The new I’m Watch smartwatch announced at CES

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We’ve talked a lot about smartwatches in the past here at Pocketables, but I’m personally most excited about the new version of I’m Watch, which premiered yesterday at CES. I’m, the Italian company that designed this accessory, claims that this is actually the world’s first real smartwatch – a claim that some may dispute, but that I’m maintains.

Regardless, I’m Watch is the first Android-based smartwatch that utilizes Bluetooth to connect to iPhones and Android phones, allowing it to deliver calls, texts, emails, notifications, music, your calendar, weather, pictures, and more directly from the watch itself. It features a high-resolution curved HD touchscreen, and is ergonomically designed to maintain comfort. It’s got a powerful processor and runs a highly customized version of Android called I’m Droid.

Some of the standout features of this latest version of I’m Watch that sets it apart from the first generation include:

  • Smart tethering that enables the battery to last almost two whole days while tethered.
  • I’m Cloud – this feature allows you to manage your smartwatch apps and data through your phone or computer.
  • I’mages – this is an application that displays photos you take on your phone on your smartwatch.
  • I’market – this is a proprietary app store for I’m Watch that has hundreds of different apps

I’m Watch also comes in lots of color options, so anyone is sure to find one that they like. Standard colors include white, pink, blue, red, yellow, green, black, and aluminum. The “Tech Collection” also offers a variety of materials to choose from, including  I’m Tech Titanium, I’m Tech Carbonium, I’m Tech Magnesium, and the I’m Tech Titanium Special Blue Edition. The “Jewel Collection” contains I’m Black Gold; I’m Silver; I’m Yellow Gold with yellow, pink and white gold with diamonds; and I’m White Gold and Diamond lines. Obviously, there’s a lot here to pick from.

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I am personally very excited to get my own, which I’ll be reviewing here very soon. While I’ve never owned a smartwatch before, I can imagine tons of use cases for this watch, especially as I’m out walking my dogs – it will be so much more convenient to manage my phone from my wrist, rather than taking out my phone and fumbling around while my dogs tug at me from all angles.

I’m also makes I’m Here, a small GPS tracker that’s able to locate anything or pinpoint your location on demand or at regular intervals. It will be available in May 2013.

Given what you know about I’m Watch, could you see a place for smartwatches in your tech life? How would you use a smartwatch in your day-to-day routine?

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John F

John was the editor-in-chief at Pocketables. His articles generally focus on all things Google, including Chrome and Android, although his love of new gadgets and technology doesn't stop there. His current arsenal includes the Nexus 6 by Motorola, the 2013 Nexus 7 by ASUS, the Nexus 9 by HTC, the LG G Watch, and the Chromebook Pixel, among others.

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11 thoughts on “The new I’m Watch smartwatch announced at CES

  • I could see this paring well with a 7 inch tablet

    • and replacing the phone

      • I didn’t think of that, but that would be handy, especially when I’m at home.

    • Avatar of Aaron Orquia

      That is an interesting idea that I am looking into, since I didn’t end up liking the phone/tablet hybrid devices, I may just get a HSPA Nexus 7 instead. The I’m Watch would go great with that.

  • Avatar of JRDemaskus

    There is a lot of wildlife in my suburbia.
    When I walk my dog I like to listen to the birds sing, and be able to hear what catches my dog’s attention.
    So as a result I do not use my music while walking.
    It is rare that I have my Sony MW1 On, and my phone is not in my hand. So displaying my text message on an external device is kind of wasted on me.
    I have tried to text on my phone while holding the leash, not easy. Can’t imagine how I could reply from my watch any easier.
    I welcome the smart external device revolution because I love multi functional toys, but as I get older, my actual use cases are diminishing. So sad.

  • “• Standby time with Bluetooth™ connection: up to 24 hours
    • Talk time with speakerphone: up to 3 hours
    • Time for other uses: up to 5 hours”

    Just another thing to plug in every night or worry about battery life throughout the day? Not worth the benefit IMO.

    Another thought, they market it for sports, but I don’t see any mention of waterproofing. Makes me weary about that aspect…

  • Also should note, the price on the website for me is coming up as $389 for the basic, and $1049 for the Tech -> REALLY?!?!

  • Avatar of Jeffro

    Can’t wait for this review. Word on the street says this thing is dreadful.

    • Avatar of JRDemaskus

      The customer reviews for my Sony MW 1 were pretty bad too.
      But it was the device I wanted so I took a chance.
      I love it, and so far have not had any problems with it.

  • Avatar of Radcaz

    All they need now is a matching keyboard arm band that pairs up with the watch…

  • Avatar of Stringfellow

    Would be cool if could reply by voice to text.


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