Sony SmartWatch 3 hands-on: the smart band evolved


Design


Sony's smart-watch is incredibly clean and understated. It's basically a silicone-rubber band with a screen and a single button built in. Sports types are going to love it, while fans of traditional watches will probably see it as just another sporty wristband. The watch secures itself to the wrist via a sturdy metal clasp and generally feels good on the arm, although it is big, and its band is underwhelming. We can easily tell where it was machine-cut, and it isn't pretty! The watch itself has a stainless steel back.

Display


SmartWatch 3 has a 1.6-inch 320x320 TFT LCD display that appears somewhat washed out, but it's fine for a smart-watch. It is completely flat, and there isn't anything else of note about it.

Interface


Designed under Google's watchful eye, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is another Android Wear device. The interface is strongly reminiscent of Google Now for Android with its card-based approach to delivering notifications and data gathered from the device's sensors. Sony added to the experience by connecting the watch to its Lifelog app, which lets you look back on any day to see how active you were, where you went and how you got there - the name is quite self-explanatory, as you can see. The built-in watch-faces also look good.

Processor and memory


The SmartWatch 3's hardware platform is based on a 1.2 GHz, Quad-core ARM® CortexTM A7 processor with 512MB RAM, powered by a 420mAh battery. This is more than enough for what a smart-watch is meant to do at this point, so it's no surprise Sony's timepiece handled very well in our testing. There's no stutter or lag to report.

Expectations


The Sony smart-watch will probably remain a device with limited appeal, catering to hardcore Sony fans or consumers that prefer the “smart-watch as a wearable computer” concept rather than the “smart-watch as a watch first” treatise. It is probably not the best smartwatch out there, but it is the best wearable device from Sony we've seen so far.

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15 Comments

1. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Where's a video of this?

2. adecvat

Posts: 658; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Crappy.

4. sgodsell

Posts: 7577; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

A typical troll. So that's your take crappy. No specifics or nothing, just crappy. It has amazing specs for a smart watch. Its IP67, so its dust and water resistant. Is it the looks? Its suppose to come with other colors. Its great for outdoors and people work out. Of course if you want something different and looks better to you. Then go buy that instead of just leaving a stupid post of one word. Crappy.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Cheap plastic. I want it to be at least stainless steel or something.

14. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

isn't the back of the watch is stainless steel?

5. josephnero

Posts: 787; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

Screen is Mirosal like trans reflective.please correct PA

6. josephnero

Posts: 787; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

will get one.i really like it

7. itsmekalyan

Posts: 16; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

this is the most realistic smartwatch with bigger abtter and microUSB to charge is def a plus am not gonna carry those extra charges the other watchs

13. mixedfish

Posts: 1567; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

I don't think all those smart watch virgins out there understand how big of a deal micro USB charging is. Every single smart watch brand that uses proprietary chargers completely fail, phones don't do this so why are watches an exception. Not to mention how much thicker everything else is compared to the SW3 thanks to the hardware required for wireless charging.

8. KillgoreTroutTime

Posts: 433; Member since: Jan 06, 2014

I think Sony makes really good looking devices and yet this thing just looks awful in my opinion. How could they have failed so hard in the design....

9. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

again sony design is just too specified to some people just like xperia z they should make more universally accepted design if they want to sell. washed out screen? sigh, most smartwatch least uses oled screen now

10. daddyd302

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 17, 2008

The SW2 was alot better looking then this thing.

11. BMmer328i

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

I had the sw2. Like the 2 better...the sw3 looks like lg

12. thariq

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 11, 2014

SW3 wrist band can be change, SONY will release new wrist band for it

15. rfaulve

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 07, 2014

hola! wish to have this!

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