Spice Smart Pulse M 9010 review: Innovative ‘watch phone’ but impractical

Aug 16 2014, 15:11 IST
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Buy this if you want to impress kids in a schools or girls in a college, but not to tout yourself as a geek. Buy this if you want to impress kids in a schools or girls in a college, but not to tout yourself as a geek.
SummarySmart Pulse M 9010 looks like a watch and is worn as one. But the toughest thing to do is to check time on it.

Wearables are supposed to be the next big trend in technology. But I doubt if devices likes Spice Smart Pulse M 9010 are, despite their affordability, going to make this segment all that popular. The Spice Smart Pulse is without a doubt an innovative device, though I would stop well short of calling it practical. Unless these devices are practical they will end up as appendages we will soon forget.

Device: The Spice Smart Pulse M 9010 looks like a watch and is worn as one. But the toughest thing to do on the device is to check time. You need to use your other hand to press the power button on the left of the screen to bring it to life. The 4-CM LCD screen has the three — options, home and back — button under it. There is something that looks like a camera and an LED flash on the right, but no way to access it on the device itself. The best thing about the watch is the micro-USB port on the left, which means you can charge this directly and do not need an extra piece like in the Samsung Gear or special chargers like in the Pebble.

The watch is really large and reminded me of some timepieces that had caught the fancy of the public in the late 1970s, the sort made popular by Sivaji Ganeshan and others. It large and tends on being ugly, with a large metal body that shows four prominent rivets. Certainly not my style.

Open the rear flap and you will see slots for a full SIM, a micro SIM and SD card. That is also a good indicator that this is meant to be used as a phone, why else would anyone want a second SIM in a watch. If you ask me, I would just put a second SIM in this device. The watch comes with three rubber straps. The sober types can stick to black.

Features: 4 cm screen, 420 mAh battery, audio and video player, Dual Sim (2G+2G), expandable memory upto 8GB, FM Radio, Bluetooth, WAP/GPRS/EDGE

Performance: I told you this one is not a great watch. It is also not such a great phone. Of course, it can make and receive calls, not from one, but two SIMs inside. But you need really tiny, pointy, fingers to be able to dial the

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