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Tag Heuer’s new Meridiist phone: Hmmm.

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So you’re in the business of making watches that people buy to make themselves look good, yes?

Your business has had it’s lunch eaten by the mobile phone industry — to the point that almost everyone uses their mobile to tell the time. I don’t bother with a watch for this reason.

What do you do?

Design a Vertu-wannabe….

And here we go. Deep breath.

I was in London department store, Selfridges, yesterday checking out Tag Heuer’s Vertu-copycat range, Meridiist.

I think Tag have made a severe error mimicking the Vertu range. The Vertu salesman can give you a whole load of gumph about the phone being hand-stitched and whatnot. But the Meridiist salesman? Well, he’s..er… well he’s left hoping that you don’t recognise that the Tag Heuer brand is severely, severely overreaching itself when it’s asking for 2,500 pounds for it’s handsets.

Oh no. Not when your average Tag Heuer watch — if it’s not a knock-off — will set you back maybe 400 pounds?

No. It’s simply not working for me.

I could see myself dropping 3 or 4k on a Vertu if I didn’t have so many issues about their rather limited choice of operating system. The craftsmanship on the Vertu is outstanding. Whilst the Tag Heuer looks nice and, although I’ve not held one, the craftsmanship looks equally good… I’m not sold at all on the brand.

They’re calling them ‘the first swiss engineered communication instrument’ — I kid yet not:

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That isn’t setting my heart alight.

Helpfully, the introductory video to the Meridiist explains that, “this product is not a watch,” just in case anyone is confused.

And now we have to get to the ridiculous, ridiculous inclusion of the ‘chronograph’ watch. The introductory video explains that one of the top 10 functions of a mobile phone is to tell the time.

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Yes.

And?

Well the designers have put the clock on the top slanted bit of the phone. So if you’ve got your handset next to you at a meeting, the person FACING you will be able to see the time in the phone’s digital display.

Almost useful.

I’ll say that again. The CLOCK bit — the time is actually RIGHT on the top of the phone. It’s got a slanted edge, that, unless you point the handset more or less horizontally AT yourself, doesn’t actually show you the time.

But it does show other people. If you’re in a meeting.

I’ll need to take a closer look. Right now, from a glance, it looks like a me-too challenge that Vertu should easily withstand. Happy to have my mind changed though. What’s your viewpoint?

Oh … And if you’d like one free on a Vodafone contract, you’ll need a 15 year contract I reckon…

More at http://meridiist-phone.com/.

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

14 replies on “Tag Heuer’s new Meridiist phone: Hmmm.”

I've seen some funny, if not terrible straplines before, but “The first swiss engineered communication instrument” is quite possibly the worst.

I'm also not a fan of the over-priced mobile sector; and once again a ghastly looking device has been produced for too much money.

They could at least make it look reasonably nice.

Samantha.

This mobile phone is perfect if you're boss loves long nonsense meetings, to keep him reminded of the time. πŸ™‚

It's nice to see a big watch company like Tag Heuer launching a new product line, which is far from the product it is known for. However, I'm sure that the consuming market is expecting more from this big brand, most likely more unique features, which will be their selling point among the existing competitors and traditional players in the mobile phone industry. Perhaps, a more edgy, sharp and one of a kind design? Or come up with useful and user-friendly features? Just a thought

Now you're splitting hairs.

'The battery powered ones, yes'

Well, my N95 doesn't — and will never — work on mechanical elements.

We're talking about a 2,500 battery-powered-phone.

The breathtaking view of the slope itself is worth the travel to Switzerland. A ski splash is always a tremendous offer in Switzerland. Now, for people who switzerland clothing wish for an adventurous move, skiing is the outstanding break.

“Not when your average Tag Heuer watch β€” if it’s not a knock-off β€” will set you back maybe 400 pounds? “

What world do you live in man? Get real. Average Tag heuer for Β£400? you must be buying fake goods then. Sorr, I cannot take this review seriously.

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