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1. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3005)
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006N3IFA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 9101
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Features

  • Stocks, news, personal messages, and more--delivered wirelessly to your watch
  • One of the first devices to use MSN Direct, a wireless subscription service
  • Automatically updates to the correct local time when you travel
  • Customizable data channels and watch faces
  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fossil Spot - Ready and Able
Had the Fossil watch for over a week now and it has performed flawlesly. Short of a wrist PDA, this is the next best thing. The screen is extremely readable and the backlight is very bright. Yes, the watch needs to be charged, but unless you insist on wearing it 24/7 this shouldn't be a challenge. The charging stand is well-designed - no wires to attach to the watch - just sit the watch on the ergonomic stand and you're set. The MSN site is well-designed and there is a good selection of data sources. One nice feature is that the MSN service provides a local news channel. I've had lots of static zaps over the past week with no problems to the watch. The band takes a little getting used to, but is comfortable. Basically, it's just a fun watch, and if you like the geek factor - it's there - but not THAT geekie that you'll be mistaken for a Borg. If you want data and appointments at your disposal without juggling a PDA or cellphone, this is an excellent alternative. The only small caveat is the coverage area, so make sure you go to the direct.msn.com website and check out your zipcode.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far...
I purchased this watch after a 3 year lack of a wrist watch. My Phone was too clumsy to look at time, and I wanted a tech saavy watch. This is my first delve into MS Watches, but so far I am impressed. Set up was a breeze, Once it had charged (overnight) the morning, it was ready with all my calander and news and stocks right there. I did purchase the extended warranty, why not its an expensive little new gadget...I want to be covered incase something happens...

One drawback...not water proof per say...it can get splashed...but you have to take it off to shower or swim... I have a big wrist so the watch is the right size, though it will be big on some people.

I love this thing so far...and no issues yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst thing I ever bought.
I love gadgets so I was real happy to get this. But, it is poorly designed. It hardly ever works. If I go into my basement or on the subway it sets itself to 12:00. It constantly turns off. Too bad they only give you a 90 day warranty, because they charge you $120 to fix this $130 watch. Avoid this. It is garbage.

1-0 out of 5 stars immature technology: 4 resets / 24 hours, big billing issues
Great idea, $5/month (annual subscription) is good deal for news, weather, your Outlook calendar, 15 stock tickers, very good user interface BUT:
1. My watch suffered up to 4 resets in 24 hours - it would just go to 12:00 noon and forget everything.
2. Once I returned the watch and cancelled my subsription, MSN kept charging me even though they acknowledged I did cancel the account. They also said they "can't" delete my credit card information from their records so they can't guarantee they won't "accidentally" charge me again... Also, over 10 minutes of waiting on line for a person to speak to. Really awful service.

In short, great technology and I'll try it again but not for another 6-12 months - let it mature first on both technology and service.

Also: watch design is VERY dorky and was too geeky even for for geekiest friends. you might want to wait for more "earthly" desings to come out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I brought this recently for my husband and I must say I think it is great. Everything right at your wrist. I am able to send him messages; get my lotto numbers; get my horoscope and he is able to keep up with his sports and select what teams he wants to get updates on. Excellent, Windy today, humidity, just look at your watch. Excellent. You do have to have a subcription for 60 a year. but its worth it. Your also able to change the face of your watch. COOL! ... Read more


2. Abacus by Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4003)
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0003QER6O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 6439
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Features

  • New out-of-the-box channels from MSN Direct
  • Leather and polyurethane (rubber) strap with integrated antennae
  • Cable-free charging solution included (no plugs on the watch)
  • Automatically changes time as you cross time zones
  • Chronograph with up to 99 lap times

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fossil Spot - Ready and Able
Had the Fossil watch for over a week now and it has performed flawlesly. Short of a wrist PDA, this is the next best thing. The screen is extremely readable and the backlight is very bright. Yes, the watch needs to be charged, but unless you insist on wearing it 24/7 this shouldn't be a challenge. The charging stand is well-designed - no wires to attach to the watch - just sit the watch on the ergonomic stand and you're set. The MSN site is well-designed and there is a good selection of data sources. One nice feature is that the MSN service provides a local news channel. I've had lots of static zaps over the past week with no problems to the watch. The band takes a little getting used to, but is comfortable. Basically, it's just a fun watch, and if you like the geek factor - it's there - but not THAT geekie that you'll be mistaken for a Borg. If you want data and appointments at your disposal without juggling a PDA or cellphone, this is an excellent alternative. The only small caveat is the coverage area, so make sure you go to the direct.msn.com website and check out your zipcode.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far...
I purchased this watch after a 3 year lack of a wrist watch. My Phone was too clumsy to look at time, and I wanted a tech saavy watch. This is my first delve into MS Watches, but so far I am impressed. Set up was a breeze, Once it had charged (overnight) the morning, it was ready with all my calander and news and stocks right there. I did purchase the extended warranty, why not its an expensive little new gadget...I want to be covered incase something happens...

One drawback...not water proof per say...it can get splashed...but you have to take it off to shower or swim... I have a big wrist so the watch is the right size, though it will be big on some people.

I love this thing so far...and no issues yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst thing I ever bought.
I love gadgets so I was real happy to get this. But, it is poorly designed. It hardly ever works. If I go into my basement or on the subway it sets itself to 12:00. It constantly turns off. Too bad they only give you a 90 day warranty, because they charge you $120 to fix this $130 watch. Avoid this. It is garbage.

1-0 out of 5 stars immature technology: 4 resets / 24 hours, big billing issues
Great idea, $5/month (annual subscription) is good deal for news, weather, your Outlook calendar, 15 stock tickers, very good user interface BUT:
1. My watch suffered up to 4 resets in 24 hours - it would just go to 12:00 noon and forget everything.
2. Once I returned the watch and cancelled my subsription, MSN kept charging me even though they acknowledged I did cancel the account. They also said they "can't" delete my credit card information from their records so they can't guarantee they won't "accidentally" charge me again... Also, over 10 minutes of waiting on line for a person to speak to. Really awful service.

In short, great technology and I'll try it again but not for another 6-12 months - let it mature first on both technology and service.

Also: watch design is VERY dorky and was too geeky even for for geekiest friends. you might want to wait for more "earthly" desings to come out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I brought this recently for my husband and I must say I think it is great. Everything right at your wrist. I am able to send him messages; get my lotto numbers; get my horoscope and he is able to keep up with his sports and select what teams he wants to get updates on. Excellent, Windy today, humidity, just look at your watch. Excellent. You do have to have a subcription for 60 a year. but its worth it. Your also able to change the face of your watch. COOL! ... Read more


3. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3002) Dick Tracy
list price: $179.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000153ZXI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 6696
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon.com Review

It's a great idea, and, for the most part a great product: a watch that keeps time with atomic clock accuracy and displays useful, timely information. The Smart Watch gives you stock prices, news, and weather, and personal messages, all right on your watch face. You get all that stuff on your cell phone already, right? But the idea of the Smart Watch though is that it offers this information in glanceable form, and on a device that is always at hand. Simplicity and unobtrusiveness are key--you can rapidly navigate through all the different types of information quickly, and immediately read your text messages the moment they arrive with a discreet little beep.

MSN Direct is the subscription service that broadcasts data to the Smart Watch via an FM signal. The first thing you have to do when you get your watch is set up an account and customize your information channels. It's a fairly quick process, though you have to jump through a few Microsoft hoops (like getting a .NET Passport). Immediate gratification junkies should be warned, however, that you most likely won't start getting any data until about 12 or more hours after set up. Also, the channels are very much a work in progress--the news I was getting initially had a random quality to it, but more recently the watch's timeliness has compared favorably with CNN.com in breaking major stories.

Information delivered to your watch includes:

Stock quotes: Get updates on the stocks you care about, as well as information on the major high-volume stocks and indices. News: Get headlines and the full text of local, national, international, business, entertainment, sports, health, and travel news stories.
Time: Wrist Net watches display the current time, automatically updated for different time zones, and include a chronometer, an alarm, and a timer. You can choose from a wide variety of watch faces for just the right look.Weather: Get the latest reports for cities all over the world. Local city weather information includes current conditions, a three-day forecast, sunrise and sunset information, humidity, barometric pressure, and ultraviolet (UV) index.
Text messages: Receive messages from friends and family through MSN Messenger version 6.0 or later. Sports: Continuous sports updates keep consumers current on game times, scores, pre- and post-game stories, and standings for their favorite collegiate and professional sports teams.
Daily Diversions: Currently, consumers can select from Word of the Day, Quote of the Day, Born on This Day, and This Day in History. Horoscope: Consumers can receive a personalized horoscope based on their specific time and place of birth.

The need to recharge frequently--a single charge will last two to seven days, depending on usage--has some users unhappy, but for me it is a non-issue. You charge the watch by simply placing it on its cradle, so if you set the cradle up wherever you stash the watch at night, the watch will always be charged.

There are a few real drawbacks, however, most prominent (literally) being the size of the watch, which is on the humongous side of fashionably chunky. Another downer is the strap which is hard to close and, since it contains the watch's antenna, tends to spring open. The most serious complaint however is that reception can be sporadic--there were entire days that I got no new data at all. When MSN Direct improves service--and it has shown signs of doing so since the watch launched--they will have a truly revolutionary product on their hands (and the nation's wrists). --David Stoesz

Pros

  • Geek factor is through the roof
  • Intuitive navigation
  • Recharging is a snap

Cons

  • It's HUGE
  • Coverage can be sporadic
  • Strap is unwieldy
... Read more

Features

  • Stocks, news, personal messages, and more--delivered wirelessly to your watch
  • One of the first devices to use MSN Direct, a wireless subscription service
  • Automatically updates to the correct local time when you travel
  • Customizable data channels and watch faces
  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fossil Spot - Ready and Able
Had the Fossil watch for over a week now and it has performed flawlesly. Short of a wrist PDA, this is the next best thing. The screen is extremely readable and the backlight is very bright. Yes, the watch needs to be charged, but unless you insist on wearing it 24/7 this shouldn't be a challenge. The charging stand is well-designed - no wires to attach to the watch - just sit the watch on the ergonomic stand and you're set. The MSN site is well-designed and there is a good selection of data sources. One nice feature is that the MSN service provides a local news channel. I've had lots of static zaps over the past week with no problems to the watch. The band takes a little getting used to, but is comfortable. Basically, it's just a fun watch, and if you like the geek factor - it's there - but not THAT geekie that you'll be mistaken for a Borg. If you want data and appointments at your disposal without juggling a PDA or cellphone, this is an excellent alternative. The only small caveat is the coverage area, so make sure you go to the direct.msn.com website and check out your zipcode.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far...
I purchased this watch after a 3 year lack of a wrist watch. My Phone was too clumsy to look at time, and I wanted a tech saavy watch. This is my first delve into MS Watches, but so far I am impressed. Set up was a breeze, Once it had charged (overnight) the morning, it was ready with all my calander and news and stocks right there. I did purchase the extended warranty, why not its an expensive little new gadget...I want to be covered incase something happens...

One drawback...not water proof per say...it can get splashed...but you have to take it off to shower or swim... I have a big wrist so the watch is the right size, though it will be big on some people.

I love this thing so far...and no issues yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst thing I ever bought.
I love gadgets so I was real happy to get this. But, it is poorly designed. It hardly ever works. If I go into my basement or on the subway it sets itself to 12:00. It constantly turns off. Too bad they only give you a 90 day warranty, because they charge you $120 to fix this $130 watch. Avoid this. It is garbage.

1-0 out of 5 stars immature technology: 4 resets / 24 hours, big billing issues
Great idea, $5/month (annual subscription) is good deal for news, weather, your Outlook calendar, 15 stock tickers, very good user interface BUT:
1. My watch suffered up to 4 resets in 24 hours - it would just go to 12:00 noon and forget everything.
2. Once I returned the watch and cancelled my subsription, MSN kept charging me even though they acknowledged I did cancel the account. They also said they "can't" delete my credit card information from their records so they can't guarantee they won't "accidentally" charge me again... Also, over 10 minutes of waiting on line for a person to speak to. Really awful service.

In short, great technology and I'll try it again but not for another 6-12 months - let it mature first on both technology and service.

Also: watch design is VERY dorky and was too geeky even for for geekiest friends. you might want to wait for more "earthly" desings to come out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I brought this recently for my husband and I must say I think it is great. Everything right at your wrist. I am able to send him messages; get my lotto numbers; get my horoscope and he is able to keep up with his sports and select what teams he wants to get updates on. Excellent, Windy today, humidity, just look at your watch. Excellent. You do have to have a subcription for 60 a year. but its worth it. Your also able to change the face of your watch. COOL! ... Read more


4. Abacus by Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4002)
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0003QIXDW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 6540
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Features

  • New out-of-the-box channels from MSN Direct
  • Leather and polyurethane (rubber) strap with integrated antennae
  • Cable-free charging solution included (no plugs on the watch)
  • Automatically changes time as you cross time zones
  • 28 different watch faces to choose from

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fossil Spot - Ready and Able
Had the Fossil watch for over a week now and it has performed flawlesly. Short of a wrist PDA, this is the next best thing. The screen is extremely readable and the backlight is very bright. Yes, the watch needs to be charged, but unless you insist on wearing it 24/7 this shouldn't be a challenge. The charging stand is well-designed - no wires to attach to the watch - just sit the watch on the ergonomic stand and you're set. The MSN site is well-designed and there is a good selection of data sources. One nice feature is that the MSN service provides a local news channel. I've had lots of static zaps over the past week with no problems to the watch. The band takes a little getting used to, but is comfortable. Basically, it's just a fun watch, and if you like the geek factor - it's there - but not THAT geekie that you'll be mistaken for a Borg. If you want data and appointments at your disposal without juggling a PDA or cellphone, this is an excellent alternative. The only small caveat is the coverage area, so make sure you go to the direct.msn.com website and check out your zipcode.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far...
I purchased this watch after a 3 year lack of a wrist watch. My Phone was too clumsy to look at time, and I wanted a tech saavy watch. This is my first delve into MS Watches, but so far I am impressed. Set up was a breeze, Once it had charged (overnight) the morning, it was ready with all my calander and news and stocks right there. I did purchase the extended warranty, why not its an expensive little new gadget...I want to be covered incase something happens...

One drawback...not water proof per say...it can get splashed...but you have to take it off to shower or swim... I have a big wrist so the watch is the right size, though it will be big on some people.

I love this thing so far...and no issues yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst thing I ever bought.
I love gadgets so I was real happy to get this. But, it is poorly designed. It hardly ever works. If I go into my basement or on the subway it sets itself to 12:00. It constantly turns off. Too bad they only give you a 90 day warranty, because they charge you $120 to fix this $130 watch. Avoid this. It is garbage.

1-0 out of 5 stars immature technology: 4 resets / 24 hours, big billing issues
Great idea, $5/month (annual subscription) is good deal for news, weather, your Outlook calendar, 15 stock tickers, very good user interface BUT:
1. My watch suffered up to 4 resets in 24 hours - it would just go to 12:00 noon and forget everything.
2. Once I returned the watch and cancelled my subsription, MSN kept charging me even though they acknowledged I did cancel the account. They also said they "can't" delete my credit card information from their records so they can't guarantee they won't "accidentally" charge me again... Also, over 10 minutes of waiting on line for a person to speak to. Really awful service.

In short, great technology and I'll try it again but not for another 6-12 months - let it mature first on both technology and service.

Also: watch design is VERY dorky and was too geeky even for for geekiest friends. you might want to wait for more "earthly" desings to come out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I brought this recently for my husband and I must say I think it is great. Everything right at your wrist. I am able to send him messages; get my lotto numbers; get my horoscope and he is able to keep up with his sports and select what teams he wants to get updates on. Excellent, Windy today, humidity, just look at your watch. Excellent. You do have to have a subcription for 60 a year. but its worth it. Your also able to change the face of your watch. COOL! ... Read more


5. Abacus Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4000)
list price: $129.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001540G4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 1649
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon.com Review

It's a great idea, and, for the most part a great product: a watch that keeps time with atomic clock accuracy and displays useful, timely information. The Smart Watch gives you stock prices, news, and weather, and personal messages, all right on your watch face. You get all that stuff on your cell phone already, right? But the idea of the Smart Watch though is that it offers this information in glanceable form, and on a device that is always at hand. Simplicity and unobtrusiveness are key--you can rapidly navigate through all the different types of information quickly, and immediately read your text messages the moment they arrive with a discreet little beep.

MSN Direct is the subscription service that broadcasts data to the Smart Watch via an FM signal. The first thing you have to do when you get your watch is set up an account and customize your information channels. It's a fairly quick process, though you have to jump through a few Microsoft hoops (like getting a .NET Passport). Immediate gratification junkies should be warned, however, that you most likely won't start getting any data until about 12 or more hours after set up. Also, the channels are very much a work in progress--the news I was getting initially had a random quality to it, but more recently the watch's timeliness has compared favorably with CNN.com in breaking major stories.

Information delivered to your watch includes:

Stock quotes: Get updates on the stocks you care about, as well as information on the major high-volume stocks and indices. News: Get headlines and the full text of local, national, international, business, entertainment, sports, health, and travel news stories.
Time: Wrist Net watches display the current time, automatically updated for different time zones, and include a chronometer, an alarm, and a timer. You can choose from a wide variety of watch faces for just the right look.Weather: Get the latest reports for cities all over the world. Local city weather information includes current conditions, a three-day forecast, sunrise and sunset information, humidity, barometric pressure, and ultraviolet (UV) index.
Text messages: Receive messages from friends and family through MSN Messenger version 6.0 or later. Sports: Continuous sports updates keep consumers current on game times, scores, pre- and post-game stories, and standings for their favorite collegiate and professional sports teams.
Daily Diversions: Currently, consumers can select from Word of the Day, Quote of the Day, Born on This Day, and This Day in History. Horoscope: Consumers can receive a personalized horoscope based on their specific time and place of birth.

The need to recharge frequently--a single charge will last two to seven days, depending on usage--has some users unhappy, but for me it is a non-issue. You charge the watch by simply placing it on its cradle, so if you set the cradle up wherever you stash the watch at night, the watch will always be charged.

There are a few real drawbacks, however, most prominent (literally) being the size of the watch, which is on the humongous side of fashionably chunky. Another downer is the strap which is hard to close and, since it contains the watch's antenna, tends to spring open. The most serious complaint however is that reception can be sporadic--there were entire days that I got no new data at all. When MSN Direct improves service--and it has shown signs of doing so since the watch launched--they will have a truly revolutionary product on their hands (and the nation's wrists). --David Stoesz

Pros

  • Geek factor is through the roof
  • Intuitive navigation
  • Recharging is a snap

Cons

  • It's HUGE
  • Coverage can be sporadic
  • Strap is unwieldy
... Read more

Features

  • Sports, news, instant messages, and more--delivered wirelessly to your watch face
  • One of the first devices to use MSN Direct, a wireless subscription service
  • Automatically updates to the correct local time when you travel
  • Customizable data channels and watch faces
  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fossil Spot - Ready and Able
Had the Fossil watch for over a week now and it has performed flawlesly. Short of a wrist PDA, this is the next best thing. The screen is extremely readable and the backlight is very bright. Yes, the watch needs to be charged, but unless you insist on wearing it 24/7 this shouldn't be a challenge. The charging stand is well-designed - no wires to attach to the watch - just sit the watch on the ergonomic stand and you're set. The MSN site is well-designed and there is a good selection of data sources. One nice feature is that the MSN service provides a local news channel. I've had lots of static zaps over the past week with no problems to the watch. The band takes a little getting used to, but is comfortable. Basically, it's just a fun watch, and if you like the geek factor - it's there - but not THAT geekie that you'll be mistaken for a Borg. If you want data and appointments at your disposal without juggling a PDA or cellphone, this is an excellent alternative. The only small caveat is the coverage area, so make sure you go to the direct.msn.com website and check out your zipcode.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far...
I purchased this watch after a 3 year lack of a wrist watch. My Phone was too clumsy to look at time, and I wanted a tech saavy watch. This is my first delve into MS Watches, but so far I am impressed. Set up was a breeze, Once it had charged (overnight) the morning, it was ready with all my calander and news and stocks right there. I did purchase the extended warranty, why not its an expensive little new gadget...I want to be covered incase something happens...

One drawback...not water proof per say...it can get splashed...but you have to take it off to shower or swim... I have a big wrist so the watch is the right size, though it will be big on some people.

I love this thing so far...and no issues yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst thing I ever bought.
I love gadgets so I was real happy to get this. But, it is poorly designed. It hardly ever works. If I go into my basement or on the subway it sets itself to 12:00. It constantly turns off. Too bad they only give you a 90 day warranty, because they charge you $120 to fix this $130 watch. Avoid this. It is garbage.

1-0 out of 5 stars immature technology: 4 resets / 24 hours, big billing issues
Great idea, $5/month (annual subscription) is good deal for news, weather, your Outlook calendar, 15 stock tickers, very good user interface BUT:
1. My watch suffered up to 4 resets in 24 hours - it would just go to 12:00 noon and forget everything.
2. Once I returned the watch and cancelled my subsription, MSN kept charging me even though they acknowledged I did cancel the account. They also said they "can't" delete my credit card information from their records so they can't guarantee they won't "accidentally" charge me again... Also, over 10 minutes of waiting on line for a person to speak to. Really awful service.

In short, great technology and I'll try it again but not for another 6-12 months - let it mature first on both technology and service.

Also: watch design is VERY dorky and was too geeky even for for geekiest friends. you might want to wait for more "earthly" desings to come out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I brought this recently for my husband and I must say I think it is great. Everything right at your wrist. I am able to send him messages; get my lotto numbers; get my horoscope and he is able to keep up with his sports and select what teams he wants to get updates on. Excellent, Windy today, humidity, just look at your watch. Excellent. You do have to have a subcription for 60 a year. but its worth it. Your also able to change the face of your watch. COOL! ... Read more


6. Suunto n3i Smart Watch
list price: $329.99
our price: $299.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00067FNN6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Suunto USA, Inc.
Sales Rank: 11243
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Features

  • Recieves news, weather
  • Slim design fits easily
  • Interchangeable comfort strap
  • Water resistant to 330 feet
  • Time and date (always accurate: automatically synched with the atomic clock)

7. Suunto n3 Smart Watch
list price: $199.99
our price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00016LAEI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Suunto USA, Inc.
Sales Rank: 8927
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Wrist Net watch with MSN Direct receives information wirelessly, so you’re in the know while on the go. Find everything from stock quotes to the latest news, all at a glance. Along with a glanceable, seamless connection to your world, there are tons of watch faces to choose from, for just the look you want. Set-up is easy: simply charge up, activate your watch online, and set up the content channels you want. A subscription to MSN Direct--available in top cities across the U.S. and Canada--is required to take full advantage of all watch features.

Information delivered to your watch includes:

Stock quotes: Get updates on the stocks you care about, as well as information on the major high-volume stocks and indices. News: Get headlines and the full text of local, national, international, business, entertainment, sports, health, and travel news stories.
Time: Wrist Net watches display the current time, automatically updated for different time zones, and include a chronometer, an alarm, and a timer. You can choose from a wide variety of watch faces for just the right look. Weather: Get the latest reports for cities all over the world. Local city weather information includes current conditions, a three-day forecast, sunrise and sunset information, humidity, barometric pressure, and ultraviolet (UV) index.
Text messages: Receive messages from friends and family through MSN Messenger version 6.0 or later. Sports: Continuous sports updates keep consumers current on game times, scores, pre- and post-game stories, and standings for their favorite collegiate and professional sports teams.
Daily Diversions: Currently, consumers can select from Word of the Day, Quote of the Day, Born on This Day, and This Day in History.
Horoscope: Consumers can receive a personalized horoscope based on their specific time and place of birth.

FAQ

What's included?
Wrist Net Smart Watch, Reference Guide, Quick Start Guide, Charger, and AC Adapter.

What is MSN Direct?
MSN Direct is a new, specialized wireless service that delivers personalized information through an FM network. Watches with MSN Direct provide you timely, glanceable information conveniently available at the flick of a wrist. Stay connected to the information that matters to you most, including news, weather, stocks, personal messages, appointment reminders, and more. Find the latest info and get a subscription at www.msndirect.com.

How do I set the time on my watch?
MSN Direct uses an atomic clock (an extremely precise timekeeping device that uses atomic measurement for absolute accuracy) as its time standard, and broadcasts this time to your watch over local FM radio waves. You do not need to set the time your watch will automatically receive the time and remain accurate. If you travel to another time zone, your watch will update to the correct local time, as long as you are within an MSN Direct coverage area. If you are outside an MSN Direct coverage area, you may need to manually set the time on your watch.

How will I know when my watch is activated?
To activate your watch with the MSN Direct service, go to the MSN Direct Web site -- www.msndirect.com -- and click Activate. Follow the instructions on your screen to activate MSN Direct and personalize the content you want to receive. Once you complete this process, the service will send a Welcome message to your watch. When you receive the Welcome message, your watch has been activated. After the message arrives, your watch will continue to receive other configuration information to complete its initial setup. The activation and configuration process is complete when the channels on your watch match those you have selected on the Web site. This initial process may take several hours to complete. To see the available channels on your watch, press the Channel button repeatedly.

How do I replace or recharge the battery in my watch?
The battery in your watch is rechargeable, not replaceable. To recharge your watch, simply place it on the charger supplied by your watch manufacturer. For more information, see the user manual that came with your watch. Recharging your watch may take up to 2 hours. For best results, we recommended that you recharge your watch daily.

How often do I need to recharge my watch?
Your watch battery will run 3-7 days on a single charge, depending on usage. For best results, we recommend that you recharge your watch daily. You can recharge your watch at any time. There is no need to wait for the battery to drain completely. For more information about your watch battery capacity and recharging your watch, see the user manual that came with your watch.

What happens when I leave an MSN Direct coverage area?
When you travel to a different MSN Direct coverage area, your watch is automatically updated to the new time zone and information such as local news and weather are updated for your new location. And no matter what, your watch will always work as a watch, continuing to tell time. Information you already received will remain on your watch.

How do I view more information on a news story?
On the MSN Direct Web site, click the Channels tab, click News, and then click View Latest News. To view an entire article, click Read Full Article for the article you are interested in. To sort alphabetically by headline, click Headline at the top of the list. To sort by date, click Date. To sort alphabetically by news category, click Category. Note: You may see articles on the MSN Direct Web site that you never saw on your watch. These articles may have cycled through your watch before you had a chance to read them. If you want to increase the number of news articles stored on your watch, go to the News Settings mode of the News channel.

Does my watch automatically adjust for time zones and daylight savings time?
Yes. MSN Direct references an atomic clock (an extremely precise timekeeping device that uses atomic measurement for absolute accuracy) as its time standard, and broadcasts this time to your watch over local FM radio waves. Your watch should automatically receive the time and remain accurate, without needing to be set by you. If you travel to another time zone, your watch should update itself automatically with the correct local time, as long as you are within an MSN Direct coverage area.

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Reviews (12)

3-0 out of 5 stars Interesting Technology ...
While an interesting idea, so far I can only recommend this gadget for junkies only. Plainly put, it's really just not ready for the 'average joe' consumer yet, for a couple of reasons. Most obviously is the cost. For what ammounts to a really high end pager, it's a really expensive piece at close to three-hundred bucks. However, if you have the money to spend and want a "new toy" the 'n3' does have two glaring advantages over it's Fossil counter-parts.

First (and most obviously, in my opinion) it's waterproof. Although I'm certainly not an expert, I'd imagine a watch that's completely electronic would have a real weakness to the elements. Suunto (designer of various diving and hiking watching) seems to have taken as many precautions as possible to make the watch impervious to weather.

It's second advantage is building the watch's antenna around the face. In each of the Fossil alternatives, the antenna is built into the watch band, making the band almost indespensable (not to mention easily breakable).

So if you're in the market, amoung the handful of available products out there, Suunto's n3 is clearly WAY ahead of the curve. Hopefully the more SPOT watches catch on, the lower the price will go. As it is now though, between the watch and the subscription costs, it really is FAR too expensive to qualify as a must own.

4-0 out of 5 stars Works great! Needs more content
As far as the MSN Direct service goes, it is very easy to setup and works very well. I especially LOVE being able to get my Outlook appointments on the watch; over air! The service is great and has lots of potential. I'd like to see more content, like F1 Racing stats, comics, personal portfolio summary (I don't want indvidual stocks, I just want to know how my portfolio is doing)...

The watch is of appropriate quality, size and styling for a Suunto; either you like it or not. If not, Fossil has some fine choices too. I got the Suunto because it is waterproof and has a lap timer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good product. - Thick
Pros:
humongous, clear face - stunning
pretty watch
easy user interface
waterproof, bangproof, everything proof
many timer features
MSN Direct - like nothing else

Cons:
$60 per year, unless you just want to keep time for $300
$300 for the watch
THICK - I thought there was a mistake on the amazon review. This seriously is half an inch thick.
No hourly weather

Great product. It is still amazing to me. The backlight is strong, and I get the sports scores while riding my bike! It is easy to use for a "gadget". Note: this is much better than the Fossil/Fossil-Abacus watches. It can take a beating, and recieve messages. Graphics are clear and common. It is a great watch (I believe, because this is my first watch). Just note: this thing is really thick. Every picture seems to hide it, but not this one: shermans.gotdns.com/SuuntoN3.jpg. Think this watch over - it is different. However, it is very good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Watch
This is an awesome watch. Forget the naysayers. Just buy it.

2-0 out of 5 stars overrated, again microsoft in over it's head
I feel gyped after having used this a few months. It has a few neat features and keeps perfect time but it's ugly, heavy and has no two way anything and to have to pay MSN on top of this is obscene ... Read more


8. Fossil FX2008 Wrist PDA with Palm OS

our price: $237.49
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0007V9SR8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 15244
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • 8 MB Memory
  • Operating System: Palm OS 4.1
  • Motorola Dragonball Super VZ 66MHz Processor
  • Display: 160 x 160 pixels, 16 level grayscale, EL backlight, Touch Screen
  • Built-in Applications: Address Book, Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Calculator, Time

Reviews (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars This Palm OS PDA stays with you.
Most PDAs are easier to forget, loose, or break than this unit appears to be.That is why I was willing to pay for a Fossil FX2008 Wrist PDA.Sure, I could buy a Palm OS PDA with more and newer features.What good would it do if I forget it at home or broke it in my pocket?

If you do not like the stylus in the watch band, you can buy a combination pen/stylus.That is what I did and it works for me.Then you still have the stylus in the band for emergency.

Someone inventive could put the body in a hard case and turn it into a pocket watch/PDA.I know of no other Palm OS PDA that is as small in diameter.

I am never without my watch, so now I am never without a PDA.
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9. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3001/Round Face)
list price: $149.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000153MWW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 10353
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It's a great idea, and, for the most part a great product: a watch that keeps time with atomic clock accuracy and displays useful, timely information. The Smart Watch gives you stock prices, news, and weather, and personal messages, all right on your watch face. You get all that stuff on your cell phone already, right? But the idea of the Smart Watch though is that it offers this information in glanceable form, and on a device that is always at hand. Simplicity and unobtrusiveness are key--you can rapidly navigate through all the different types of information quickly, and immediately read your text messages the moment they arrive with a discreet little beep.

MSN Direct is the subscription service that broadcasts data to the Smart Watch via an FM signal. The first thing you have to do when you get your watch is set up an account and customize your information channels. It's a fairly quick process, though you have to jump through a few Microsoft hoops (like getting a .NET Passport). Immediate gratification junkies should be warned, however, that you most likely won't start getting any data until about 12 or more hours after set up. Also, the channels are very much a work in progress--the news I was getting initially had a random quality to it, but more recently the watch's timeliness has compared favorably with CNN.com in breaking major stories.

Information delivered to your watch includes:

Stock quotes: Get updates on the stocks you care about, as well as information on the major high-volume stocks and indices. News: Get headlines and the full text of local, national, international, business, entertainment, sports, health, and travel news stories.
Time: Wrist Net watches display the current time, automatically updated for different time zones, and include a chronometer, an alarm, and a timer. You can choose from a wide variety of watch faces for just the right look.Weather: Get the latest reports for cities all over the world. Local city weather information includes current conditions, a three-day forecast, sunrise and sunset information, humidity, barometric pressure, and ultraviolet (UV) index.
Text messages: Receive messages from friends and family through MSN Messenger version 6.0 or later. Sports: Continuous sports updates keep consumers current on game times, scores, pre- and post-game stories, and standings for their favorite collegiate and professional sports teams.
Daily Diversions: Currently, consumers can select from Word of the Day, Quote of the Day, Born on This Day, and This Day in History. Horoscope: Consumers can receive a personalized horoscope based on their specific time and place of birth.

The need to recharge frequently--a single charge will last two to seven days, depending on usage--has some users unhappy, but for me it is a non-issue. You charge the watch by simply placing it on its cradle, so if you set the cradle up wherever you stash the watch at night, the watch will always be charged.

There are a few real drawbacks, however, most prominent (literally) being the size of the watch, which is on the humongous side of fashionably chunky. Another downer is the strap which is hard to close and, since it contains the watch's antenna, tends to spring open. The most serious complaint however is that reception can be sporadic--there were entire days that I got no new data at all. When MSN Direct improves service--and it has shown signs of doing so since the watch launched--they will have a truly revolutionary product on their hands (and the nation's wrists). --David Stoesz

Pros

  • Geek factor is through the roof
  • Intuitive navigation
  • Recharging is a snap

Cons

  • It's HUGE
  • Coverage can be sporadic
  • Strap is unwieldy
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Features

  • Stocks, news, personal messages, and more--delivered wirelessly to your watch
  • One of the first devices to use MSN Direct, a wireless subscription service
  • Automatically updates to the correct local time when you travel
  • Customizable data channels and watch faces
  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fossil Spot - Ready and Able
Had the Fossil watch for over a week now and it has performed flawlesly. Short of a wrist PDA, this is the next best thing. The screen is extremely readable and the backlight is very bright. Yes, the watch needs to be charged, but unless you insist on wearing it 24/7 this shouldn't be a challenge. The charging stand is well-designed - no wires to attach to the watch - just sit the watch on the ergonomic stand and you're set. The MSN site is well-designed and there is a good selection of data sources. One nice feature is that the MSN service provides a local news channel. I've had lots of static zaps over the past week with no problems to the watch. The band takes a little getting used to, but is comfortable. Basically, it's just a fun watch, and if you like the geek factor - it's there - but not THAT geekie that you'll be mistaken for a Borg. If you want data and appointments at your disposal without juggling a PDA or cellphone, this is an excellent alternative. The only small caveat is the coverage area, so make sure you go to the direct.msn.com website and check out your zipcode.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far...
I purchased this watch after a 3 year lack of a wrist watch. My Phone was too clumsy to look at time, and I wanted a tech saavy watch. This is my first delve into MS Watches, but so far I am impressed. Set up was a breeze, Once it had charged (overnight) the morning, it was ready with all my calander and news and stocks right there. I did purchase the extended warranty, why not its an expensive little new gadget...I want to be covered incase something happens...

One drawback...not water proof per say...it can get splashed...but you have to take it off to shower or swim... I have a big wrist so the watch is the right size, though it will be big on some people.

I love this thing so far...and no issues yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst thing I ever bought.
I love gadgets so I was real happy to get this. But, it is poorly designed. It hardly ever works. If I go into my basement or on the subway it sets itself to 12:00. It constantly turns off. Too bad they only give you a 90 day warranty, because they charge you $120 to fix this $130 watch. Avoid this. It is garbage.

1-0 out of 5 stars immature technology: 4 resets / 24 hours, big billing issues
Great idea, $5/month (annual subscription) is good deal for news, weather, your Outlook calendar, 15 stock tickers, very good user interface BUT:
1. My watch suffered up to 4 resets in 24 hours - it would just go to 12:00 noon and forget everything.
2. Once I returned the watch and cancelled my subsription, MSN kept charging me even though they acknowledged I did cancel the account. They also said they "can't" delete my credit card information from their records so they can't guarantee they won't "accidentally" charge me again... Also, over 10 minutes of waiting on line for a person to speak to. Really awful service.

In short, great technology and I'll try it again but not for another 6-12 months - let it mature first on both technology and service.

Also: watch design is VERY dorky and was too geeky even for for geekiest friends. you might want to wait for more "earthly" desings to come out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I brought this recently for my husband and I must say I think it is great. Everything right at your wrist. I am able to send him messages; get my lotto numbers; get my horoscope and he is able to keep up with his sports and select what teams he wants to get updates on. Excellent, Windy today, humidity, just look at your watch. Excellent. You do have to have a subcription for 60 a year. but its worth it. Your also able to change the face of your watch. COOL! ... Read more


10. Fossil Wrist PDA with Palm OS - Leather
list price: $295.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009QR9W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 41746
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: June 2003 The world’s first wristwatch PDA powered by the Palm OS, including address book, calendar, memo pad, and all the other functionality of the Palm operating system in a compact, stylish Fossil watch.

With the Fossil Wrist PDA, all of your handheld data can be stored conveniently on your wrist, in a design that’s as fashionable as it is functional.

Fossil’s Wrist PDA is the first truly wearable Palm Powered device that provides consumers convenient access to information while on-the-go, in a sleek and compact form. The Wrist PDA is fully compatible with the Palm OS platform and will run most Palm OS applications. The lightweight and compact Wrist PDA is the perfect device for Palm Powered consumers who want to have their information with them at all times.

The Palm OS is known for the power and flexibility of its sophisticated, easy-to-use interface. As the foundation for more than 24 million mobile devices, the Palm OS platform is designed to meet user needs with an open, modular architecture that allows licensees and developers to create innovative new products in a variety of sizes and form factors for both individual or enterprise consumers.

The Wrist PDA with Palm OS from Fossil also features an illuminated touch screen with a stylus integrated into the band for Graffiti input, 2 MB internal memory, Rocker switch user interface, infrared port to support beaming between all Palm-powered devices, rechargeable battery, and loaded applications including: Address Book, Date Book, Memo Pad, Calculator and To Do List.

The Wrist PDA's features include:

  • Palm OS 4.1
  • Touchscreen input: A stylus is integrated into the watch band for easy Jot input
  • 2 MB memory: Provides enough space to store thousands of addresses; years of appointments; hundreds of to-do items, and memos; and still have room left for additional applications
  • Address book: Keep track of thousands of contacts, including names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and other miscellaneous notes--convenient drop-down menus allow you to view different categories
  • Datebook: Store and recall all of your business and personal appointments in a fully functional datebook that features day, week, and month views--also supports repeating appointments, notes, and alarm reminder window functions
  • To-do list: People on the go can view thousands of checked and unchecked to-do notes, with the ability to view independent categories via convenient drop-down menus
  • Memo pad: Jot down meeting notes and personal reminders with as much ease and comfort as if you were using pen and paper
  • Customizable watch face: Select from an assortment of different time and date displays to give your Wrist PDA its own personal look and feel when not in PDA mode

What's in the box

  • Wrist PDA watch
  • HotSync Pod
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Extra stylus
  • Installation CD
  • Wristband link removal tool
  • Getting Started guide
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Features

  • The world's first wristwatch PDA with built-in Palm OS technology
  • Appointments, address storage, memos, and all the other features of the Palm OS
  • 2 MB memory, enough for thousands of addresses, years of appointments, and much more
  • Touchscreen input, with an integrated stylus
  • What's in the box: Wrist PDA watch, HotSync Pod, USB cable, AC adapter, extra stylus, installation CD, wristband link removal tool, Getting Started guide

11. Fossil Wrist PDA with Palm OS - Sport
list price: $275.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009QR9V
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 36054
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: June 2003 The world's first wristwatch PDA powered by the Palm OS, including address books, calendar, memos, and all the other functionality of the Palm operating system in a compact, stylish Fossil watch.

With the Fossil Wrist PDA, all of your handheld data can be stored conveniently on your wrist, in a design that’s as fashionable as it is functional.

Fossil’s Wrist PDA is the first truly wearable Palm Powered device that provides consumers convenient access to information while on-the-go, in a sleek and compact form. The Wrist PDA is fully compatible with the Palm OS platform and will run most Palm OS applications. The lightweight and compact Wrist PDA is the perfect device for Palm Powered consumers who want to have their information with them at all times.

The Palm OS is known for the power and flexibility of its sophisticated, easy-to-use interface. As the foundation for more than 24 million mobile devices, the Palm OS platform is designed to meet user needs with an open, modular architecture that allows licensees and developers to create innovative new products in a variety of sizes and form factors for both individual or enterprise consumers.

The Wrist PDA with Palm OS from Fossil also features an illuminated touch screen with a stylus integrated into the band for Graffiti input, 2 MB internal memory, Rocker switch user interface, infrared port to support beaming between all Palm-powered devices, rechargeable battery, and loaded applications including: Address Book, Date Book, Memo Pad, Calculator and To Do List.

The Wrist PDA's features include:

  • Palm OS 4.1
  • Touchscreen input: A stylus is integrated into the watch band for easy Jot input
  • 2 MB memory: Provides enough space to store thousands of addresses; years of appointments; hundreds of to-do items, and memos; and still have room left for additional applications
  • Address book: Keep track of thousands of contacts, including names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and other miscellaneous notes--convenient drop-down menus allow you to view different categories
  • Datebook: Store and recall all of your business and personal appointments in a fully functional datebook that features day, week, and month views--also supports repeating appointments, notes, and alarm reminder window functions
  • To-do list: People on the go can view thousands of checked and unchecked to-do notes, with the ability to view independent categories via convenient drop-down menus
  • Memo pad: Jot down meeting notes and personal reminders with as much ease and comfort as if you were using pen and paper
  • Customizable watch face: Select from an assortment of different time and date displays to give your Wrist PDA its own personal look and feel when not in PDA mode

What's in the box

  • Wrist PDA watch
  • HotSync Pod
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Extra stylus
  • Installation CD
  • Wristband link removal tool
  • Getting Started guide
... Read more

Features

  • The world's first wristwatch PDA with built-in Palm OS technology
  • Appointments, address storage, memos, and all the other features of the Palm OS
  • 2 MB memory, enough for thousands of addresses, years of appointments, and much more
  • Touchscreen input, with an integrated stylus
  • What's in the box: Wrist PDA watch, HotSync Pod, USB cable, AC adapter, extra stylus, installation CD, wristband link removal tool, Getting Started guide

12. Abacus Wrist PDA with Palm OS - Sport
list price: $179.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009IO8W
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Abacus
Sales Rank: 45542
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon. com Product Description

This is the world's first wrist PDA, delivering all the advanced features of the PALM OS. As the brain of most handheld devices and smart phones, PALM OS has enabled the mobile-minded to extend their life well beyond the desktop. Now, with the new Wrist PDA, you can take that life even further: The Wrist PDA represents the ultimate in personal data portability, delivering the power and functionality of the familiar PALM OS in a compact, stylish package. Also available in metal.

Features include:

  • PALM OS 4.1
  • Touch screen input, with a stylus integrated into the watch band for easy Graffiti input.
  • 2 MB of flash memory for OS.
  • Additional 2 MB for storing data and applications
  • Customizable watch face: You can configure the time display of your choice when not in PDA mode.
  • Intelligently designed buttons for easy navigation.
  • Motorola DragonballVZ 33-MHz processor.
  • An infrared port for beaming data.
  • Compact, sporty, stylish design.
  • 160 x 160, 1.4-inch diagonal, backlit, 16-level grayscale display.

What's in the box

  • Wrist PDA
  • HotSync Pod
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Extra stylus
  • Installation CD
  • Getting Started Guide
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Features

  • Backlit 1.4" diagonal screen with 16-level grayscale display
  • Appointments, address storage, memos, and all the other benefits of the PALM OS
  • 2 MB memory, enough for thousands of addresses, years of appointments, and much more
  • Touch screen input, with an intergrated stylus
  • What's in the box: Wrist PDA, HotSync Pod, USB cable, AC adapter, extra stylus, installation CD, Getting Started Guide

13. Fossil Wrist PDA with Palm OS - Metal
list price: $295.00
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009QR9X
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 29199
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Amazon.com Product Description

Early Adopters Pick: June 2003 The world’s first wristwatch PDA powered by the Palm OS, including address book, calendar, memo pad, and all the other functionality of the Palm operating system in a compact, stylish Fossil watch.

With the Fossil Wrist PDA, all of your handheld data can be stored conveniently on your wrist, in a design that’s as fashionable as it is functional.

Fossil’s Wrist PDA is the first truly wearable Palm Powered device that provides consumers convenient access to information while on-the-go, in a sleek and compact form. The Wrist PDA is fully compatible with the Palm OS platform and will run most Palm OS applications. The lightweight and compact Wrist PDA is the perfect device for Palm Powered consumers who want to have their information with them at all times.

The Palm OS is known for the power and flexibility of its sophisticated, easy-to-use interface. As the foundation for more than 24 million mobile devices, the Palm OS platform is designed to meet user needs with an open, modular architecture that allows licensees and developers to create innovative new products in a variety of sizes and form factors for both individual or enterprise consumers.

The Wrist PDA with Palm OS from Fossil also features an illuminated touch screen with a stylus integrated into the band for Graffiti input, 2 MB internal memory, Rocker switch user interface, infrared port to support beaming between all Palm-powered devices, rechargeable battery, and loaded applications including: Address Book, Date Book, Memo Pad, Calculator and To Do List.

The Wrist PDA's features include:

  • Palm OS 4.1
  • Touchscreen input: A stylus is integrated into the watch band for easy Jot input
  • 2 MB memory: Provides enough space to store thousands of addresses; years of appointments; hundreds of to-do items, and memos; and still have room left for additional applications
  • Address book: Keep track of thousands of contacts, including names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, phone numbers, and other miscellaneous notes--convenient drop-down menus allow you to view different categories
  • Datebook: Store and recall all of your business and personal appointments in a fully functional datebook that features day, week, and month views--also supports repeating appointments, notes, and alarm reminder window functions
  • To-do list: People on the go can view thousands of checked and unchecked to-do notes, with the ability to view independent categories via convenient drop-down menus
  • Memo pad: Jot down meeting notes and personal reminders with as much ease and comfort as if you were using pen and paper
  • Customizable watch face: Select from an assortment of different time and date displays to give your Wrist PDA its own personal look and feel when not in PDA mode

What's in the box

  • Wrist PDA watch
  • HotSync Pod
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • Extra stylus
  • Installation CD
  • Wristband link removal tool
  • Getting Started guide
... Read more

Features

  • The world's first wristwatch PDA with built-in Palm OS technology
  • Appointments, address storage, memos, and all the other features of the Palm OS
  • 2 MB memory, enough for thousands of addresses, years of appointments, and much more
  • Touchscreen input, with an integrated stylus
  • What's in the box: Wrist PDA watch, HotSync Pod, USB cable, AC adapter, extra stylus, installation CD, wristband link removal tool, Getting Started guide

14. Abacus Wrist PDA with Palm OS - Metal
list price: $199.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00009IROF
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Abacus
Sales Rank: 39632
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Amazon. com Product Description

This is the world's first wrist PDA, delivering all the advanced features of the PALM OS. As the brain of most handheld devices and smart phones, PALM OS has enabled the mobile-minded to extend their life well beyond the desktop. Now, with the new Wrist PDA, you can take that life even further: The Wrist PDA represents the ultimate in personal data portability, delivering the power and functionality of the familiar PALM OS in a compact, stylish package. Also available in sport style.

Features include:

  • PALM OS 4.1
  • Touch screen input, with a stylus integrated into the watch band for easy Graffiti input.
  • 2 MB of flash memory for OS.
  • Additional 2 MB for storing data and applications
  • Customizable watch face: You can configure the time display of your choice when not in PDA mode.
  • Intelligently designed buttons for easy navigation.
  • Motorola DragonballVZ 33-MHz processor.
  • An infrared port for beaming data.
  • Compact, stylish design.
  • 160 x 160, 1.4-inch diagonal, backlit, 16-level grayscale display.

What's in the box

  • Abacus Wrist PDA
  • Palm OS Software 4.1
  • Motorola DragonballVZ 33MHz
  • 2MB RAM, 2MB Flash memory
  • Built-in applications: Address Book, Date Book, To Do List, Memo Pad, Note Pad, Calculator, Time
  • Internal Lithium-ion rechargeable battery
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Features

  • Backlit 1.4" diagonal screen with 16-level grayscale display
  • Appointments, address storage, memos, and all the other benefits of the PALM OS
  • 2 MB memory, enough for thousands of addresses, years of appointments, and much more
  • Touch screen input, with an intergrated stylus
  • What's in the box: Wrist PDA, HotSync Pod, USB cable, AC adapter, extra stylus, installation CD, wristlink removal kit, Getting Started Guide

15. Xonix Data Bank Watch

Asin: B0002INJF8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Xonix
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Features

  • Time: hour, minute, second; 12/24 hour format, no automatic adjustment for daylight savings
  • Calendar: year, month, date, day or week (year 2000 to 2049)
  • Phonebook: 500 entries with each entry consisting of name (ten characters max), two telephone numbers (12 characters max for each), and e-mail address/personal memo field (30 characters max)
  • Schedule: 50 entries with each entry including month, date, hour, minute and memo (15 characters max)
  • Stopwatch: hour, minute, second, 1/10 second

16. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3000/Square Face)
list price: $159.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B000153MWM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 15163
Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

It's a great idea, and, for the most part a great product: a watch that keeps time with atomic clock accuracy and displays useful, timely information. The Smart Watch gives you stock prices, news, and weather, and personal messages, all right on your watch face. You get all that stuff on your cell phone already, right? But the idea of the Smart Watch though is that it offers this information in glanceable form, and on a device that is always at hand. Simplicity and unobtrusiveness are key--you can rapidly navigate through all the different types of information quickly, and immediately read your text messages the moment they arrive with a discreet little beep.

MSN Direct is the subscription service that broadcasts data to the Smart Watch via an FM signal. The first thing you have to do when you get your watch is set up an account and customize your information channels. It's a fairly quick process, though you have to jump through a few Microsoft hoops (like getting a .NET Passport). Immediate gratification junkies should be warned, however, that you most likely won't start getting any data until about 12 or more hours after set up. Also, the channels are very much a work in progress--the news I was getting initially had a random quality to it, but more recently the watch's timeliness has compared favorably with CNN.com in breaking major stories.

Information delivered to your watch includes:

Stock quotes: Get updates on the stocks you care about, as well as information on the major high-volume stocks and indices. News: Get headlines and the full text of local, national, international, business, entertainment, sports, health, and travel news stories.
Time: Wrist Net watches display the current time, automatically updated for different time zones, and include a chronometer, an alarm, and a timer. You can choose from a wide variety of watch faces for just the right look.Weather: Get the latest reports for cities all over the world. Local city weather information includes current conditions, a three-day forecast, sunrise and sunset information, humidity, barometric pressure, and ultraviolet (UV) index.
Text messages: Receive messages from friends and family through MSN Messenger version 6.0 or later. Sports: Continuous sports updates keep consumers current on game times, scores, pre- and post-game stories, and standings for their favorite collegiate and professional sports teams.
Daily Diversions: Currently, consumers can select from Word of the Day, Quote of the Day, Born on This Day, and This Day in History. Horoscope: Consumers can receive a personalized horoscope based on their specific time and place of birth.

The need to recharge frequently--a single charge will last two to seven days, depending on usage--has some users unhappy, but for me it is a non-issue. You charge the watch by simply placing it on its cradle, so if you set the cradle up wherever you stash the watch at night, the watch will always be charged.

There are a few real drawbacks, however, most prominent (literally) being the size of the watch, which is on the humongous side of fashionably chunky. Another downer is the strap which is hard to close and, since it contains the watch's antenna, tends to spring open. The most serious complaint however is that reception can be sporadic--there were entire days that I got no new data at all. When MSN Direct improves service--and it has shown signs of doing so since the watch launched--they will have a truly revolutionary product on their hands (and the nation's wrists). --David Stoesz

Pros

  • Geek factor is through the roof
  • Intuitive navigation
  • Recharging is a snap

Cons

  • It's HUGE
  • Coverage can be sporadic
  • Strap is unwieldy
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Features

  • Stocks, news, personal messages, and more--delivered wirelessly to your watch
  • One of the first devices to use MSN Direct, a wireless subscription service
  • Automatically updates to the correct local time when you travel
  • Customizable data channels and watch faces
  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar

Reviews (39)

5-0 out of 5 stars Fossil Spot - Ready and Able
Had the Fossil watch for over a week now and it has performed flawlesly. Short of a wrist PDA, this is the next best thing. The screen is extremely readable and the backlight is very bright. Yes, the watch needs to be charged, but unless you insist on wearing it 24/7 this shouldn't be a challenge. The charging stand is well-designed - no wires to attach to the watch - just sit the watch on the ergonomic stand and you're set. The MSN site is well-designed and there is a good selection of data sources. One nice feature is that the MSN service provides a local news channel. I've had lots of static zaps over the past week with no problems to the watch. The band takes a little getting used to, but is comfortable. Basically, it's just a fun watch, and if you like the geek factor - it's there - but not THAT geekie that you'll be mistaken for a Borg. If you want data and appointments at your disposal without juggling a PDA or cellphone, this is an excellent alternative. The only small caveat is the coverage area, so make sure you go to the direct.msn.com website and check out your zipcode.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed so far...
I purchased this watch after a 3 year lack of a wrist watch. My Phone was too clumsy to look at time, and I wanted a tech saavy watch. This is my first delve into MS Watches, but so far I am impressed. Set up was a breeze, Once it had charged (overnight) the morning, it was ready with all my calander and news and stocks right there. I did purchase the extended warranty, why not its an expensive little new gadget...I want to be covered incase something happens...

One drawback...not water proof per say...it can get splashed...but you have to take it off to shower or swim... I have a big wrist so the watch is the right size, though it will be big on some people.

I love this thing so far...and no issues yet.

1-0 out of 5 stars Worst thing I ever bought.
I love gadgets so I was real happy to get this. But, it is poorly designed. It hardly ever works. If I go into my basement or on the subway it sets itself to 12:00. It constantly turns off. Too bad they only give you a 90 day warranty, because they charge you $120 to fix this $130 watch. Avoid this. It is garbage.

1-0 out of 5 stars immature technology: 4 resets / 24 hours, big billing issues
Great idea, $5/month (annual subscription) is good deal for news, weather, your Outlook calendar, 15 stock tickers, very good user interface BUT:
1. My watch suffered up to 4 resets in 24 hours - it would just go to 12:00 noon and forget everything.
2. Once I returned the watch and cancelled my subsription, MSN kept charging me even though they acknowledged I did cancel the account. They also said they "can't" delete my credit card information from their records so they can't guarantee they won't "accidentally" charge me again... Also, over 10 minutes of waiting on line for a person to speak to. Really awful service.

In short, great technology and I'll try it again but not for another 6-12 months - let it mature first on both technology and service.

Also: watch design is VERY dorky and was too geeky even for for geekiest friends. you might want to wait for more "earthly" desings to come out.

5-0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I brought this recently for my husband and I must say I think it is great. Everything right at your wrist. I am able to send him messages; get my lotto numbers; get my horoscope and he is able to keep up with his sports and select what teams he wants to get updates on. Excellent, Windy today, humidity, just look at your watch. Excellent. You do have to have a subcription for 60 a year. but its worth it. Your also able to change the face of your watch. COOL! ... Read more


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