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First of all I want to praise the quick shipping from ibuygou.com; I ordered the watch on Wed 7th and received it on Tue 13th. I chose this watch in particular for the java feature, which on the whole has been well implemented. I was concerned it would be a half-hearted effort but I was pleased to be able to install and run Opera Mini 4.3, which works well using the touch screen. There are a few pre-installed apps but they are mostly in chinese and so I have no idea how to use them. I also chose this watch for its keypad, as I thought this would help with the problems others have experienced running java apps on watches with no keys. The problem is that the scroll keys on the side of the watch have no effect in java apps, making it impossible to use some menus with more than four options to choose. The scroll down arrow on the screen is covered by a "back" button, so you can't scroll with the stylus either. This doesn't affect all apps, it depends on whether they have their own menu coding or use the java default, but it is disappointing.

 

The wifi feature is very useful and it was very easy to connect to my home network. The connection is faster than the mobile signal and can be used by the in-built wap browser, but more usefully by java apps such as opera and facebook. The problem with the in-built browser is most sites will default to chinese. Even if I go to google.co.uk, it comes up in chinese, and I can't find a way to change this. Initially it even downloaded and installed the chinese version of Opera Mini.

 

The instruction manual is confusing, but the english is better than my chinese so I can't complain too much, however it makes reference to things I can't find on the phone, such as email and "dynamic application settings" whereby shaking the phone can be set to do things like change the wallpaper. I'm guessing the same instructions are bundled with a number of different phones.

 

Overall, I am quite pleased with this watch phone. I has a quality feel to it and a nice-looking interface.

If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer them.

 

Anthony

 

 

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Lets give it up for Anthony!...So far the best review for the x8 watch phone.

Thanks Anthony.

We hope to see a video on the network soon.

cheers

joe

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Great review of the X8 Anthony. As you mentioned some dealers write a manual that fits for more than one model as I saw in the past. The shaking does only works on mobile phones as far as I know. I saw it on a desription and read it from other people who had trouble with this feature.

Do you know if the X8 supports T9? Is it easier to write an SMS than with the stylus?

I actually like using the tiny on-screen keyboard for typing, I find it surprisingly easy and accurate when used with the stylus, but sometimes T9 predictive text is faster and easier and yes, you can use the keypad on the watch for this. The only problem is the letters above the numbered keys are very small by design, so if you can't text blind then you may have to squint at your wrist as you are texting. I'm not sure how large the dictionary is, it didn't have the word "enjoy".

 

BTW I have found the email feature on the phone, it is in the messaging menu, but I haven't tried it yet as I don't think I have a suitable email account.

 

Anthony

Thanks for the answer, I'll see and check it when my X8 arrives.
Is T9 just available for English or also for other languages? What about the loudspeaker? Have you tried to phone with the watch without a headset? Is the voice clear and good to understand?

The t9 function works for other laguages such as french and spanish.

I haven't really tried using the loudspeaker properly but I will at some point and let you know.

Anthony

Anthony

 

Dose the X8 WIFI support WPA & WPA2 security password key? Does WIFI work without SIM card? How may Clock screens you choose (pictures will be great)? How long does the battery last, and how long to charge the battery? Does Email support Gmail, Yahoo, and Exchange server? Thanks,

 

 

The wifi security menu lists the following: open netwoek, shared, IEEE 802.1x, WPA/WPA2, WPA/WPA2 PSK.

I haven't tried it without a sim card but it did work with an expired sim so should be ok, the phone is charging at the minute so I can't check. On that note, battery life is not so good, with wifi on it lasts less that a day on standby. Haven't really used it much for proper phone calls as I'm just playing with it at the minute. Charging takes a few hours.

There are only two clocks to choose from, one analogue and one digital, otherwise there are 8 system images or you can choose your own image.

I think email would be better accessed through a java app as the built in function in the messaging menu doesn't seem to use the wifi connection.It supports POP3 and IMAP4. There is a gmail app already installed which will work with wifi.

Having trouble getting clear photos of the display to post, if I manage it will upload some.

Anthony

Thanks Anthony for your time to help us understand the new watch...It is great when you can share your individual experience rather than us hearing , "the watch is great"... let's be real about our experiences so the next member wont feel that they are doing something wrong to get that negative result from their product.

We will need to get a few more experiences to tally up if the watch is (good-bad-ok-soso)

 

thanks

joe



Anthony Motyka said:

The wifi security menu lists the following: open netwoek, shared, IEEE 802.1x, WPA/WPA2, WPA/WPA2 PSK.

I haven't tried it without a sim card but it did work with an expired sim so should be ok, the phone is charging at the minute so I can't check. On that note, battery life is not so good, with wifi on it lasts less that a day on standby. Haven't really used it much for proper phone calls as I'm just playing with it at the minute. Charging takes a few hours.

There are only two clocks to choose from, one analogue and one digital, otherwise there are 8 system images or you can choose your own image.

I think email would be better accessed through a java app as the built in function in the messaging menu doesn't seem to use the wifi connection.It supports POP3 and IMAP4. There is a gmail app already installed which will work with wifi.

Having trouble getting clear photos of the display to post, if I manage it will upload some.

Anthony

Hello

 

You need to charge the X8 for around 6 hours at the first 3 times use.means that each time the battery should be running out of totally,then you charge it around 6 hours,this will be good for the battery's life...the standby time for the battery is around 4-5 days...

 

B.R

Liu

Jcyaoo said:

Anthony

 

Dose the X8 WIFI support WPA & WPA2 security password key? Does WIFI work without SIM card? How may Clock screens you choose (pictures will be great)? How long does the battery last, and how long to charge the battery? Does Email support Gmail, Yahoo, and Exchange server? Thanks,

 

 

Ijust also got my X8 and find it very easy to write SMS with the keypad. It's more comfortable and faster than the virtual keypad of the S66 (very small). How I activate T9 I didn't find out yet, is it "Smart-DE" oder "Smart-ABC"? I just use multitap for testing. The adjusting on my small arms is very easy because you can adjust this model like a "normal" watch. I doesn't have the fastener of the other chinese metal wrists.

Is there a way to make the keypad completely silent? I can only put it on 1 but not without sound.

The manual is really confusing, it doesn't describe the buttons of the watch so it's not helpful.

It's also very easy to put it to your ear when you are phoning as Dr. Lex likes it with his watches.

How T9 works I now found out but the text input with the keypad doesn't work when I switch from upper case to use of small letters. So the only way to use it is typing text with the virtual keypad, what a pity.

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