Hello! I realize this is an atypical use case, but I’m essentially looking for a relatively basic smart watch with a nano sim card slot to use as an “LTE add-on” to compliment a Garmin GPS fitness watch that already does some basic smartwatch stuff (Spotify sync, NFC payments, mobile notifications with quick reply option - but no sending messages outside of those externally configured quick replies).
For nearly 2 years, I’ve used a data-only sim in my phone, leveraging Google Voice for normal calling and texting plus other messaging apps like Signal and Google Hangouts. What I would like to do is add another data sim (which I already have) into a smartwatch so that I could just bring that additional watch instead of my phone when I go on longer runs and still want a way to reach/be reachable by my family in case of emergency.
With that in mind, I really just want something I can put a physical data sim card in and use Google Voice, or another messaging (& calling) app if necessary. That’s basically how I came across the “Full Android Watch” scene, since WearOS devices are pretty much all esim devices now (the LG Watch Sport had a physical sim slot but is 4 years old and apparently discontinued), and my carrier doesn’t work with esim devices. But a lot of the watches I’ve seen do way more than what I need (and come with a price tag to match). I don’t need a heart rate sensor or GPS (the Garmin has those, and they’re quite good and aren’t a complete drain of the Garmin’s battery life). I don’t need a camera, or at least don’t care about the camera quality if there is one. I don’t need a ton of RAM or storage (I’d only be loading a few apps, though ideally it’d have enough RAM to not be sluggish running Android).
With that in mind, popular watches like the Lemfo LEM 12 or 14, Kospet Prime, etc. seem like overkill for my use case. I’ve seen a few watches from these brands at a much lower price (~$40 rather than ~$180-220) but those ones didn’t seem to have nano sim slots. Is there a “middle tier” I haven’t seen yet? I’m basically looking for something in the $50-$100 range (or maybe up to $120ish) that has a nano sim slot and could run Google Voice or another messaging app for texting & calling over a data-only sim.
I do feel like an Android 10 watch is a better option than going for an older model with Android 7, simply because I’m worried I could be out of luck if the apps I need drop support for Android 7. But maybe this isn’t a concern and I should broaden my search to include the older Android 7 watches…any advice from those with experience is welcome.
Let me know if you’ve seen a watch that sounds like a fit for my (somewhat unique) use case. Thanks!
(P.S. Sorry this turned into a longer post - I just wanted to share the context for my personal use case.)