Sony, along with the launch of Xperia Z1 in India, also unveiled SmartWatch 2 for Rs 14,990. It will be available to consumers on October.
Look and feel
Like Sony Xperia Z1 SmartWatch 2 has a nice design. It has a 1.6 inch display screen with 220 x 176 pixel resolution.
The SmartWatch 2 is made of aluminum, which gives it’s a premium look. It has three capacitive buttons – return, home and menu on the display screen, with a big, round power button on the side, similar to the power on/off button of Sony Xperia Z1. It also has a micro USB in the side panel for charging the device that is covered by a flap.
Also, as it doesn’t have a camera on strap like Samsung Galaxy Gear it offers more flexibility in terms of changing straps as per your choice of colour. Overall, in terms of look and feel it is classy and will always feel like a watch rather than some HiFi gadget.
The 1.6 inches display of SmartWatch has 220 x 176 pixel resolution and unlike its predecessor’s OLED screen, the SmartWatch 2 uses an LCD panel instead. This means it gives better visibility in bright light. Also, the clock displayed in standby mode looks good and is readable.
Additional features and performance
Sony SmartWatch 2 has a water resistant design that means you can wear it for swimming or to drench yourself in the rain. It has NFC technology for easy setup with compatible handsets via Bluetooth simply by tapping them together. SmartWatch 2 is compatible with all the smartphones that have Android 4.0 or higher versions.
Sony claims that it has three to four days’ battery backup on full charge. We will be able to comment on it only after we review the device thoroughly.
In our brief review we were able to control our music playlist and locate the phone by triggering an alarm on SmartWatch 2. Since network connectivity was not available during the demo we were not able to check how Facebook or mail updates look on the small screen.
Sony SmartWatch 2 looks good and it seems like a simple device to quickly access messages, phone calls and social media updates. Keep reading The Mobile Indian to know more about it when we do a complete review of the watch.