75

A fitness tracker that goes beyond fitness

75

As it stands, the SmartBand feels like it's living up to about 75 percent of its true potential. Lifelog is clearly meant to be the focus. The app isn't perfect -- we'd love to be able to drill down into even more detail, or have the option to share (compete?) with friends. But, we like the premise. There's a certain demographic that'll go nuts for the ability to create a trail of their daily lives. Here's where part of the experience is missing: Lifelog is crying out for a social component (as long as it's optional). It seems like a strange omission. The ability to add friends, share your life with them and add interactivity to Lifelog feels like a day-one feature. Not for the privacy-conscious, of course, but there are many people who like to share their lives, and this would be a great tool for them. The other untapped potential refers to playing nice with third-party apps. Again, it seems ripe for exploiting.

The 75 percent of potential that is being lived up to makes the SmartBand a wearable that will, for once, appeal to people other than the fitness crowd. If you're not into activity tracking, there aren't many wristbands aimed at you. As with its SmartWatch 2, Sony has built something that tries to do a lot of things adequately, rather than one or two things excellently. Perhaps, most important of all, Sony's tried to do something -- gasp -- different. With a little refining, and ongoing software support, this tracker-come-notifier could earn a loyal following. Especially if the company's recent Core concepts hint at future plans. Just make sure you tap that final 25 percent, Sony.

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User reviews

8.0
6 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jun 23, 2014

Sony's created a rare beast: a wristband that isn't just about fitness. The companion app is fun, and has the potential to be genuinely useful. If Sony can convince more developers to work with the SmartBand's remote control feature, it could be a real winner.

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7.0
Re/code Jun 12, 2014

I think Sony is on the right track with things like the Lifelog app, but the SmartBand SWR10 is still a work in progress.

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7.0
Wired Jun 25, 2014

It works as a kind of live blogging diary, and can help you remember where you were and what you were doing, as well as what you were thinking at any given moment but that doesn't seem quite enough to justify the price.

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6.0
PC Mag Jun 11, 2014

Part activity tracker, part notifications accessory, and part journaling tool, the Sony SmartBand SWR10 has a lot of potential, but needs more refinement.

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6.0
CNET Jun 13, 2014

The SmartBand is an ambitious recipe that needs a little more time in the oven. There are better trackers on the market.

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6.0
PC World Jun 15, 2014

Sony's SmartBand is another wearable unsure of its focus. It fails as an exercise companion because of its limited support, while its diligent approach to phone monitoring is an answer to a question no one has asked.

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6.0
Gizmodo Jun 13, 2014

There's potential here, but this device feels like an early beta. Maybe software updates will help, but more likely, you'll want to wait at least until the next version of the hardware comes out.

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5.0
Tom's Guide Jun 18, 2014

Sony's SmartBand tracks your daily activity as well as what you do on your smartphone, but the information it gathers isn't all that useful.

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7.0
SlashGear Jun 21, 2014

The Smartband feels like Sony took everything they wanted a wearable to be and made it happen. It doesn’t strike me as a finished product on the software side of things, though.

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9.0
Android Authority Jun 15, 2014

It won’t satisfy people into hardcore fitness as it doesn’t track activities like biking or hiking but if you’re looking for a band that can track some general fitness and various other activities throughout your daily life it’s a great option to consider.

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8.0
phoneArena May 26, 2014

For all it aims to do, though, the SmartBand delivers. It’s a good fitness tracker that will please stats-obsessed runners, and just those who want to improve their health by walking and running more.

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7.0
Forbes Jun 1, 2014

If you put aside the idea of a full Lifelog and focus on the step counter and sleep tracking, the SmartBand 2 could be a good choice to make if you are happy to work with a first generation product.

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7.0
Digital Trends May 25, 2014

Sony's Core hopes to be inside every piece of wearable tech you own. We aren't yet sure if the idea has legs, but we like what we've seen so far.

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7.0
Business Insider Jun 24, 2014

The Sony SmartBand is a comfortable, customizable fitness tracker for Android devices. I really like the idea of being able to put the Core in different bands as I please, but in general some of the information it provides isn’t very useful.

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7.0
Fit Technica Jun 26, 2014

The Sony SmartBand is a good idea that needs refining. For those of us interested in using it for activity tracking it needs to support more activity types. The alarms need work and the capsule could be configured to issue alerts during exercise.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jan 7, 2014

It's a different device to begin with: an activity tracker with no screen. Sony's still keeping it all pretty vague, but going on the details of the colorful, oddly appealing app, it's more life logger than health monitor.

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Mashable Jan 7, 2014

When worn on the wrist, the Core/SmartBand is intended to be a simpler, more specialized product than Sony's SmartWatch. Sony also showed off a few different wearables, such as a lanyard and bulkier bracelets.

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TrustedReviews Jan 7, 2014

We're swamped by fitness trackers at the moment, and as yet the SmartBand doesn't appear to offer any jaw-dropping features that separate it from the rest.

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T3 Jan 7, 2014

The amount of data the app collects and how it's used raises important questions over privacy, but it's a certainly a compelling product that we look forward to seeing in action.

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TechRadar Jan 7, 2014

While there are some design flaws, it's comfortable to the touch and lightweight, save for the bulk of the Core. It's functions are basic - really the most complicated thing about it is the Lifelog app.

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The Verge Jan 6, 2014

We got a chance to check out the hardware at Sony's booth, and it's absurdly tiny and light. Sony says the battery life is about five days on a single charge. That's not too surprising since the only display on it are three tiny LED lights that go on when you click its one button.

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phoneArena Jan 9, 2014

Simplicity is golden, or so the Sony design team, responsible for the Core and the SmartBand, must have thought, and they're not entirely wrong. The Core is a small, USB stick-sized piece of tech, that appears to be the brains behind Sony's entire wearables strategy.

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Android Police Jan 7, 2014

Wearing a SmartBand isn't entirely a passive experience. The bracelet has buttons that you can use to toggle music on your paired phone. It can also interact with the Lifelog companion app that displays all of the data it gathers about you.

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Digital Trends Jan 8, 2014

Sony's Core hopes to be inside every piece of wearable tech you own. We aren't yet sure if the idea has legs, but we like what we've seen so far.

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Expert Reviews Jan 8, 2014

Core is also tied in to your smartphone phone as both a control and an extension of what your phone can do. So, if you get a call on your phone, your Core will start to vibrate, making you aware of it. With no display, you'll still need to get your phone out to see who's calling, though.

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Hardware Zone Feb 25, 2014

During our few minutes of hands-on, we found the material to be easy on the skin. It is also easy to fasten and remove the wristband.

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Stuff Feb 27, 2014

It's a neat little package, although there's no heart-rate sensor, so the activity data it gathers will be limited to physical movements.

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10
ren907 ren907

The pairing of the Sony SmartBand and LifeLog application makes for a unique experience. The Lifelog alone monitors communication and entertainment activities performed on your smartphone. For example, if you spend 10 minutes reading your Facebook News Feed, it is logged under communication....

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6.0
LaNk0u LaNk0u

tracking does not seem to be correct on steps, when compared to a traditional pedometer the ratio is 3 for 1 (steps calculated by smart band vs steps calculated by pedometer). Also checked against another band and then it was 2.5 for 1, got to make you believe you are getting fit. Can't wait for...

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7.0
nad3r nad3r

Well, Well, never disconnect it otherwise you should reboot. so few options so so few interest to use... Won't buy it if I have to decide again!! sadly, hoped for better use and functionality

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