Michael Bastian MB Chronowing By Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch Review

Michael Bastian MB Chronowing By Hewlett-Packard Smartwatch Review

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To fully appreciate the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing smartwatch, you need to first understand how it came to be and the three entities involved in its development and design. The ménage à trois is almost like the plot of a television show. aBlogtoWatch originally debuted the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing smartwatch here.

The Origin Story

First is technology company Hewlett-Packard (HP). Once a massive name in software and hardware, HP (like many other "older" tech companies, such as Microsoft and IBM) has been forced to rethink or consolidate its efforts in many areas, given that current consumer trends are less about desktop computers and software sold in traditional retail environments, and more about lean, portable computing. Like many of its peers, Hewlett-Packard has attempted to "get in on" a series modern tech trends, such as mobile and internet-based software services - of course, with mixed levels of success. And like its peers, it has now put a few toes into the pool of wearable devices. So Hewlett-Packard is the software and hardware part of the equation - and perhaps the biggest stake holder. Even then, you'll have to squint carefully to see the HP name on the rear of the watch.

Next is the consumer sales site Gilt.com, which has grown from being a flash sale website for men into a more established e-commerce platform for all things fashion. Gilt is a modern success story born of consumer demand for discounts, fast paced buying, and a perception of a cool and curated selection of items that allows guys to feel like someone is doing the shopping for them. As I understand it, Gilt was approached by HP who wanted, not only a sales partner, but a suggestion on who might design the exterior of their upcoming smartwatch user interface. The time frame to production was perhaps half a year from the time time HP decided to involve an external partner.

Gilt apparently suggested designer Michael Bastian to the folks at Hewlett-Packard. Bastian has watch design experience and was respected in the watch community. The high-end Swiss watch maker Audemars Piguet even worked with Bastian a number of times to place their timepieces on the wrists of Michael Bastian clothing collection runway models. Bastian accepted the project, and now, the three companies were set to embark on a journey that was intended to be a dream team of efforts from the three talented entities. Did they succeed?

A few days ago from writing this post, the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing watch officially went on sale available exclusively to Gilt.com members. I don't at this time know the sales numbers, but since I was with the teams the evening before the sale began I was able to experience their excitement first hand. The energy was palpable, but so was the muted anxiety of selling a totally new type of product for them.

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The Design

You have to realize that an actual decision at HP needed to be made that their smartwatch was going to be attractive. It might seem incredibly obvious to watch lovers that a timepiece needs to be good looking, but I am telling you that this was (or still is) news to a lot of engineers. So when Apple goes on about how the Apple Watch is the most personal thing they have designed, and how they need to give the consumers options to make them feel as though they are wearing something that feels individual, this is actually based in accumulated data and research that says "people like to wear stuff that looks good." A lot of this isn't obvious to people who produce technology that is more focused on functionality than looks.

So after HP came to the conclusion that something meant to be worn needed to look good, they needed to do their research. This, of course, involved going to Baselworld, but also investigating the larger universe of watch design. Hewlett-Packard did what Apple and others did, but I feel, in a shorter time. One of HP's proudest things to say about the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing watch is that it is produced using parts from "actual watch suppliers" - a fact that is clear, once you look at it and put the watch on your wrist. It is perhaps the first smartwatch I've put on that more-or-less has a case and strap that feel indistinguishable from traditional watches in the price range. That is a good thing, so mission accomplished on that end, for sure.

Gilt and Michael Bastian weren't only needed to help design the watch's exterior, but also to make sure it passed muster from a fashionable perspective. What I've come to understand more and more is that the tech companies aren't going to these fashion companies in order to make things that are on the cutting edge of fashion, they simply want to know that, from a visual standpoint, consumers will accept and adopt wearable tech. Something like the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing is actually a pretty good example of that. Taking style cues from a number of modern sport watches ranging from Audemars piguet and IWC to Hublot, the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing is good-looking enough to make your average consumer not consider it little more than a cool-looking digital watch.

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Michael Bastian packages the Chronowing with three strap options, a changing tool, and an attractive box that looks like it would house a high-end mechanical wrist watch. In fact, if you didn't know it was there, you might easily miss the small flap you lift to find the USB charging dock for the watch. At 44mm wide, the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing wears like a large sports watch and it has a nicely finished steel case. There is also a limited edition version with a PVD-coated black steel case, but more on that later.

Michael Bastian informed me that he was heavily inspired by the look and feel of car dashboard instruments. He liked the way many modern cars mix technology with something familiar, as they combine both analog hands and digital screens. For that reason, the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing dial has a dedicated display for the time that uses analog hands on the LCD screen. Actually, this screen sometimes shows other information as well. The rear of the watch has Michael Bastian's "wing" logo deeply engraved into the caseback. For the most part, the quality is better than on most $350 watches. In fact, what I will say is that a lot of the tech companies producing "fashionable" smartwatches are really giving the traditional fashion watch industry a serious run for their money when it comes to quality.

The limited edition of 300 pieces version of the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing has three differences from the standard model. First, as I mentioned above, it has a black-colored case. It also comes with a single strap in black produced from alligator, and the crystal over the dial is sapphire crystal versus mineral crystal. For this you pay and extra $300 - which might seem like a lot, but is pretty reasonable, given watch industry standards. All in all, looking at the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing purely from a design perspective, for the money, is ain't half bad looking, is pleasantly derivative, and the quality is something that will satisfy consumers familiar with watches at these price levels. So what about how it functions as a smartwatch?

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The Smartwatch Functionality

Here is where things get a bit more complicated, and I want to preface that statement with some introductory thoughts. This isn't the first or last time I am going to talk about smartwatches, and in each instance, I try to add some wisdom about the segment in general. No one is more bullish about smartwatches than I, but I am extremely realistic about where we are when it comes to the technology. I will say that, while the functionality of the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing isn't perfect, there really isn't much out there that is all that better. So in a sense, I feel like the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing is more-or-less really good at what it does within a technology segment that is still very much in its infancy. Like infants, while items like the Chronowing look like a smartwatch and offer the basics of smartwatch connected functionality, it just isn't mature enough for the performance to be what it will be when it is more grown up.

Let's begin by reminding you that the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing, like most other smartwatches, must be paired with a phone. This is done by downloading the Chronowing software to your iPhone or Android-based phone. Using Bluetooth, the software is how your phone communicates with the smartwatch device. The software is also used for some of the basic settings for the watch - and currently, the settings are very basic. You are limited to things like rearranging the sequence of screens, and indicating what types of information are available at a glance. For instance, there are world time clocks, weather information, and a stock ticker. Though, you'll need to indicate what cities or stocks you want the watch to display/track via the app on your phone.

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The software wasn't all that ready for prime time when I was testing it. For example, in the "world time" function, I wanted it to display the time for Geneva, Switzerland. It was only able to located places with the name "Geneva" in the United States. One feature I do like is that you can disable screens altogether. Don't want to check stocks and don't want that screen to be one that you cycle through? You can merely disable it in the app (though it isn't particularly obvious that you can).

One thing I would really like to see in the app functionality is the ability to have some customization in the items you see on the screen of the watch at any given time. There are bits and pieces of info on various screens that I want to see, and none that I really want as my home screen. For instance, I would like to see the time, weather prediction (with temperature), and sunset time on a single screen. It would all fit, but the watch doesn't give me the ability to do that. At least, not yet.

While you can adjust the types of notifications you get, you can't adjust how you get it, and you can't read more than a few words of incoming messages. The Michael Bastian MB Chronowing smartwatch does not beep but rather vibrates when there is a new alert. That could be a call, new e-mail, or text message. The alerts are all the same, and they are all non-customizable. I get that the watch is going for simplicity, but a little customization would be nice. I always want to comment about the vibration of the watch. For whatever reason, even though the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing watch is strapped to my wrist snugly, I feel as though the vibration of the alert is a bit distant, and too easy to not feel. While the Apple Watch is months off from being released, the "taptic feedback" of their alerting system is far superior.

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What I did find easy on the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing was looking at incoming messages and cycling through them. Doing so simply discards them from the counter of alerts on the smartwatch, but doesn't affect anything on the phone itself. That means your e-mails and texts will remain "unread." In fact, I will say that basic navigation via the three buttons on the Chronowing case is pretty good, once you understand how it works. The upper and lower buttons are mostly for scrolling through screens or messages, while the middle button is for selecting something, or being pressed down to go back or to the home screen.

Pressing down the upper button for a few seconds activates the backlight, which also temporarily switches the LCD display from a "negative display" to a positive one, for greater legibility. It is a neat trick. Speaking of legibility, the screen is legible enough for a simple monochromatic LCD display, but the smaller dial to tell the time can be tough to read. While I like the insistence on having an analog dial, it would have been nice to have more digital options or something to really enhance legibility when it comes to reading the time.

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Unlike some other smartwatches, the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing doesn't have a high-resolution color screen, and no touch functionality. While basic looking, with only 128x128 resolution, it does offer a lot more battery life than watches with bright color screens. HP says that most people will get about a week of battery life with the Michael Bastian MB Chronowing watch. Even just a few days of juice is better than what most of the competition has, which is mostly less than a day.

I think HP's focus on these more simple smartwatch devices has some merit to it. While Google and Apple (and others) focus on very complicated devices with lovely screens, they are going to be hampered by the state of battery technology - which just isn't up to the task yet for the most advanced types of smartwatches. These more simple types of smartwatches which focus more on basic notifications are a lot more realistic and practical to develop on, for the time being. They also might have a lot more appeal to consumers who have yet to really understand how smartwatches can be incorporated into their lives.

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  • Hacker4748

    I am sorry, but this watch is stillborn. Neither watch nor smartwatch,  badly designed, with limited legibility, it combines the worst of both worlds.

  • Digital Invitca version of an IWC https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-a&hs=ShE&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=sb&q=IWC+Ingenieur&spell=1&sa=X&ei=jxtzVPjDA5ffoATgs4DYCg&ved=0CBwQvwUoAA? The low res screen be maybe great for battery life, but it’s piss poor by today’s standards. Vintage Pac-Man looks better than this. Well, at least the screws line up but they are so cheap looking that I wish there were not there. I don’t think Apple is losing even a minute of sleep over this. 
    If they have to go for long battery life and apparently arfe happy with monochrome icons, then they should have used a high resolution e-ink display or whatever the old grayscale Kindles used. As is, this is an embarrassment to all 3 companies.

  • joshgraves

    The watch looks like it is built well, but the screen is atrocious.  A high resolution e-ink would be a whole lot better.

  • mgennone

    Personal opinion….but not sure you have covered fashion watch brands till date…so why start now? Covering smart watches is akin to covering Michael Kors, Armani Exchange, Guess blah blah blah.

  • deuxani

    joshgraves Not only a higher resolution, but make it round or at least make the black surrounding the screen the same color/material as the screen itself so you can’t see it’s a square screen in a round canvas. This just looks really bad and a compromised solution.

  • mgennone How so?

  • Nope, not yet. The time-telling portion is simply awful – those overly pixelated hands are brutal, this looks like a ‘smartwatch’ that someone forgot was actually invented in 2001,. It looks like some nice strides have been taken in the case and strap options for this segment, but the display is wholly depressing and unwearable.

  • Empirecity

    This is just a fashion smart watch with bloated styling and no substance.

  • paulester17

    The pixelation on the screen is pretty unacceptable in the era of e-ink.

  • SantiagoT

    The 80’s just called. They want their display back.

  • mgennone

    SuperStrapper mgennone How is it different then fashion brands? They are disposable……in fact even more so.

  • Fraser Petrick

    The Barbarians are still at the gates! Perhaps if we pour heated oil over the ramparts they’ll go away. Oh, when will there be peace in the valley?

  • DangerussArt

    Derivative case, no-name fashion designer, style ignorant tech company, no touch screen, parasitic battery consumption, crap display, limited functionality and single point – web based distribution… what could possibly go wrong? Besides EVERYTHING.

  • thornwood36

    O.M.G , i dont know where to being. That crappy watch is just awful. .This am sure in some  design meeting it was agreed that they would use such a basic lo-res look for the hands to give it a bit of ” retro * look  or something, who knows. Need to see the weather ? , look up. . To be honest from here DangerrussArt takes over my views. what a waste of time and space.

  • shinytoys

    Totally DIG IT !!!!! A solid step as we move forward in Smart Watch Design. One item missing, give it audio capabilities ( that’s right Dick Tracey ), so you can respond to text and phone calls. There are going to be so many awesome Smart Phones in the coming months/years, this is the nicest so far. BEAM ME UP SCOTTY, I’m drivin’  🙂 Way to hang ’em out there A.A. , excellent video and review ! Thanks

  • paulester17 You beat me to the punch! If they wanted to actually be innovative a bezel-less e-Ink display with a circular OLED where the watch face is now would have been something at least.

  • A guy that made his name basically making traditional preppy staples “slimmer”, “skinnier”, less wearable and more expensive? 
    And what about that co-opting of the Redwing Shoes logo??
    Sorry…wish I could be more forgiving.

  • MisterDeal

    This article is awesome. I think where Ariel says “this is mostly going to appeal to people who don’t wear traditional watches” he’s implying what I’ve been saying for a long time: smart watches, like digital before it, is essentially wearable tech that serves as a gateway drug to “real” watches. It’s bringing people into the segment that had never been there before, and they will inevitably find articles like this.

  • paulester17

    Chaz_Hen Ah…I was thinking Honda Powersports logo…

  • Time2Go

    So many words and sentences and paragraphs spent trying to polish all these smartwatch turds.  It’s a tough job right now.  Wish I  could just turn it all off and tune-in again in 3-5 years when one of these things might actualy become a useful tool…

  • Ulysses31

    At the risk of being hung, drawn and quartered by the others, i’m going to point out some things I like about this watch.  The back is pretty cool, for one – I like the look of all that sculpted metal.  The case-back vaguely has the shape of those unibody divers where the movement is inserted through the dial which I always thought was cool, even if this isn’t actually a single piece of metal.  The watch actually looks like a watch and not a shiny pebble that looks like a marital aid for women.  Yes, the design is derivative of other well-known watches but it beats looking like something that needs to be set to “pulse”.  Of course, as everyone has stated, the screen is garbage.  Monochrome high-resolution displays aren’t even expensive so there’s no excuse.  Overall, I think if it was given some development it might have potential, but in its current form it’s not going to fly off the shelves.

    “Bastian” should stick to flying white dragons and battling the Nothing.

  • Fraser Petrick

    Ulysses31  hanged, not hung.

  • Ulysses31

    Fraser Petrick Ulysses31 I spent some time researching this, as being born and raised in Britain i’ve never once heard anyone say “hanged, drawn and quartered.” in my whole life.  It turns out that that is an ancient form replaced (for most situations except formal ones)  sometime in the 16th century by “hung”.  Another common argument is that “hanged” is used in the context of death by execution, but since being drawn and quartered is what causes death in the case of being “hung, drawn and quartered”, the victim isn’t technically “hanged” to death at all so the usage of “hung” is not incorrect.  I blame the Norsemen.

  • bdekok

    LOL, it’s straight out of the 80’s isn’t it.  I think the first gameboys had similar graphics as well.  At least the case design and band are much better than most of the other smart watches.  Maybe even the Apple watch as well, though I have to see each watch in the flesh to know and I do like the bands on the Apple watch.  But I can’t see this one flying very well, it hurts the eyes too much looking at the face and would be too embarrassing to show off.

  • bdekok

    Ulysses31 Fraser Petrick Don’t blame the Norseman.  The term hung is correct.  They were hung for display to remind everyone what befalls them if they transgress in similar manners.

  • bdekok

    Ulysses31 Fraser Petrick Sorry, I got that wrong.  Hanged isn’t even in the dictionary as a real word, even though it’s often used.  It’s a Hanging (noun) and Hung (past tense)

  • bdekok

    Ulysses31 Fraser Petrick My apologise, I really don’t know.  Seems many different online dictionaries disagree.  Some say Hanged was the original term, but looking in a 120 year old oxford dictionary that I have, it never mentions the word hanged, just Hung ???  I guess, like many things in history, it’s open to interpretation by the writers opinion at the time.  Once I invent a time machine, I’ll go back and get the real information.  Yeah, like that’s ever gonna happen.

  • Fraser Petrick

    Ulysses31 Fraser Petrick  I stand corrected. (I too was born in Britain, though my war bride mother and I were shipped out to Canada in 1944. From Essex to Saskatchewan: is that a step up or a step down? In Colchester we always blamed the Romans.)
    Ariel, have we wandered off topic?

  • Fraser Petrick

    bdekok Ulysses31 Fraser Petrick ” Post tense”? Surely you mean “passed tense”.

  • paulester17

    Ulysses31 The fact that you had to lead with “the back is pretty cool” says it all. 🙂

  • DG Cayse

    Ulysses31 Fraser Petrick “I heard you were hung?”
    “I am”….Blazing Saddles…Mel Brooks.

  • DG Cayse

    Good review Mr. Adams. Especially demonstrating the app functions.
    I agree with the “Let’s see what will evolve in 3 – 5 years” comment.
    This one is close in user-friendliness; but a big negative is its legibility.
    Good idea – not-quite-there- in execution.

  • bdekok

    Did I say post? Bugger, I meant past, but I’m happy with all three. We’ve definitely gone OT. 🙂

  • paulester17

    Hacker4748 Don’t be sorry.

  • DG Cayse Ulysses31 Fraser Petrick “It’s thwoo, it’s thwoo, you people really are gifted.”

  • Fraser Petrick Off-topic? Maybe, but still more interesting than this watch.

  • ScubaPro

    First, I don’t think anybody is doing a better job at looking at the whole smart watch genre better than our Mr. Adams. Well done. Next, I think this is a  descent looking watch overall, so I give them credit for incorporating the old with the new. But here’s the thing, and the big problem I have with the whole smart watch concept. For now, they are tied with the phone and that (for me, anyway) makes them terribly redundant. So when they become independent from the phone, what then? You’ll have a tiny screen at a time when phones screens are getting bigger, which will limit their usefulness. That said, I’m sure they will get popular and sell like crazy, Will it hurt the mechanical  watch industry? Perhaps, but it certainly won’t destroy it. I still think that at some point the whole tech explosion will jump the shark, and people will desire to simplify their lives. So much tech these days is just for the sake of it, and making our lives more distracting and convoluted. A smart watch is the perfect expression of this.

  • ScubaPro I agree. What I’d like to see is not so much a smartwatch as an open platform where you get the most basic of a time display and then everything else is a watch app (downloaded and configured by your phone or tablet) so you, the watch wearer get to decide which functions you want on your watch. Maybe I only want an app that displays the sunrise/sunset in Timbuktu and don’t give a hoot about text message alerts. One app might be a layout widget so that you can organize your other watch apps on the screen (round or square). What made the PC a success back in the 80s was an open architecture (not the shitty applications available from IBM – who used DisplayWrite?) for both hardware and software. Once the platform is stable, app developers (which may be traditional watch faces) will have a ready market and their apps can be sold to customers who decide on any number of hardware (watch cases and straps) that support the commodity hardware guts. Think of how pocket watch movements were standard sized and you selected your case at the jeweler’s shop and he inserted the movement of your choice into it. I’m all for freedom of choice instead of single vendor lockins. (stepping down off of soap box now…)

  • bdekok

    MarkCarson  You’re a dreamer, Mark.  No one is going to create an open hardware platform anymore.  They all want to control it, patent it and leverage it as a monopoly to wring what precious money we have left.  Next, you’ll be wanting all watch manufacturers to use the same open architecture calibre, and we’ll just add modules to have the extra features we want.  I jest of course, but you get my drift.

  • bdekok Sad right? Anyway if Google (apart from Motorola which they own) does for a smartwatch what they did for phones with Android, we have a chance. Google more or less defined that hardware spec that they O/S would run on and then made reference hardware (Nexus) devices. So they have have the muscle to do it if they want. Outside if them, it’s long shot I agree. But recall that the Swiss is band together at the start of the Quartz crisis to develop a movement they could share. Even Rolex was part of the effort. But I will concede that the survivor in the was not the consortium but rather Swatch (and arguably also Ronda).

  • bdekok

    MarkCarson bdekok Didn’t Google sell Motorola to Lenovo earlier this year?  I also heard that Google was acknowledging that the walled garden was a better approach and are considering that for newer projects (not Android), so less open then.

    Also, in your analogy, does Swatch = Microsoft?

  • SantiagoT

    MarkCarson bdekok Oddly enough, Microsoft has launced a sports bracelet that is compatible with not only Windows but also Android and iOS (except the Cortana function).. Granted it is only a band, but it has an internal GPS, all sorts of customized alerts (sms’ email, social media, bad breath…) and the time of course. 

    Jumping from that to watch-shaped thingamajig it’s an easy step and it would be a crossover wearable.

  • bdekok

    Yes, I thought that was a savvy move by Microsoft, and the band looks quite interesting. Their new CEO seems to think unlike the previous goon.
    They could expand this concept to perform an end play around the smart watch by making smart bands that could be used on mechanical watches.

  • bdekok Ulysses31 Fraser Petrick apologies.

  • 5803822

    Watch nerds are bad enough – is ABTW going to encourage the even more ghastly computer nerds to join the party for what up until now has been reasonably well confinedto”mechanical  watch ” – interests  …………….i.e not too much quartz or today’s  type of crap –

  • mgennone I don’t think that actually makes any sense, but its not worth arguing about – your opinion is your own.

  • thornwood36

    I love when Ariel sticks one of these ” watches ” up for our scrutiny and comment. Reading the comments from everyone is great fun.

  • SantiagoT

    bdekok MarkCarson Now that you mention that, and related to what Mark was saying about choosing what alerts to have, one of the brands that really impressed me in SalonQP was Alexandre Meerson. The owner told me that their next watch will be connected to your phone (I presume IPhone) and you would get alerts in the form of vibrations. 

    The novelty is, the watch will be a watch and the alert module will be inserted in the leather wrist, somewehere between the lugs. Apparently it won’t alert you of anything and everything, just emails and messages and such.

    If well implemented that would be really cool, and perhaps a valid way for watch brands to somehow be in this new loop without losing identity.

    On the other hand (or rather on the other wrist) I see César Millán on tv using collars for dogs that send electric vibrations to make them aware of his commands. Don’t know if I like the idea of my wrist suddenly suffering a vicious Parkinson’s disease attack from my cell phone.

  • Fraser Petrick

    49 comments! Nothing like a sign saying “Free Beer” or an article about smartwatches to rev the ABTW crowd..( Reminds me of Mr. Muggs and Lucky, our two small, white fluffy dogs, upon seeing a squirrel in THEIR backyard, not knowing whether ” to shit,or go blind.)

  • sixspeed

    “Michael Bastian informed me that he was heavily inspired by the look and feel of car dashboard instruments.”

    Oh please.. if you steal, be man enough to admit it!! 
    Just say ‘Heavily inspired by IWC..etc..’ and I’d respect you as a bottom-ranked designer a little bit more.

    What’s the ugliest looking smart watch to date? I’d buy that over this. LOL

  • Fraser Petrick I’m waiting to see how many comments a ROLEX SMARTWATCH post would generate! True traffic bait.

  • Fraser Petrick

    MarkCarson Fraser Petrick  A Rolex Smartwatch? Quick, the bucket!

  • Fraser Petrick But it would look great strapped to the paw of Mr. Muggs.

  • leissoo

    Looks like an ugly Chinese version of IWC Ingenieur

  • Fraser Petrick

    “Oh, we’ve got trouble, right here in River City, when the back of a watch is more attractive than its face”.

  • michaelbastian

    niron HP thanks niron!

  • niron

    michaelbastian HP Respect for the awesome work, sir.

  • SarreqTeryx

    I’m sorry, but if this is your idea of getting a smart watch -right-, I think you need to get your head out of the late 90’s.  this this is frakking huge, the screen and UI are straight out of a PalmPilot Pro, and a rubberized plastic strap is just plain cheesy.

  • jacbec

    My MB Chronowing died after 1.5 years. It won’t charge or turn on. HP support was absolutely useless!!!! They use to be a good company.