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1. Suunto n3 Smart Watch
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2. Suunto n3 Smart Watch (White)
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10. Suunto n3i Smart Watch

1. Suunto n3 Smart Watch
by Suunto USA, Inc.
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00016LAEI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Suunto USA, Inc.
Sales Rank: 26729
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Suunto N3 Smart Computer Watch. The Suunto N3 Wristop computer Smart Watch will change the way you interpret your world by bringing internet content to your wrist. The N3 makes useful items like weather, stock quotes, news, and sports instantly accessible. It keeps you connected to friends, coworkers, and family through instant messenger (MSN Messenger) and calendar (Microsoft Outlook) programs. The N3 only receives informationso you won't be able to immediately reply to messages. It is, quite simply, a revolutionary step forward in mobile internet technology. So how does it work? The Suunto N3 is a MSN Direct device, so youll need a paid subscription to the service (www.msndirect.com). MSN Direct has service areas throughout the 50 United States, District of Columbia, and Canada. It currently reaches close to 120 metropolitan areas. Simply plug the N3 into your computers USB port, log on to MSN Direct, and customize the data that is continually sent to your new watch. The watch is simple to set up, learn, and easy to use. Of course, the N3 has all your favorite sports watch features as well: a stopwatch, lap and split times, an interval timer, programmable alarms, time, and date. ... Read more

Features

  • Rugged body, water resistant to 100m
  • 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

Reviews (12)

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

4-0 out of 5 stars Great but...
I've had my Suunto for about 2 months, and I really like it.

Pros:
-Battery lasts a long time, probably can go 7-10 days without a recharge.When traveling, can recharge from your laptop with a USB port as long as you have the cable.
-Love having Outlook pushed to my watch, don't have to whip out the PDA to see where I need to be next.The watch will count down the amount of time to your next appointment (or how late you are!).
-Correct time as long as you're in the MSN direct service area.
-Sports content is betting better, given the late start time for NBA playoffs, I can pop out of bed in the AM and check out the scores and the box scores.
-Excellent customer support from MSNdirect.I've e-mailed tech support and always gotten a response - one that works - within a couple of hours.

Cons:
-Will MSN direct survive or will you be left with a $300 watch that functions like a $20 watch?
-Some features a little buggy - I've had to reset the watch to receive content and correct time information when traveling.
-The only watch that will cost you $60 every year that you own it.You could buy a lot of watches for that money.

Bottom line: great for gadget-freaks, the obsessive compulsive (always have the correct atomic-clock time), those with busy calendars.For me, taking a stealth peak at my watch versus pulling out a PDA or cell phone is less disruptive/obtrusive in many meeting settings.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cool product which might not survive
Really a neat, smart product, especially if you love new electronic toys. What I am concerned about is not the watch but Microsoft, which with its notorious arrogance might kill it before it has the chance to grow and glow
Their customer support is everything but support. The "first line" technician is very polite, but cannot help beyond taking your info and refering you to a "specialist", which if you are lucky, will call you in 4-5 (business) days.
Microsoft is not very good in keeping their promises either; they say the sport channal is"around the corner" and even use it in their ads, but it has been just around the corner for the last three months. They also promise "new watch face every month", well I own the watch for 3 month now and got just one new face when I subscribed.
So it's in Microsoft power to keep this watch ticking... ... Read more


2. Suunto n3 Smart Watch (White)
by Suunto USA, Inc.
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001Y9M5O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Suunto USA, Inc.
Sales Rank: 20306
Average Customer Review: 5.0 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 (1)

5-0 out of 5 stars The best out there with MSN Direct
Well, this would be my second MSN Direct watch in 6 months.Suunto is by far the best watch on the market for style, form and function.Although the MSN Direct service is very cool - especially if you travel a lot and need to manage your Outlook calendar on the go, it really is all about the watch.Suunto watches are high quality, with a focus on the active lifestyle.While Fossil makes several watches with the MSN service, they are clunky, poorly designed and have little to be desired in the style department.

If you are looking for an elegant, incredible timepiece with style and the MSN service, this would be the Rolex of MSN direct watches.I highly reccomend. ... Read more


3. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4003)
by Fossil
list price: $129.99
our price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0003QER6O
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 12339
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Product Description

Super Deal On An Award-Winning Technology! Put The World on Your Wrist! Fossil's MSN Direct PDA and Watch All-in-One! Dick Tracy joins the 21st Century with this magical wrist watch that not only tells the time but connects you with the Internet, keeps you informed of everything you need to know, and even helps you plan your day. The Fossil Abacus Wrist Net watch with MSN® Direct service is the real thing - not a cartoon. It’s like carrying a PDA on your wrist, putting the world right where you can see it. You get the information you need delivered to your watch so you're in the know while on the go. Find everything from the weather to your next appointment, all at a glance! By delivering services tailored to your interests and location, Abacus Wrist Net keeps you on the cutting edge, any time.The Fossil Abacus Smart Watch is easy to use and enables you to stay in touch with the information you need. With a recharging base and an "always on" data feed from FM radio frequencies, the Abacus Smart Watch is a great gift for tech fanatics. ... Read more

Features

  • Chronograph with up to 99 lap times
  • 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

4. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3005)
by Fossil
list price: $199.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0006N3IFA
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 6106
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Features

  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar
  • 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

5. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4002)
by Fossil
list price: $129.99
our price: $129.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0003QIXDW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 35934
US | Canada | United Kingdom | Germany | France | Japan

Product Description

Super Deal On An Award-Winning Technology! Put The World on Your Wrist! Fossil's MSN Direct PDA and Watch All-in-One! Dick Tracy joins the 21st Century with this magical wrist watch that not only tells the time but connects you with the Internet, keeps you informed of everything you need to know, and even helps you plan your day. The Fossil Abacus Wrist Net watch with MSN® Direct service is the real thing - not a cartoon. It’s like carrying a PDA on your wrist, putting the world right where you can see it. You get the information you need delivered to your watch so you're in the know while on the go. Find everything from the weather to your next appointment, all at a glance! By delivering services tailored to your interests and location, Abacus Wrist Net keeps you on the cutting edge, any time. ... Read more

Features

  • 28 different watch faces to choose from
  • 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

6. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3002) Dick Tracy
by Fossil
list price: $89.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000153ZXI
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 16044
Average Customer Review: 4.0 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

  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar
  • 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

Reviews (5)

3-0 out of 5 stars Great watch for the big kid in you!But dont depend on it!
The Dick Tracy watch is the coolest big kid toy around.If you always wanted a Dick Tracy watch well here is the first generation Dick Tracy watch.Its cool but not perfect.Text messaging takes 7-10 minutes to receive.Some messages NEVER arrive and are lost in transit.So for the business man that needs to depend on text messages...maybe not the best choice.The calender on watch is very limited.This to me is a big disappointment.It only holds limited info for yesterday, today and the next 6 days...so if you want to use it to check on your appointment 8 days from now ...forget it!Very limited! But if you just want to be the coolest gadget guy/girl around and you think owning a Dick Tracy watch is cool.Buy it just don't depend on it.The news, stocks, and weather seem to work well.Also at this time the service area is very limited so if you dont live in a big city like me...you may want to skip this gadget. The charging adapter is cool and unique.You just rest the watch on it and it charges automatically.Another problem is the wristband YOU CANT CHANGE IT even if you want to.It's connected to the antenna and charging device so it can never be changed...if it breaks you gotta go to Fossil for replacement.

3-0 out of 5 stars Cool looking - but Timex Internet Messenger watch better
These watches are cool looking - but having to recharge your watch every 3 to 7 days seems like a pain. Timex has has the Internet Messenger Watch for a couple of years. Does all the same things - stock quotes, weather, your horoscope, sports, very customizable. Also - can send reminders. Does basically all the same things - the battery lasts a lot longer. Unfortunately they have been discontinued. When you bought the watch for $100 you also got a free year of nationwide service that worked pretty much everywhere with Skytel. You got an 800with your own voicemail, and unlimited text messages.While these watches might look cool - they're more expensive and aren't really doing much new - plus coverage is a lot less limited. The Timex was was also an Ironman - waterproof - not sure if these are... It's funny how they play the technology as something new - but it's been around for several years now.

5-0 out of 5 stars The first computer-data watch I will actually keep using
First, I have to admit I am an incurable early adopter and gadget lover. But, regardless of that bias, I have to say this watch reaches a new level of usefulness (and coolness). (And no, I don't work for Microsoft or Fossil.) I have tried several other watches in the past that offered data storage and synching with PC data, either through a cable or through an infrared connection.I gave them up within days as clunky and impractical.With this watch, though, I can put it on, and (once the MSN Direct account was activated, which was easy)I can forget about it until I want to check the news, weather, stock quotes, time, calendar, etc.I don't have to take any steps such as dialing a cell phone to get the news; I just press a button and get headlines, and more of the story with another press.The functioning is quite user-friendly and intuitive; I have spent very little time with the reference manual.The radio signal has been fine inside my office building downtown, and I was easily able to send myself a text message from MSN.The subscription price is very reasonable. I don't mind at all sticking the watch on the charger every night; the instructions say there's no "memory" effect, so it's OK to charge it before the battery runs down.

There have been some problems.The watch band is a little clumsy to manipulate, but it's manageable, and works OK with a little effort.The watch is a little big for my wrist, but after a couple of weeks I'm used to it, and it feels fine.The worst problem was that, after about a week, the watch stopped receiving the time signal or any data.I made numerous calls to MSN Direct tech support, and got through to them quickly, but they were unable to solve the problem.I think they were trying, but evidently were located somewhere halfway around the world, and had only minimal suggestions to make.Finally, with one quick call to Fossil, I found that the problem was that the metal band was not completely snapped together, and that the antenna therefore was not functioning.I don't recall seeing any mention of that issue in the documentation, which is not very thorough.Anyway, now it's working again with no problems.

All in all, this is the type of product I have been waiting for.Having all this information so easily available on my wrist is, in my mind, a quantum leap forward in useful (and fun) technology.Maybe not everyone cares about having the exact time, brief weather information, and news headlines on their wrist, but if you do, you should appreciate this watch. The text messaging only allows a small number of words; so tell your friends to be brief!

The bottom line is, it works, the service is not expensive, and it seems to be very reliable, at least in the Washington, DC metro area.

4-0 out of 5 stars outlook calendar sync rocks!
I got the Dick Tracey version of the watch a week ago. As the other reviewers pointed out it is little bulky. But well, the bulkiness is kinda coolness factor too. The news, stock, weather updates are cool, but the outlook calendar reminders is the killer app. I dont need to write down in which room my next meeting is, even if I forget my pocket PC /PDA. I agree the price is little steep, butI got it through the msft employee discount, so it isn't bad for me, considering that its a Fossil watch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Works Great For Me
I absolutely LOVE this watch. I am able to get up to date news and weather (local, national and international for both), messages from friends via MSN messenger, synch (without plugging in) to Outlook, and get stock quotes (if I wanted to!). All this and a lot more. I have had more compliments for this watch than any other (antique Rolex included) - and that's before they see what this baby can do. I haven't been this excited about a new toy since I was a kid :) ! Highly recommended. ... Read more


7. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (AU4000)
by Fossil
list price: $69.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B0001540G4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 20070
Average Customer Review: 3.0 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

  • Syncs up with your Outlook calendar
  • 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

Reviews (23)

1-0 out of 5 stars Bad Idea, Bad Implimentation
This is just another gadget that MSN and others have come up with to make some easy money. If you really think that this is a good idea by these companies just send them money directly for R & D. Most likely the money will go toward stock options and more marketing hype. Don't bother with the S&H and the frustration of the junk you just bought. Hope they can get a better product in the future.

The huge watch is quite useless. You can get the same information easily on the net or over the radio w/o the $60 per year fee. Only works where there is the FM signal. Needs to be charged every other day. btw, you must remove it do recharge with magnetic coupled charger.

Not guaranteed to work where you live. You have a local area, so if you travel you can encure more fees like a cell phone.

The only nice thing is that you do not have to set the time (usually). Other watches do that as well. Gee, I bought an alarm clock for $14 that does the same. And, oh yeah, it gets PRI and NPR as well for the information I need within ten minutes.

One star only because I had to give it some rating.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond-SPOT.com for all your msn direct needs.
I found a great website to discuss these watches. Beyond-spot.com they have reviews forums and more! I had many questions about the watch and they answered them all!

1-0 out of 5 stars This watch is a lemon - 2 failures and counting
If you buy this watch, be sure to save your reciept, because it will fail, and you will need to return it. This has happend twice to me.

The MSN service is fairly cool, but after a month or two, the watch starts to reboot frequently, and then it will eventually lock up with a blank screen, from which you can not reboot.

2-0 out of 5 stars Great Potential but Bad Watch
Many of the features of this device are awesome and show a clear path into the future of wrist-watches. Heaving your watch know your calendar just makes sense.

However, there are problems!

The watch simply resets itself all the time! This means that it does not keep track of time well at all, because every time it resets itself, the time of the watch goes to 2am, Jan 1st 2003. Granted, over the next few minutes, the watch re-aquires the correct time from the server, but even that does not make it OK when the watch resets itself sometimes several times within an hour.

Example: I went to the park jogging today. I tried to use the built in chronograph to see how long it took me to run my usual lap. However, within a few minutes, the watch reset itself and with it the chronograph. In all, the watch must have reset itself close to 10 times within that hour it took me to complete my lap.

And not only is this a problem for just plain time-keeping. How much do you trust calendar reminders when the watch more often than not has the wrong time? Also, you end up reading the same news over and over, since the watch looses track of what it had already downloaded. Argh!

The concept here is great. I just can not believe that MS would let such a severe bug slip into the release version of this product! And it's not just that the watch resets/reboots, but what I really do not understand is why it looses track of time in that process?!? When I reboot any other computer, the system clock does not get set back! I mean: C'mon! With all the hurdles they had to clear to make this device a reality, they could not make a watch that keeps track of time?!?

For now, I really can not recommend this product. However, once they have this bug ironed out (and the coverage area expanded), this will be one awesome device!

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. ... Read more


8. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3001)
by Fossil
list price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000153MWW
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 33446
Average Customer Review: 3.0 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
... 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 (8)

1-0 out of 5 stars 3rd defective and counting...
I was quite interested in having a 'news ticker +' on my wrist all day.I would like to say that the MSN Direct service is pretty good for what is is meant to do, and that is provide interesting information in an otherwise boring day.

BUT- Fossil needs to figure out what is wrong with the Wrist net watches.Like clockwork, I have had to return two (and as of tonight, three) of the Wrist net-Round watches for the exact same symptoms.The watch will 'reboot' itself randomly prohibiting your ability to tell time until a signal is again received.The event seems to occur approximately 45-55 days after you activate the watch.Perhaps it is just circumstancial, but it is the exact pattern that I have encountered three times over.I hope the warranty will cover and honor my third claim, as the warranty only covers a 90-day period and I was told "Oh yea, this is happening alot with those."

If you must have MSN Direct, consider other brands. I cannot recomend the Fossil/Abacus watch line.

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.

2-0 out of 5 stars Functional but Unconfortable
This is perhaps one of the most innovative (yet imcomplete) inventions since the watch (time piece).Incomplete in that, it is also the most unconfortable thing to where.Not to mention very bulky.A leather (or some kind of elastic) band would have solved all of that.I returned it in one week....did I mention it needed a leather band. Oh yeah, LEATHER BAND PLEASE.

1-0 out of 5 stars Sorry, not quite ready for prime time...
The short story---I returned the watch 3 days after receiving it.

Now here's the long versino.

Originally, this watch had been on my Christmas list, and so it was with great anticipation when it finally showed up at my door on January 19th.

I opened the box, followed the directions and immediately signed up for the $59 MSN Direct Annual subscription (mistake #1). Within about 20 minutes, I had my MSN channels setup, and I was receiving signals and the watch was working fine. Setup was quick and easy.

I waited until the next morning, after letting the watch charge overnight, to try and get it on my wrist---much as I tried, the watch was just too clunky to fit suitably on my wrist. Now when I ordered it, I realized the watch wasn't going to be a fashionable one---but at this point, its clunkiness really bothered me and made me doubt my purchase. It was just either too loose or too tight.

Second problem. I follow a group of about 20 fairly large size companies on the NYSE and NASDAQ. Only 3 of them were available on the Stock channel of MSN Direct. And there seemed to be no rhyme or reason. 2 mid sized companies and one small company were all I could add to my Stock Watch list--leaving me 17 short.

Third problem. I realized I wasn't getting any Sports information displayed on the watch. Guess what? The Sports Channel is coming soon...

For nearly $200, plus a $59 annual subscription to MSN Direct, I expected to be able to get up to the minute Stock reports and Sports in addition to the News and Weather channels. Unfortunately, I couldn't, and so I returned the watch.

Amazon refunded my money yesterday (minus the shipping charges since the return was 'my fault').

I've been trying to get Microsoft to refund my $59 with less success. They claim they have issued me a credit card refund, but all I have on my credit card statement is a charge for the annual subscription and now a new monthly charge for the service. I'm about to make my 3rd phone call to them.

In summary, for me anyway, the watch didn't fit, and the MSN Direct Service didn't meet my expectations.

5-0 out of 5 stars Smart Watch!
I live in Chicago at the very edge of the coverare area.I found the watch setup to be quite easy and configuring channels via MSN Direct is easy as well.It took a bit of time before the data started flowing to the watch, but once the initial "download" was complete it updates quickly.The screen is very readable even for news articles, which is remarkable given the screen small size.The watch is a bit bulky, but given all the it does (time, stop watch, alarm, news, weather, calender and appointments) it is pretty amazing.I have loaded the Outlook addin that allows appointment to sent from Outlook to the watch.This is very, very cool.I really love my smart watch. ... Read more


9. Fossil Wrist Net Smart Watch for MSN Direct (FX3000/Square Face)
by Fossil
list price: $79.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B000153MWM
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Fossil
Sales Rank: 44348
Average Customer Review: 3.0 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 (4)

1-0 out of 5 stars Nice idea, HUGE watch, HORRIBLE service agreement
OK, I did my homework... researched extensively in as many web sites as I could, for reviews and ratings, and finally decided to go for it and get the watch with the most favorable reviews (Fossil, Square Face).What a DISAPPOINTMENT!!

Seriously, the watch is scaringly ENORMOUS!! As in UNWEARABLY BIG (over 1/2 and inch thick!! 2 inches long!! 1.5 inches wide!! WOW!!!)... my wife and I actually laughed when I took it out of the box!It looks like some kind of weapon or wearable instrument (sci-fi movie like), but definitely not like a watch.G-Shocks are considerably smaller than these!!!I do not know how big the other reviewers--with favorable ratings--are, but I can tell you that on a 5'7" person like me (average height of the population in the planet, and the one used in ergonomics designs), it looks like a bad joke.Good luck if you wear long sleeved shirts!

But, since the gargantuan thing had arrived, I decided to, at least, test its functionality. After all, that is why I got the watch on the first place.

My funcitonality test endeded when reading the MSN Direct service agreement's "fine print".There are so many provisions AGAINST the user, that it is actually fun to read: they take no responsibility, whatsoever, for any service disruption or if the service does not work at all (and will charge you anyways)... they limit the number of instant messages and calendar notes AND will charge you MORE MONEY for receiving more than the limit (which is not stipulated ANYWHERE in the agreement--scary!)... there are no refunds WHATSOEVER, for any reason... there is no clarification if the "first month free" is the same "trial period" mentioned in the contract or not, so I could not tell if after testing the service for less than a month and cancelling it, I would still be charged the yearly fee (as in other services, "first month free" could mean that the yearly service cost is for 11 months + 1 "free" month... where the latter is NOT a trial period, but a package deal)... and it goes on and on... NO WAY I AM SPENDING AN EXTRA SIXTY BUCKS FOR A SERVICE I WILL POSSIBLY NEVER GET!!!

This puppy is going back to the store, I'll just wait a few more years till the technology matures and someone other than MSN, with a true concept of "service", offers and alternative solution.On the meantime, back to my old, faithful Tissot and my cell phone... which together, do more than these watches ever could.

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!

4-0 out of 5 stars A LOT more than the time...
Given all the negative words written about these watches, I thought I'd chime in with a positive review (and no, I do not work for Fossil or Microsoft).

I love it.Period.After wearing my Wrist Net Square for the past couple of weeks I can't imagine wearing a simple "watch" anymore.Being able to glance at my wrist and have access to news, stocks, weather, IMs, and my Outlook calendar appointments is nothing short of amazing.And yes, I do own a wireless-enabled PDA and cellphone, but there are plenty of times when using them is inappropriate or inconvienient.Mind you, keeping your expectations grounded in reality is helpful.You're not going to be receiving the entire NY Times on these watches, nor will they serve double duty as dedicated Bloomberg Stock feeds.If, however, you're looking for quick updates and news alerts, SPOT can't be beat.The display is crisp and clear, the backlight can double as a flashlight in a pinch, and the ability to change watch faces depending on mood/situations is a nice touch.Of course, it also functions quite nicely as a watch, with all the usual features present: dual alarms, stopwatch/lap timer, countdown timer, dual time...

True, the band can be a bit of a pain to adjust, but it certainly doesn't require a trip to your local jeweler.Just use a thumbtack to push the pin in, and you're good to go.Now that mine is sized correctly, it's actually quite comfortable - and I have thin wrists for a guy, in spite of the fact that I'm six feet tall and weigh 170lbs.

My advice to potential buyers:Don't cheap out, get a Fossil Square, Round, Dick Tracy, or Suunto.They won't crap out on you, and at least in the case of the Square, it actually looks cool (I've never received so many compliments on a watch - and that's before people see what it does).Also, be sure that you live in a supported area, and do not sign up for the yearly plan.You get a free month's service, so use it.See if the watch is useful to you before you commit to longer contract.

1-0 out of 5 stars Not ready for prime-time or any time.
Do yourself a favor - wait on this technology!

I live in suburban Chicago - clearly within the published coverage area of MSN Direct service.I was unable to receive any signal with the watch.$179 is a lot to pay for a bulky digital watch.Be aware - it is quite a bit larger that it appears in the pictures and the strap is very cheap for a watch of this price.Also, it must be charged on a stand at least once per week (the stand is well made and has a great cool factor though)

Technical support a Microsoft was simply no help.In one call they told me they were giving my case to a upper-level support tech who would work on it and call me.In my follow-up call (I initiated after not receiving a call), they stated that it must be the watch.They could not tell whether the network was up or down, or what an upper-level tech support person could do - maybe they are flying someone out to look at the watch.

In conclusion - Unless you live in the HEART of a coverage area, do not count on the product working.If you have trouble, do not count on MS technical support.If you want to know what time it is, do not count on this watch. ... Read more


10. Suunto n3i Smart Watch
by Suunto USA, Inc.
list price: $329.99
(price subject to change: see help)
Asin: B00067FNN6
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Suunto USA, Inc.
Sales Rank: 68780
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Features

  • Water resistant to 330 feet / 100 meters; stainless steel buttons; interchangeable leather strap
  • Powerful Li-ion battery; two-year warranty
  • Wrist-top computer with access to current information provided by Microsoft's MSN Direct Service
  • Get the latest sports scores, stock quotes, entertainment schedules, news highlights
  • Advanced watch features like stopwatch, lap and split times, interval training timers, programmable alarms, dual time and date

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