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conclusion:Pass on it

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Sony's SmartWatch — essentially a Bluetooth remote for your smartphone — shows the potential value of an always-connected device you can wear on your wrist. Unfortunately, at this point, potential is about all there is to the SmartWatch. Largely useful for short notifications of incoming calls, text messages, emails, tweets, and the like, it's not particularly handy for replying to these messages; you'll still need your phone for that. Additionally, its display is difficult to read in bright sunlight, and it only works with Android phones. Updated apps may add new functionality to the SmartWatch, but for now, it provides a very small window into the vast universe of your smartphone.

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Critic reviews

5.9
11 reviews
  • Features
    5.6
  • Display
    5.0
  • Battery life
    6.9
  • Ease of use
    5.2
  • Storage capacity
    4.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.0
  • Durability
    7.6

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User reviews

6.4
9 reviews
7.0
PC Mag Apr 18, 2012

The Sony SmartWatch is the best "geek watch" so far, but it still doesn't quite break through to the mainstream.

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7.0
CNET Apr 3, 2013

The Sony SmartWatch enters the realm of usability thanks to recent software updates, but it's still more smartphone accessory than solid standalone timepiece.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 12, 2012

The Sony SmartWatch shows promise, but needs plenty of work ... and unlike other smart watches, pretty much becomes useless when not paired with a phone. But for those who have trouble digging that Galaxy Note out of their pockets, the SmartWatch could be just the ticket.

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6.0
AllThingsD Apr 23, 2012

The point of this kind of watch is to pair with a smartphone and provide quick and easy alerts, but the Sony SmartWatch wasn’t especially easy to use. If you’re an Android smartphone user and are in the market for this kind of compatible device, I’d hold out for a smarter smart watch.

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6.0
CNET Jun 6, 2012

Quirky software and limited compatibility make the Sony SmartWatch more pricey curiosity than solid timepiece.

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2.0
Gizmodo Jul 17, 2012

There's no way to justify spending $150 on this—this ripoff of a thing. It's easily gulped down at first under the guise of luxe gadgetry, but spending any more than a few minutes swiping with despair reveals just how much of a bad practical joke this thing is.

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7.0
SlashGear Mar 19, 2012

It’s an expensive sell for something that, for the most part, remains a gimmick. We’re not convinced with the usability of the SmartWatch’s display when outdoors, either ... Nonetheless, there’s a long way to go before accessories like the Sony SmartWatch break into the mainstream.

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6.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 30, 2012

The Smartwatch is pretty good as a gadget-lover's phone companion. The big problem with it is that it needs a phone to function, along with all those apps that you need to install before it will work.

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6.0
Techno Buffalo Apr 12, 2012

The Sony SmartWatch is a relatively cheap toy to mess around with – though odds are if you want an Android compatible smart watch right now, you’ll be more than up to the task of fiddling with WIMM One which, for only $50 more, brings a lot more to the table than Sony’s offering.

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6.0
USA Today Apr 17, 2012

For its part, the SmartWatch provides intriguing possibilities. But based on my experience, its time isn't now.

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7.0
teddy1602 teddy1602

today the smartwatch is cheap so for that price you can buy it. But it's not the perfect watch. When using indoor, it does the job well.

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8.0
kubany kubany

It does many things I want a smart-watch to do. I give Sony points for being early and improving on it from the previous version.

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7.0
TheGamingChap TheGamingChap

A lot has been said about this watch, most of it quite disparaging. I however, do not agree with most of the opinions out there, please allow me to explain. This accessory, if it can be called that, designs as it is advertised to do. It is not meant as a replacement to your current phone...

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6.0
SilentKnight16 SilentKnight16

Good product for some day to day activities.....Not a must have gadget......There are drawbacks related to the constant breakdown of the bluetooth connection, sometimes the screen is less responsive and some calls or sms does not show up on the device........sometimes.....

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2.0
brandonLiveuh brandonLiveuh

The features of this device are great. But the reliability and battery life made it a real hassle to use. It would loose connection to my phone (LG Optimus V... yes I know not the greatest phone and not on the slim compatibility list, but bluetooth is bluetooth dang it!) about a dozen times a...

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