow99594%

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