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i’m Watch: A Smartwatch Review

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Smartphones, if you have one, could you ever go back to a time where you didn’t have it? I think for many smartphone users, that answer would be a resounding no (aside from the cost associated with owning one). The reality is, these devices pack a lot of functionality and value in our lives that I suspect many people would be lost (if you use yours as a GPS, then I mean that literally) without them.  With their growing popularity, adoption, and list of features, the line between the smartphone and the other phenomenon…the tablet, is becoming increasingly blurred. The Samsung Note II is a perfect example of this, with its enormous screen and built-in stylus. Smartphone makers continue to cram more features into their smartphones, in effort to one-up the competition, and consumers continue to demand more. With that said, I can only see this trend continuing, as there are already full size tablets with built-in phone capabilities. So where does this leave us mere mortals that want it all but lack the physical attributes that make holding a 5”+ device to your ear to call a friend? I think the emergence of the smartwatch could potentially be that answer.

The smartwatch is still a relatively new concept, and I only say that because their availability, functionality, and technology aren’t quite there yet for them to appear on the “must have” list of many consumers. However, we are seeing more and more companies throw their hat into the smartwatch ring (Apple, Microsoft, etc…), and this “could” lead to yet another phenomenon. So, when we got word that we had a smartwatch coming in for review, I was pretty excited to get my hands on it and see what it could do. Today we will be taking a look at the i’m Watch by an Italian based company called i’m SpA. Before we get into the review, let’s take a look at the technical specs for the i’m Watch.

  • Size and Weight:
    • Height: 52.90 mm
    • Width: 40.60 mm
    • Thickness: 10 mm
    • Weight: 90/95/130/170g
  • Memory
    • Flash Drive: 4 GB
    • RAM: 128 MB
  • Processor
    • CPU: IMX233
  • Display
    • 1.54” (diagonal) color TFT display
    • 240×240 pixel resolution
    • 220 ppi (pixel per inch)
  • Operating system
    • i’m Droid 2 (customized Android version)
  • Power and battery
    • Built-in rechargeable Li-Po 450 mAh battery
    • Charging from USB to computer system or via power adapter
    • Standby time without Bluetooth™ connection: up to 48 hours
    • Standby time with Bluetooth™ connection: up to 24 hours
    • Time for generic use: up to 5 hours.
  • Compatible smartphones and o.s.
    • Many i’m Watch features require an internet connection via Bluetooth™ tethering. The main operating systems and/or phones that offer this technology are:
      • Android 4.0 and higher
      • iOS® 4 and higher
      • Note:
        • Not all phone models allow Bluetooth™ tethering.
        • Not all versions of the same operating system allow Bluetooth™ tethering.
        • Not all phone versions allow Bluetooth™ tethering.
        • Not all mobile network operators allow Bluetooth™ tethering.
  • Audio playback
    • Supported formats: MP3
  • Materials
    • The materials change depending on the collections: i’m Watch Color Collection, i’m Watch Tech Collection, i’m Watch Jewel Collection.
    • Case:
      • Aluminum, Titanium, Silver and Gold.
    • Strap colors:
      • Many different colors available.
  • Sensors
    • Magnetometer
    • Accelerometer
  • Connectors and input/output
    • 3.5 mm headphone, connection and power mini-jacks
    • Microphone
    • Built-in speaker
  • Languages
    • English, Italian, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Czech, Dutch, Polish, Russian
  • Warranty:
    • 2-year

Packaging:

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The packaging of the i’m Watch is extremely reminiscent of a standard watch box (shocking…I know). The box itself has a quality feel to it, in both construction, and design. If you can remember the last time you bought a nice watch (and that’s a stretch for me as I haven’t worn one since I started carrying around a cellphone), the unboxing experience is near identical. I will mention this once and try not to repeat it in this review, but the packaging and presentation of the i’m Watch is eerily similar to another “iCompany”, right down to the color scheme and font choice. With the packaging open, the contents consist of:

  • 1 x i’m Watch Smartwatch
  • 1 x USB to 3.5mm cable
  • 1 x “First Use” guide

 Initial Impressions:

The particular model of the i’m Watch we got in for review is aluminum on black design. With it out of the packaging, my first thought is, “that’s a big damn watch”. The weight of the watch is deceptive and does not correlate to the i’m Watch’s size, in other words…it’s surprisingly light. When I wore a watch, I preferred them in a thin low-profile design, and the i’m Watch is essentially the polar opposite. Ignoring my own preference, the i’m Watch has a nice anodized aluminum finish coupled with a flexible black rubber band that includes two i’m Watch branded aluminum articulating sections. At first glance, the articulating sections appear cosmetic, but draping the watch over my wrist I can see where these may also serve a fit function, depending on the wearer’s wrist size. While test fitting the i’m Watch, I couldn’t help but feel like I was Snake Plissken from “Escape from New York”.

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On each side of the i’m Watch are tiny speaker grills, as there is an integrated speaker. There is a 3.5mm audio/power jack on the left side, and a single control button on the right. Aside from that, all interaction with the i’m Watch will occur via the 1.54” color touchscreen display.

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  1. I bought black colour I`m watchsmart watch on 29.11.2013 by HDFC bank acct .But till date i received no such watch and reason of delay is communicated to me.What to do with that ?. Lalremtluanga

    • I would try to contact the company first, and failing a reply I would try to get your money back from your credit card which should be easy to do if you havent received the product. After that leave negative feedback on the BBB.

  2. I bought I`m watchwatch black colour on 29.11.2013 vide HDFC bank acct.But till date I receive no such watch nor reason of such delay was communicated to me

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