Review of the Swatch Paparazzi MSN Direct (SPOT) Watch
Never be without movie titles and show timesagain.So bottom line: is it worth it to subscribe to the MSN Direct service? That'sa decision you'll have to make after evaluating the MSN Direct channels for yourself,and how a device like this might fit into your daily routine. Youcan get everything but the ability to receive instant messages from MSN Messengerand the ability to synchronize with Outlook for $40 per year. Add$20 for MSN Messenger and Outlook integration for a total of $60 foreverything for a year. What does that work out to monthly? Skip one trip to Starbuckseach month, and you've pretty much got it covered. (Not sure if that saysmore about MSN Direct or Starbucks, but currently, I'm addicted to both.) The Watch ItselfCheck out the photo gallery to get a good feel for the Paparazzi in action.You can enter up to five different permanent travel locations, so if you tendto haunt the same five (or fewer) cities, once you set it up, you can forgetit.Daily Diversions. Word of the day, quote of the day, bornon this day, and this day in history. The current quote of the day is "Itis better not to express what one means than to express what one does notmean." Ifind this channel pretty useless, but I could see some value during a longcommute or mind-numbing meeting. Or perhaps if you're looking for somethingseemingly profound to say to a cute girl at the next table.Lottery. If you're addicted to the lotto, you will becomeaddicted to this channel. If not, you probably won't find it of much use. Whatwould be a really cool feature is if the Lottery Channel could give you thewinning numbers for upcoming drawings, but as it stands, you can only getnumbers for drawings in the past.Sports. The sports channel seems to be pretty intelligentlydesigned in order to optimize the space on your watch. It is first brokendown into sports (baseball, basketball, and football), and then by league(college football, men's college basketball, MLB, NBA, NFL, WNBA, and women'scollege basketball), and lastly, by team. If youfollow a lot of teams, I would imagine it would take some time to configure,but at least you're not wasting valuable watch space on teams you don't careabout. If I were a sports fanatic, I'd be all over this channel, and hence,this watch.Horoscopes. I guess you're either into this stuff, or you'renot. I'm not. But just for fun, today's prediction is, "Indulgein romantic activities. Light candles; cast a spell." Surething.Movies. The newest addition to the MSN Direct channellineup, and one of my favorites. Pick your city, then add the exact theatersyou frequent (up to 10). Allthree of my favorite theaters were there, and from the looks of it, yoursshould be there, as well.