I group mobile phone watches right alongside putting Milo in orange juice and human cloning: Just because you can do it, doesn’t mean you should do it. But the guys at South Australian based NV Mobiles must not share my thoughts on the matter (no word on whether they drink their OJ with Milo yet), as they are currently selling their range of mobile phone watches across the the country from their website.According to Martin Vedris over at Current.com.au, the company’s CEO, Anthony Cooke, believes that the mobile phone watch market is about to take off, aiming to sell 100,000 units in their first year and then expanding tenfold after that. In fact, he reckons that in 10 to 20 years, phone watches will be more prevalent than large screen pocket mobiles.
There are three phone watches currently for sale on the NV website – The NV Motch, The NV Sports Pro and the NV Smart Watch. The Motch comes in a range of colours (including pink), has a 1.3 megapixel camera, is NextG compatible, plays MP4 files, and has a 1.4-inch touchscreen. The Sports Pro has a 1.3-inch touchscreen, but comes with a stainless steel face, a stylus incorporated into the band and Body Mass Index functions, apparently. The Smart Watch is distinctive in that it has number buttons on the band, caller vibration profile and up to 100 hours standby time. The prices are $395, $549 and $695 respectively. All of the watches come with a 12 month warranty, and are Australian designed (but made in China).
Without testing these myself, I can’t go so far as to say that they’re either good or bad, but for the life of me I can’t see the appeal in watch phones. What do you guys think?