Sony SmartWatch 2 arrives: bigger, faster, smarter

Sony SmartWatch 2 arrives: bigger, faster, smarter Wearable gadgets are the future, we're told, but Sony has already given the concept a stab with the original SmartWatch, and now brings us a successor, called predictably enough the Sony SmartWatch 2.

The concept is much the same, too – a semi-independent Android device designed to act as a remote companion to your smartphone – but most of the key specs have been improved over the original.

It looks considerably sleeker despite a jump in screen size from 1.3in to 1.6in, with the touch-sensitive panel boasting a resolution of 220 x 176. The smart aluminium body is dust- and water-resistant too.

The SmartWatch 2's “second screen” features include the ability to handle calls, check out messages, notifications and the like, take photos remotely and read previously downloaded emails.

You can also control your Bluetooth-equipped music player remotely, while a bunch of dedicated apps have been introduced for things like mapping on the go, or tracking your performance while you're out on a run.

NFC support has been introduced to give you an alternative to Bluetooth for wireless pairing and sharing – provided the gizmo you're connecting to is Android 4.0 or newer, that is. The battery is said to be good for a maximum of four days of moderate use.

Sony is making a big deal of the fact that while others are still contemplating their first smartwatch, it's now on its third, and there is the sense with its third stab at the genre that the concept is starting to mature.

The bad news if you are interested is that you'll have to wait until September to get your hands on the SmartWatch 2, with the price expected to be around the €199 (£169) mark.

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 25, 2013 at 17:40

I so don't want this!

IndianaBlues  Jun. 26, 2013 at 10:56

I quite like it, even if the concept is a little dated...now all I need is a smart-talking, Android-controlled black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am...
http://static.trustedreviews.com/94/751dd4/b892/knight-rider.jpg

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 26, 2013 at 11:52

And a haircut :p
I find men with big chunky watches a bit, ahem... needy. Sorry.

jejoseph74  Jun. 26, 2013 at 13:27

Here is another one. http://igg.me/at/kreyos/x/2367927

" KREYOS: The ONLY Smartwatch With Voice & Gesture Control".
Similar to Pebble and I am sure less than the Sony. They have new campaign on indiegogo and have made over $187,000 in 2 days.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 26, 2013 at 15:31

Here is another one. http://igg.me/at/kreyos/x/2367927

" KREYOS: The ONLY Smartwatch With Voice & Gesture Control".
Similar to Pebble and I am sure less than the Sony. They have new campaign on indiegogo and have made over $187,000 in 2 days.

That actually looks better than the Sony thing... and I haven't worn a watch in 30+years

JanStPorter  Jun. 26, 2013 at 18:26

And a haircut :p
I find men with big chunky watches a bit, ahem... needy. Sorry.


Speaking of which...

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JanSt / MOD  Jun. 26, 2013 at 19:12

Yes... you know me so well. Do you do birthdays and weddings,too?

You have now made 2 posts. Neither relevant. I bet you have one pair of big watches.

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