71

A fair effort that still hasn't cracked it

71

We really wanted Sony to lead the way with the SmartWatch 2, but some buggy software and poor app choices keep this from being the de facto option.

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6.0
15 reviews
  • Features
    5.8
  • Display
    5.7
  • Battery life
    7.1
  • Ease of use
    5.9
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    7.2
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    7.7
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8.4
9 reviews
7.0
Engadget Oct 26, 2013

We really wanted Sony to lead the way with the SmartWatch 2, but some buggy software and poor app choices keep this from being the de facto option.

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6.0
CNET Nov 12, 2013

With its ability to push Android notifications to your wrist, the Sony SmartWatch 2 is more useful than Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, but the Pebble is still the best smartwatch deal around.

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6.0
Laptop Magazine Nov 11, 2013

... if you're looking for a stylish wrist companion that serves as a second screen for your Android phone, the SmartWatch 2 is a compelling choice.

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7.0
The Guardian Oct 17, 2013

With its upgraded interface, slim hardware and waterproof body, Sony has improved its smartwatch in almost all areas, while maintaining its functionality as a solid timepiece.

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6.0
Pocket-Lint Oct 18, 2013

Based on our time so far with the SmartWatch 2 it feels kind of like how Android was when it first launched five years ago: a good early attempt, but one full of issues and frustrations that, over time, will get ironed out into something greater.

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6.0
Wired UK Oct 28, 2013

It's cheaper and lighter than the Galaxy Gear, and it has more social networking apps at launch, immediately making it more useful and less of a toy than Samsung's device, and the subtler style will be a bonus for many.

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5.0
TechHive Nov 8, 2013

Though far from perfect, the SmartWatch 2 inches the industry just a bit closer to a tenable smartwatch concept.

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2.0
CNET UK Oct 17, 2013

It definitely has the right idea about what a smart watch should do, but the sheer volume of bugs in its software makes it frustrating to use at best and unusable at worst.

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7.0
Gizmodo Australia Oct 21, 2013

The Sony SmartWatch 2 doesn’t exactly cover itself in glory, and it doesn’t really make life any easier. It will often frustrate and we’re not sure that’s a price worth paying for something which will tingle your wrist once in a while.

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7.0
phoneArena Oct 27, 2013

For now, Sony's SmartWatch 2, despite all its bugs and glitches, is a decent entrance to the world of brainy wearables, and glancing on notifications there instead of reaching for your phone quickly becomes second nature.

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7.0
TechRadar Oct 14, 2013

There are some interesting functions such as the camera extension, and the idea of getting notifications and messages on your wrist is cool. But it's the sluggish interface and poor implementation of core apps which ultimately let the SmartWatch 2 down.

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7.0
Gizmag Oct 10, 2013

The overall package sounds solid enough on paper, but we weren't particularly smitten with the experience of using Sony's new watch. If you own an Android phone and are looking for an easy and convenient way to get notifications, then the SW2 is one of several solid options.

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6.0
The Verge Nov 26, 2013

The hardware is greatly improved, and the design is probably the best of any smartwatch you can get. But the display is a bit of a letdown and the clumsy interface and difficult set up are frustrating and more than the average person is likely to put up with.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Jan 2, 2014

It works. However, it's awkward to use at times, fairly short battery life is an inconvenience and it's just not as slick as most of the phones it can connect to.

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7.0
Stuff Oct 23, 2013

Good battery life, great apps and notifications and all-Android compatibility, but the SmartWatch 2 needs a reliability boost.

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Laptop Magazine Sep 5, 2013

Overall, Sony’s SmartWatch 2 looks like a solid combatant in the smartwatch wars. Its display may be small and relatively low-resolution compared to the Galaxy Gear, but the SmartWatch 2′s app library and ease of use help it to put up a good fight.

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Tom's Hardware Dec 1, 2013

To be honest, I will hate to see Sony's Smartwatch 2 return home. The gadget has become a part of my everyday life. Of course, no tears will be shed, but no simple watch will ever take its place either.

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TrustedReviews Sep 4, 2013

The Sony SmartWatch 2 is a stylish, good-looking smartphone accessory. But it feels like it lacks a killer feature, even if the basic design and 4-day battery life show promise. It's a gadget you clearly need to live with to decide, which we will once we get one in for a full review.

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T3 Sep 5, 2013

The Sony SmartWatch 2 looks like a neat little gadget, although the new Samsung Galaxy Gear arguably has more features, such as a camera.

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TechRadar Sep 6, 2013

The Sony Smartwatch 2 is the ideal companion for your Android Ice Cream Sandwich or above smartphone, making it an almost universally appealing device.

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The Verge Sep 4, 2013

Sony's promise of an improved user interface has been fulfilled with the SmartWatch 2, but that's only owing to how poorly the first SmartWatch did in this category.

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hn3000 hn3000

I loved the old smartwatch, because it allowed me to read emails, answer calls (I am using a headset) and control my telephone's music player from my wrist, without taking the phone out of my pocket or while standing a few feet from my desk. The new model can still do those things. But it also...

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6.0
uzetaab uzetaab

Ok, so as a connected device for a smartphone, it's pretty good. I am happy with what I can do. Being able to see who's calling at a glance then reject or accept a call if I'm wearing my headphones is great I can even make a call. Text messages, alerts, all that stuff works pretty well. However,...

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7.0
mihspa mihspa

I have it , since I got it with the Xperia Z2 Tablet. I was expecting more out of this SmartWatch , the biggest disappoinment being the screen...I mean for 2014 the screen resolution and quality is like playing SuperMario on a Nintendo DS...bad Sony , really bad Sony. Features are quite okay, I...

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7.0
AD11AMJ AD11AMJ

Nothing is great with this device, yes its a big step up from the previous SmartWatch, but its still missing something, I don't use it on a daily basis, its just something to show off rather than something you think you need everyday.

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