Rated 4 out of
I like this more and more each dayI never really believed in wearables until I owned this watch.
The design is very simple, a black silicon band, one power button, black touch screen display and a metal clasp. It's as comfortable as any watch I've owed. The band feels well made, as does the watch body, which is removable from the band if required. There's a micro USB charge port on the back, but is in an awkward location low on the watch body and hard to access. The water resistant silicon flap is hard to remove and I don't know if it will stand the tests of time. That said it's not a huge problem. I can usually get 2-3days out of the battery so an extra few seconds removing the flap every few days isn't the end of the world.
Power on the device and it's all fairly simple. Swipe left/right, up/down for various settings, same as a phone. The screens responsive and bright (can be adjusted) and it's great that you can change watch faces to suite your mood.
Out of the box it's all fairly basic. Would like to see Sony pre-load some more features to the watch and streamline the menu a little better, but this can be modified easily enough with a few app downloads. There are plenty of applications available for download with more being added every day and is a great way of customising the watch to fit your needs, as you would your phone.
Bluetooth range is actually very good and it's a joy to see and respond to messages without needing to locate your phone. I also love the feature of being able to play music (via compatible B/T earphones) if out of range of the phone via the 4gb internal memory.
Notifications in the form of messages, calls, alarms are felt and not heard. The watch gives off a subtle vibration that is really affective. The addition of a small audible tone would be a welcome feature however, for when the watch isn't on your wrist.
Incoming calls appear on the screen and can be answered or cancelled from the watch, just wish you could hear answered calls and talk to the caller via the watch rather than having to use your phone.
You can however send or respond to messages via the watch and the voice recognition is near faultless. Currently, as soon as you stop talking it sends the message. A confirmation before sending would be a good addition as on the odd occasion it's heard the wrong word and sent it out.
If you receive a text and can't verbally respond (in a meeting) it's great being able to use the preloaded response options like, yes, no, call you back etc. Would be good if you could add you own custom responses into the watch, maybe in the future with a firmware update.
Although not activated yet, I've read that the watch has built in Wifi and would be a welcome addition not having to rely on phone data when at home or the office.
While not perfected just yet this little device has really surprised me. The more I use it the more I love it quirks and all. It's not just a watch but more like a personal assistant making chores like incoming emails that much easier to deal with, read, swipe, done, all from your wrist. --
Date published: 2015-01-21
Rated 4 out of
But for one little thing....Let me get to why it didn't get 5 stars first up, it's the lack of a speaker. If your watch isn't on your wrist, all the vibrating in the world won't replace a little 'ding' or 'WHOOP! WHOOP!', no matter how tinny.
That aside, now to the good/great stuff. The watch is stylish, good on battery life (app dependant), very easy to read and fast (processing.. not the time keeping).
The main pluses that stand out for the watch are:
* Good battery life. I've only tried to run it flat once and got about 36 hours out of it easily, so perhaps two days is doable. I don't bother now and charge it when I charge my phone.
* The transflective display (really, really excellent idea!), where the watch is very easy to see ( though in monochrome) in just about any amount of light without using the backlight.
* The microphone is quite sensitive and will pick up most of your instructions easily.
* The square display caters easily for any app. The resolution is good and the colors are vibrant.
* The bluetooth range is surprisingly good for maintaining sync with your phone. For streaming music from it, the range is as expected for a normal bluetooth device (and more than adequate if you want to actually hear the music yourself).
* The watchband is comfortable and has a good range for adjustment. Like any rubber band, it can get a bit moist if you are sweating, but you can rinse the watch under water to clean it. It's a nice width and suits the watch face.
* The single button is more than enough for the watch. It's really just a fall back if you can't speak or touch the watchface.
* The 4GB of RAM is great. I've loaded some music on it and can stream from the watch to speakers/headphones without the need for another device and you can control the music from the watch (or the device).
* The built-in GPS works as expected, though I haven't used it much as it will eat into the battery time.
* The dust/waterproof qualities are a major selling point. Like my Xperia phone, I don't need to worry about what pocket or on what wrist they are in or on when there's a sudden downpour or dust storm. They just survive anything like that without requiring special consideration.
What I'd like to see in the future is access to the internet without requiring the phone. I'd also like to see what Sony can do with the smart watch module itself, outside of the wrist band. Since it detaches easily, you should be able to mount it in anything, like a fob, a pendant or via a carabiner clip.
Also, the micro USB charging port is good and bad. Good that I only need one cable to charge the phone, tablet, watch and so no matter where I go, it's easy to remember to pack a cable or obtain/borrow one where I am. But a pogo pink arrangement or something like my Xperia phone would be great if I generally only charge at home and want to use a dock. This is just my personal circumstances and is one thing that will easily divide purchasers on the useful/handiness, but should not deter from purchasing.
Finally... the best part is showing it to people that would not normally see such technology. It does more than give you a micro second screen for your phone. I hope they don't bring out a new model too soon... this one has much more to offer I believe than the O/S and applications provide at the moment, so it will be pretty future proof for a significant time I think.