Goophone Smartwatch Can Replace Your Smartphone

While most wearable devices extend the functionality of your smartphone, there are a select few gadgets that can actually replace your handset. The $250 Goophone Smart Watch is one such device.
The wrist-worn gadget comes with its own cellular radio-- meaning it doesn’t have to tether to your smartphone to make calls or access the Internet. With a 1.2-GHz MT6577 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of memory and a 2-megapixel camera, the Goophone Smart Watch sports specs similar to an aging budget Android device.It runs on the dated Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, which is several generations behind the latest flavor of Android 4.4 KitKat. It features a 1.54-inch 240 x 240 resolution display and is capable of running apps from the Google Play Store.

Goophone is selling two variants of its wearable smartphone -- a 2G edition for $249.99 and a 3G version for $299.99 on its website. The latter is the same price as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, which can only work if its tied to Samsung devices running on Android 4.3 or higher.
The $249.99 version supports 2G GSM quad-band networks including the 850/900/1800/1900MHz bands. The pricier edition, which Goophone says will be available within the next week,works with 3G WCDAM 850/1900/2100MHz bands in addition to the 2G bands listed above. Both smartwatches also support 802.11b/g/n W-Fi connections and are available in black or white.
The only other smartwatch we’ve heard of that is capable of operating independently is the $335 Neptune Pine. The smart timepiece features its own cellular radio that supports GSM/GPRS/EDGE networks including the 850/900/1700/1900 bands and UMTS/HSPA+/WCDMA networks including the 850/1700/1900/2100 bands.
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