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    Fossil FX2008 and Suunto n6HR PDA Watches
    Author: Talon
    Date Posted:04/07/2005 15:40.56
    SLRating:Suunto SLRating: 7.5/10
    SLRating:Fossil SLRating: 8/10
    Bottom Line: Wristop,Computer and Advanced-tech watches still have a long way to go before general consumers and watch aficionados will consider them for normal use. But until then, both Fossil and Suunto have made commendable efforts in keeping the idea behind a wearable computer-esque tool alive.

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    Functionality - FX2008

    The FX2008, unlike the n6HR, is completely different from its predecessor, the reason being it runs on Palm OS and is essentially a palm pilot. This has two implications. First, anyone who knows how to use a Palm Pilot will know how to use the FX2008 with minimal further training. Second, anyone who doesn't know how to us a Palm Pilot will need to learn, then undergo minimal further training. The point here is that this watch is in most aspects identical to a Palm Pilot counterpart. It's got a calculator, date book, etc. There are exceptions, mind you. Obviously, the 160 x 160 pixel screen is smaller than that of a handheld Palm Pilot, and it can only display four icons at a time. To compensate for this, Fossil included a rocker button for users to navigate through icons not displayed on the screen.

    Any ways, setting up the watch is much like setting up a typical Palm Pilot, you go through the routine of screen calibration, time zones, and all that stuff. After a few taps, the FX2008 is ready to go. The Palm syncing software is easy and intuitive to use, and you can easily sync most Palm compatible programs (hi-res games being an exception, for obvious reasons). And here is where it gets tricky: text input.

    Text is written using a kind of graffiti except there is not gracious text input space at the bottom of a Palm Pilot screen. Instead, you write directly on the watch screen. However, there seems to be a little problem with the watch reacting to pressure variances; if you press too hard, nothing happens, too softly, and well...nothing happens as well. With practice, inputting a short phrases like "bvy fgod" (buy food) can be easily accomplished in seconds. The lesson here is basically to keep text input to a minimum, and to compose messages that get to the point.

    The FX2008 is not going to replace a palm pilot, I am sorry to conclude. But it does make for a nice note-jotting device for those that can wear it without looking like a certified geek. What I would like to see in the next generations of this thing is a flip screen with more space to write. Are you listening Fossil? Because this is a good idea. Like I was saying, there should be a flip screen. When closed, it should display basic information like time and date, but when opened, it reveals a larger screen full of features (like most cell phones). Or just a smaller watch. Either way, I would be satisfied.



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    1. Introduction
    2. Specifications
    3. First Impressions
    4. Design
    5. Functionality - n6HR
    6. Functionality - FX2008
    7. Functionality - Watch Faces
    8. Conclusion


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