Sony SmartWatch Review

by Robyn Wright on July 23, 2012

in Tech

sony_smart_watchAs part of the Verizon Insider team (#VZWBuzz) I get a few goodies from time to time. Recently they sent me a Sony SmartWatch. This is an accessory sold at Verizon Wireless stores (online and in person). You use this along with an android smartphone. It allows you to view updates such text messages, Facebook, Twitter, missed calls, etc. on the watch rather than having to dig out your phone all the time. Hubby quickly snapped up this item – he has a thing for watches anyway.

The set up process is not overly complicated, but there are many steps involved. The biggest skills you need are the ability to use Bluetooth and download and install apps (or learn to do those two things). The syncing part is the most complicated and we had to do this step multiple times during the initial setup. Be patient and follow the instructions.

The watch comes with a silicone band, which is fine, but it also comes with an adapter plate so that you can purchase your own 20mm watch bands to use with it – which Hubby did. Hubby did not like that his wrist sweat under the silicone band.

Hubby has been using this for a few weeks now. The biggest drawback has been that he has had to re-sync the watch and his phone several times. He feels that the app that you use on your android phone is actually to blame for this. After he had this happen a few times he quickly figured out how to resolve the issue and re-sync easily. This glitch will depend on your phone – not all people experience this issue. That really is his only negative so far in using this gadget.

Sony SmartWatch and Android PhoneHubby’s favorite feature is the ability to control music play from his phone with the Sony SmartWatch. He listens to the music on his phone in his car and before had to pick up the phone, scroll to player, click, scroll, etc. Now he just taps on the watch and quickly gets to music app and can control the music on his phone without being nearly as distracted as the old way.

At work, Hubby keeps his smartphone on his workbench (his an auto tech) and the rest of the time it is in his pocket. Before he found himself having to go over to this workbench or take the phone out of his pocket multiple times a day to check to see why it is buzzing, beeping, chirping, etc. at him. Now wearing the Sony SmartWatch it vibrates on his wrist (no sound options) and he can quickly look at his wrist and see what’s happening with just a tap or two. It saves him time and effort all day long. Using the watch also helps him stay on track because while you can see what is happening, you don’t get sucked into responding to things or looking around at other things like you can easily do on the phone.

Overall there are still some slightly buggy issues, but it is still a very cool tech gadget. The price (as of 7/22/12) at the Verizon Store is $149.97 and Hubby feels that it is worth that. What you can do with the watch is based upon the apps that you download and more are still being added. I should add that I would not consider Hubby an overly “tech” or “geek” kind of guy and he has managed to use the Sony SmartWatch and handle the setup and troubleshoot all without the help of me or our son. It is a fun, but still useful, gadget.

Disclosure: As noted I was provided the Sony SmartWatch to use to facilitate this review and I am compensated by Verizon Wireless on other projects. Opinions are my own (and Hubby’s).

© 2012, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

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{ 16 comments }

1 Tiffany Winner July 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I like the concept but sorry, I’d never wear it myself, its too bulky looking and not really stylish at all :( Looks like a man’s watch for sure.
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2 Robyn's Online World July 23, 2012 at 2:04 pm

I agree, it is a bulky watch – definitely too big for me also, but Hubby loves it.

3 Diane July 23, 2012 at 4:58 pm

I think its too bulky for me too but I do like the idea of it!  Maybe in the future the price will drop too, I cant afford it right now : (

4 terrik July 23, 2012 at 5:27 pm

What’s the range on it?  Can you leave the phone at home and just wear the watch when you go outside walking, etc?  

It is a bit bulky, especially for those of us with really small wrists, but I could see wearing it as a necklace on on a belt.  They could make it less bulky by utilizing the band as part of the watch, increase the total surface area while decreasing overall size.

5 @rkosully July 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

It does seem like a very cool tech gadget for people who are willing to figure it out. I would be baffled. Also, I don’t wear a watch. It does seem to to exemplify the trend of making devices that are smaller but can perform more functions. We may all need stronger glasses to see the screens though1

6 @rkosully July 23, 2012 at 7:30 pm

 though!  not though1   (case in point: I can barely see the normal screen when typing)

7 Jeannette Laframboise July 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Oh my goodness, this watch is not really a watch…Technology continues to amaze me and I have often wondered how far it will have advanced in another 10-20 years and beyond. It is almost mind boggling. I can’t believe a tiny watch like that can do so much. Despite the ‘buggy issues’ you noted it is still pretty amazing. ;-)

8 RoundRockGal July 23, 2012 at 9:08 pm

But does it tell time?  I am sure it is marvelous, but I need simple technology or I am doomed.

9 Meredith July 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm

that is awesome.. how does the twitter work? i follow so many damn ppl i can barely keep up with updates on my phone, u couldnt imagine it on a watch

10 Kecia July 24, 2012 at 1:35 pm

What a cool phone – I haven’t heard about these but it sounds like something I would like to try. Hopefully they will make them compatible with iPhones soon.

11 ewffan July 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm

This is such a great idea!  My hubby fumbles so much trying to “catch” the call or text that he ends up missing it.  It doesn’t help that he needs glasses, so he ends up trying to focus on his phones screen, that’s how he ends up missing these things.  I am going to have him go check it out.  Lucky we have a verizon store down the street not too far.

12 Devona Fryer July 25, 2012 at 8:14 pm

I loved the Twitter party tonight! Thanks for sharing your review with us on the Sony Smartwatch. I love the look of it and the functionality of it as well! What a neat idea for a watch!

13 tannawings July 28, 2012 at 2:29 pm

This would be kinda nice for men that work on cars, do carpentry- anything hands on so they can leave the phone elsewhere and just look at this. 

14 Shannon Whitfield September 14, 2012 at 12:53 pm

It does seem like one of the cooler features would be the music control. I think my husband would also like one of these (he’s very tech-oriented.) I just can’t believe all the stuff that’s out these days. Computers keep getting smaller and smaller!! I also think it looks rather masculine.. good gift for hubby..

15 ♥Keziah Gibbons♥ October 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm

I want this watch!! This would be a great added addition to my technology collection. I love the features that you talked about especially the music app your hubby likes. KFZeigler@hotmail.com

16 Starla Mint October 19, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Oh man, another awesome toy to add to my growing Christmas/Birthday list. This is awesome! Has he used the Twitter type apps on there? I’ve thought about “making” a watch out of an old iPod Nano, but this seems WAY cooler…and it’s already done for you!

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