Android Powered “i’m Watch” Experiencing Delays – Begins Shipping July 15th With Improved Specs


The Android powered  “i’m Watch” made quite the splash when it debuted first as a concept late last year, and then as a prototype at this year’s CES. There was so much buzz that many an Android user, and your everyday tech enthusiast, were getting in line, pre-ordering the device as soon as it was made available.

Well, it looks like the Italian smartwatch maker is experiencing delays (again), this time to better equip the little Donut running watches with improved hardware — no doubt to better compete with the likes of rival smartwatches like the Pebble. Starting on July 15th, the i’m Watch will begin shipping out to outstanding orders with the company saying they expect to have all orders fulfilled by Sept. 15th.

Those of you that don’t feel like waiting any further have until the 15th of July to cancel your orders and apply for a refund. For those that plan on waiting this out, you can now expect to receive a 15% discount as part of a thank you gift from the i’m Watch team.

Below is the email being sent out to pre-orderers today. Anyone planning on sticking around for the i’m Watch? Or have the Pebble, Sony Smartwatch, or others caught your wandering eye?

Dear Customer,

we appreciate the patience you’ve shown so far regarding the delivery of i’m Watch. We are aware that you have encountered some inconveniences and that, above all, you were not able to use a device that grows every day further interest around the world.

Unfortunately we have verified once more the validity of that saying: “The best is the enemy of the good!” What do we mean?

We want to tell you today with great transparency and humbleness that, not only have we met all the difficulties of an extremely innovative and ambitious project (and the unforeseen events that have surpassed any logical expectation), but we have especially given into the temptation of implementing some modifications in order to increase and improve the adaptability of i’m Watch towards the future development of technology (for example, enabling it to handle a larger number of apps than initially expected). All of these factors brought us to lose precious time and, particularly, has prevented us from providing you some certain dates for the delivery.

But we are now able to define them as follows, taking into account that we intend to conduct a last serious testing program with our customers:

1) By June 15th we will provide i’m Watch to a group of 300 customers, who will cooperate with us for a final and ultimate check, to be completed by July 15th. We will ask them to give regular feedback on their experience, which will be reported in a public blog on the website in order to allow you to follow its evolution as well.

2) Starting July 15th we will begin to ship the product to all those who have an unsent order. We expect to fulfill the delivery for all current orders within and no later than September 15th.

Given that we understand that you might have lost interest in the purchase, we decided to offer you the following possibilities:

Giving up the purchase and requesting an immediate refund of the paid amount, providing by July 15th an e-mail to the following address, if you are residing in Italy: …, or to the following: … if you are residing abroad. If instead you are willing to wait until the expected date of delivery, you will receive at the delivery a 15% discount on the price paid.

We thank you for your cooperation, very confident that i’m Watch will fully meet your expectations.

Best regards.

Manuel Zanella and Massimiliano Bertolini President and CEO of i’m Spa

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I can see using this for calls & notifications… but for texting or games or internet? I don’t think so.

  2. Why not use that same arm for taking your phone out of your pocket instead?

    1. Skinny jeans. That’s why O_o

      1. So get a fanny pack….. :P

          1. Oh gees… I hope that isn’t your Google IO gear.

          2. I have to get my shorts back from my sister.. but I’m definitely thinking about it.

          3. “I have to get my shorts back from my sister” . . .


  3. This would be nice, but not for $470. I’d pay $100 tops

    1. Pebble: $100 tops.

      This? With color screen and everything? $200 tops.

  4. Sorry “you’re Fail”; it’s too expensive.

    1. That’s because it’s “Italian.” Makers of the finest suits in the world…

  5. For that much money… how about a current ICS theme?

  6. I paid over $500 for a watch that doesn’t do even 1/16 of what the i’m Watch does and the design of the i’m Watch is much better than pebble or the Sony….I’m getting one!

  7. Looks very nice but I will not pay $500 for a start up first release watch. $200 would have been a better price point for me to buy in.

    I may buy a Pebble at 150…

  8. This company has been nothing but delays, false promises and disappointments going all the way back to their blackberry watch. I have very little faith in this start up.

    Order one year ago
    Is currently used only in Korea, and people.
    Received July 31 and it is a condition that occurs more than 20 defective pixels. Problems talking, take measures vary, but more than 20 days and return ….. Has demand.
    Believe this company?

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