The Sony SmartWatch2 is being introduced into the market as a follow up to its first master piece in the category the Sony SmartWatch. Being launched now, it is definitely going to be a competition for the Samsung Galaxy Gear. This gizmo is definitely better than the older version.
The SmartWatch2 has a lot of things to be proud about, the bigger and brighter screen and the fact that it is water resistant. The gizmo costs somewhat lesser than the Samsung counterpart and also the SmartWatch2 has been built to support a wide range of Android smartphones which is not possible in the Galaxy Gear. The SmartWatch2 also has a lot more apps ass compared to the gadget from Samsung.
Setting up your SmartWatch2 is pretty much easy. On Sony Xperia handsets running on Android 4.0 or higher the required app i.e., Sony Smart Connect (which has to be installed in other android handsets) will most probably be preloaded. After doing this you activate the SmartWatch2’s Bluetooth pairing mode by shutting down the watch and then pressing and holding the unit is power button for a few seconds. After that you pair the gizmo with your phone within the android settings menu as you would any ordinary Bluetooth device.
Talking about its design part it is compact and is a pretty attractive gadget which can be worn around! The gizmo has a rubbery silicone wrist strap (leather strap is also available) which makes it pretty comfortable to wear. The silicone strap is available in yellow, pink, turquoise, purple and black colors while the leather strap is available in black and light brown band options. The design of the gizmo also makes it matching to its current range of handsets like Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra. There’s even a circular power button on the gadget’s right side which is most prominent in Xperia phones. The SmartWatch2 is actually larger and heavier than the original. But the 8g weight difference is not going to be noticed. The gadget weighs just about 23.5g.
The gadget has a 1.6 inch display (sunlight readable) with a 220×176 pixel resolution compared to the 1.3 inch and 128×128 pixels display of its predecessor. But to be frank its competitor the galaxy gear has a curved OLED screen which is more desirable than the SmartWatch2’s LCD screen since using the LCD screen under sunlight is a bit difficult.
Coming to the gadget’s performance its stability and performance quality has greatly improved compared to it is predecessor. There seemed to be no trouble when music stored on the phone was accessed, played and controlled using the gadget. Tapping the display when in the music app brought up buttons to be used to control the volume, skipping forward and backward which gave the feel of an ipod mini touch! The best part is that the music app of the gadget syncs quite perfectly with all the music players no matter which one and that seemed to be quite attractive. The social servicing sites also seemed to be running without many problems. There was just a small vibration which was quite comfortable, didn’t startle me either. It is quite easy to both answer and accept calls through the gadget. Actually using a Bluetooth earpiece and the SmartWatch2 together is quite a convenience. There is quite an interesting part in the gadget. By saying a part, I meant there is a feature which is quite interesting. The gadget has quite a range of clock designs inbuilt both analog and digital. Here comes the kicker the clock will flare into life when the SmartWatch detects movement! Sony has added a new capability to the SmartWatch2 in the form of NFC circuitry. This is a hardware which allows to let the gadget pair with compatible devices quickly simply by tapping it briefly against the handset. Once this is done the gadget will link up with phones via wireless Bluetooth connection. Coming to another part which is a negative thing about the gadget is that there is no digital camera or video recorder on the gadget while the Galaxy Gear sports both the features.
Even if the watch loses connection with your phone by for example moving out of range of the handset’s Bluetooth, the gadget will still show the time in it like any other watch and when it is brought back in its range the SmartWatch2 will automatically reconnect with the handset. But there is a big drawback for the gadget which is the fact that the SmartWatch loses track completely when it is out of power and the idea of a linked phone is not even in the picture. This means that if the gadget is out of charge it’s not at all useful and can be worn around simply as an ornament!
The company says that the SmartWatch will run for up to three to four days between charges or if it is continuously used it can be used for up to 14 hours and the charge has been lasting pretty good in the device. Like charging handsets we will get a temptation to connect the attached USB bundle and connect it to AC via a phone adapter but it’s strongly recommended against it since there is a strong chance of damaging the gadget in the process. The best way is to connect the gadget to a PC via the USB port to charge up the battery of the SmartWatch2. It is recommended that you charge your gadget daily just like the way you charge your android handset as a lag is found to be there in the watch when it’s used without charging for long periods.
SmartWatch clocks in with better software:
Download Sony Smart Connect and SmartWatch Android apps from Google Play store to setup your Sony SmartWatch. There are chances of built-in availability of this software if you are using a Sony Xperia handset running Android 2.1 or higher. Now activate the watch’s Bluetooth pairing mode by shutting down the watch and holding the power button for a few seconds. When this is done, pair the SmartWatch with your phone within the Android settings menu same as connecting any other Blueetooth accessory.
Once connected, the SmartWatch acts as a second screen for specially made applications on your handset. The phone doesn’t store any local data except time.
Users have access to all apps installed to run as widget just by swiping finger from right to left. There are no limits for the number of widget screens that the SmartWatch displays. The widget apps that I have used on my device include: calendar, Facebook, Music player, text messaging and weather.
Comparing with the competitors, like the Pebble watch, Fitbit Force, Nike FuelBand SE and of course the Samsung Galaxy Gear the Smartwatch2 definitely gives us a lot of hope. When compared to its competitors, the device’s price is also pretty good looking. Sony made it clear that its third-generation device functions well like a usual watch. Even though, there are not much apps released for the device, you can expect release from its manufacturer very soon. So if you are looking for a good “gadget companion” for your device this device serves you better than any other device available in the market.