I’m Watch: The First Real Android Watch (video)
A few years ago LG swept us off our tech feet by introducing a phone watch in the vein of Dick Tracy. While it was far from a revolutionary idea, it garned and endless array of press. But eventually it faded into obscurity since the cost was prohibitive and the smartphone market has since been dominated by the Android and iOS operating systems. Now a new contender has emerged called the I’m Watch. They say it will ship in January, but something seems a bit fishy. It might just be the Apple like name as well as website, but since we can’t say for sure if it’s vaporware, and the video shows off what seems to be an actual working prototype we can only assume that it is in fact real.
First things first. The I’m Watch does not sport its own data connection. Nope, it will piggy back off your smartphone’s data package, and despite the I’m Watch’s OS being of the Android Ilk (it’s a custom version) it will work with the iPhone. Much like today’s smartphones you’ll be able to swipe screen to screen on the 1.54-inch 240×240 display, which looks and perhaps even feels very much like today’s iPod Nano. Memory caps at 4GB and RAM is just a mere 64mb. However, since the I’m Watch plays complement to your smartphone, storage shouldn’t be an issue, though we’re a bit concerned about speed given the rather limited RAM.
Calls can be received directly on the watch as well as emails, and you can also play back music via a Bluetooth headset or the 3.5mm headphone jack. According to the I’m Watch’s maker, the battery is good up to 48 hours without Bluetooth (cut that in half with BT turned on) and 3 hours of talk time. Keep in mind, though, that in order to tether to your phone’s data connection Bluetooth will have to be engaged. Unfortunately, there is no WiFi connectivity.
Nonetheless, the I’m Watch looks very polished and let’s not overlook that it’s built in Italy, unlike many of today’s consumer electronic products which are built in a giant factory in China. Pricing starts at about $350, though you can spend a fair bit more when you purchase one of their more opulent versions, such as a version that includes a music subscription, a titanium finish or gold.