Sony SmartWatch 3 Review: Is it Lucky The Third Time?

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It is very clear Sony is not a brand that is new to smartwatches, the series “3” says it all. The first and second creations did stir the market as Sony anticipated, and both had too many flaws to compete in the smartwatch category. This latest model has fine-tuned it now has the excellent Android Wear operating system.

Priced at Rs. 19,990, the SmartWatch 3 is also the most expensive Android Wear device available in India. There is the popular LG G Watch and Motorola Moto 360 that are priced less, so let’s find out if Sony has is able to meet the expectations.

Design and Display

Given a boxy shape, Sony Smartwatch 3 is 1.6 inch with 320×320 pixel display. It sports a better resolution than LG G watch and Moto 360. It is far sharper. Also visibility in the sunlight is also great. Look wise the other smartwatches such as Huawei Watch is far better than Sony Smartwatch 3.

In the dark it’s too dull to see and the sensor that is programmed to activate in dark does not function too well. You will have to frequently have to keep tapping the display to see the time and it might annoy you.

On the right you will find a large button that will serve as the power button. To bring up the settings menu you just need to press it for some time. The button cannot be used to turn the watch off, it has to be done via the settings menu.

You will not be able to change the strap, as although removable it has limited availability of replacement straps. The locking system is a modifiable steel clamp that’s simple to use and allows the watch to sit comfortably on your wrist.

Charging the Sony SmartWatch 3 has its advantages and disadvantages. A major advantage is that you can use any typical Micro-USB charger. This also guarantees rapid charging; the watch will get charge in less than an hour. You will find port on the back of the watch and has a seal that you will need to confirm is securely fastened when you are done with charging. A major disadvantage is that you’ll have to force open the seal and slot the micro USB plug in every time.

Specifications and battery

It comes with 4 GB internal memory, ambient light sensor, an accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, GPS, 512 MB of RAM and a 420 mAh battery. It is loaded with 5.0.2 running version which is the current version of Android Wear available.

Android Wear is infamous for its poor battery life. Most other Wear watches go on for just about a day, which means you have to keep charging it. The Sony SmartWatch 3 surpasses the competition, effortlessly providing 36 to 40 hours of use in a single charge.

Summary

Sony SmartWatch 3 is at par with the less expensive smartwatches when it comes to performance. The only enhances is that it offers sharper screen and better battery life. So it is unreasonably expensive and you might find it unexciting. But if you are looking for something comfortable and powerful and price is not an issue, then Sony SmartWatch 3 is the one for you.

Picture Courtesy- androidauthority.net


by techtalks @TechTalks October 27, 2015 11:57 AM UTC

DIGITAL DEBATE

Mobile Upgrades: Killing The Product Before Its Time?

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Frequently upgrading the software is a real problem as updating the software might cause your phone to lag because of the older hardware.

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They should come out with upgrades for the specific phones and not for the separate Operating System. This way a special version for your phones specific hardware can be made

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