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Sony takes on Apple's Watch, says the SmartWatch 3 offers two-day battery life

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Sony takes on Apple's Watch, says the SmartWatch 3 offers two-day battery life
Apple today finally announced all the details we needed to know about its very first smartwatch, which, as you've probably heard, is simply called Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch will be available to buy starting April 24. The cheapest models will cost $349, while the most expensive ones - Apple Watch Edition - will go up to $17,000 (yup, that's not a typo).

Mere hours after Apple announced that its Watch can offer "all-day battery" (which means 18 hours, not 24), Sony took to Twitter and Facebook to remind the world that its SmartWatch 3 features "two-day battery." The Japanese company used an image similar to Apple's to inform us about the long-lasting battery of the SmartWatch 3, clearly taking a jab at the Watch designed in Cupertino.

Running Android Wear, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is definitely a worthy alternative to the Apple Watch. It's currently available for as low as $249 in the US, and has a higher water-resistance rating than the Apple wearable device (IPx8 versus IPx7). Of course, choosing between the two ultimately comes down to personal preferences, and to what smartphone you're using the most.


source: Sony (Twitter, Facebook)

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posted on 09 Mar 2015, 21:52 7

1. TyrionLannister (unregistered)


Say that to pebble.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:05 3

3. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Pebble's smartwatch battery lasts longer for a number of reasons.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:16 2

5. justrt (Posts: 327; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


Yes it yes. Yet, i think Pebble is the smartwatch that makes most sense at this present days.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:32

12. justrt (Posts: 327; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


-this

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:33 6

13. Derekjeter (Posts: 805; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


I think all smartwatch are stupid and its just a way for people to demand more attention. Theres not one smartwatch out there that is worth any price they charge from any OEM. As for the battery who cares if the Apple watch will only last 18 hours, its just like an iPhone, i charge my iPhone every night and this wont be any different, lets face it 95% of the people who buy a smartwatch are not that smart to begin with and have no clue what they just bought.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 01:48 3

29. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Talk for yourself not others. I have a smartwatch to buzz me on messages because my work place frowns on pulling out and checking your phone. I can also control my bluetooth music when im in my car safely without looking my phone.

18hr battery is also stupid, because there are days when you are out longer than 18hrs. And 18hr battery just means 12-14hrs for real people who use their phones and not leave as a glorified statue toy with standby.

I use a Sony SW2, it was only $120, can't even get a good normal watch for that price. The only not so smart narcissist is you.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 05:45 1

35. tedkord (Posts: 9861; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


But if a smartwatch has health functionality, it should also include sleep monitoring, which makes nightly charging an issue.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:00 1

18. sgodsell (Posts: 3056; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


I can get 3 days out of my Sony SmartWatch 3. Also the SW3 has GPS and bluetooth 4.1. Although the Pebble is a good smart watch for notifications, time, and weather. It has canned responses for email, text messages and others. The Pebble is very limited in its functionality compared to Android Wear and the Apple Watch.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:00 2

19. techperson211 (Posts: 1163; Member since: 27 Feb 2014)


Pebble in terms of simplicity. We all know how apple is doing in battery life.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 10:07

38. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


It doesn't matter. EVERYONE NEEDS TO TAKE DOWN the Apple watch.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:05

2. nctx77 (Posts: 1640; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


This is not an alternative to the Apple watch. It's only for Android lol!

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:05 2

20. sgodsell (Posts: 3056; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Very soon there is going to be iOS support for Android Wear.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:57

26. UnlimitedSkye03 (Posts: 79; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


it will just wait for the update to come out :P

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:14 10

4. justrt (Posts: 327; Member since: 10 Jul 2014)


iSheep won't care.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:19 2

7. nwright94 (Posts: 191; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)


iSheep can't actually use this watch with their phones =p Marketing Android watches to iPhone users is almost as useless as marketing Apple watches to Android users.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:24

9. Deaconclgi (Posts: 405; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)


I'm glad I can use my Microsoft Band with my iPhone, Nexus 5 and Windows devices.

Android Wear's and Apple Watch old fashioned closed-minded approach is what keeps me from investing in present and future products in those ecosystems.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:35

14. nwright94 (Posts: 191; Member since: 14 Oct 2014)


I enjoy my Pebble and my Fitbit, both work with the big 2 platforms. I honestly have no interest in an Apple watch or an Android Wear watch.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:45

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 5236; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Microsoft band has a fixed band so some people has skin rushes.
->http://forums.windowscentral.com/microsoft-band/326345-anyone-developed-rash-bumps.html

Pebble is a better smart wearable I could change the band to any 22mm watch band including a stainless steel one that I am wearing now.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:07 1

21. sgodsell (Posts: 3056; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Very soon you are going to see Android Wear have iOS support. Google it if you don't believe me.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:18 3

6. Derekjeter (Posts: 805; Member since: 27 Oct 2011)


"the Sony SmartWatch 3 is definitely a worthy alternative to the Apple Watch".

Again a stupid comparison by PA. Why do you compare a smartwatch, phone, tablet, of different OS. I doubt the Sony watch will connect to iPhone if it does please let me know, other wise please stop comparing, keep Android with Android.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:53 3

16. miket1737 (Posts: 2350; Member since: 17 Mar 2013)


There are rumors Googl is working on and will announce Android wear for iOS so

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 18:12

41. JoaoSilva33 (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Mar 2015)


It's not a stupid comparison. They just compare the features os the two watches and their prices.
When PA said "the Sony SmartWatch 3 is definitely a worthy alternative to the Apple Watch", they justified that by saying "It's currently available for as low as $249 in the US, and has a higher water-resistance rating than the Apple wearable device (IPx8 versus IPx7)."
So, if Sony's SmartWatch has a highter water-resistance rating, a 2-day battery life and is cheaper, why would SW 3 not be a worthy alternative to the Apple Watch?

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:20 2

8. romeo1 (Posts: 703; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


wouldn't buy either of these. Unless the battery isn't at least a month. That said out of these 2 I'd buy the sony as i prefer its looks and price.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:24

10. AndreaWijayanti (Posts: 68; Member since: 03 Mar 2015)


I prefer apple watch for deisgn

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 10:07

39. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)


smart watches are irrelevent too expensive and gets outdated

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:29

11. Arthurhkt (Posts: 405; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


Sony, please, i know this is for marketing purpose, you should focus on the Lollipop update as your Z-series customer still waiting for it instead of wasting mocking on people

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 22:59 1

17. Mreveryphone (Posts: 361; Member since: 22 Apr 2014)


I have the SW 3 and I can tell you I do get two days of battery life... Only if I turn it off while I sleep... With that being said it's pointless for these companies to be stating why you should by their watch over the Apple Watch if it doesn't work on said platform anyway... Nobody is going to move from one platform to another because of a smartwatch.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:09

24. sgodsell (Posts: 3056; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


You can get longer if you turn off the GPS.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:08

22. twens (Posts: 953; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


I think Samsung is wise to stop this smart watch race. It's a very stupid investment. If I want a watch I'll buy a regular one. I mean common guys, we carry our phones every single day. Why need a watch?????? Are consumers getting too techy or plain stupid? How long are these companies going to rip us off? They should invest Rd and time into improving battery life's on our smartphones first. To hell with smart watches.

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:08

23. fyahking (Posts: 859; Member since: 28 Jan 2015)


17k for an apple? Lmao!

posted on 09 Mar 2015, 23:31

25. FilthyJ24 (Posts: 9; Member since: 06 Sep 2013)


The iWatch (apple watch is a stupid name) is for people that have more money than common sense.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 00:08

27. Chuck007 (Posts: 1000; Member since: 02 Mar 2014)


I ordered a Pebble Time for US$159 and can't possibly be happier.

Smartwatch 3 (metal) and Gear R were my other favorites. The thing with the Apple Watch is, it pretends to be something else it aint. Pebble is a nerdy looking watch but everyone likes it for that reason (reminds me of the good old 80s). The Smartwatch 3 and Gear R looks and feels premium. The Apple Watch? A huge block on your arms that looks outright goofy for the target fashion conscious consumer. They seriously need a redesign next-generation.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 01:33

28. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


Both just suck. My Romanson looks much more premium than these gimmicky watches.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 01:53

31. mixedfish (Posts: 1144; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)


Oh wow your watch is more 'premium' despite not not being the same type of product, cool story bro.

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 02:33

32. SuperNova (banned) (Posts: 649; Member since: 15 Jan 2015)


I don't need that type of gimmcky watch. Why spend more money on this thing when we have smartphone already...

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 01:50 1

30. aliadils3d (Posts: 8; Member since: 16 Feb 2015)


so now all day is 18 hrs lol, all day doesn't mean 24 hrs any more lol

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 09:20

37. gersont1000 (Posts: 274; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Does this mean that the SW3 has 2.66 days battery life according to Apple?

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 03:55

33. wando77 (Posts: 795; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


No heart rate sensor on sony unfortunately

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 05:18 1

34. TruthSpeaker (unregistered)


The stainless steel Sony watch, with a bracelet is $249. An the stainless steel iWatch, with a similar bracelet is $1100.
Is this correct?.. The sheep tax is strong with this iproduct..

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 06:01

36. drunkenjay (Posts: 856; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)


to be honest. I wont buy any until the next few years. it doesnt wow me atm. lets see what all manufacturers will bring by the end of this year. maybe it will bring new light to smart watches or its the same old junk

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 16:00

40. JakLee (Posts: 13; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


I just want a watch I can answer the phone with, send/receive messages, take pictures, look up things on the internet/facebook, check time/date, listen to music and watch videos, AND be able to wear in the shower...... playing games on the watch would be nice too

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