September 3rd 2014 10:52 am

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Dull design, but great for runners

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Sony's SmartWatch 3 certainly isn't for everybody. It's dull compared to its rounder, sexier rivals; its strap is made out of rubber rather than leather; and the display is not as bright or vibrant as others. But if you care more about function than form, the SmartWatch 3 suddenly looks a whole lot more interesting. For runners in particular, built-in GPS is a great feature that lets you leave your phone at home. It also has WiFi and NFC, making it more future-proof than the competition. It also eschews the need for a charging dock thanks to a built-in micro-USB port and has a battery life that makes it one of the longest-lasting smartwatches on the market. No, you shouldn't get the SmartWatch 3 if you want a watch to impress people at a cocktail party. But if you want one that's more suited for fitness, this is absolutely worthy of consideration.

Critic reviews

7.2
10 reviews
  • Features
    6.4
  • Display
    6.6
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Ease of use
    7.5
  • Storage capacity
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    6.4
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.5
  • Durability
    8.2

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User reviews

9.0
2 reviews
8.0
Engadget Jan 2, 2015

Sony's latest smartwatch won't be for everyone, what with its dull design and muted screen. Still, this is currently the only Android Wear device with a built-in GPS radio, making it a smart choice for runners and other athletes interested in tracking their pace and distance.

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8.0
Gizmodo Feb 11, 2015

It ain't fancy, but it's a solid performer, and it's the first smartwatch from Sony that might actually be worth your trouble.

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7.0
TechCrunch Dec 18, 2014

Sony’s SmartWatch 3 is one of the latest in Android Wear devices, but it has some failings I’d expect from much earlier entrants. ... The device’s saving grace is its use of onboard GPS, as well as that future gift of local Wi-Fi.

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6.0
CNET Dec 18, 2014

Although its ability to use GPS to track your run is handy, its poor screen, uninspiring design and lack of a heart-rate monitor means the SmartWatch 3 doesn't impress over its more luxurious Android Wear competitors.

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8.0
Wareable Mar 16, 2015

Its design may be pretty uninspiring and the display is fairly mediocre but the functionality afforded by the GPS is unrivalled ... and the battery life is far better than we’ve seen on any of the Sony’s rivals. Let’s just hope that app developers spruce up their offerings soon.

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8.0
TechRadar Jan 14, 2015

The Sony SmartWatch 3 is a powerful and well equipped wearable with a good screen and reasonable battery life. If it could do all that while looking like an actual wristwatch it would be a real winner, but it's still impressive.

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7.0
The Verge Feb 19, 2015

We have unassuming watches like Sony's SmartWatch 3. Even if you're part of the tiny sliver of users to whom it's designed to appeal, you have to admit that there's nothing really special about it. But it works.

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7.0
Forbes Jan 25, 2015

I suspect anyone buying into Android Wear at this stage is more concerned about function than fashion and would prefer the square UI on offer. In which case the increased battery and microUSB charging on the SmartWatch 3 trump the other Android Wear devices out there.

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6.0
TrustedReviews Jan 26, 2015

Sony’s first Android Wear watch is a big improvement on previous smartwatch attempts, but it’s still flawed and doesn’t get the best out of its most unique features.

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9.0
aphoneconissour aphoneconissour

Its really great especially since you can play installed music directly from this watch to any Bluetooth headset or speakers. Its also cool that I can pay for coffees using this watch as well. GPS, NFC, IP68 waterproofing, latest Bluetooth 4.1, with WiFi as well. Just helps future proof this...

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