A Smartphone Compatible Watch From Sony
If you thought the Pebble was the only smartphone compatible watch, think again. Sony has released their own smart watch, known as the Sony SmartWatch. Unlike the Pebble though, the SmartWatch is only compatible with Android devices and not the iPhone. The watch also has a colour screen and allows you to see who’s calling, check your email, and even use Twitter. With all these features, you may be wondering if this watch is really as good as it sounds. Fortunately CNET was able to get a hold of one and shares their first impressions:
An Android Smartphone Compatible Watch From Sony
Sony makes a lot of boasts when touting the SmartWatch’s abilities. Essentially this device is a fancy remote control for Android smartphones that just happens to also have a clock. In a sober work meeting and your cell begins to buzz with an incoming call? No problem, the SmartWatch’s Phonebook and Missed Call app will let you see who’s calling, send to voice mail, reply with a canned text message like “Busy. I’ll call you back,” or even answer provided there’s a headset lodged in your ear. The gizmo will also allow users to check e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter ported from your handset.
As you can imagine the Sony SmartWatch’s dreamy list of features had me salivating to take it for a spin. My experience in reality, though, was a bit of a rude awakening, and I could get only the basic features of the advanced mobile gadget operational. Setting up the SmartWatch on three different handsets, (Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, and Sony Ericsson Active) was relatively simple and I had the watch up and running in a matter of minutes. Downloading the software was easy going, too, but the problems started when I tried to use most of the Sony SmartWatch’s apps.
Any attempt I made to open applications caused the SmartWatch to unceremoniously reboot, lose Bluetooth connection, then reconnect. For example I could play music stored on my phone via the watch’s screen but when I tapped the display to pull up buttons for adjusting the volume, the device consistently crashed. The same annoying behavior occurred when I tapped the weather widget or launched the phonebook app from within the app tray. I had no problems with the Facebook, Twitter or messaging apps, though. The SmartWatch even performed the same freakout when it detected an incoming call.
So while this smartphone compatible watch from Sony looks nice, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. With all these new watches that work with your smartphone, we’re kind of curious to see if it will get people to wear watches again. If you’re interested in getting one of these watches, you can get them from Sony for $150, which is only a bit more than the Pebble. What do you think of the Sony SmartWatch? Would you rather get this one or the Pebble?