The watch connects wirelessly with one touch to any NFC enabled Android smartphone or tablet running 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and later. It’s functions are managed with the Sony Smart Connect(LiveWare Manager) app available from Google Play. Smart Connect downloads any applications that you need straight to your phone or tablet. There are a huge amount of apps and LiveWare extensions available.
Some of the functions that the SmartWatch 2 can perform are:
- Call handling (answer, reject, mute, volume handling)
- Missed call notification
- Music remote extension/music handling
Some of the more interesting apps and extensions available are weather widgets, alarms, phone finder, Google Maps, calendar events and a Smart Camera extension that allows you to use the watch as a remote control for your phones camera.
Sony claims that the watch has a battery life of 3-4 days of normal use, with the watch always on. It charges via a standard micro USB cable, and has a transflective 1.6″ LCD with 220 x 176 pixels for improved outdoor readability. The watch has an alumium body with a silicon wristband – which can be swapped for any standard 24mm band. It measures a chunky 42mm x 9mm x 41mm and weighs 122.5 grams.
Naturally the SmartWatch 2 also functions as a traditional watch, with several different clock faces and themes. It is certified to IP57 standards with dust and shallow water protection. In practice this means outdoor activities in light rain – not swimming, showering or diving – as Sony doesn’t provide a full immersion warranty.
Sony has released a video explaining some of the features of their new watch:
The Sony SmartWatch 2 is available from Kogan now for $149 plus $22.99 delivery, it comes with a 12 month warranty and Kogan advises that it is shipped in 3-7 days.
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