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
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