Round up ten of the biggest smartwatch enthusiasts you can find, and while they may agree about the importance of aesthetics, a UI crafted with that tiny screen in mind, and convenient charging options, there’s one issue that’s still pretty contentious: cellular connectivity. For some, a smartwatch is always an accessory, and loses much of its appeal when you remove the full-sized phone from the equation. Others will fret over power concerns and cellular service agreements. Still, there are those who have learned to embrace the extra flexibility such connectivity offers – the kind we’ve found in products like Samsung’s Gear S. This year at CES we checked out a new cell-connected watch, the GoldKey Secure Communicator.
Instead of Android Wear, this smartwatch runs a full-blown Android KitKat build; for many purposes, it really is a tiny wrist-sized phone. Like the Samsung Gear 2, there’s a tiny camera (5MP) hiding up top, and the cellular radio allows the watch to pull off some handy features, like creating its own WiFi hotspot to share its signal with other electronics.
The GoldKey Secure Communicator places a big emphasis on security, bundling in a suite of software designed to keep communications nice and private – it’s similar to the Blackphone in that regard. The main target is enterprise customers, but we gave it a look all the same; watch on to see what it’s like to use this smartwatch.