Sony SmartWatch 2 Review7
Sony is improving on its smart watches in increments, treading the water lightly to gauge whether this nascent market will really take off, and it shows in the specs and price of the SmartWatch 2. It is a well built, but somewhat slow and glitchy device, with comparatively poor and low-res display.
On the other hand, it brings decent battery life, simplified interface, water resistance, and perhaps its biggest advantage – the potential for hundreds of 3rd party apps that will inevitably add more functionality to the basic setup.
Direct competitors are the Samsung Galaxy Gear, which sports more functions like speakers, mic and camera, but with a more cumbersome interface, shorter battery life, compatibility with certain Galaxy phones only, and is $100 more expensive than the $200 SmartWatch 2.
The other alternative is the good old Pebble smart watch, which has the longest battery life of them all, is cheap, fast and with good display to read outdoors, but it might be overly simplistic for today's smart wearable standards, and the screen is not a color one.
A stealth competitor is also Qualcomm's Toq, which sports a reflective Mirasol display, that does wonders for battery life, lets you answer messages with short predetermined responses and sports extra apps like stock tickers and the like. It is a proof-of-concept kind of gear for Qualcomm, though, meant to be produced in the tens, rather than the hundreds of thousands, and is slated to cost the same as the Galaxy Gear ($299).
For now, Sony's SmartWatch 2, despite all its bugs and glitches, is a decent entrance to the world of brainy wearables, and glancing on notifications there instead of reaching for your phone quickly becomes second nature.
Software version: 1.0.B.0.60
- Greatly expanded functionality via 3rd party apps
- Very handy for quick check on notifications
- Decent battery life
- Water resistance
- Comparatively poor display
- Glitchy and frustrating to set up
1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)
Weeelll.... At least it got a better score than the galaxy Gear.
4. DaHarder (Posts: 177; Member since: 10 Oct 2009)
As someone who has owned used all 3 versions of SONY's 'smartwatch' and now owns the Samsung Galaxy Gear (along with a couple of others)...
My SONY Smartwatch 2 has no where near the speed, polish, display quality or overall functionality/smoothness of operation of my Galaxy Gear and the fact that it's designed to be tightly integrated with Samsung Devices only ensures that it doesn't suffer from desperately attempting to be 'digitally friendly' with multitudes of (often under-powered) Android devices... That simply lack the ability to function well with the Galaxy Gear... and you can bet that if Apple ever makes a 'smartwatch', It Too will be limited to only Apple/iOS devices for the same reasons.
As for those complaining about the price, US 200.00 for the SONY bought me but an easily scratched aluminum casing with a low-res display that's rather unpleasant to view under most situations, whereas the (US 299.00) Galaxy Gear features a case made of highly durable Stainless Steel with an actual Sapphire Crystal covering the display... and let's not forget that the Galaxy Gear also has a surprisingly capable camera and a rather excellent speaker phone and very useful voice control included as well.
Comparatively: The SONY is clearly a Ford Fiesta to the Galaxy Gear's BMW 535i.
8. AwesomestMaximuss (Posts: 146; Member since: 09 Jul 2013)
Yeah,,i mean look at the pros and cons they concluded for both the devices...and u ll know that GEAR gets a lower rating so as not to upset Michael h lol
11. buccob (Posts: 2571; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
I would categorize both of them as "different" devices...
The Sony SmartWatch 2 is an Accessory for your smartphone (almost any android) and it serve that purpose very well... while replacing also a regular watch in a more practical way...
The Galaxy Gear is more of a standalone device that happens to have additional functionality when pair to a new Galaxy Smartphone...
I would rather get the Sony SW 2 because: its waterproof (I tend to forget taking my watches off when showering), also because the battery lasts significantly more, so it is less of a headache...
I couldn't care less for having a high res on a watch, having a camera... for that I already bought a SmartPHONE...
16. buccob (Posts: 2571; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
And regarding your analogy of cars.... following my line of thought (taking them as different devices)...
I would say that the Samsung Gear is an airplane and the Sony is a nice SUV...
The airplane is awesome and can take you to many places... but in reality there are only a limited landing areas, and it is a chore to take it daily to everywhere...
On the other hand, the SUV can also take you to many places, maybe slowly, but in day to day is more practical...
You may want a plane... but most of the time you are going to travel by car
20. greyhulk (Posts: 156; Member since: 30 Jun 2010)
Unfortunately, the Sony does the whole "watch" thing better, since it displays the time all the time without having to hit a button or jerk your wrist like you're having a spasm (which doesn't always work).
To me, the Sony is the better watch, which is what I'm looking for. It also doesn't need to be charged nearly as often and doesn't have an awkward special charging unit. Oh, and I'd rather not be stuck with only Samsung devices just so my watch works, thanks.
2. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1635; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
I'm sorry i would chose the gear over this!
6. rd_nest (Posts: 1593; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
Sony Smartwatch is a joke. Pathetic screen, horrible interface - who ffs uses a phone UI on a watch?
Over that you have on-screen buttons..LOL
Someone must be drunk when the designed it.
Apple/Samsung will eat this for breakfast. Exactly the reason why Gear will sell much more than all generations of Sony's combined.
7. Rexperia (Posts: 134; Member since: 28 Sep 2012)
Ohh woww, are you mad? Or drunk? What a pathetic fanboy... shame on you
10. emadshiny (Posts: 1144; Member since: 05 Dec 2012)
At least it can endure more than 3 days.
You don't need to charge your watch twice a day.
And also it won't die when you're washing your hand. LOL
17. DONUT (Posts: 425; Member since: 27 Jun 2013)
i think u should get ur eyes checked, it doesnt have on screen buttons
9. mr.popo2525 (Posts: 5; Member since: 26 Sep 2013)
Not a very good $200 device, but neither is Galaxy Gear a good $300 device. To spendy for a glorified notification center.
13. Windsponge (Posts: 92; Member since: 01 Nov 2009)
I love my gear. A good quality watch could easily cost 350 or more. Gear is a great device. I don't regret the price, worth it to me.
12. anleoflippy (Posts: 595; Member since: 03 Jan 2013)
I find this better than the Galaxy Gear. But then again, I don't use Smart watches.
14. cheetah2k (Posts: 1582; Member since: 16 Jan 2011)
Well, I'm no iFan, but for sure Apple will be watching this space, as well as the feedback on both Galaxy Gear and Smartwatch2 and designing something that is actually useful.. Its a shame, but this is exactly what happens when products are rushed.
Sometimes its not optimum to be the first with a product like this, although IMO, Sony should know better after 2 previous attempts - the SW2 should have been a cracker and it's clearly not.. Doh!
19. PhillipCabral (Posts: 10; Member since: 02 Nov 2013)
It looks just like my iPod Nano 6 with the iWatch case -.-
21. fjftokyo (Posts: 59; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
Am I the only one who feels that buying a smart watch is a stupid idea considering that the price for one are rediculous plus you could buy a much better cheaper watch for less who's battery would last you way longer.
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