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Good, but not without its flaws
on June 15, 2012
All of the functions work well enough, with the light being just bright enough to facilitate night time use. What attracted me to this watch was the amount of clear information displayed in the face of the watch. Just looking at it for all of 1 second, you can easily see what day of the week and of the month it is, as well as the time. I enjoyed it greatly in that capacity, but I ended up returning it, to instead buy the Armitron 40/8251RED, and you can read my review for that watch, if you want, as well.
There were three flaws that I found in the watch that were absent in the 40/8251RED, with the trade-off being that the display doesn't convey its information as readily on that watch.
One of the issues I faced is that the buttons were a slight bit tough to press, and I imagine that most people without moderate-length finger nails would have similar troubles. However, this is an admittedly very minor issue, and I would not have returned the watch if this was all I had to object to.
The second is the world time function, which was the other reason, aside from the well-placed display of information, I had been motivated to purchased it. For my particular watch, the world time was constantly 5 hours behind my time zone, leading me to think that the watch was programmed to assume that I am in London. There is no way around this, short of dismantling the watch and force-resetting it, as I was instructed to try and do by an Armitron representative. But I'm not particularly handy with tools. In addition, doing so would not only void my ability to return the watch, but potentially ruin the water resistance feature for good. I imagine that likelihood for this glitch was exacerbated by the fact that I purchased this watch on-line, but I've been told that this sort of thing is rather unusual, which is why I probably would have made do with this, as well, if it were not for what I am about to mention.
What drew me away from the watch, the most, was that the wristband quality takes away from the overall feel of the watch, for me, as someone in his early 20s. Considering that the band makes up for a great deal of the visual surface area of the watch, one should relegate some attention to appearance with the wrist straps, as well. The ones included on this particular watch resemble the material that surrounds the face of the watch, and it's very light-reflective. As a result, it makes the watch seem more like a child's toy, which is, I suppose, understandable, because of the price point of the watch. The one great upside is that the material is rather breathable and tends to not get sticky in the presence of humidity and sweat, but it was not a net benefit, for me. If you feel like this might bother you and you're willing to spend a few more dollars, I would recommend the one that I mentioned at the beginning of this review, instead of this one. As you can see, it's from the same company, so it's not like this review could possibly be construed as biased to another watchmaker.
If none of these things bother you, then this watch will be adequate for your needs. Perhaps the world time glitch I experienced is as rare as they say, and you probably won't have to worry about it all that much. I wish I could have liked this watch more, because the person or group of people who designed the way information is displayed on the face of the watch deserves enormous credit.