Sony released the SmartWatch clock 3 during the IFA 2014 and entered the market for wearable devices running on the Android Wear, the Google operating system for wearables. Unlike the Motorola or LG, Sony’s engineers had the experience of two smartwatches previously built by the manufacturer with a proprietary software. However, all this experience does not appear to have been used in the development of the SmartWatch clock 3. After a while testing the smart watch from Sony, I can say that, despite being at the level of hardware devices like the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch R, the design leaves a lot to be desired. The frustration was such that, five months later, the Japanese company announced the SmartWatch clock metal version 3 during CES 2015. Read this review and understand why the current wearable device from Sony is above average, but may disappoint in many ways.
Sony SmartWatch clock 3-release date and price
The Sony SmartWatch clock 3 was released in September 2014 and has just been announced in Brazil by Smartercomputing. The Japanese manufacturer smart watch can be found in the national market for R$999,00. However, in online stores you can purchase the SmartWatch clock 3 for up to R$800,00.
Sony SmartWatch clock 3 – Design & build quality
The first impression we have of a device is related to the design of the same and, typically, she can influence positively or negatively in our choices. When laid eyes for the first time on the SmartWatch clock 3 I had a feeling that the device passed away. When we touch the appliance, the impression is that the bracelet is inexpensive and can be damaged very easily. In Sony’s official store, the company informs that the watch was made with the best materials, but in reality it is made of rubber. In addition, after using the gadget for more than 24 hours, the material used in Bracelet accumulates dirt and, because it is in direct contact with the skin, skin waste end up stuck in the bracelet.
Another feature no practice is the SmartWatch clock 3 clasps mechanism. Set the clock on his wrist is a little difficult at first and for a relatively small like mine, or tightens or becomes loose. I haven’t had an experience very comfortable with him. Still say that Valley as well as the SmartBand, you can remove the bracelet display and, therefore, the manufacturer had to involve the screen on the bracelet, which ended up leaving the device with a 1.6 inch larger than the appearance of the screen.
On the one hand, you could say that Sony took aim at an audience back to the practice of sports, because despite the questionable design, the SmartWatch clock is extremely lightweight, 66 grams, and has embedded sensors like accelerometer, compass, gyroscope and GPS, ideal for runners and other athletes. The SmartWatch clock 3 comes in colors such as white, black, pink and green, my test I used the black bracelet and, as said above, she became dirty easily. However, there are good points in here, too, I used to test the watch for swimming and the rubber bracelet has absorbed the water in no time and even dried quickly after leaving the water. In addition, the bracelet is compatible with the standard 22 mm, however, was developed from whole shape, thus not only very specific bracelets can be used on it.
Unlike the Asus or LG ZenWatch G Watch and G Watch R, the SmartWatch clock 3 has no dock connector on the back or sensor in the style of Gear Live, the only door to the micro USB slot and, due to the fact that the unit is certified for resistance to dust and water (IP68), we have a protection from those that exist in the style line of smartphone if tablets Xperia.
As well as the vast majority of smartwatches, the latest smart watch from Sony has a button on the right-hand side to turn on and off the screen quickly and, by pressing the same at length, you access the device settings menu.
In the end, I can say that in terms of design and build quality, the SmartWatch clock 3 is a gadget as contradictory, because while the features fill the eyes of those who seek a wearable device for the practice of sports, the wearable from Sony can be a good option because it is lightweight, waterproof and hardware resources embedded; for those who seek elegance, this is not the best wearable device present on the market.
Sony SmartWatch clock 3-Screen
As you’ve probably noticed, the smartwatch clock Sony screen is square, running from the circular trend introduced by Bike and by 360 G Watch R. The 1.68-inch screen and a resolution of 320 x 320 p, with a pixel density of 269 ppi, which leaves the little gadget with a screen appears and does not offer many problems in time to view the screen in full sunlight, characteristic of LCD technology. Looking at the images on display, I can say that the fabric quality is satisfactory, despite not being pure white as we see on the screens of the Xperia line from Sony, and pender for the yellow.
Here is still worth mentioning that thanks to ambient light mode you can keep the device in automatic brightness and still recognize the action on the screen to change music or the hours when it is open or closed environments. However, what ends up being a bit annoying is the fact that the screen is lit whenever we take the handle toward the face, but for that there is the option “disable” always on screen, even if it requires you to touch the clock whenever you want to check the time or do an action.
Sony SmartWatch clock 3-Software
Since your launch at Google i/o 2014 until today, Android Wear has been polished. Problems with the precarious energy saving have been patched with some updates of the software, but the arrival of version 5.0.1 brought improvements really significant. With support for Wi-Fi and an ecosystem of applications that has been growing considerably, the platform for wearables from Google is increasingly functional. So, given the evolution of current functions and the arrival of the Apple Watch the market, 2015 can be marked as the year in which the developers of Google perfected the software.
As well as all other smartwatches running with Android Wear, the clock on the Sony also works connected to any device running with the Android version 4.3 or higher and that offers Bluetooth connection. Once connected to your phone, you can access Google’s Play dedicated to wearable devices and use the possibilities of the smartwatch clock. Unlike the Bike 360 and the Asus ZenWatch, Sony offers a companion app, like the Motorola Connect or the ZenWatch Manager, for example.
In addition, the clock can be used for a multitude of actions, since access your notifications, counting steps, do research or answer the phone, works as a media control and a monitoring tool of their sports practices.
From the main screen, which shows the time, date, and other information such as pedometer, weather or battery display (according to the set theme), if accesses the notifications received by sliding your finger from top to bottom. After the notification, you can delete it by dragging it to the right. Among the features offered by some sort of status bar are the possibility of (de) activate the modes “Theater” and “Sunlight”.
The software of the SmartWatch clock 3 lets you interact with the gadget from movements and voice commands. In fact, the highlight of the device is to allow users to submit content through intelligent voice commands, well-known feature of Google users Now.
In this way, many of the features of the UI/UX the Bike 360 are inspired by the voice of Wizard cards Big G. Suffice it to say that the OS revolves around the shared user data from the Google account, use the location and sends notifications from services like Gmail, WhatsApp, Hangouts, weather forecasting and other applications such as Keep or Duolingo , for example. In most cases, the information appears when you need to, especially because we are talking here of reminders that facilitate everyday life.
A feature of the SmartWatch clock 3 that caught my attention is the fact that the SmartWatch clock 3 has built-in GPS, makes this wearable interesting for runners that lets you control the distance, the route and the pace of the course. On other devices running on Android Wear is still required to take the phone to get the geolocation data.
Conversely, the SmartWatch clock 3 does not have a heart monitoring sensor, which can end up taking some athletes not to choose the gadget.
Sony SmartWatch clock 3-Performance
Internally, the SmartWatch clock 3 brings a quad-core processor, ARM Cortex-A7, turning on 1.2 GHz frequency, in combination with a 512 MB RAM and a 4 GB internal storage, which makes it possible to install apps as well as transfer songs directly to the device. As said above, the SmartWatch clock 3 has embedded sensors like accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and GPS. Also comes with Bluetooth, used to pair with your smartphone or in conjunction with your headphones.
The fact of the SmartWatch clock 3 have Wi-Fi antenna and embedded NFC, causes it to be ahead of competitors such as Apple Watch and the Gear S .
When I used the SmartWatch clock 3 had no surprise about the performance of the appliance, some times he presented slowness and, of course, problems with the connection to the WiFi and smartphone with voice commands. As well, the experience with the software was very similar to what I had with the other wearables that tested, i.e. still leaves much to be desired with respect to hardware/software integration.
Sony SmartWatch clock 3 – drums
Despite Sony’s own handsets with one of the best battery autonomy, the manufacturer just reinvented the wheel with the SmartWatch clock 3. Even owning one of the largest energy market capabilities, with 420mAh, the gadget can even stay connected for more than 24 hours, but that’s not even close a satisfactory option for a device used in conjunction with a smartphone. If you are an average user, you can use the smartwatch clock for up to two days without connecting it to the mains, but to use all the possibilities and features that the Android Wear offers right now, you have to load the wearable whenever I get home.
When I test a smartwatch clock, I like to incorporate the same into my daily life to offer a vision very similar to what a user would have in everyday life. Soon, do not use the functions only once or twice to fill out the topics of this review. So, my test I had the opportunity to use the GPS to register my offsets, check the next transport home, doing countless searches using the Google search, receive and send messages via WhatsApp, hear my music using Google Play Music or even control the player of Spotify. In addition, my day always begins with the Director of site content by sending a series of e-mails before I even get to the newsroom. So, I prefer to let the cell phone in my pocket and read the emails from the clock. Of course the screen is extremely small when compared to 5.2 inches of my Xperia Z2, however, got used to do this and I think it’s very practical.
Taking into account this routine, the battery was dying, if not dead, before I get home. With the exception of weekends that ended up lasting from one day to the next. A tip to make the gadget if you keep with you a little more time in these cases is to activate the “airplane mode” of the smartwatch clock, because if you need to use it after a few hours and is in transit (without the possibility to stay plugged in to an outlet) still have chances.
Sony SmartWatch clock 3-technical specifications
The SmartWatch clock has 3 hardware features that stand out in comparison to the wearables present in the market today, however, most in terms of design and user experience since Android Wear still does not support features present in the appliance. So, even though above average, disappointed in one of the aspects that I consider to be key to a wearable device: the appearance. Even after testing the model with metal bracelet, still can’t enjoy the lines of intelligent Sony clock design.
However, if you identify with the design of the SmartWatch clock 3, take into consideration that this is one of the models with a competitive hardware for at least another year. Taking into account the improvements that Google has been doing with Android Wear, it can be said that the experience with the software is better than at the time of release of Sony’s intelligent clock, especially now that we have support for native Wi-Fi system.
Hey, do you think the SmartWatch clock 3 is one of the great players of this market for wearable devices or Sony still has a lot to invest to increase the quality of their watches at the level of their smartphones? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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