Bluetooth Enabled “I’m Watch” for Smartphones

Milan based company I’m has created a great bluetooth watch that will connect directly to your iPhone or Android based phone. It comes in a simple, matte black plastic band, but you can purchase the watch with a red, yellow, blue, green, white, pink or yellow band instead. The Color Series costs $389, with the titanium I’m Watch Tech Collection costing $1,049. The Jewel collection offers black or white straps to go with a yellow gold, silver, black gold, pink gold or white gold with diamond body that costs $19,990, but they all have the same hardware inside.

Its sleek, 0.39-inch thick metal chassis, curved body and aluminum-accented wrist strap, the I’m Watch looks more like a old school Swatch than a fancy new gadget.

The 3.17-ounce I’m Watch has a power button on the right side, which also serves as a back button, wake button and emergency power off button. The device turns off its screen after a period of inactivity (15 seconds to more than 20 minutes). The left side houses a 3.5mm jack, while there are speaker/mic grilles on either side.

A bundled 3.5mm to USB cable connects the watch either to your computer or your wall outlet for charging. Like most Android devices, the I’m Watch can be mounted as a drive on your computer.

The I’m Watch runs on a 400-MHz, single-core IMX233 CPU with 128MB of RAM and runs a custom version of Android 1.6. The I’m Watch has 4GB of internal storage, and a 1.5-inch, 240 x 240-pixel screen.

When you power on the watch, the home screen shows the time, current weather and three shortcut icons to the phone dialer, email and address book, which you can change by long-pressing them. Swipe down from the top and you’ll see a drawer with an audio on/off toggle, a shortcut to settings and a manual sync button

Swiping to the right shows the apps menu, which comes preloaded with a number of special watch-friendly apps, including Facebook and Twitter readers, a news app, a calculator and a compass. Swiping to the left reveals shortcuts for settings, Bluetooth, call log and the watch app, which does nothing more than show ticking hands on the screen.

The I’m Watch comes preloaded with several key apps and the ability to add more via the I’market. Out of the box, the watch comes with email, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, calendar, address book, alarm clock, calculator, gallery and music player apps, among others.
As of this writing, the watch’s I’market app store has 27 apps, with 17 of them free and 10 costing between $1.00 and $5.00.

While it’s not powerful enough to play videos, the I’m Watch can play locally stored MP3 files using its I’m Player software. The I’m Player software will even sort your songs by artist and album.

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Bluetooth enabled “I’m Watch” for smartphones

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