Test: Sony Smartwatch 3

It is significantly much more thought behind Sony’s first Android Wear-clock than the dull exterior to reveal.

The game board for smart watches have fast format. We have the upcoming Apple Watch for Ios. We have watches with Android Wear for Android and Samsung with its own Tizen-system for their own phones. Just Android Wear is the area where manufacturers trying to outdo each other right now, and at least the appearance have Motorola’s Moto 360 and LG’s G Watch R garnered the greatest success with their round displays and thus most bell-shaped appearance. With Android Wear at the bottom, there is quite a bit of space for the manufacturers to affect how the software looks and works, so it is instead the outside that makes the most difference.

Sony’s first attempt in the area have been named Smartwatch 3 (which is now also available in metal), then they already have an ancient tradition of making online watches. In terms of how the Smartwatch 2 looked and acted, this is a far step in a different direction, but not necessarily forward. This is a terribly anonymous watch with rubber strap that can be replace with appropriate color if you so desire. The bracelet is easy to set up, and even if the lock is securely, it feels a bit like it fit snugly. The difference between the actual Bell bracelets, which also went to switch to optional custom, of the predecessor is perhaps what we lack most of this model.

With an anonymous, and square, outside it tends to hide fun on the bottom of the “dial” on some models in the form of a heart rate monitor, but it can be found here. On the other hand, it is a huge plus to watch is loaded with standard micro-usb instead of any special solution with a special docking station that many others are running on. The charger plug with the accompanying rubber protection on the other hand, is a bit lumpy. One thing, however, has a surviving from the previous generations is the transreflektiva screen, which means that the power consumption will be lower when the clock appears, and you can see the screen better in sunlight.

On the inside, it is initially for Android Wear in its purest form. It is a mostly error-free connection to your mobile phone which is used to display notifications from the phone and answer or reject a call. A large part of the experience is then in voice control via Google Now. With the sound of your voice, you start all the apps that are compatible with the clock, no matter if they only run on the clock or plays with an app on your phone. It is an operating system if you are comfortable speaking English with your watch and like to repeat a couple of times before the clock sharks what you want to do (the command “Start Endomondo” generated a lot of hilarious several Google searches before the clock sharks that we would launch löparappen). It can be solved by installing the apps where you can launch it you now want to do by choosing among the icons, but it is not installed from the start, and refuses to talk to the clock, it will only be used to view notifications.
At the same time, it is a little sour that the whole phone language settings must be set to English for the clock to be linked. Then Google Now can not Swedish must apparently all things related to it to be in English as well, which most feel like lazy programming from the Google page.
But we are completely wrong attitude to Smartwatch 3? Not at all. Are you with what Android Wear means it works just as good as the other watches with the system. Sony is also one of the extremely few in the current situation that added a GPS in the watch. This means that some apps that require GPS capable of acting without the phone needs to be connected. One of the early examples is Runkeeper, where you can go out and run with only the clock and still record your run and then sync it to your phone when you get home (like a regular running watch that is). With later updates of Android Wear, you can also store music on the built-in memory (which all Android Wear watches can now). This allows you to connect to a headset to watch and have music with you out on your run, without having to have the handset with you (friend of order recall Motorola’s Motoactv which could exactly the same thing, had the same battery life but was released four years ago. Fun to see just how ahead of its time the clock was actually).

GPS part is what distinguishes the Smartwatch 3 (and in many ways it is (external power source)) and in general it works like other watches with the system. At the time of writing, it is a fairly unique feature, but at the same time, something that other manufacturers will quickly embrace and then we have a clock that does not offer very much private on either inside or outside. In terms of what Sony has done in the past, we had actually expected more.