Watchya' Gonna Do With It?
Smartwatches are still a funny product, so there's no real reason to own one just yet, which is unlike the other big wearable: Google Glass. I found myself using the Sony SmartWatch 2 as a pager to my smartphone, which was incredibly handy at my busiest times.
I was driving along to the shops when I felt my wrist vibrate; my first phone call was coming through while I was using the SW2! I was able to screen the call by checking my watch, which didn't distract me anywhere near as much as it would if I were to have pulled my phone out of my pocket to check what all the vibration fuss was all about.
Then there's the fact that when I'm driving, most of the time I don't feel my smartphone vibrating in my pocket. This means I miss important calls that I should've pulled over and answered, but this is not an issue with the SmartWatch 2.
Facebook and Gmail notifications are blasted through to the SW2, which can be useful when an e-mail comes through. I was able to check the subject line of the e-mail, again, without having to touch my smartphone.
Facebook notifications were the same, but it began to annoy me as my SmartWatch 2 was vibrating every 15-30 minutes with notifications being blasted out to my wrist.
The Style: Sony has done quite well with the aesthetics of the SmartWatch 2. I didn't expect it to look good, but damn did the SmartWatch 2 look good on my wrist. For something that comes in at under $160 on Amazon, it looks like it is worth much more.
The Screen: Having a screen that is viewable in direct daylight is a huge benefit for a smartwatch. I was quite surprised at how visible the SmartWatch 2 was in direct sunlight; I could easily make out the time while the sun was shining directly into it.
It Doubles as a Watch!: What! Really? A smartwatch can be a normal watch? Yes, and that is something that should be noted. As someone who doesn't wear a watch, this is a big point. It was nice to not have to pull my smartphone out my pocket to check the time.
The Perfect Smartphone Accessory: I found the SW2 was a great accessory to my smartphone, especially for incoming phone calls. Normally, I don't feel my smartphone vibrating away in my pocket, but I definitely felt the SW2 vibrating on my wrist.
Do You Really Need One?: Well, that is really up to you. If you're after a stylish watch that just so happens to double as a smartwatch, then yes. If you want a watch that can notify you of incoming phone calls, Facebook notifications, and more, then the SmartWatch 2 should be on the top of your list.
In the end, I found Sony's SmartWatch 2 a great accessory to my smartphone. It's something that doesn't replace it, but compliments it.
I never expected to want to replace my smartphone, but I didn't expect the Sony SmartWatch 2 to compliment my smartphone so much. Being able to screen incoming calls was a great function, something that I really came to enjoy in the two or so weeks with my time with Sony's wearable device.
If you are after a smartwatch that not only looks great but has some great--albeit basic--functions, then you should have the Sony SmartWatch 2 at the top of your to-buy list.
PRICING: You can find the Sony SmartWatch 2 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Sony SmartWatch 2 retails for $154.99 at Amazon.
Canada: The Sony SmartWatch 2 retails for CDN$185.00 at Amazon Canada.