Android-Powered i’mWatch Demoed; It’s Not What We Hoped For

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Motorola’s recent announcement of the MOTOACTV saw our thoughts returning once again to the topic of Android-powered wristwatches. While we’ll always want to keep our smartphones near, the idea of keeping one in your pocket while you instead rely on a headset and smartwatch for taking calls and maybe even some Siri-style voice-assist action is one that sounds pretty appealing. We looked at another such Android watch back in late spring, and it seemed to have a lot of potential. Now the i’mWatch is back, making its video debut, but will it hold up to those earlier expectations?

The renders we looked at in June showed the i’mWatch with a tiny bezel, its screen extending nearly to the face’s edge, and with a slim profile. While those design choices made it look very cool, the $360 pre-order price was a bit steep. Unfortunately, both the design and price have changed, and neither for the better.

The i’mWatch now has a comparatively huge bezel, is downright chunky-looking, and is now expected to cost more like $425. Admittedly, this is a prototype we’re looking at, and design changes could still be made before the watch’s January arrival. Call us cynical, but we are a long way off from what we thought the watch would like like, and it would take a fantastic effort to get it anywhere close to back to that design in the three months left.

Sure, the MOTOACTV is pretty chunky itself, and suffers from the same bezel issue, but we were never expecting it to be some sleek, high-end design. Add in the MOTOACTV’s faster processor and much cheaper price ($300 for the 16GB model; the i’mWatch has 4GB storage), and it’s looking like the ship has sailed on the i’mWatch before it even launched.

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We’re now a far cry from this looker.



Source: YouTube ARMflix, imcollection

Via: Android and Me

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!