Fossil’s Abacus Bluetooth watch

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  So, what’s the difference between the Fossil Abacus Bluetooth watch and the Sony Ericsson MBW-100 Bluetooth watch we featured yesterday? Both are made by Fossil and both feature technology from Sony Ericsson to connect to your mobile phone. However, there’s a marked difference in looks – and this one retails for around £50 cheaper.

The Abacus was developed from one of Fossil’s bestselling analogue watches. In terms of functionality, it seems very similar to the MBW-100, with auto-pairing to your phone to offer caller ID information on your wrist (and the ability to reject a call) via an OLED screen, along with notification of incoming texts by vibration. There’s an out of range warning if your phone and watch separate, time/date from your phone and it’s water resistant up to 3m. The battery lasts for around 7 days before it needs a charge via AC adapter or USB.

Available in two styles, with a stainless steel case and bracelet or with a stainless steel case and black PU strap. Both retail at £149.99. Check your phone will pair with it before buying.

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Dave Walker