iMacwear M7 – Android Watch

GearBest sent me an iMacwear M7 for me to try. The iMacwear M7 is retailing for US$112.63 (S$155) on GearBest’s website excluding shipping.

iMacwear M7 - Box
iMacwear M7 – Box

The iMacwear M7 is not an Android Wear device but rather an Android Watch itself because it runs on a full Android 4.4 (KitKat).

iMacwear M7 - Box Open
iMacwear M7 – Box Open

iMacwear M7 - Top
iMacwear M7 – Top

iMacwear M7
iMacwear M7

iMacwear M7 - On Hand
iMacwear M7 – On Hand

iMacwear M7 - On Hand
iMacwear M7 – On Hand

The M7 is a pretty bulky watch, measuring 28.36 x 4.65 x 1.38 cm and weighing 120g. It is rated IP67 Waterproof which means it is protected against dust and the effect of immersion between 15cm and 1m in water.

iMacwear M7 - Box Contents
iMacwear M7 – Box Contents

The package includes 1 screw driver because you will need to remove the back cover to insert the Micro SD card or the battery.

iMacwear M7 - Battery
iMacwear M7 – Battery

iMacwear M7 - Back
iMacwear M7 – Back

The Micro SIM card slot also requires you to unscrew it before you can insert the Micro SIM. It makes sense because it meant to be IP67 rated.

iMacwear M7 - Left
iMacwear M7 – Left

iMacwear M7 - SIM Slot
iMacwear M7 – SIM Slot

Because it is rated IP67, technically you can bring it for swimming. To be honest, I dare not try it because after removing the back cover of the watch to insert the battery, it doesn’t give me a very good impression of the waterproof seal.

iMacwear M7 - Back Open
iMacwear M7 – Back Open

It uses Micro SIM card and runs on GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz and WCDMA 2100MHz frequencies and hence it will work in Singapore. I am able to use my Singtel SIM card with it,

It supports both phone calling and 3G data capabilities. It also has portable Wi-Fi hotspot and hence you can use the M7 for 3G tethering.

For Wi-Fi, it supports 802.11 b/g/n.

iMacwear M7 - Detected Singtel SIM Card
iMacwear M7 – Detected Singtel SIM Card

The M7 runs on MediaTek MTK6572 Dual Core Processor at 1GHz with 512MB RAM. It comes with 4GB internal storage and you are able to expand it up to 32GB using MicroSD card. It’s uses Arm’s Mali-400 MP as it’s GPU.

I was expecting the Android UI on the watch to be laggy when using it, but to my surprise, it is pretty responsive, at least from a smart watch point of view.

The screen size is 1.54″ and has a resolution of 240×240. It supports only up to 2-points on it’s multi-touch screen.

Despite the UI being snappy, the multi-touch screen is not as sensitive as I expected. It really takes a lot of effort and practice to swipe though 5 pages of app smoothly.

Checkout the hyperlapse video I took using the UI:

iMacwear M7 - Web
iMacwear M7 – Web

iMacwear M7 - Web
iMacwear M7 – Web

iMacwear M7 - Keyboard
iMacwear M7 – Keyboard

The letters on the keyboard are pretty small, but I can type pretty accurately on it at a slow speed.

The M7 includes a 5MP camera which camouflages to look like a button.

iMacwear M7 - Right
iMacwear M7 – Right

iMacwear M7 - Camera
iMacwear M7 – Camera

The M7 has Google Play Store in it so you can install Android apps from the store.

iMacwear M7 - Play Store
iMacwear M7 – Play Store

If you are intending to root the M7, checkout XDA thread on it.

I am hoping someone will eventually port Android 5.1 (Lollipop) over to the M7 because I don’t think it will arrive from the manufacturer as an update. In fact, I don’t think the watch will get any updates at all.

iMacwear M7 - Notifications
iMacwear M7 – Notifications

iMacwear M7 - Charging
iMacwear M7 – Charging

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