Just in case you haven’t heard or seen this yet but, Android is now coming to our wrists. Yes, you heard it right. Different gadget manufacturers (including Sony) have started to introduce to the public some stylish wrist watches powered with Android OS.
At first, you might think if such small devices can really run this popular mobile OS but manufacturers have proven it to be possible. Although this customized Android does not have the full feature when compared to it’s mobile version, you will be amazed what this high tech wrist watches can do to its lucky owner.
I know there are other Android powered watches out there in the market (some of them might have been available for quite some time already), but for now I’ll focus with these two certified attention getter Android watches during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012.
Smart Watch by Sony
|Sony Smart Watch|
Sony has made the public debut of thier first Android powered watch called Smart Watch. This 1.3 inch OLED multitouch screen display wrist watch is powered with Android Honeycomb that can store up to 255 widgets which can be used to interact with other Android devices. The Super Watch was design to mainly act as an extension device to control your Android phone like Sony Xperia.
Smart Watch connects with your phone via Bluetooth wherein you can read and send emails, make and answer calls, send SMS, lauch your Music app, and many more. It is also capable of send you Facebook and Twitter updates, RSS feeds, and calendar / events notifications. One downside of this gadget though is it requires an active Bluetooth connection to sync data with your Android phone, which can cost a portion of your phone’s battery.
Smart Watch is available in six different colors (Black, Grey, White, Pink, Teal, and Blue) and will cost for about US$149. No specific lauch date yet was set as to when this amazing Android watch will be available for public purchase.
I’m Watch – Italy
|I’m Watch: the real smartwatch|
I’m Watch, as their slogan says, is the world’s first real smartwatch. It isn’t just a watch that tells time but also lets you receive calls, sms, and e-mails straight on your wrist. It showcases a full 1.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with 240 x 240 pixel screen resolution (slightly bigger than Sony), 450 MHz ARM processor, 64 or 128 MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 450 mAh battery, and runs under Android 1.6.
What makes this amazing watch stand out from Sony and other smart watches is that it doesn’t rely to phone connectivity at all times. It can access Facebook, Twitter, and even watch a video. Because of its built-in internal storage and memory, i’m Watch can load and play music and other apps directly on the device without maintaining a bluetooth connection to a phone. Battery life can also last up to 48 hours of casual use.
I’m Watch also has more color variations (as seen on the picture). One disadvantage though with I’m watch is that it’s a lot more expensive compared to Sony SmartWatch. Depending on the model, prices ranges from $329 to $2,299.
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