Sony SmartWatch 3: Should you wear it?
The new Sony smart watch is more of a ‘sports watch’ than a ‘luxury wearable’. Sony is know in the market for its production quality and here they come back in the gear market with a new smart watch, much improved and simply amazing and this time the watch is powered by Android™ Wear unlike the SmartWatch 1 and SmartWatch 2.
Sony’s new wearable ‘SmartWatch 3’ has taken the smart watch industy to a new level. While other companies like Motorola, LG and Asus were more into giving tradition looks to the smart watch, Sony decided to give a modern look to its all new SmartWatch 3.
What’s New in SmartWatch 3?
Like SmartWatch 2, SmartWatch 3 too has a ‘rubber strap’ which extends around the edges of its display, giving a little cheap feel to it. The design of SmartWatch along with its strap gives it a feel more of an advanced fitness tracker device than a classy SmartWatch.
As far as the design of body is concerned, things have improved significantly. The Sony SmartWatch 3 has a stainless steel back panel which gives it a premium look. Though the quality and built quality doesn’t really match the Asus ZenWatch but Sony SmartWatch 3 has got a premium feel. The ‘clip-in clasp’ is solid and very stylish.
Sony SmartWatch 3 is more of a life-logging fitness device than a jewelry piece. The watch has accelerometer, compass, gyroscope sensor and GPS beautifully packed in such a small device.
Unlike other smart watches which have dust and waterproofing rating of IP67, Sony SmartWatch 3 has a rating of IP68 which is a good thing. The watch has a bright and sharp display of about 1.6 inch 320 x 320 about on par with the LG G Watch.
Stuffed in it:
The Sony SmartWatch 3 runs on Google’s Android Wear platform and even the flipping through card based or notification centric UI was very responsive and smooth. The footprint is also small and very lightweight than other circular smart watches, making it easy to forget that there is a watch on your wrist.
Sony made it easier to change the starps by choosing a rubber extend around the display, encompassing it instead of the standard 22 mm strap. You simply pop the body out of the band and put it into a different one. Sony announced plans to release a white and a pink strap but for now SmartWatch 3 is only available in black and lime green.
Pricing and Availability:
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is priced at $249.99 which costs as much as the Moto 360 does but the IP68 certified SmartWatch by Sony is a premium Android wear.
The overall impressions of the Sony SmartWatch 3 is that it is a little mixture of all the Wearables out there. With its simple but functional design, smoother looks and considering a fitness product we will give it 8.0/10. It is definitely a good buy for $250.