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Review: Sony Ericsson MBW-100 Bluetooth Watch

Review by Michael Oryl on Monday October 30, 2006.

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The Sony Ericsson MBW-100 watch weighs in at a hefty 186g (6.6oz), including the 6 removable sizing links in the band. In spite of its weight, it doesn't look abnormally large like other multi-function watches do, such as the various Microsoft SPOT watches and the Fossil/Abacus Palm OS watch. The MBW-100's built-in battery is good for anywhere from 5 to 7 days of Bluetooth functionality on a full charge, with an additional 7 days of analog watch functionality beyond that. The Bluetooth system's lifespan can be extended further by disabling certain functions, like new message and out-of-range notifications. Charging the watch requires a special clip-on connector that attaches to a regular Sony Ericsson fast port charger jack. The clip-on adapter supplies power to the watch through a pair of contacts on its underside.

At this time the MBW-100 is only compatible with a limited number of recent Sony Ericsson handsets, including the W810, W850, Z710, W710, K790, and K800. Fossil states that their Caller ID watch, which is almost identical to the MBW-100 in functionality, will support Nokia S60 devices "soon", and we would hope that the same driver would allow MBW-100 owners to use their Sony Ericsson watch with S60 devices as well once it becomes available.

I had no trouble using the MBW-100 at all with a Sony Ericsson W810 handset, one of the officially supported devices. Being able to control the phone's music playback from the watch was somewhat eery, and was certainly very cool. I'm not sure of how much use the message notification system is, but the caller ID functionality is definitely a very handy thing when in meetings since it means that your phone can be left in silent mode sitting in your pocket, and nobody but you will need to know that you are screening your calls as they come in.

Overall I think the Sony Ericsson MBW-100 is a great device, but a somewhat expensive one considering how few phone models it currently works with. If you are a hardcore Sony Ericsson user, and expect to remain so in the future, maybe that won't be an issue for you. In any event, Sony Ericsson expects the MBW-100 Bluetooth watch to retail for about 300EUR (US$382) when it goes on sale later this year. It will be available primarily in the silver version seen in this review, but will also be available in a limited edition black version.

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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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