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Review of Sony Ericsson's MBW-150 Bluetooth watch


Review by Michael Oryl on Friday September 05, 2008.

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Last summer Sony Ericsson launched a new line of Bluetooth(INFO) equipped watches. The new MBW-150 lineup includes the Music Edition, the Classic Edition, and the Executive Edition. The three watches all include the same controls and functionality, but have different wrist bands and color schemes.

Recently Sony Ericsson sent us one of the Music Edition MBW-150 watches to test out. But first, one might ask, what does a Bluetooth watch do? A number of things, as it turns out. The watch will provide caller ID information for inbound calls, it will notify the user when a new message arrives on the paired up phone, and it will even alert the wearer if they leave their phone behind unintentionally. On top of that, it can also be used to control a phone's music player, offering start/stop, volume control, and previous and next track navigation. While the watch generates no sound at all, it has a built-in silent vibration alarm that it uses to get your attention.

The MBW-150 ME weighs about 86g (3.0oz), has a black band made of a rubber material, and features orange accents on the face of the watch. It measures 15mm in thickness, which is not all that bad when you consider that my normal Festina watch is 12mm thick. In fact, that highlights one of the best aspects of the new MBW-150 watches: they feel and appear to be normal watches, especially the Classic and Executive editions.

Each watch has a regular analog aspect to it that uses traditional hands and has a knob on the right hand side for setting the time. On top of that, there are a pair of control buttons that straddle that knob on the right side, and a set of 3 buttons for music control that adorn the left hand edge of the watch. A small OLED(INFO) display runs across the bottom of the watch face and is used for music track info, caller ID, and the menu.

The lower right hand button navigates through the list of options that control the Bluetooth power state, the messaging notification service, the "you forgot your phone" notice option, and the pairing mode for linking up the watch with a phone. The top button toggles or activates the currently displayed option. When not in the menu, the top button will bring up the date and battery status screen, as well as a digital view of the time. The music buttons are pretty straight forward. A quick press on the top or bottom button changes volume, while long presses move to the next or previous track. Music playback is started with a long press of the middle button, and paused with a short press of the same button.

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LeCoux @ 2:36:48AM EST on Wednesday January 20, 2010

I have that watch. After 2 years display started to fade. Now it is so dimmed I can not read under normal light conditions. Sony Ericsson said that it can not be repaired and "Buy new watch". So mutch for "support". Dont buy!!!

mike @ 3:30:24AM EDT on Tuesday June 29, 2010

i have this watch. i agree with the display fading. my display faded in about 8 or 9 months. now, it's visible only at night. the main reason for the dimming is the cheap oled display. cheap oleds tend to lose their brightness over time.

Peter @ 11:01:17AM EDT on Friday October 8, 2010

Same here, I have had the watch for about 2 years. I also just recently have the black rubber band replaced, and, ..., the LED brightness starts to fade. Very sad....

KAM @ 11:58:12AM EST on Thursday November 11, 2010

where can you get a replacement charger for mbw-150 anybody

jaime @ 8:45:00AM EST on Wednesday December 22, 2010

I have a MBW-150 Music Edition and I would like to know, if anyone knows where can I buy the watchband of my watch?

mike 1steel @ 6:28:35AM EST on Saturday February 5, 2011

Does it only work with Sony Ericsson cell phones? I have a nokia 5800 express music

tonis206 @ 3:03:30PM EDT on Tuesday May 24, 2011

I need a Replacement for my Sony Ericsson Bluetooth Watch MBW-150 Charger Adapter to buy..

Atac @ 11:46:31AM EDT on Sunday August 14, 2011

I have MBW-150 too, Within One year, LED display started to fade...They will not replace OLED���
Sony Ericsson.. They will lose customer in near future.

mpj @ 4:19:39AM EST on Saturday November 19, 2011

I've had the 150 for two years and six months and the watch as been perfect, worn every single day. From +40 to -20 degrees. But I now need a new strap or band, so can anyone tell me where I can find one please?

Mike

thomas @ 10:27:19AM EST on Tuesday November 22, 2011

I like the watch, and the display is fine after 2 years, but the rubber band is broken, where do I buy a new one?? (Peter??) No help from SonyEricsson or Fossil (the co-maker).

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Michael Oryl
Michael is the Philadelphia based owner and former editor-in-chief of MobileBurn.com. You can follow him on Twitter as @MichaelOryl

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