Sony Xperia Ear

Sony Xperia Ear
59

Engadget Review

Sony’s Xperia Ear is an intriguing device -- in theory. It’s a single Bluetooth earpiece with a built-in assistant that’s always ready for your voice commands, and will recite your smartphone notifications as they arrive. However, because you have to press a button to talk to the Ear, there’s no real difference between this device and, say, using Siri or the Google Assistant over wired earbuds. The Xperia Ear also gets uncomfortable with extended use, and is expensive for what it does. What's more, Sony’s assistant is less smart than rival helpers. With some software tweaks, the Xperia Ear could become useful for multitaskers, but as it stands there's no real reason for it to exist.

Pros

  • Accurate gesture recognition for non-verbal interaction
  • Snug fit
  • Sturdy, water-resistant construction
  • Portable charging case

Cons

  • Assistant is not very smart yet
  • Gets uncomfortable with extended use
  • Not compatible with iOS
  • Doesn’t do much that the competition doesn’t
  • Poor music quality
  • Expensive
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Key Specs

FORM FACTOR
Earbud
TALK TIME
up to 1620

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