Advantages range of features, small, light, colour display
Disadvantages looking like a complete idiot
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I simply had to write this review after I found that they actually listed the product on Ciao as I feel I have to share my experiences of using the product with you. That’s right my friends it is a watch phone!My husband got a pair of these to try through his work, I don’t know a great deal about the technical aspects of the watch phone other than what is listed by the manufacturer so I’ll mainly be focussing on the practical side of using the product.
The phone has gone through several stages of development and was due to be released in 2003, however I’m reliably informed that it has not yet been released as they are making some final adjustments to it before launching it. There have been several models and we are now the proud owners (at least for a little while until he has to give them back!) of a pair of Samsung GPRS Watch phones.In true Samsung style the phone is a flip phone but the most exciting thing about it is the fact that it’s so small and it fits on your wrist as a watch!
I’m sure by now some of you are remembering the Dick Tracy cartoon with the futuristic wrist watch and yes that is how it designed to be. To keep people in contact who are on the move. Why buy two products when one will do?!After I got over the excitement of being able to test a new product I noticed how exceptionally light the watch phone is. It weighs only 80g and that includes the weight of the battery and is in fact lighter than some watches probably are so don’t worry about having to carry around a lead weight on your arm, you’ll hardly notice the difference between this and wearing your normal watch.
The watch phone is also smaller than a normal phone! The photo Ciao have featured actually makes it look bigger than it is I think, the dimensions of the watch phone are 37.8 x 64 x 17.7 mm. The face of the watch phone is a bit longer than my normal watch and overall it seems a bit bulkier, I have a very narrow wrist and it does look a little odd but it looks fine on my husband’s wrist. Perhaps it’s just because I’m used to a small dainty watch but this seems a bit too big for a slender feminine wrist so that may put some women off.The technical features of the phone that Samsung boast are:
*Speaker Phone support*GSM 900 / 1800 MHz GPRS Class 10, PBCCH support
*94 x 64 pixels, OLED colour*40 Polyphonic Ring Tones
*37.8 x 64 x 17.7 mm*Under 80g (including battery)
*Li-ion: 400mAh (Slim)*1h30m talk time; 80h standby
That’s all well and good but what we really want to know is what is it actually like to use? Aha well this is the fun bit!I can’t deny speaking on the watch phone is such a strange experience. I honestly felt like something out of Star Wars as I raised it to my ear, I felt like I was on a secret mission or something and I almost felt like saying ‘Brava Two Zero this is Oscar Two Zero, come in, over’ ‘You’re mission should you choose to accept it….’ I’m such a kid when it comes to gadgets. Honestly, you’d have to try this out to understand what I’m saying, it seems so futuristic and you can’t resist having a bit of fun playing with it!
The phone has polyphonic ringtones which I know a lot of phones have these days but it can store 40 which is a greater capacity than a lot of larger phones. The ringtones which come on the phone are good quality and there’s pretty much something to suit everyone from the classic ‘ring ring’ to classical pieces to some faster beats.Aesthetically I think this watch phone is quite hard to judge. As a phone it does very well it’s small and compact as well as light but it’s got all the features if not more of standard phones. It’s got a colour display too which is a bonus. However I still can’t help thinking it looks odd talking to your wrist, I haven’t dared to use it in public!
As a watch it doesn’t score highly, it’s not very feminine and does look too Star Wars-stylee for me personally. My husband doesn’t mind the size so perhaps it is better suited to men. On the other hand I think he may just like it as more of a novelty item, I’m sure this will wear off soon as he’s got to write an assessment on it.I don’t think the idea of watch phones is really going to take off to be honest, simply because people will think they look to silly talking to their wrist and I wouldn’t disagree.
I do like the voice recognition dialling but I would never use that in public either because people would probably give me funny looks as though I really did think I was something from Star Wars.I have no idea how much the phone will cost when it is released onto the market but I don’t think I would recommend it because I don’t think it will catch on and if you’re one of the first to buy it then you’ll juts be left with something that you’re too embarrassed to use in public, which defeats the point of having it. I’d say it’s more of a novelty item really but I expect it will be quite expensive when it’s released so it probably won’t be worth paying for it just to use as a bit of fun. It’d be more sensible to buy a phone that you actually want to use properly.
I do like the phone and I’m glad I’ve had the chance to test it out though. I have to say that Panasonic have done well to produce something this small that does so much and no doubt they are proud to show off their technical prowess since they have become an established mobile phone manufacturer. However I can’t help thinking that perhaps the designers didn’t think about how people actually use the thing.We’re used to seeing people holding mobiles but you look quite silly talking to your wrist and this lets the phone down, they simply can’t have thought about the practical usage. I really can’t picture commuter businessmen flipping up the lid to their watch for a quick business chat to their wrist, and all but very small children would think it looks ridiculous.
Overall it has many good features and combining two essential items into one is great in theory, except when it’s a watch phone which is really not a good concept.It would be all well and good if you could take it off to use the phone but if it started wringing this would be fiddly and far more annoying than retrieving your phone from your pocket.
Personally I’d find it much to simpler get my phone out as most mobile phones have the time displayed on the screen. In fact I’d rather just wear my normal watch and get out my mobile phone if it rings or if I need to make a phone call.When they do launch this product I’ll be interested to see if it actually does take off, my prediction is that it will not.
Over and out…
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