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Sony Smart Watch SW2 for Android Phones
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- Sunlight readable, touch/swipe/pinch, water resistant (IP57), innovative screen technology
- Standalone digital watch
- Phone to watch via Bluetooth - messages, calls, Facebook, Twitter, sports apps, music player, calendar
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SONY SmartWatch 2
The SONY SmartWatch 2 is an Android compatible SmartWatch with One-touch NFC.
The Perfect Android Wireless Accessory
If your smartphone is Android, this is the watch for you. SmartWatch 2 expands your Android experience and introduces new and exciting ways to live and communicate. Interacting with your smartphone over Bluetooth, SmartWatch 2 mirrors what is happening in your life. Choose from a wide variety of SmartWatch 2 apps available at Google Play and adopt the SmartWatch lifestyle.
With your Sony SmartWatch 2, you can keep track of everything without taking your phone out of your pocket or bag. Get notifications, control your music, and even see who’s calling. When a call, message, or other notification such as SMS or a Facebook notification comes in, your Sony SmartWatch 2 acts as an Android smartphone remote and gently vibrates on your wrist to let you know. SmartWatch 2 is useful and fun, and keeps you tapped in to what’s happening.
On your wrist, you have text/chat messages, email, a calendar, your call log, Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, and more. When a message or notification comes in, touch the app icon to read it. A multi-layer color touchscreen lets you browse and read all of your notifications.
Anywhere - In Any Weather
SmartWatch 2 is the wireless accessory that has something for everybody. If you are a busy communicator, you will appreciate how SmartWatch 2 keeps you conveniently in the know, at a glance. If you like to go running, you can use SmartWatch 2 as a remote control for your smartphone and your fitness apps. If it rains, you can keep on going, because SmartWatch 2 can take the rain. For bright and sunny days, SmartWatch 2 has an impressive sunlight-readable display. Take it anywhere.
Out of the box, pair your SmartWatch 2 with your NFC-capable smartphone by touching one device to the other, instantly and easily. If the two devices have been out of Bluetooth range of each other, it is easy to reconnect - one touch is all it takes. For smartphones without NFC, use the standard Bluetooth pairing process.
- SmartWatch 2 works with smartphones and tablets running on Android 4.0 or later
- Software updates are available as new apps and devices become available
- A wide variety of SmartWatch 2 apps available for download from Google Play
Top customer reviews
Here are the pros:
-bigger and better screen (1.3" vs 1.6"-full Transflective display 220x176 & scratch-resistant)
-longer battery life (3-7 days depending on usage vs 2-3 days previously)
-more touch sensitive
-back/home/menu buttons like all Android phones
-menu is easier to use (no touch controls to close apps or swiping up and down)
-settings in watch to switch clocks and apps (some apps still require in phone settings)
-easier setup with NFC and tap with phone (make sure you enable NFC in your phone)
-water resistant IP57 (30 minutes in FRESH water up to a depth of 1 meter & dust proof)
-lots of free apps (weather, currency, photo slideshow, Twitter, Facebook, GPS, games like Blackjack etc.)
-easier to charge with standard micro USB charger (proprietary connection previously)
-easier to see in daylight
-watch is always on to tell time but dims to save battery, push power button to lighten up (previous model turned off with no time display)
-works with any Android smartphone running version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later
-aluminum body (plastic body previously)
-ability to change watch band (it can take any standard watch strap that is 24 millimeters wide).
-all previous apps work from last year's model
-limited apps out made for the SW2, but this will change as it's just been released
-currently only 5 watch faces in settings (there are paid apps with more)
What do I use my watch for?
-Tell time of course, but also with the ability to change the look each day (almost a new watch daily).
-Notifications for emails, texts, tweets, and calls (discreetly reading a text during a meeting or while driving or in a theater).
-Never miss a call again when you are outside (watch vibrates when calls come in, you can answer or end call--still need phone to talk).
-Finding my phone (I can call my phone from the watch to hear where I left it).
-Never leave your phone behind again (because it's connected by bluetooth, the watch will vibrate to notify if you are too from it or the connection has been lost).
-There are unlimited uses as more apps become available. Some others include a flashlight, viewing my camera while I'm away from my phone, remotely turning phone to silent or vibrate mode etc.
Note: Sony created "Open Smarthwatch Project" this past summer to third-party firmware which enables any developer to create apps for their smartwatches. So there is no need to worry about a lack of future support. This watch is actually Sony's third smartwatch. In 2010 Sony Ericsson unveiled the "LiveView Watch" and 2012 Sony released "SmartWatch 1" (bought out Ericsson).
Update Oct 23rd, 2013
I've had the watch for just over two weeks now. I've managed to get almost 7 days battery life by turning the watch off each night before bed. Without turning it off, I managed to get about 5 days. So if you are lazy at charging, turn off the watch to get an extra couple of days. Another tip for a fast charge (approx. 1 hour), I use a 10 watt AC adapter charger that came with my Nexus 7--like I mentioned, that standard micro USB is handy. These 10 watt AC adapter chargers can be found online for $10.
Update 2 Dec 6, 2013
I received a free update for the watch last night, Sony has doubled the total watch faces to 10! There are some very nice designs from digital, analog, and classic museum styles.
Anyone trying to decide between the Sony SW2 or Samsung Gear may want to read this article:
Sony outsmarts Samsung with SmartWatch 2
The Sony SW2 is compatible with ANY Android Phone! and some Tablets. (I think it works with some Apple stuff too) And it cost 1/2 of what Samsung wants for their watch.
No you can't take pictures or talk into this watch (when you take a call), but come on.... I would feel kind of silly (like maxwell smart) walking around talking into my wrist. And I can't take a steady pic with my phone, much less do it with a watch.
Sony's answer to this is 1. this will pair with ANY Android phone via Bluetooth 2. If you are using a Bluetooth ear bud,and you download the app, you can use the SW2 to answer or reject calls. If you want to take a call you accept on the SW2 and it automatically connects with your ear piece. The SW2 connects to your phone book , so you get caller id or the phone number is shown. 3. There is an app for the SW2 that will allow you to basically let you use the SW2 as a remote for your camera on your phone. So if you want to be in the photo, you set your phone up get in the shot and use your SW2 to snap the photo.
The SW2 does not have the fancy watch bands like the Samsung, but you can purchase different color rubber SW2 bands or just go to the store or look on Amazon for 24mm watch bands, which is what I did. There are a lot of Apps for the SW2, and more are being developed all of the time. Just go to the Google Play Store.
I joined the Beta group for the SW2 and let me tell you, any issues that have come up are immediately addressed. And nowadays, customer support, GREAT customer support is rare.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS WATCH! I have recommended it to everyone I know. And in the future, if I decide to get another Android phone, other than a Samsung, I can pair this watch with it and keep on steppin!
If you are not sure, just get on the web and do your research. You'll see!
Update: Do your research before buying this watch. There are a couple of Android phones, which WILL pair with this watch, but are having issues with updates. DO YOUR REASEARCH!!!!
Update 1/10/14: I see where people are complaining about the face getting scratched. Buy the screen protectors for example:ArmorSuit MilitaryShield - Sony SmartWatch 2 Screen Protector Shield + Lifetime Replacements You buy screen protectors for your phone don't you! Also, Don't compare the SW2 to the Galaxy Gear! The SW2 is the same idea, but different. You see the Hype about the Galaxy Gear and everyone uses that as the standard for a smartwatch. The Galaxy Gear may be the right one for you,or even the Pebble, but I can't stress enough... Do Your Reasearch before you buy any tech product.
I have had the watch for several months now and I love mine and I just got a comment the other day when ordering lunch from the guy behind the counter - "awesome watch dude". I think they have gotten it right on the size and proportion. The functionality is great also. What I really love is that when I leave the office at the end of the day the watch buzzes just before I get on the elevator if I have accidently left my phone behind. Can't tell you how many times in my exuberance to escape at the end of the day I have left the phone behind. Occasionally the watch and phone don't pair, or loose contact with each other. They can easily be re-paired, but I sometimes have to remember how to do it. I have a Samsung S5 and it works great with that. I designed my own watch face, and found that you can put too many apps on the phone and the battery does not last long. I am using all Sony apps and it goes several days. It recharges Very quickly, just an hour or two. It is a great watch and I find it does exactly what I wanted. You do still need to take out your phone to talk, but you can see who is calling first so you don't have to interrupt what you are doing if the call can wait. It reminds you of upcoming events and you can easily read texts from the watch without going to the phone. You do need to go to the phone however to respond.