I’M WATCH

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - LIVING TECH -

One look at the i’m watch and I wanted to wrap it around my wrist. It was a headturner and that was not the only rea­son why I was as­ton­ished. Yes, there was time on the watch, but it was also a phone and could show my mes­sages and con­tacts. Slide the screen left and we have the main menu. There, four icons dom­i­nated the home­screen. We could scroll fur­ther down to check more apps. Sim­i­lar to the no­ti­fi­ca­tion bar in the An­droid smart­phone, there is a tab here that can be dragged down to show short­cuts for

sound, set­tings, sync and trash. HOW IT WORKS: There are pre-loaded apps for ad­dress book, alarm, ap­point­ments, com­pass, I’m FB, I’m Gallery, I’m Time, I’m Tweet, etc. But none of this works out of the box. We had to reg­is­ter the watch and then pair it with our An­droid smart­phone. Af­ter con­nect­ing the de­vice over Blue­tooth, we had to turn on Wi-Fi hotspot to pair the watch. It took a visit to www.im­cloud.it to con­fig­ure the apps fol­lowed by sync­ing with the I’m Cloud to in­stall the apps and get no­ti­fi­ca­tions on the watch. We could also trans­fer con­tacts

and me­dia files by down­load­ing more apps from www.im­cloud.it. HOW GOOD IS IT: While ev­ery­thing sounds cool about this smart­watch, there are a few short­com­ings as well. If you were to com­mand it, most of the times the screen re­sponse was lazy, slug­gish, and the I’m Droid 2 OS crashed of­ten. On sev­eral oc­ca­sions, the Face­book and Twit­ter apps crashed. On oth­ers, the screen froze com­pletely and the i’m watch needed to be force-restarted. The Ital­ians def­i­nitely know what they are do­ing when it comes to de­sign, but they seem

to be a long way away when it comes to en­sur­ing good per­for­mance.

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