“A simpler life for active people”
Even though Sony has not change or added anything in terms of design, this smartwatch has pretty everything a smartwatch needs to have. It is a great purchase for those who are ‘always-on’, or those who like to check out their body functions while working out.
The simplicity of it’s design makes it to a very comfortable watch, as well as it’s rubber band, which makes you less concerned about losing it during a more intense jogging session. Additionally, it is compatible with the latest mobile devices running Android 4.3 and up and has an IP68 rating for resistance to water and dust.
The price is 240$, and it can seem a little dissapointing, since there other models, with more advanced freatures available in the market. Anyway, if you want a comfortable and fast SmartWatch, that will keep the track of your fitness activity, then the Sony SmartWatch 3 is a pretty good choice.
The design doesn’t bring anything new to the world of wearables and this can be a bit disappointing. The already-existing classic square shape with rounded corners is a great fit for active people who don’t feel comfortable having their phone along while working out.
To make it less boring, Sony offers the alternative of changing the color from time to time by changing the wrist strap. This gives the gadget a fresh look and users have a variety of color choice from elegant black or silver straps to cute pink and bright yellow.
The watch promotes a 1.6 inch display with 320 x 320 pixels resolution that offers a high quality of image in direct sunlight. Because the gadget is designed to be worn in a strap (so it can be placed on the wrist), the display will look bigger and bulkier than it actually is.
Even though competitors shown that the circular display can be implemented just as well (a reference to the LG G Watch R and the Moto 360), Sony decided that the conventional shape will make it more sportive (and they were right!).
The Sony SmartWatch 3 behaves quite well when it comes to performance. Powered by a Quad ARM A7 processor that can run at a speed of 1.2 GHz and supported by 4GB eMMC (512 MB) of RAM memory, the device is expected to move fast and without any sort of lag. Users also have 4GB of space for running the Android Wear OS and installing favorite apps.
The battery is quite impressive as it actually lasts two days (compared with other similar gadgets like the Moto 360) on moderate to heavy use. The charging is realized through a mini USB port, allowing users to save money on proprietary charging cables.
This is another advantage point for the Sony SmartWatch 3 as it offers an IP68 rated resistance to dust and water which means the watch will support an immersion in 4.9 ft of water for about 30 minutes. The only problem is the charging port that has to be sealed properly.
Features & Connectivity
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is actually the first Android Wear operated device that has built-in GPS, fact that makes it amazing for tracking physical activities like running. The connectivity with the phone is made via Bluetooth and producers advertise WiFi and NFC connections as well. Unlike its sibling from LG (LG G Watch R), the Sony device doesn’t offer a heart rate monitor which could have been amazingly well paired with its GPS capabilities.
The software doesn’t bring anything new as the device promotes the same Android Wear offered by Google. There are a series of fitness apps that can be run on the device in order to improve working out habits and the fact that you can actually listen to music from the watch is a big plus. This allows you to leave the phone at home and go running freely.
- Great battery life
- Built-in GPS functionality
- Customizable design
- Great performance
- Bulky design
- Average display quality
- Lack of a heart monitor
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is indeed a more sports-like type of gadget that doesn’t excel through elegance and finesse in design but compensates through power and better equipment. The GPS built-in functionality and the comfort it offers, make this gadget the first choice for active people everywhere. There is definitely room for improvement, but for now, the Sony SmartWatch 3 is still one of the best wearables on the market.