Hands-on with the I’m Watch, the Android-powered smart watch

On our last day at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we got a chance to visit the company behind the upcoming Android-powered watch, the I’m Watch. We first wrote about the I’m Watch back in June when the company announced what they were planning on releasing.

The I’m Watch is an Android-powered watch that also connects to your Android phone (or iPhone, Blackberry, Bad, Symbian, and Windows Phone 7) and allows you to do many things from your wrist, without ever having to pull out your phone. Although the watch can be used on its own, the true power of the device shows itself when it is paired with a smartphone.

With the I’m Watch, you will be able to do the following:

  • Visualize the watch both in analogue and digital format
  • Receive calls with the name and number of caller displayed on the watch
  • Place calls by entering a number or using the address book
  • Use the speakerphone
  • Preview text messages
  • Receive emails (preview sender and subject only)
  • Check the weather
  • Receive Facebook and Twitter notifications
  • Download music
  • View pictures from the photo gallery
  • View stock market data
  • Receive appointment notifications
  • and more

The watch is powered by an IMX233 processor and runs on Android 1.6. It features a 1.54″ color TFT display with 240 x 240 resolution and weighs on 70 grams. It has a built-in 430mAh Lithium-ion polymer battery that is able to power the watch for about 48 hours when Bluetooth is being used and 24 hours with Bluetooth on.

The I’m Watch will be available at some point in the coming months. We tried to get an estimated launch date, but all we go was a “in a few months” response. The watch will be available in a number of colors (white, pink, light blue, red, yellow, green, and black). In addition, there will also be other higher-priced models available in yellow gold, white gold, pink gold, black gold, titanium, carbonium, and magnesium.

The price of the watch will vary from 249 euros all the way up to 14,999 euros, depending on which version you decide to go with.

Overall, I think that I’m Watch is a great device. We saw a number of watches that interacted with smartphones, such as Sony’s SmartWatch and Casio’s G-Shock watch. Out of all the watches we saw, I have to say that the I’m Watch is the best-looking out of all of them.

At 250 euros, will consumers flock to stores to get it? We’ll find out in a couple of months when the product is finally released. For more information on the I’m Watch, visit the company’s website at www.imwatch.it.

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Jonathan converted to the Android platform from Blackberry with the original Motorola Droid. He currently has a Samsung Galaxy Nexus complete with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on Verizon Wireless, a Motorola Xoom, and a Kindle Fire. Besides keeping up with Android news, he enjoys spending time with his family, gaming, reading, and computers. Google+

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