What is a Wrist Phone?

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

With the number of handheld electronic devices that people port these days, it’s little wonder that smart companies would attempt to create as many hands-free inventions as possible. This ingenuity has certainly been applied to the development of the wrist phone or watch phone. These watch/cellphones that sit on the wrist, and which premiered in the late 2000s, are just another method for freeing up the hands while providing all the technological support required to compete in a modern world.

Woman holding an optical disc
Woman holding an optical disc

There are a number of companies that make the wrist phone, and presently people will pay extra for the convenience of not having to hold a phone in the hand. Prices will probably predictably dive if the technology is mass-produced and popular. As of the late 2000s, most phones of this type are over $100 US Dollars (USD) in price.

There are a couple of important features to point out about the wrist phone. The first of these is that if the phone doesn’t come with a Bluetooth device, many conversations end up on speakerphone. Since not every phone call is best made public, purchasing a wrist phone with Bluetooth and listening apparatus may be of use.

It is important to find out which wireless or cellphone providers will work with a particular phone. Some phone manufacturers specifically state which companies have compatibility with their phones. If people have a preference of service carriers, they should plan to do some research on this issue before they make a purchase.

Since there are several different manufacturers of the wrist phone, they each may put into place a variety of features. Typically, dialing is achieved by using the “watch face” screen. A push of a button or two may also allow the phone to display the time. Some of these phones boast a high number of extras, and they may be used to take pictures, to listen to music or to even play movies. Of course, it must be stated that the small phone face would require particularly good eyesight, if movie watching is a planned activity.

Variations aren’t restricted to technological features. These watches may be made with different colors and materials in bands, often metal or plastic. They also may have different looks to the watch face. Most types tend to favor sporty rather than dressy looks.

One good question to ask for anyone considering a wrist phone is about durability and waterproofing. It should be noted that many of these phones are not waterproof.

Tricia Christensen
Tricia Christensen

Tricia has a Literature degree from Sonoma State University and has been a frequent wiseGEEK contributor for many years. She is especially passionate about reading and writing, although her other interests include medicine, art, film, history, politics, ethics, and religion. Tricia lives in Northern California and is currently working on her first novel.

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@Melonlity -- I don't know about "Star Trek," but wrist phones sure as heck bring up the image of Dick Tracy and his two-way, wrist radio. If they incorporate two-way, visual communications into that, then we're talking about Dick Tracy stuff all the way.


Now, here's an emerging technology. It remains to be seen whether wrist phones will be phones on their own, will sync with smartphones, will eventually replace smartphones or will do something else entirely.

Technology seems to be approaching that "Star Trek" level in some ways, doesn't it?

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