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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Loves it
I got this watch not knowing how it would create a stir around my friends. Everyone loves it, they keep asking to see it , play with the bluetooth sync. Apart from that, the fact that its black, it compliments all manner of dress codes wether official, casual, and jewelery.

I'd recommend it to anyone.
Published 16 months ago by KM

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60 of 60 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag, impressive but flawed
The Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity watch is a very attractive, high-quality analogue-display timepiece that you will be proud to own. Even without the iPhone integration, it is a nice watch to have on your wrist. It approaches phone integration at a different angle from, say, the electronic Pebble watch. The Pebble, in common with several others about to be launched, is a...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed bag, impressive but flawed, 18 Nov 2012
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The Citizen Eco-Drive Proximity watch is a very attractive, high-quality analogue-display timepiece that you will be proud to own. Even without the iPhone integration, it is a nice watch to have on your wrist. It approaches phone integration at a different angle from, say, the electronic Pebble watch. The Pebble, in common with several others about to be launched, is a digital display device built primarily as a wrist terminal for the phone. It will be possible to provide more detailed information on the small e-ink screen of the Pebble. The Citizen, on the other hand, is the first conventional, analogue-display watch to link with the iPhone and remains a rather odd mix of electronics and dials and pointers.

There is a lot of information displayed on the dial and, as I mentioned at the outset, the tiny blue on black lettering is difficult to read. The hour and minute hands frequently cover the particular part of the function or mode dial that you need to consult. It is a cluttered display, typical of Citizen multi-function watches over the years, and will be frustrating for anyone with less than perfect eyesight. It isn't all that good for people with good eyesight, come to think of it.

The time synchronisation with the iPhone is faultless and the watch is a buy on this function alone. With two time zones and integration with the iPhone's over-the-air time sync, the watch is likely to be an ideal travelling companion. Old-style mechanical time-zone watches such as the Rolex GMT Master II require manual setting and adjustment. However, the display on the Rolex, for instance, is far clearer and simpler than Citizen has managed to achieve.

The alerts are a mixed bag. To be able to get your watch to make your phone come to life and tell you its location is a brilliant idea. And the warning that you have left the phone behind can save you financial loss and inconvenience. On the other hand, the dial indicator for alerts (the thin blue second hand moving to 8,9,10 or 11) is of questionable value. Yet it is difficult to see how Citizen could have done it any other way.

The alert vibration (which cannot be adjusted) is also too weak and, frankly, is easy to miss. A stronger buzz and, perhaps, a nagging repeat would be more useful, although I suspect Citizen is constrained by power limitations.

The need to set up mail accounts in the iPhone Citizen app is wholly unacceptable. The lack of SMS/message alerts is also a major flaw. If anything, text message alerts are probably the most important of all.

After trying out the watch I have very mixed views. I love "proper" watches and have in the past owned some very desirable timepieces. The Citizen is a really nice, substantial watch, if a little on the thick and heavy side. It is electronic, with Eco-Drive, and never needs a battery. Above all, I find it impressive that Citizen has managed to incorporate a low-powered Bluetooth wireless in a device that never needs charging. Imagine having a light-powered iPhone.

It is a watch you would want to keep for years but I worry that it could soon become technologically incompatible with future iPhones. Then you will be left with a beautiful watch cluttered with features that no longer have relevance. It is a watch for life containing electronics for the moment. In this case, then, a cheap Pebble or similar electronic digital-display watch could be a better bet for phone integration. You will be happier to throw it away when it no longer syncs with your shiny new iPhone 7.

The Citizen is probably worth the 399 it costs, even without the iPhone features. It is a brave first attempt by Citizen at creating a desirable standard watch with some up-to-the-minute technical tricks. After trying it, however, I find it is as frustrating as it is desirable.

THE GOOD:

* High-quality, traditionally-styled wristwatch
* Five-year-guarantee
* No maintenance or batteries needed
* Easy to set up once you find the instructions
* Impessive time and date sync with iPhone 4S and 5.
* Brilliant find-my-phone and lost-my-phone alerts

THE BAD
* Complicated mode functions and unintuitive operation--don't lose that instruction manual, store it in Evernote with a "frequent" tag
* Cluttered dial with functions often hidden by hands, difficult-to-read text labels
* Very thick, even by mechanical watch standards
* No alerts for messages and texts, nor for calls from apps such as Viber or Tango.
* Alert indication by means of second-hand pointer is difficult to see against the black dial
* Alert vibration is weak and cannot be adjusted
* Email accounts must be set up in the Citizen app rather than syncing with the phone's settings.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Dial Design, 19 July 2013
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Clearly a watch for the iPhone aficionado, but I have already been disappointed by the dial design. It's really hard to read the subsidiary dials with a black background. Additionally, the iPhone functions are incredibly hard to read. That said, it's a stylish and substantial timepiece.

The solar power charging seems to work very well, though ultimately limits the viability of the watch. With no cell to replace, once the solar recharging fails, then so does the watch. I'm guessing a Citizen repair would not be financially viable. Given the high purchase price, this probably limits its viability to 5-8 years only.

The usefulness of the iOS integration is open to debate. In my experience, the watch often loses connectivity with the iPhone, even though only placed feet apart. Re-connection is fiddly and after a few days, you resort to using this as a stand-alone timepiece, only occasionally re-connected to sync the watch with the time server. I'm baffled the interface doesn't alert you to text messages, whereas alerting you to every email on a busy account seems practically pointless.

The watch vibration alert is very subtle and easy to miss; but at least this means receipt of alerts is very discreet.

The necessary third party iOS app needs to be running in the background for any alert or sync to function. The Bluetooth connectivity is a fair drain on your device's battery - which is quite a substantial drawback.

All in all, a solid timepiece with a hard-to-read dial. The iOS functions are more a gimmick and a talking point than any practical use. A worthy gift for a gimmick/gadget fan, but an otherwise impractical and overpriced piece of redundant metal!
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Loves it, 12 April 2013
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I got this watch not knowing how it would create a stir around my friends. Everyone loves it, they keep asking to see it , play with the bluetooth sync. Apart from that, the fact that its black, it compliments all manner of dress codes wether official, casual, and jewelery.

I'd recommend it to anyone.
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A good idea but poorly executed, clearly not a product for everyone, 14 Jan 2013
The watch looks very cool and being solar powered is an excellent addition. But ultimately the watch can only connect to two phones (iPhone 4S/5) which in 2013 doesn't make much sense, the watch is more a gimmick for 'cool iPhone' people as supposed to being something functional that everyone can use. I'm also not sure why it's advertised as having Bluetooth as nothing with Bluetooth can connect or pair with the device. The functionality and connection can only be made by using a third party app that operates separately from your iPhone's Bluetooth stack. It's a fantastic watch, but Citizen haven't really grasped how Bluetooth or apps should be used when extending phones to other devices. It's hard to justify spending this much on a watch unless you have already spent too much on an iPhone.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Watch, 30 April 2013
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I wanted one of these for ages. The email and call notification work really well as does the find my phone audible alarm.The watch is well built keeps excellent time and looks good on your wrist
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's ok, 19 Feb 2013
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Bell'orologio, ma sicuramente migliorabile nella lettura del quadrante e nella sincronizzazione con l'iphone. Spesso non lo riconosce e la vibrazione non si sente molto, in piu sarebbe bello avere un manuale in italiano!!!
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