All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to
availability.Technology test-driver John Buckley reviewed a range of Smart Watches.
Technology test-driver John Buckley reviewed a range of Smart Watches. (Click image to go to video page).
Sony Ericsson Bluetooth™ Watch MBW-200
At first glance this would simply appear to be a stylish, everyday time-piece for the elegant woman. On closer inspection you will find that it is actually Bluetooth enabled. This allows you to handle calls from your Bluetooth compatible mobile phone.
You can set your phone to silent and when a call comes through the watch buzzes and the number displays on a led display on the time piece. You can choose to answer or divert the call from the wristwatch. If you use your phone as an MP3 player you can also change tracks using your watch. The devices just need to be within 10 metres of each other. The watch comes with a recharger to keep the battery topped up.
Recommended retail price: $799 (a range of colours and styles are available).
Availability: Order through any mobile retail outlet who will then order from Brightpoint NZ
Rating: 4 out of 5
Casio SPF40-1 Sea Pathfinder – Triple sensor outdoors watch.
Casio accurately describe this watch is “a multi functional outdoors watch that is specifically designed with features that cater to the needs of fisherman, sailors, and anyone interacting with the water.”
As well as being a water resistant wrist watch it also acts as a digital compass, a thermometer and a barometer to predict weather patterns.
Recommended retail price $349
Available from: Jewellery stores that sell watches
Rating 5 out of 5
Nixon “The Dictator”
Nixon are renowned for their cool style and celebrity endorsements from X games heroes like Tony Hawke. This retro looking watch has a welcome message from Mr Hawke built into the speaker, but guess what? You can actually use it to record up to 8 messages of your own (totalling 3.5 minutes). You can then use the sound clips as chimes or as alarms. For those with short memories the watch can be used to record memos which can be replayed later.
Recommended retail price: $309
Available from: Amazon Stores nationwide
Rating 4 out of 5
Wrist Waterproof Digital Camera
This is the odd one out in today’s trial because while you wear it on your wrist and you can “watch” it, it is not a wrist watch.
It is a mini, waterproof digital camera with a wrist-watch type strap for hands-free carrying. It has a 3 megapixel image sensor and is able to take videos at 30 frames per second, and can go down to depths of 30 metres below water.
Recommended for skiers, surfers, divers, and adrenaline junkies who can now record high quality images of their activities with ease.
Rating 3.5 out of 5
All prices correct at time of publishing. Products subject to availability.