Part of a new breed of intelligent timepieces powered by Android, the $149.99 Sony SmartWatch is svelte and stylish, and promises tight smartphone integration.
Sporting an attractive silver-metallic trim, the Sony SmartWatch relies on a tiny 1.3-inch OLED display to showcase information. Also equipped with a touch screen, the gadget is controlled by tapping and swiping fingers across the display, much like a smartphone.
By default, the Sony SmartWatch comes with a conservative black wristband. Sony, however, sells five fashionable color choices: white (shown here), pink, mint, gray, and blue. The SmartWatch is also designed to take a beating, with Sony claiming it's both dust- and splash-resistant.
Designed to link to any smartphone running Android 2.1 or higher, the Sony SmartWatch right out of the gate offers plenty of flexibility. The device is shown here with an accompanying Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc.
On the right side of the Sony SmartWatch is its sole physical control, a small power button. When the watch is powered down, pressing the power key for a few seconds will kick the SmartWatch into Bluetooth pairing mode.
Just like an Android handset, the Sony SmartWatch has its own app tray with multiple screens that house icons for app shortcuts. You can launch apps directly from the app tray or have them operate as widgets on the watch's multiple home screens.
Social-media access is one of the Sony SmartWatch's many capabilities. Using the Twitter and Facebook apps, SmartWatch wearers can view tweets and updates as they happen or dive into apps for more details.
Like other watch-style gadgets, the Sony SmartWatch can be clipped to clothing or to its wristband. Under the device's clip are contacts for its proprietary charging cable. The USB power cord plugs into either a PC or an AC adapter.