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True Smart + Omate's second generation watch. Their predecessor is the True Smart model, which raised over a million dollars on Kickstarter two years ago, much more than the declared amount of one hundred thousand. Both of these models are similar in that they can receive and transfer calls, and also, thanks to the SIM card slot, connect to the Internet without being tied to a smartphone. (The downside is that you can’t connect a headset and headphones to the watch to make calls).

True Smart + also has built-in GPS and the ability to connect via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, which allows you to use the navigation with the indication of turns and transfer music to other devices.

Given that the True Smart + watch, in fact, is a mini smartphone - there is no way to do without hardware. Under the metal case is a dual-core processor with a frequency of 1 GHz. The watch is also equipped with 1GB of RAM, an 8GB flash drive and a fairly powerful 600 mAh battery.

There is also a built-in microphone, speaker, gyroscope, magnetometer, as well as sensors for tracking workouts, distance traveled and steps counting. Outwardly, the watch is quite massive, its weight is about 100 grams. There is a silicone adjustable strap.

The only minus of True Smart + is the lack of a camera.

The most noticeable upgrade in True Smart + compared to the previous model is the 1.54-inch touch screen (39 mm.) With multi-touch and a resolution of 320 × 320 pixels (approximately 294 pixels per inch).

True Smart + already runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and not on the mobile version of Android Wear, like the previous model. Also, the OUI 3.0 software shell is installed on top of the main one. There is no Google Play Store installed (due to the fact that Google primarily supports installing the Android Wear version for women on handheld devices), but you can use the native Omate app store to download software. This watch also has voice messaging support.

All the smart watches we tested with the full version of Android are basically a compromise. Of course, a watch supporting full versions of programs, it sounds very cool. But most smartphone apps are partially (and sometimes completely) unsuitable for tiny clock displays.


Rhodium plating

Generally, rhodium plating is a common practice in the jewelry sector. If you have ever noticed the brilliance of a gold jewelry tarnished by wear and tear, then you know what that means. It is a delicate operation that is carried out on metal objects. And it consists in polishing the jewel whose luster is tarnished and then passing a layer of a material called rhodium. White and light, this very rare metal comes from the platinum family. It only melts around 2000 ° C. But once the past layer hardens, the jewel becomes shiny and radiant as in its first days.

This technique is also used in watchmaking to restore shine to compatible parts on a watch. It can be the bracelet or the borders of the timepiece. In all cases, complete disassembly is essential for a successful maneuver. The intervention of several skills may be necessary especially if the rhodium plating is said to be done by another professional. For such a situation, the watchmaker begins work and finishes it after rhodium plating. In this way, we have the guarantee that all the elements are in place on the watch.