Oct 27 AT 2:38 PM Edgar Cervantes 14 Comments

Video: i’m Watch prototype looking slow, releasing in January


The i’m Watch has been one of the most promising attempts at an Android-based watch. This device runs independently, while other watches cling to mom (your smartphone). For example, the Sony Ericsson LiveView cannot even tell you the time if it’s not connected to your phone via bluetooth. In this regard, the i’m Watch would probably be competing more with the MotoActv .

We’ve had big hopes for the i’m Watch. Videos have started to show up online, though, and we are less than impressed. We must take into account that these are prototype devices, so they should be improved by the release date. According to the representative in the third video, the device will be released in January 2012 starting at €300. The most expensive ones will go for €1200.

The i’m Watch CEO goes on to demonstrate a bit of what the device can do, and it seems very sluggish. It takes from 3-5 seconds to get to the home screen, and the device seems slow overall.

According to the spec sheet in the same video, the device will include a 464 MHz processor, 64 MB of RAM and Android 1.6. We’re definitely not impressed with that. This is just a watch, though, and they might be able to make it work great with those specs.

We’ll hold judgement until we see the final versions of these watches, but it seems manufacturers will need to step it up. Wrist computing is not an easy market; the product needs to be great for people to adopt it. As of now, we’re not sold on any of the options available and are hoping for more manufacturers to jump in the game with better products. Maybe a Samsung Galaxy Watch or an HTC wrist watch?

Check out the videos and let us know what you think. Are you planning to shell out €300 (around $425 USD) for one of these?

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“I can’t wait ’til we see the ‘world’s thinnest smartwatch’ — the Samsung Galaxy Swatch.” – Taylor Wimberly
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“The Samsung DROID SWATCHZR!” – Edgar Cervantes
“THAT SHAVES YOUR FACE” – Clark Wimberly (in response to the DROID SWATCHZR)
“The Casio DROID CLCLTR will have full graphing capabilities.” – Sean Riley

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  • WarDrake

    2 days of battery on a watch…
    that seems like it’ll be hard to get used to… watches are one of those things you expect the battery to last for years if not forever…

    a nice looking watch tho ^_^

    • Edgar Cervantes

      He also mentioned that “with use” it would be half a day… Now that has me worried…. :(

      • WarDrake

        i missed that… Yeah, that there is really a deal breaker for a watch…

      • http://www.reachcreations.com Joshua Reach

        Yeah…that’s got me worried too…I don’t want my wrist to be plugged in half the day. But still an amazing concept! So excited!

    • MarkT

      Yep, there was a time when people would take a product and shove a clock on it somewhere and call it improved.

      If this is a watch, then it’s primary function as a watch must work as well as any other £/$/€300 watch and this fails miserably. Just another product to charge up daily if you ask me.

      Perhaps if it generated some of its juice by user movement that would help…but not enough i think.

  • Jason

    I’m really hoping the production model is faster. But I’m positive this is pretty much the product we’ll expect.

    As awesome as it is in principle, if the end product doesn’t work smoothly, it’s going to be a bust

  • http://droidsamurai.blogspot.com DroidSamurai

    May be a smart watch isn’t a good idea after all. I mean, people who are interested in such product probably have a smartphone with them all the time already. With a powerful computing brain near your body, does it make sense to have a full-featured smart watch? IMO, I would rather see a thinner, cheaper, semi-smart watch with long operating time. If that means the watch depends on my smartphone, so be it. The Sony watch isn’t too bad, but it does not have a true touch interface, and it’s still too expensive.

  • NamelessTed

    Based on the videos I think they have gotten pretty much everything wrong in terms of putting Android on a watch.

    Firstly, as mentioned previously, battery life. This thing should be lean and mean and have the longest ass battery life as possible.

    Secondly, Android 1.6? I realize that you wouldn’t necessarily use all the features of the newest version of Android on a phone but fuck me, that is OLD. I would assume the point of the watch would be to have bluetooth connectivity with a phone that would be in your pocket. Having the watch being years behind the phone is just stupid.

    But, the BIGGEST problem is that the watch just seems to be Android on a phone, with no very targeted software. What I mean is that they just put Twitter and Facebook and whatever on the watch and allow those apps to run. What they need to do is create all of their own software, that is designed from the ground up to display information on a watch screen and display the most important information that you want. They don’t seem to be doing anything like that at all.

  • austin T

    this sounds exciting. First the battery issue must be fixed. I wonder if a self winding “i’m” watch is possible? Also a forward facing camera for Facetime would be really cool. Facetime is suppose to be open source so it could be possible .

  • david

    Product looks like an ipod nano with tiktok watch strap and the pricepoint is high.

    The really interesting stuff is in the 3rd video.

    The product looks thrown together and ill-concieved in its use of Android.

    Who needs a watch that needs to be charged every 8hrs with standby of 2 days (video #3).

    What is really interesting when you do some trawling on linked in is that the “Apple-like” company located in the villa in Milan doesn’t exist.

    Most of the guys appear to actually work with an embedded systems company in an industrial estate near venice called si14

    The “CEO” Massimiliano Bertolini also mentions that they are backed by one of Berlusconi’s buddies, Ennio Doris one of the rishest men in Italy.

    The corporate “structure” under Bertolini has all of the hallmarks of the virtual companies founded by Berlusconi and Doris like Mediolanum.

    Apple this is not … more like “mela marcia”

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    • Fabio R

      totally fail

  • caeg

    Touch doesn’t look good on it and it seems slow as well. Hopefully they can improve that.