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LG Launches Watch Phone In India

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 4 years ago | from the can-you-hear-me-now-kit? dept.

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roh2cool writes "If you are a watch freak and also happen to be a fan of ultra rare (and expensive) gadgets, this might just interest you. The LG GD910 watch phone looks like a normal watch – except for the fact that it can double up as your mobile phone when needed. 'It is quite thin at just 13.9mm and packs in 3G and Video Calling capabilities as well. The phone is quite stylish and the front fascia is covered by scratch-proof tempered glass. It comes with a Bluetooth headset so you don’t have to keep talking like David Hasselhoff talked to his super-car KITT in the “Knight Rider” series.'"

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And now ... (4, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292030)

... the obligatory Dick Tracy mention.

Re:And now ... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292064)

The obligatory Karma Whore Go Suck A Dick mention. Or, How to Reduce Troll/Flamebait Posts Like This One: don't be so goddamned predictable, try saying something that isn't immediately obvious. Douche. Don't worry though, the mods are like American CEOs who only ever look one step ahead at most. They will deny the cause and effect relationship between your post and mine, as evidenced by modding you up and modding me down. Really they should mod both down, but they love when you suck their dicks by saying some meme they like to hear.

Re:And now ... (0, Offtopic)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292148)

Mom? I thought you didn't get internet privileges in prison. Oh well, there's my tax dollars at work again.

Cassandra? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31293404)

as evidenced by modding you up and modding me down. Really they should mod both down

Flawless victory.

Re:And now ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292578)

Guy using Bluetooth: "I could talk on it like David Hasselhoff talked to his super-car KITT, but I'm going to opt out of that." What the FUCK, man.

Linux is *still* for fags (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292034)

Shit eating fags. Dick smoking fags. Abba loving fags.

Re:Linux is *still* for fags (2, Informative)

JorDan Clock (664877) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292046)

Hey! I use Linux and I HATE Abba!

Re:Linux is *still* for fags (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31293000)

So you eat shit?

Ridiculous (5, Funny)

the brown guy (1235418) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292042)

Phones in India are normally cheaper than here in Canada, but 49,990 rupees is 1138.21 CAD, you would have to be stupid to buy this phone.

Anybody know when it comes to Canada?

Re:Ridiculous (4, Insightful)

thms (1339227) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292180)

49,990 Indian Rupees mean = 1,084.26 US$ (according to xe.com) - no way the hardware or RD costs are that high, so they are milking it for the novelty factor for now. Seems India has a large enough middle class in search of status symbols now as well. But I wonder what technological breakthrough took so long that wrist-phones only show up now.

The LG Product page [lge.com] mentions a 510mAh battery for 7-8 days no standby, and again no easily replaceable battery it seems.

Re:Ridiculous (2, Interesting)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293772)

But I wonder what technological breakthrough took so long that wrist-phones only show up now.

I remember as a child, "books of the future" showed people wearing small computers as their watches. They were almost right, except it was the phone that turned into a computer, not the watch.

Even when the technology can make powerful computers the size of the watch, I think many people would still rather have something with a larger screen/keyboard size, that they can still carry (i.e., a phone). Indeed, it's not uncommon for me to know people who no longer wear watches at all, because they have a phone.

Re:Ridiculous (4, Funny)

Arthur Grumbine (1086397) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292216)

Phones in India are normally cheaper than here in Canada, but 49,990 rupees is 1138.21 CAD, you would have to be stupid to buy this phone.

And even stupider to host your website on it...

Re:Ridiculous (3, Insightful)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292554)

People are willing to pay 20 times that for a watch that does nothing more than tell the date and time [rolex.com] .

Re:Ridiculous (1)

Bysshe (1330263) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292616)

I think you miss the point of a rolex if you're looking at it as something that just tells the date and time.

Re:Ridiculous (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292776)

What the hell else is a watch supposed to do?

Re:Ridiculous (2, Informative)

badboy_tw2002 (524611) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293354)

It tells you the correct date and time and everyone else you're rich.

This watch is gigantic - I know its subjective but I seriously doubt "stylish" is what comes to mind when most people look at this thing.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#31295108)

Hey, if you want gigantic and not stylish, check this puppy [instructables.com] out!

Re:Ridiculous (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294932)

Well, mine tells the time in two time zones, the day of the week, the month, the date, can function as a stopwatch, has a countdown timer, and three alarms. A Rolex is a pathetic timepiece by comparison. Oh, and it's water resistant to 100 metres, and costs a considerable amount less than the effort it would take to hack it off my arm.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

jd2112 (1535857) | more than 4 years ago | (#31295024)

The purpose of owning a Rolex is to make a statement: "I am better than you because I have so much money that I can spend thousands of dollars on a watch that doesn't tell time any better than a $25 Timex".

Re:Ridiculous (1)

jason.hall (640247) | more than 4 years ago | (#31296268)

Re: The purpose of owning a Rolex is to make a statement: "I am better than you because I have so much money that I can spend thousands of dollars on a watch that doesn't tell time any better than a $25 Timex".

Oh, that's probably the intent, but the REAL statement is usually "I have a higher credit card balance than you, because I spend thousands of dollars on a watch."

Re:Ridiculous (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31294288)

Timex watches cost $30.. and yet there are people who buy Rolexes at over $3000 ... You dont call them stupid.. BUT someone who wants to buy a very expensive phone is stupid ??

Indians spend a lot on phones. Rs. 10,000 phones are common - and iphone costs Rs.30,000 ($800). So... a $1200 phone is not exactly completely messed up.

Re:Ridiculous (1)

TechForensics (944258) | more than 4 years ago | (#31296208)

1. You would have to be stupid to buy this phone.

2. Anybody know when it comes to Canada?

Yeah, I would have rated that "Funny" too.

BTW if you want the same kind of phone for more than $1,000.00 less, look at this
Samsung knockoff. [goodsatdeal.com]

wow (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292068)

that's almost $1,100

Re:wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292092)

... with 10 minutes of talk time battery life.

Now all I need.... (1)

WarJolt (990309) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292088)

is a netbook built into my pants and an mp3 player built into my shirt.

I'll still be wearing it on my belt, thanks (1)

TheCouchPotatoFamine (628797) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292090)

something that expensive, hanging from my wrist and exposed to all sorts of bang ups? no thanks, i'll be wearing it, like all watches, on my belt loop. Why people don't do this i'll never know (bad eyesight, being the one exception)

Re:I'll still be wearing it on my belt, thanks (3, Insightful)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292186)

If you're that worried about damaging it you can always keep it in your front pocket. It does have Bluetooth.

Re:I'll still be wearing it on my belt, thanks (1)

Chris Mattern (191822) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292590)

You could keep it in a special pocket in your vest. Even have a little chain attached to it, with decorative fobs...

Nah. Who'd ever do that?

Re:I'll still be wearing it on my belt, thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31293358)

I know a bunch of faggots who wouldn't be caught dead with something worth as little as $1100 strapped to their wrist.

Re:I'll still be wearing it on my belt, thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31294466)

When you wear your watch on your belt, do your PDA and fanny pack get jealous?

Re:I'll still be wearing it on my belt, thanks (1)

contrapunctus (907549) | more than 4 years ago | (#31296468)

you mean you'll be wearing it like a cell phone?

Stylish? Really? (1)

Qwell (684661) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292100)

No, that is not stylish. It looks like every other watch/gadget combination.

It's ugly. Just like all the others ever have been.

Re:Stylish? Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292214)

Quite stylish watch/gadget combo [sky.com]

battery life.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292104)

Seems like a cool gadget- but its doubtful that the battery life can sustain this device long enough for it to be a useful gadget rather than just a show-off mechanism.
Am impressed with the 3G video calls though- even Bond didn't have that.

Make your bets (0, Troll)

Jorl17 (1716772) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292120)

How long until it is /.? Make your bets!!

Re:Make your bets (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292182)

Apparently 6 minutes

Too late. (1)

msauve (701917) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292206)

nt

Re:Make your bets (2, Insightful)

nacturation (646836) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292288)

Note to self: avoid x10hosting like the plague. When your site exceeds its bandwidth allotment, they throw up the most godawful page filled with garbage ads that appear under your mouse when you move your mouse around. Even if that's a free hosting account, it's pretty ridiculous.

Nice but... (3, Informative)

aBaldrich (1692238) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292122)

It costs over one thousand dollars. And, who wants video calls in such a tiny screen?
Just by googling "watch phone" I found many [surprisinggift.com] different [chinagrabber.com] waistphones for US$ 250 or less.

Re:Nice but... (2, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292226)

... And, who wants video calls in such a tiny screen? ...

Honest, it's the small camera in this video watch. No, really, it's bigger in person.

Re:Nice but... (1)

edxwelch (600979) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293986)

A better question would be "who wants video calls?"

Re:Nice but... (1)

Maavin (598439) | more than 4 years ago | (#31296100)

A waistphone? Quit uncomfotable to read..
They are still researching a material for the strap to fit US waist demands! :)

So last year (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292134)

Saw various announcements of that sort of thing, including prices of some fifty dollars wholesale, for your basic bt watch phone. Last year? More like two years ago. But you had to try and talk to Chinese manufacturers to get it, and probably order at least a thousand or something.

Vadimich (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292166)

Vadimich [azzaratt.ru] Its not beauty...

Not just India; cheaper elsewhere too! (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292174)

According to Engadget, it's five hundred quid: http://www.engadget.com/2009/10/16/lg-gd910-watch-phone-review/

...which they relate to being a more humble $808 US. Significantly better than the Indian price.

Re:Not just India; cheaper elsewhere too! (2, Insightful)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292408)

...which they relate to being a more humble $808 US. Significantly better than the Indian price.

The dirty little secret of anything tech related is not only that, generally, the more poor the place the bigger the margin; also differences actually increase with the baseline price of an item.

The webhosts won't be able to afford at 20k (1)

atari2600 (545988) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292194)

Like the article says, the wish was for the phone being 20k instead of 49.9k. They have it wrong - once they get the bill from their webhosting company, they will be happy to have something left with to buy the batteries for the phone. The host is dead.

That site is dead as a dodo (2, Informative)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292256)

Slashdot has done it again!

Product Page (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293050)

Even CorelCache and MirrorDot have the 404 page. :)

Google's cache has the text, and it's all in TFS.

Here's the product page [lge.com] , quad-band. Google Shopping says these are $1200.

I'll buy one just as soon as they come with a Microvision display.

Re:That site is dead as a dodo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31293900)

Dodos are extinct; you meant to say as dead as a Seaworld whale trainer...

$50 version (1)

mirix (1649853) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292258)

I've seen watch phones coming out of china for years now.

Normally the big firms innovate, and china copies, not vice versa.

5$, then brag all afternoon (2, Funny)

zogger (617870) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292282)

At 12:00, go to the dollar store, find the biggest one dollar regular watch with a band they have. Now buy one buck worth of velcro strips in the same store. Velcro your regular phone to the front of the watch. That leaves three bucks for lunch. Show off to your buds at work all afternoon your new high tech wristwatch cellphone ;)

Now (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292320)

Scratch your head and wonder why these things are being sold in India, Japan and China and not the US...

But remember, the US is still #1!!!! Guys? GUYS???

Re:Now (1)

freshfromthevat (135461) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293542)

The US is taken over by leftists. Who can afford luxury items anymore?

Re:Now (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31296168)

Sure, because Japan, Europe, China and India are all super-conservatives. Tiny unobtrusive governments, strong national defence, individualism - that's what I think of when I think of those countries. It's hardly as if any of them are communists! /sarcasm

Grow up, you stupid fuckwit. You can't blame everything on the liberal boogeyman, despite what Fox News tells you. Both sides (though it's laughable to describe them as "opposing sides") have given you the shaft, equally as hard.

Not much point... (1)

sznupi (719324) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292328)

If the manufacturer itself sugests that you're better off with a Bluetooth headset, what exactly this phone gives in comparison with "normal" one kept in a pocket / bag? Except bringing back problems with the skin on one of yor wrists...

PS. And since this is /., the summary has wrong reference - it's like in Babylon 5.

It comes with . . . (1)

hduff (570443) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292338)

It comes with a Bluetooth headset so you don’t have to keep talking like David Hasselhoff talked to his super-car KITT in the “Knight Rider” series.

What's the point of that? If I'm buying a rare and expensive watch-phone, I want people to know I'm the uber-geek, dammit. I don't need no stinkin' Bluetooth headset.

Re:It comes with . . . (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292596)

I thought David Hasselhoff references were voted off this site? Or was that the Magnum PI / Matlock Grudge Match site?

Re:It comes with . . . (1)

TapeCutter (624760) | more than 4 years ago | (#31295534)

No that was Macgyver for making a solar powered watch out of a toothpick and a stale marshmellow.

nothing new here... (1)

jjoelc (1589361) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292356)

This place [iwantoneofthose.com] has something cooler already (in the UK at least) Just insert your SIM card, and away you go... Better price too... It also has built in mp3/video player, and a camera...

Decent idea (4, Informative)

Andtalath (1074376) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292380)

The phone on your wrist is a decent idea which is severely flawed for several reasons.
1: Extreme lack of space for all that needs to go in it.
2: Lack of space to dial numbers.
3: Kinda annoying to charge, especially due to the fact that it will need to happen often.

Also, I fail to see how this is newsworthy, dealextreme.com offers several watch phones.
For instance: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13058 [dealextreme.com]

Also, the link isn't only slashdotted, the page is even suspended for using to much bandwidth.

Re:Decent idea (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292994)

These watches have been out for a couple of years. The one described seems a bit thinner, but that's about it, and the price seems ridiculous. I think I might buy one through the link you provided ... it looks awesome. The hard buttons on the band really put it over the top.

DealExtreme (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292402)

DealExtreme had watchphones for years. I contemplated getting one to play Power Rangers. Then, I realized that nobody wants to play that with me anymore.

What's the news??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292424)

That phone is being sold in Europe for sometime now, for around 1500 euro.
Only jackasses are buying them.

Expired (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292450)

The Links hosting expired or hit a limit.

You'd have thought by now... (1)

rjch (544288) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292494)

...someone would have come up with a shoe phone [wikipedia.org] !

When your website in India gets slashdotted... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292510)

When your website in India gets slashdotted and you call tech support, who answers the phone?

Bad description (1)

Tiro (19535) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292532)

I'm the sort of watch freak who doesn't like electronic crap in my watches.

Who wears a watch? (4, Interesting)

PhantomHarlock (189617) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292544)

There needs to be a slashdot poll to see how many people still wear watches. It has to be a dwindling number. There's a clock on my celphone, there was a clock on my pager, and in the 80s I was young enough to not have to give a crap about the time of day. So I've actually never worn a watch, except for a brief period when I enjoyed owning a few pocket watches, before they were accidentally put through the washing machine.

Who would want to wear a watch even if it was a cel phone? It's not like you can have a smartphone-sized display on it. Since my phone is also my portable web and email browser these days, it would be kinda...minimalist. A watch in the age of portable electronic devices is simply redundant.

Re:Who wears a watch? (2, Informative)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292678)

Why wear a watch?

Well, if the watches isn't a reason enough of their own:
* Urwerk UR-202 [youtube.com]
* Gerald Genta Arena Metasonic Sonnerie [ablogtoread.com]
* Mr. Jones The Accurate [watchismo.com]
* Or say Harry Winston Ocean Project Z6 [watchluxus.com] , but now when I just checked there was also a new UR-203 [watchluxus.com] .. Maybe the UR-202 will get cheaper now? Not that it makes a difference.

What about a watch being one of the few jeweleries for men?

Re:Who wears a watch? (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292896)

More cool videos:
* Zenith Zero G [youtube.com]
* There also was a video for the Harry Winston Opus 7 [youtube.com]

A. Lange & Söhne [youtube.com]
Patek Philippe - Birth of a Legend [youtube.com]

And so on, unnecessary? Maybe. Guess new phones often are to. Atleast some people actually buying this kind of watches may want to wear them for longer than 2-3 years.

The Gerald Genta Arena above had up to 1100 pieces and took a year to pick together. If you want to get and experience some of the magic in a mechanical timepiece which actually manage to keep the time may I suggest watching Longitude [imdb.com] the TV-series?

Personally I would prefer something which looked awesome though. The mechanic masterpieces cost way to much anyway (towards a million dollars.)

Re:Who wears a watch? (1)

aliquis (678370) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292974)

Or what about an analog digital one [youtube.com] ? :D

Or for the people in Vegas one which let them play jackpot [youtube.com] for free?

Re:Who wears a watch? (0)

luder (923306) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293488)

Meh... These are nothing. Here is the real watchorgasm [youtube.com] .

Re:Who wears a watch? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31292808)

they look cool if you buy an expensive (looking) one.

I mean if you can afford to spend $20k on a watch, you're going to get more pussy than the guy that uses his cellphone to tell the time.

Re:Who wears a watch? (0, Offtopic)

jonadab (583620) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293336)

> There needs to be a slashdot poll to see
> how many people still wear watches.

I wore a watch when I was a kid, in the eighties. It was a black all-plastic job that had "water resistant" printed on it and actually _meant_ it. (I wore it in the municipal swimming pool routinely.) I don't know what it cost, probably less than $15 in today's money, adjusted for inflation. I wore that thing for years.

But when I was in junior high, the battery wore out, and then I realized something. Whenever I need to know the time, I'm always in a room that has a clock. This is still true today. When I need to know the time, I'm generally either at home (clock on the microwave, clock on the computer, clocks on the walls in half of the rooms including the bathroom...) or at work (clocks on all the computers and phones, plus analog clocks on the walls).

When I'm someplace that doesn't have a clock on the wall, such as at church or at the store, I generally don't need to check what time it is. I mean, I know approximately, and that's good enough. I don't have anywhere important to be right after church (certainly not anywhere _more_ important), and I'm not going to change the length of the meeting by worrying about the time anyway. (Actually, I now keep a portable clock at church, because a year or so ago I got roped into teaching an adult Sunday School class, and I like to know how much time we've got left before people from the other classes start coming in for the worship service. But I just keep the clock in the cabinet and get it out when I teach. It's easier than wearing a watch everywhere all the time.)

As for the store, I wouldn't have _gone_ if I didn't have time to do what I needed before I had to be anywhere; I'd wait and go when I actually have enough time.

If I'm taking the dog for a walk around town, it's because I have plenty of time right now (it's probably my day off), and it doesn't matter what time it's getting to be.

I don't GO to places that don't have clocks when I'm pressed for time.

> There's a clock on my celphone, there was a clock on my pager

I am pleased to report that I have never owned either of these kinds of devices, and I sincerely hope I never will. Like with checking the time, I've found that whenever I need to make a call... I'm always in a place that has a phone -- a real phone, which you can actually hear, and which has a receiver large enough that you can position the speaker by your ear and the mic in front of your mouth at the same time, and a dialing interface large enough that it's convenient to use with adult fingers. And when somebody needs to reach me and I'm in a place where I don't mind being reached... I'm either at home, or at work. There are phones (again, _real_ phones) in both places. When I'm anywhere else, as a rule, I'm generally occupied and wouldn't *want* people calling me and would probably leave the phone at home anyway, or turn it off. If I ever take a cellphone with me into a grocery store (much less to church), you officially have my permission to use deadly force to put me out of my misery. I would be much better off dead than living like that.

Re:Who wears a watch? (1)

DigitalCrackPipe (626884) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293522)

A poll would be useful. There are lots of different preferences than yours, such as wearing one for fashion, convenience (flick of the wrist rather than fishing a phone out of your pocket), or availability - there are times that I can't have my phone such as at work or when I leave the country (no world phone).

And hey, nudists may want phone connectivity too.

Ah, kids today. (1)

dreamchaser (49529) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293728)

I can tell the time with a quick flick of my wrist and a glance while you have to pull your phone out. Then again maybe you're part of the generation that always has their phone out anyways, compulsively tweeting and texting.

Re:Ah, kids today. (1)

HybridJeff (717521) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294186)

And I can look at where in the sky the sun is. Its even faster once you get good at it.

Re:Ah, kids today. (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 4 years ago | (#31295664)

> And I can look at where in the sky the sun is

Doesn't work in Manchester, UK.

Yes I've been there. You only see the Sun at the news-stands, and the day before your final exams...

Re:Ah, kids today. (1)

cheros (223479) | more than 4 years ago | (#31296312)

I actually know more or less the time of day, plus/minus half an hour. I have no idea how, but it's something I've had for years (including the habit of waking up just BEFORE the alarm goes off - but only if I set it - duh :-)).

However, I wear a watch, despite having a phone as well - it's simply faster to get a time/date from an analogue device that has only one, fixed location and mode..

Re:Who wears a watch? (1)

mdwh2 (535323) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293828)

I wear a watch so I don't have to dig around in my pocket or bag for my phone just to quickly glance at the time. (Or have to get my phone, if I'm at home, which may be in a different room.)

Also it still works when my phone has drained its battery because I forgot the regular recharge it needs. And for people who ever go swimming, there are obvious advantages there too.

Re:Who wears a watch? (1)

Judinous (1093945) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294042)

I wear this [thinkgeek.com] watch from Think Geek, because you always seem to forget your flash drive just when you need it most. It also means that I don't have to wear a "geek badge" flash drive lanyard while I'm at work.

Also, it's a great conversation-starter. No, I don't mean that I go around showing off my nerdy flash drive watch. If you are wearing a watch, inevitably you will be approached by people who have forgotten their time-telling device of choice. I've made a few good friends that way.

Re:Who wears a watch? (1)

izomiac (815208) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294350)

I would imagine that cellphones won't replace watches for the same reason that the wristwatch was developed in the first place. Pulling a pocket watch out is annoying, and I can't imagine a cell phone is much better (especially since you have to do something to activate the backlight).

Watches are also a more mature technology. Many are waterproof, and most are more durable than a cellphone. Battery life is a couple orders of magnitude better, and they're next to impossible to lose. Furthermore, a watch says a lot more about you than a cell phone. Some people opt for aesthetics, going for classy, for modern, or for something that appeals to their interests (e.g. binary time). Others get something indestructible. Some like nostalgic mechanical watches, some go for high-tech ones (solar powered with atomic time synchronization). Finally, a watch can have far greater utility than a cellphone since there's so much diversity. You can get a watch with an altimeter, a compass, a depth gauge, a thermometer, a mosquito repellent, a heart rate monitor, a laser, a TV remote, a TV tuner, a walkie-talkie, or even a star chart.

Re:Who wears a watch? (1)

metlin (258108) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294860)

There needs to be a slashdot poll to see how many people still wear watches. It has to be a dwindling number.

Going by the increasing number of fans at places like TimeZone [timezone.com] , Watchuseek [watchuseek.com] , and Styleforum [styleforum.net] , I would say that it's not.

Besides, a lot of folks do not wear watches for time, but more as a piece of jewelry. Besides, a good watch goes with a good outfit -- there is no denying the aesthetic value of a watch.

I also travel and move around between time zones a lot (i.e. multiple times a week). So, for one, my cellphone doesn't work everywhere I go. For another, even if it does work, my cellphone tells me the local time while my watch tells me the time at home.

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That slashdotting just got interesting.

Not a new idea and not as great as it sounds (3, Informative)

DrBuzzo (913503) | more than 4 years ago | (#31292566)

Actually, there have been a number of "watch phones" and watch communicators over the years. In the 1990's, a few companies made watches that were alphanumeric pagers. Microsoft tried to create "smart watches" that received news feeds. There have been several phone watches CEC Corp in China made one about a year and a half ago. Before that, Sanyo had one sold in Japan and Korea. AT&T wireless even offered one for a while a few years ago. Just look at Google Shopping. There are many made by various outfits: http://www.google.com/products?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&q=Cell%20Phone%20Watch&ndsp=21&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=if [google.com]

The problem is that it's just not a product that really sells well. Most of the big manufacturers pretty much abandoned the idea because it just doesn't work that well as a phone or a watch. A watch is good for telling time, but it's generally fairly small for having buttons to dial with and it's too small to put a descent speaker in. If you make the watch bigger, it becomes cumbersome.

A watch is a bit difficult to hold to your ear, which means you either have to make it a speaker phone or use a headset. A wired headset is going to defeat the purpose of a wrist phone, but a bluetooth headset might work. In that case, you have to ask why not just put the phone in the headset. A watch also doesn't have much room for a battery.

That's really the problem. It's been technically possible to put a phone in a watch for a while, but it doesn't make a great place to mount a phone.

Re:Not a new idea and not as great as it sounds (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31294532)

But this is a 2-way videophone watch!

Re:Not a new idea and not as great as it sounds (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294602)

You know, I'd easily pay $200 right now for a watch that uses a BT connection to talk to my phone. When my phone rings, the watch tells me who's calling. I'd also be able to use a button to silence my phone. That's it, that's all it'd have to do. (I'm assuming I'd have to charge it less frequently than every 3 days.) Bonus if it could change my music selection and show me what song it is.

Any more complicated than that, like you were getting at, and you're just getting silly for a watch.

das (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31293450)

slahdotted

But... (1)

afabbro (33948) | more than 4 years ago | (#31293942)

...what is the migration path for my legacy CASIO watch data!?!?!?

Lesser of two weevils (1)

paiute (550198) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294020)

$1100 for a wrist decoration in India? It made me think of the scene in one of the Aubrey-Maturin novels where Steven gives an Indian girl some silver bracelets and gets her killed.

So when do I get my iWatch? (3, Funny)

CuriousGeorgeIII (1175615) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294106)

I fully expect Apple to release an iWatch. Something with a super high resolution 1/2 inch screen where I can read graphic novels, listen to mp3's, watch high definition movies, while talking to grandma on the phone and swaping recipes with her online because I deserve to be one of the elite. Oh yeah, and it comes with a minature black turtle neck and levis case so I don't scratch the screen.

Re:So when do I get my iWatch? (1)

MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294618)

I fully expect Apple to release an iWatch. Something with a super high resolution 1/2 inch screen where I can read graphic novels, listen to mp3's, watch high definition movies, while talking to grandma on the phone and swaping recipes with her online because I deserve to be one of the elite. Oh yeah, and it comes with a minature black turtle neck and levis case so I don't scratch the screen. (Score:2, Funny)

Aumsingly people complain about how much the iPhone is mentioned on this site.

South Africa wins (1)

zkrige (1654085) | more than 4 years ago | (#31294514)

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