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Navigate your smartphone from your SmartWatch

- November 7th, 2012

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Some people thought that wearing the iPod nano as a watch on your wrist was a pretty cool thing. And it was. As we rely more and more on our smart phones as a one-stop shop device having the ability to access some of its features while still in your pocket is a good thing. So Sony has developed the SmartWatch, which allows you to some extent to navigate your smartphone right from your wrist.

The Sony SmartWatch acts both like a remote control as well as a monitoring system. Without even having to touch your phone, you can receive calendar notifications and check out your Facebook messages and tweets as they arrive without having to take your phone out of your pocket or purse. You can also do things like read your e-mail, check out your SMS messages as well as other notifications, navigating through by swiping and scrolling.

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There are over 100 SmartWatch apps, as well as e-mail plug-ins available from the Google Play store.

As for phone function, the SmartWatch give you the ability you to reject incoming calls, send predefined texts or take a call and use your attached headset.

And it’s a watch too!

It has its own little Android system built-in and connects to your smartphone via BlueTooth, so it has a standard operating range of 10m from your phone.

It’s 1.42″ long x 1.42″ wide x 0.3″ thick and it features a multi-touch colour OLED display.

As for power consumption, it’s expected to last a full day under heavy usage but typically 3 to 4 days before recharge is needed.

The SmartWatch is optimized for Sony Xperia smartphones but it will connect to a variety of Android devices, but not all. There are 3 ranges of compatibility: full partial and none at all.  Best to check the compatibility list on Sony’s website, updated frequently, before you decide to invest in this watch.

The Sony SmartWatch retails for $149.99. It ships with a watchband and a USB charger and is available through retailers including Sony Stores, Best Buy and Future Shop.

Photos: Courtesy: Sony Mobile Communications

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

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4 comments

  1. TJ | November 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I think it is a cool concept. However, for this price, I think most would probably pay a tad more for a nano for different functions. I have a colleague who bought this and unfortunately, he finds it an annoyance at this point to recharge it everyday along with his phone. He also mentioned that the touch controls on the small screen is not as sensitive as it should be and in the end, because of the multiple touches required to complete a task, it was actually easier for him to get his smartphone out.

  2. Greg Gazin | November 7, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    TJ, thanks for the heads-up!

  3. Ayesha Akter | November 8, 2012 at 2:09 am

    um 4m Bangladesh….. is it available in Bangladesh????? if the answer is no….. how can i get it?????? i like it…… i want 2 buy it……. is it possible?????????

  4. Greg Gazin | November 8, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Ayesha, I’m not familiar with distribution in your country. However, you might want to check out : http://www.sonymobile.com

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