If you are the kind of guy who doesn’t like to carry to many things in his pockets, especially a cell phone, well we have good news for you! Since late 2008, they are now few cell phones watches available on the market but at that time, they were very heavy and expensive. The good news is that since summer 2009; you can buy the AOKE AK08 for less than USD 80 and its twin brother the AOKE AK09 costs few dollars more. It is actually one of the cheapest wrist watch mobile phone available. The main difference between the 2 phones is that the AK09 integrates a photo camera and a video recorder.
For this price you get a 1.3″ touch screen (128*160 pixels) watch with a plastic case and strap. The design is very classic; it looks like an old bulky Casio watch from the eighties. But the interest of the watch is not in its design, but on what is has to offer: it’s actually a fully functional tri-band GSM, with Bluetooth, USB and GPRS/WAP connections. It can send SMS and MMS and you can even go on the Internet with the standard WAP browser. For sure, you don’t get the convenience of a 3.2″ touch screen like on most of the phones, but it is there if you need it.
As it has Bluetooth, we recommend to buy for few more dollars the optional Bluetooth headset, so like that you get your hands free when talking over the phone.
What is also amazing with the AK08 or AK09 is that AOKE had found enough space in the watch to add multimedia functions. It has an MP3 music player, a photo viewer, a voice recorder, a video player and for the AK09, a photo and video camera (640*480 & 0.3 Mega Pixels). As file storage, the AK08 has an internal memory of 505 K, expendable with a TF card up to 2 GB. It integrates a micro USB plug so it can also be used as a U-disk to store data. The USB cover is made of plastic and according to what we have seen, it will not last very long and on some watches, it is also poorly adjusted.
At rest the phone watch displays time, if you tap the screen or press one of the command buttons, it will switch to the phone mode. Each time you push a command, it will move to another phone function. As the display is very small, AOKE supplies the phone with a tiny stylus. You can still manage to dial a phone number with the finger, but it is mandatory to use the stylus to write a message.
If you are not focus on style but more on functionalities and if you are tight on budget, the AOKE AK08 & AK09 are for you. For the price, it would be difficult to ask for more.
Features as found on the Internet:
Information Network: GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
Dual SIM: No
Operating system: Proprietary
Connectivity: GPRS / Bluetooth / USB
Messaging: SMS, MMS with Handwritten input
Display Type: 65K colors
Internal LCD: 1.3 inches touch screen, Sub-QVGA 220*176 pixels
Ringtones Type: Polyphonic (64 chord), support mp3 format ring
User Profiles: General, Meeting, Outdoor, Indoor
Phonebook: 250 groups of contacts
Memory: 505 K
Card slot: Yes, U disc expendable up to 2 Go
Support Multi-Languages interfaces: English / French / Spanish / Danish / Polish / Italian / Germany / Bahasa Indonesia / Vietnamese / Turkish / Russian / Thaï / Greek / Swedish
Size: 52*41*13 mm
Weight: 70 g
Battery: Li-ion battery 3.7 V and 500 mAh
Talk time: 120-150 minutes
Standby time: 70 – 100 hours
POP3 / IMAP4 email: No
Camera: dual cameras 0.3 Megapixels (640*480) for the AK09 model only
Video recorder: Yes
Music: MP3, MP4, WAV
Movie: MP4, 3GP
Voice recorder: Yes
Photo viewer: jpg, gif
Games: Intelligent Puzzle, QQ2007
Color: Black and White
Hands free, alarm clock, calendar, calculator, stopwatch, world clock, health management (BMI)…
1* AOKE AK08 or AOKE AK09
2 * Batteries
1* USB Charger
1* Stereo earphone with built-in MIC and clip
1* USB data cable
1* User Manual
1 * Bluetooth headset (optional)