For those younger readers who may have never heard of Dick Tracy, it was a comic strip featuring Dick Tracy, a hard-hitting, fast-shooting and intelligent police detective. The comic strip debuted on October 4, 1931 and became very popular. One of the strip's most recognizable icons was the 2-Way Wrist Radio, worn by Tracy and members of the police force.
The creators of Dick Tracy were definitely on to something. The wrist device became a reality, and now we have watches that let us place calls, take pictures, listen to the radio, and more. Let's take a look at three of the highest rated watch phones in the market.
The MW08 watch phone is built like a tank. It's made of stainless steel so you know it's made to last. It's unlocked for any GSM network, has a camera for still images and video, Bluetooth capability and plays MP3 files and MP4 video. Has built in e-mail, SMS and MMS messaging features. The 1.5 inch LED resistive touchscreen lets you control its many features. The built in speakerphone will have you talking to your friends Tracy-style right from your wrist. You can always use a Bluetooth headset if you want. The Mini SD memory slot lets you add more memory (up to 8 GB). Capture 1600x1200 pictures with the 1.3 MP camera. Many other features included are Internet browser, stereo FM radio, Java game support (downloadable), hands-free calls, voice recorder, alarm clock, world time, stopwatch, calculator and many others. The rechargeable Li-Ion battery will give you enough power for 120 hours in standby mode or 2 hours of talk time.
The VIP watch phone is unlocked and GSM compatible. Control it using the 1.5 inch TFT LCD touch screen. Expandable memory using the Mini SD slot. Bluetooth capability. 2.0 MP still camera captures JPEG images. Record video in AVI and 3GP format. FM radio, video and audio player, sound recorder. Graphical interface can be set to 14 different languages. Reproduce audio in MP3, MIDI and AMR formats. Built-in microphone. Rechargeable Li-Ion battery provides 2.5 hours of talk time or 150 hours in standby.
Use the 1.5 inch touch screen on this watch phone with the included stylus or your fingers. Fully unlocked and GSM compatible. The rechargeable battery provides 2.5 hours of talk time and up to 150 hours in standby. Includes a video/still camera and audio player/recorder. Talk on the phone using any Bluetooth headset. Available in six colors: Camouflage, Royal Blue, Olive Green, Pink, Black and Silver.
Communication devices have definitely come a long way since Dick Tracy got his 2-Way Wrist Radio back in the forties, as evidenced by these phones. And with rumors of an Apple iWatch all over the internet it definitely sounds like this type of device will become very prevalent soon.