Android is not just for smartphones or tablets anymore. Sony has managed to reveal an extravagant Smart Watch, which has android powers and brings now the apps and features of a smartphone in your wrist. This device promises to be on the list of great geek gifts!
This smart watch has touch screen with a 1.3 inch OLED display and is placed on a black wrist band. The product has Bluetooth enabled on it. This smart watch is capable of retrieving all emails, SMS’s, Facebook and Twitter updates from almost all Android 2.1 and above smart phones.
Paul Hamnett, heading the customer unity for Sony Mobiles in North America, promised that this Smart Watch by Sony is merely the beginning of the wave of smart extras to be launched by Sony, which will completely change the experience of each and every smartphone user. For the time being, there are not many Smart Extras available, but those that are already present in the market include small and mild functional buttons like add ons, headsets and “Smart dock”.
It measures 1.42 x 1.42 inches with a weight of about half ounce and has a 1.3 inch of OLED display. The smart watch is overall square-shaped and has a high resemblance to 6th generation of iPad Nano by Apple. The general smart watch is attached to a black rubber band but there are different colour wrist bands available at $20 each. The gadget also has a clip to assist in attaching the watch to any apparel or belts.
The smart watch vibrates and posts updates on-screen, according to the events or incoming texts or calls as and when received. The vibrate feature of the phone is very useful as it helps us to avoid the phone calls that we miss when our phone is not in our hands. This smart watch is like a mini remote of your smartphone and when connected via Bluetooth, it can help you regulate your basic phone activities when you’re at a go and cannot access the phone directly. The team of Sony has named this wearable device as a “remote information centre”.
As said by the officials of Sony, this device is compatible with android apps of music, social network updates and workouts that are available in a 1.3 inch touch screen display, like Sony’s personalized music player, tic tac toe, etc. There are numerous apps available for this smart watch which can be found at Google play online store. There is a variety of apps, including apps for displaying particular events in order of their occurrence, for messaging, Gmail, Calendar event set reminders, tracing your smartphone and battery power. For Sony android smart phones, there is an app available to connect onto the corporate e-mail and also for diverse call handling functions. There is one “prime app”, which commands over a set of application programmes, which controls the functions that the watch is supposed to carry. Like for example, in order to access the weather updates, you need to put in a weather application programme. The Vfinder app allows you to use the camera of the smartphone as a live video feed. This is one of the most amazing features of the smartphone, as it gives you a feel of owning a James Bond-like gadget. The Twitter app is not much of a use and can be quite distracting as it sends an alert of all updates including those minute ones which are not of importance. The confusing gesture system will definitely enable an accident tweet at least once before you can fully analyse it’s working.
- The design which is small square shaped sleek.
- Integration of Facebook and Twitter
- Shows information at a glance
- It’s wearable and that makes it handy
- Battery life is decent
- The confined number of apps
- The display quality is average and makes it difficult to read when outdoors
- It is not compatible with other operating systems, except Android
Though the information from your Smartphone is at an arm’s distance, the versatility of the device is not commendable. It’s reviewed that the phone is paralyzed without the support of a Smartphone and until you synchronize your phone with the device, it is not capable of even stating the time. This Smart Watch is not even that smart, the thickness of the gadget is more than those of your normal wrist watches. The good news lies here that the phone makes it lucid and user-friendly to use this watch and they contemporize their data to the phone freely and without any extra intervention and its uniqueness can trigger the sales. Overall, this touch friendly Smart Watch is a pretty decent buy for all the gadget freaks who are seeking the functions which this watch promises to perform by being a companion to your Smartphone.
About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and autos. Beside this she is fond of cars and fancy accessories. Recently an article on styleguru attracted her attention. These days she is busy in writing an article on bornrich.