Sony Smartwatch 2 Silicon Belt (SW2-Black)

৳10,500.00
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105383
  • Brand: Sony
  • 1.6-inch display
  • Bluetooth and NFC
  • 200MHz Qualcomm M3 CPU
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Color: Black
  • Compatible with: Android 4.0 and Later
  • Made in Malaysia
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WHAT IS THE SONY SMARTWATCH 2?

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is among the latest wave of wearable tech, arriving alongside the Samsung Galaxy Gear. It’s a Bluetooth-enabled watch, It’s a little more accessible than the Samsung Galaxy Gear, being much cheaper and offering much wider phone support (most phones Android 4.0 or newer). However, it does show why the smartwatch is one of the most abused areas in tech. They claim to be devices of the future, but in-use too many elements feel like crumbling steps into the past.

Features of Sony SmartWatch 2 Silicon Belt (SW2-Black):

  • 1.6-inch display
  • Bluetooth and NFC
  • 200MHz Qualcomm M3 CPU
  • Manufacturer: Sony
  • Color: Black
  • Compatible with: Android 4.0 and Later
  • Made in Malaysia
 

SONY SMARTWATCH 2 – DESIGN AND SETUP:

Conscious, perhaps, that smartwatches are at risk of being dismissed as gimmicky toys, Sony has made the SmartWatch 2 feel very sturdy. The front panel remains very gadgety-looking like the first-gen SmartWatch, with a chunky square band, but the strap we got to test is a chain of black metal links. It’s the sort of watch strap worn by men who like manly pursuits and dream of owning sports cars.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is also quite large and heavy. Not only is everyone around you going to notice it on your wrist – you’re not going to forget it’s there either. We also had some trouble altering the size of the strap. It’s not a standard, easily-adjustable plastic strap, you need to manually remove links with a tool.

However, you can buy other straps, including less chunky, non-metal ones. And the look isn’t all bad. The SmartWatch 2 looks more upmarket than the first Sony SmartWatch, and the angled silver edge of the watch face is a nice touch. Still, it has won few fans among our team.

The watch is rated to IP57 weather resistance, meaning it can be submerged in water and is dust-proof. However, you’re not meant to take the watch swimming.

The one potential fail point that could let water in is the microUSB charge socket on the side, which is covered by a rubber-sealed flap. Any water resistance disappears along with its integrity, and as the watch needs to be charged regularly, there’s a decent chance you’ll end up causing minor damage to the seal after time.

Sony says the SmartWatch 2 battery lasts for up to four days, but we found the battery stamina less than this. It generally lasts two days once you’re tooled up with notification-producing apps. Sports watches like the TomTom Multisport may die quickly if used for their main GPS-tracking role, but use them as a watch and they’ll last for ages. In comparison, the SmartWatch 2 is not the most reliable of watches.

The SmartWatch 2 has NFC for quick pairing, but as most Androids out there still don’t have the feature we tested the watch with the NFC-less Motorola Moto G. Pairing is easy enough – done so within the Bluetooth menu of a phone, but the succession of extra software that has to be installed following this is hard. 

You need to install two separate apps to even get your phone to recognize the watch properly – Smart Connect and a special provisioning tool for the SmartWatch 2. Even with these installed, the watch isn’t ready to do much of anything. Almost no features are actually built into the SmartWatch 2 beyond the clock and torch (which is hilarious – but predictably - nothing more than a white screen).

When not in use, a non-backlit clock face is shown (you can pick between 10). This uses some power, but nowhere near as much as a fully lit screen. It's not quite as clear as a 'normal' watch, though. Now, onto the apps.

SONY SMARTWATCH 2 – FEATURE AND APPS:

To get any other apps installed on the Sony SmartWatch 2 you have to download extra modules from Google Play on your phone. These include things like Gmail, Twitter, Calendar, a runner’s pedometer and music controller app.

Sony’s Smart Connect app shows you the array of ‘recommended’ Sony ones, but there are other third-party ones available on Google Play too. Sony’s SmartWatch has quietly become its own platform. Once installed these mini apps become icons on the SmartWatch 2’s home screen, which is a series of flick-able pages – each has six icons a piece.

However, it’s important to manage your expectations on what these apps can do. The Sony SmartWatch 2 is a fairly ‘dumb’ middle man between you and your phone. Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC are its only connections, and its processor is slow. It uses a 200MHz Qualcomm M3 chip, far less powerful than the 800MHz Exynos chip used in the Samsung Galaxy Gear.

 

 

The amount of processing the watch does by itself is tiny. It can’t grab its own info over Wi-Fi either, and getting some of the apps to actually work is a little painful. Each app has to be manually signed off by you (on your phone) as being ‘allowed’ to be accessed by the watch. So things like Gmail only work once you’ve jumped through half-dozen hoops. There are a few too many stages to make the SmartWatch 2 feel convenient or slick. And for a device that’s meant to make things easier and quicker, that’s not really on.

We also found that some of the apps were pretty badly judged. The Facebook app gives you far too many notifications, for example. You get a buzz every time someone posts an update, not just when one relating to you pops-up and the Gmail client can’t cope with any HTML formatting, and so refuses to display half your emails.

But what is the Sony SmartWatch 2 actually like to use?

 

Aside from the power button on the watch’s side, there are two main interface bits to the SmartWatch 2. There are the little 1.6-inch touchscreen and three tiny soft keys that mimic the back, Home and menu keys you get with most Android phones.

After some early reports that the SmartWatch 2 is slow and buggy, we found its performance to be reasonably good. The screen is quite responsive, and there’s little of the lag we feared when we heard about quite how low-powered its CPU is.

However, if you have a high-quality recent phone (which we image most buyers of the SmartWatch 2 will have), using the watch does feel like slumming it in comparison with your mobile. The screen looks much blockier than a decent phone thanks to its low 220 x 176-pixel resolution, and not enough apps behave intelligently enough. Where most popular phone apps have undergone dozens of sequential updates that have tweaked what they are like to use (often over years of development) the SmartWatch 2 shows that smart watch apps have a long, long way to go.

At present, the Sony SmartWatch 2 does little more than the drop-down notifications bar on your Android phone and it operates with even less control. However, if you carefully limit what it tries to pull in, it is a pretty handy way to check out your latest emails and text messages (as long as the emails are not too complicated), and find out who's calling you without taking out your phone.


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