Budget friendly smartwatch? Is it worth it? RWATCH review

These last couple of years we have been introduced to some fantastic options with smartwatches. 2014 we were given a taste of things to come and this year there really is a smartwatch for everyone. My first smartwatch was the 1st gen Moto 360 and loved it! I wore as much as I could and felt naked without it. Recently I upgraded myself to the LG Urbane, but only because I found a killer deal locally, saved up, and sold a couple things (including my Moto 360) to get the Urbane. The Urbane normally costs around $350 retail and if you find a used one you’re looking at roughly $220. Either way if you are wanting to spend money on a top shelf watch, you’re gonna be fork out a pretty penny. Not all of us ready to spend as much and this is where a budget friendly watch comes into play. Enter the RWATCH from GearBest.com.

I was actually quite excited to get this watch because I was super curious if this is something I could live with. The short answer is yes. But coming from a watch like the Urbane, it could be a difficult transition depending on how fast I could swallow my pride. For those wanting a smartwatch and can’t spend over a hundred buck, you will want to continue reading for sure!

The RWATCH actually surprised me. This is a watch worth looking at for a few reasons:

  • Affordable
  • Sporty
  • Comfortable
  • Good build quality
  • Get text messages notifications
  • Good battery life
  • Responsive
  • Accept/Reject calls
  • Remote camera (front and rear facing)
  • iOS and Android compatibility
  • and more!

As you can the list is not too shabby at all. There are plenty of functions to justify spending only around $40 for this particular watch. If you head over to the GearBest.com website you will notice many more options of smartwatches with other styles. All of which will have similar functionality.


There are some draw backs…but not bad ones at all. Like I mentioned  I was attempting to use this after being accustomed to the Moto 360 and LG Urbane. I am a big Android Wear fan because I base most of my tech around Google and Android. This watch is not Android Wear, but you still get text, phone calls, and other alerts sent through the RWATCH. You’re just not going to get every app on your phone as a notification on the watch. And that may not be a bad thing.

At times I do feel overwhelmed with the amount of notification I get on my Urbane. Granted I can disable certain apps, but there are more than are welcome at times. If you are looking for watch that only sends through the important stuff like a text or phone call, this could be a great option for you.

Overall, I do think this watch is worth the money and worth looking into getting. Especially if you want limited notifications, on a budget, gifting to a kid, or simply like this over other options.

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