The Good The I’m Watch lets you view e-mail, calendar, social media updates, and other phone info in easily readable form.
The Bad The I’m Watch is tricky to set up, is saddled by short battery life and shaky software, and is extremely expensive.
The Bottom Line The I’m Watch smartwatch runs Android and custom apps, but weak software and quirky performance mean you should pass on this pricey gadget.
A smartwatch that's not quite intelligent enough
Running Android 2.1, the $349 I'm Watch from Italian company I'm promises to be a perfect smartphone companion. Its small screen showcases useful info like appointments, e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter updates in real time. The watch also boasts big, bold styling you'll likely either love or hate. But like many gizmos in this emerging space unfortunately, the I'm Watch has plenty of flaws ranging from a tricky setup to glitch-prone performance. All of which render this pricey gadget more a curiosity than truly compelling consumer product. Other watches such as the Motorola Motoactv and Pebble offer a better smartwatch experience at a much lower price.
The I'm Watch is anything but inconspicuous. With a large, 1.54-inch, color LCD screen (240x240 pixels) encased in a sturdy aluminum housing, the device weighs a substantial 2.9 ounces. That's a lot more than the petite Sony Smartwatch (0.55-ounce) and even the sizable Motorola Motoactv (1.2 ounces). The metallic I'm Watch also has greater heft than the Pebble, which is constructed mostly from plastic.
That said, I have a soft spot for hardened personal electronics that use high-grade materials. The I'm Watch certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard. The device even comes in a limited-edition gold-plated version, though it costs an eye-popping $1,500.
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