If James Bond lived in the real world, he might be planning to order one of the new Bluetooth watches recently announced by Sony Ericsson. Following up on their oh-so-sexy MBW-100 model from 2006, the company has created the MBW-150 in three new models with watchmaker Fossil: Executive, Classic, and Music. The watches will be available in late 2007.
Here’s what I like about these Bluetooth timepieces:
- They let you discreetly manage your cell calls and SMS/MMS message alerts.
- Sleek and professional-looking, they feature an analog face and a digital OLED message display.
- They are compatible with a wide range of Sony Ericsson cell phones.
When you get an incoming call on your paired phone, the watch sends you a vibrating alert and displays caller ID or an SMS/MMS notification in a small but clear window. Button controls on the watch let you easily reject, mute, or take the call on your phone or headset. (Sorry, Bond-wannabes, you can’t talk directly into the watch.) If you move out of your phone’s range, you get a vibrating alert.
Using AVRCP technology, the watch also acts as a remote control for your music phone. Play and stop your music, go to the previous or next track, and even adjust the volume. Although you may not want to use this feature in the board room, it’s handy for the gym or at home.
The Bluetooth functionality lasts up to seven days, and the watch keeps time for about seven days after that. Just use the included charging clip to keep it juiced up.
All three Sony Ericsson models have a mineral crystal scratch-resistant face, an anti-glare coating, and are water resistant up to 30 meters.
Each Bluetooth watch is a little bit different. My personal favorite, the Executive model features a steel frame and matching stainless steel band. The Classic model also has a steel frame, but with a black leather band. Their Music model sports the most casual look, with orange and black highlights.
The Executive model is a bit hefty at 182 grams (6.4 ounces), while the others are much lighter, at 77 grams for the Classic (2.7 ounces) and 85 grams (3 ounces) for the Music.
“How much?” you ask. Prices range by model, from $349 to $399.