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Looks 4, features 5, structure 1
on October 8, 2012
This item has an expected half-life of 6 months. That is, within a year, it will likely have a problem that many will feel is unacceptable. The problem is not the timekeeping part of it. That part takes a licking and keeps on ticking. The problem is the band design, which is weak to the point of falling off. I have now had 4 or 5 of these in various colors (and my daughter had a couple as well) because the combination of feature set and aesthetics were unbeatable.
Where the problem lies is in how the rubbery dark purple band attaches to the hard plastic watch (light pink plastic border, darker pink central border and face). After a year, the band separates from the plastic watch part. This usually happens over a period of several days/weeks, so I've gotten really good at super-gluing them back together. (Beware: the first time I tried it, the glue got under the buttons and they no longer worked!). Once this is done, the result is stronger than the original, though the buttons may stick.
I have used pretty much every feature on the watch, and I love that it is very intuitive. With other digital watches, I have had to pull out the manual to figure out how to set it/change it/use the features. This one is very very well labelled and intuitive. I never have to search to find a feature.
I use the dual time zone feature when travelling. I use the three alarms like a snooze. I have used the lap timer for sports (and I am definitely NOT a tri-athlete or really an athelete of any kind) and the countdown timer for everything from yoga poses to baking to Pictionary. I've also gotten it wet on occasion at the beach with the kids though I rarely immerse it. I use the light-up feature frequently and have used it as a light on occasion as well.
Before this sleeker, more feminine design came along, I wore the conventional ladies Ironman Triathlon design (without the triangle cutouts above and below the dial). That other model was much more durable with a similar/identical feature set. But I wear this so much that I'm willing to sacrifice the durability for the appearance. I think it's the best looking digital watch I've ever seen - but it's the feature set that makes it really great.
I wear mine 24/7 and it has scuffs on the face, but it's not unsightly.