It was just Monday that we got word of Kempler & Strauss’ W Watchphone and today we’ve got a hands on at San Deigo CTIA. But before I get into it, I should note that the W Watchphone isn’t meant to take on the likes of LG and Samsung.
It will cost $199 when it launches December 1st and that’s without a contract or any carrier subsidies. So with that said, the phone isn’t designed to be your main device and as the President of the company put it, it’s built for ‘going on a run’ or for any activities when you don’t want to carry a bulky handset.
The W Watchphone comes with the Communicator, which in essence is a Bluetooth headset but also doubles as a remote control. Calls can also be received on the W Watchphone itself, though I’m skeptical as to how well you’d be able to hear one and other – they didn’t have a working SIM chip in the device so I couldn’t test this function.
Here’s a shocker: the touchscreen was pretty reactive and could be setup for varying degrees of sensitivity. There aren’t any swipe or pinch functions, but on a 1.5-inch screen it just isn’t necessary. Punching in a number was possible, but took a bit more accuracy than dialing on a full blown touchscreen handset.
The camera is real deal and can record video and photos, but don’t expect them to be print quality. There’s also a media player, both of which use a microSD card slot that is expandable to 4GB as well as a host of other function and a calendar that can by synced with Outlook.
Check the video below for a walk through.