There’s something inherently interesting about the idea of a clock that runs with Android, for example, this Sony SmartWatch clock. Maybe the concept behind this Android device is a bit futuristic (with strong references in Star Trek series), but the fact is that we could not wait any longer to put this clock in our hands and see what it’s like to feel a kind of James Bond in the 21st century. Want to see our review of the Sony SmartWatch clock?
Appearance and style
First disappointment: after waiting to receive a watch newsy, I was surprised to find that the Sony SmartWatch clock uses just a cheap rubber strap. Although the device itself seems to remain in place, a sudden movement can do the two parts separate. I can’t even imagine the little flying display by the home or the Office.
A few more details about the watch itself from WatchTutorials: it is one of the lightest Android watches and, in fact, makes no weight on the wrist. The shape is square (1.42 inches x 1.42 inches), the screen has a metallic silver edge to match the gray bracelet and is very soft, and why not say, has a classic design.
Unlike the iPod Nano and other devices of similar size, the Sony SmartWatch clock has a small screen of just 1.3 inches, surrounded by large black margins on the sides. What looks like an unforgivable waste of space. If that’s not enough to complain, outdoor visibility is very poor, even when they are not exposed directly to sunlight. Why do you want to have a smart watch if you can’t even tell time?
What the SmartWatch clock can do really? Before you start doing anything with your watch, you have to synchronize with your Android device. All information (including date and time) in your phone. To use the phone, you have to install the application and then download the application Sony LiveWare and then download individually the SmartWatch clock applications on Google Play Store (the application comes preinstalled on smartphones LiveWare Sony). So, after downloading the Sony LiveWare and Sony SmartWatch clock app, you’ll be ready for synchronization, an extremely frustrating and painful process.
First, be sure to activate the Bluetooth on your Android device and turn off the SmartWatch clock by pressing the power button until the screen goes blank. Here comes the hard part:to connect the “pairing mode” (paring mode) the clock you have to press the power button and hold until the corresponding symbol appears. The problem is that the same power button that connects the clock also switches off, what makes us to a cilclo in the weeds of plugging and unplugging the unit. Once you figure out the right amount of seconds and the clock miraculously with your smartphone pairing, you can finally see what the SmartWatch clock is capable of.
The SmartWatch clock apps
There is a limited amount of custom applications available to watch as Twitter, weather, missed calls, text messages, calendar and music player. The screen is sensitive to touch and navigation can be done with a simple touch of the display from. Unfortunately, the icons of the applications are all together on that screen so small and the names appear cut off. It seems that Sony really is not very attentive to detail, isn’t it? Some of the clocks widgets are more useful than others. Although undoubtedly the best function is the notification of missed calls and text messages. I don’t see the purpose of reading the Facebook status or tweets cut into four words. Another thing you can do is control the volume and change the music from your Android device from the watch, though not always work perfectly. In addition, the use of the Sony SmartWatch clock involves a series of gestures. Another flaw is that if you double click on a tweet, even inadvertently, accidentally retweeta the message (a mistake I did several times). Just a reminder:just press the screen to get back to menus.
All these errors could be perhaps tolerable if not for the ridiculous price of the gadget, which costs 149 dollars (around 300 reais). I don’t think that’s fair.
However, prefirimos believe that the dream of a smartwatch clock is not dead yet. What we can say is thanks for the try Sony!