Review: WIMM One Smart Watch – Part 1 – Initial setup and functionality [Hands on Video]

I recently had a chance to get my hands on the new WIMM One from WIMM Labs, which is an Android-powered module that becomes a smart watch when it’s inserted into the accompanied watchstrap. Over the last year, there has been several Android watches released, but the WIMM One just might be the cream of the crop. The WIMM One can work as an extension of your phone, but it’s powerful enough to also run apps. The WIMM Labs Micro App Store Beta opened only about a week ago, but you will already find 30 or so apps ranging from games, lifestyle, and productivity. I expect it to continue to grow exponentially.

The WIMM One measures 1.26 inches by 1.42 inches and is 0.49 inches thick (about 12.5mm). It has a 1.41-inch (160 x 160) TFT capacitive touchscreen display, a Samsung ARM11 processor running at 667 MHz, 256MB of RAM, 2GB of internal storage, WiFI, Bluetooth, an accelerometer, a magnetometer, a GPS, and is splash resistant. It’s priced at $199, which includes the WIMM One 330 Module, USB charging kit, and a black watchstrap.

It’s running on Android 2.1, which at first was a turnoff for me, but after using the WIMM One for a short time I realized it really doesn’t matter what version of Android it is. It’s a completely forked version and is not meant to have all the capabilities of a phone or a tablet. Nonetheless, the WIMM One has a lot of capabilities which I plan on showing you in a series of videos.

Starting today with part 1, I will show you the initial setup, the core functionality, watchfaces, and the pre-installed apps.

Look for Part 2 soon, which will show you the capabilities of the Companion app, which links your WIMM One to your phone via Bluetooth.

For more information click here, or to order one go here.

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • ian douglas

    Thanks for the walkthrough. The device looks neat and was a great unboxing video. I’m curious what sorts of apps they have available or how the phone-to-watch functionality actually works once you’ve paired it over bluetooth, ie can you send information back and forth. I understand it can get copies of text messages that your phone receives, but can you send responses (probably just precanned since I wouldn’t want to rely on a tiny keyboard to type an actual response?)

    What other categories of apps are there?

    • Anonymous

      I will be covering the different apps available in Part 3. There are a few games, some entertainment, lifestyle, and productivity apps so far. As to the phone-to-watch functionality, it works great. For now you only get SMS Text messages and Phone calls. You obviously can’t reply to text or receive phone calls, but you can send a call to voicemail. It’s really great for me because I have the Galaxy Nexus and I leave it on vibrate 24/7. The GNex has the worst vibrator in the world. I can’t tell you how many calls I’ve missed. With the WIMM One, I now know when someone is calling me right away.

  • Mark Seven

    I like it.

  • Mark Seven

    In your next video can you tell us about the battery life please?  Thanks.

    • Anonymous

      I might not be ready yet because I haven’t been able to really test it under “normal” situations because I’ve been playing with it so much. I will say that over the weekend it barely lasted 8 hours, but again, I was doing a lot with it. Today, I haven’t been able to spend as much time with it and so far it has about 60% left and It’s been off the charger for about 8 hours. That’s with WiFi and Bluetooth on.