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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