2015 has well and truly kicked in, so if you have any new years fitness goals it’s time to execute. What’s this got to do with the Sony Smartwatch 3 (SW3)? Well, Hey Gents were sent one to test and I figured that I might as well try and use it to help with my goal of being more active.
The first thing I noticed was that it comes with a silicone wrist band, you wouldn’t wear it to a fancy restaurant but after all it is aimed at a more active audience. The band also attracts lint like ants to a cheeseburger – but all is forgiven when I find that I can easily rinse off the sweat that it’s been drowning in after 3 hours of cycling, as opposed to other smart watches that come with leather straps that absorb every salty bead.
There are 3 things that make this watch awesome above other smart watches currently on the market.
It’s the first smart watch with built in GPS, so you don’t need to go running with a phone as well, defeating the purpose of having a smart watch.
It’s also the first watch to come with 4GB of music storage – this can only be accessed via a bluetooth headphone.
The battery can last between 1.5-2 days (depending on how you use it, most other watches last about 12hours tops).
I’ve also been using the Sony SW3 with third party apps like Run Keeper, Sleep Tracking and Interval Timer (great for tabata workouts). Linked to my Xperia Z3, I can log everything I do using the Sony LifeLog app including the time I’ve spent on social media, commuting and sleeping. It also tracks my foot steps and guilts me into being more active if I haven’t done enough for the day.
On the other hand (see what I did there?), there are 3 things that the SW3 is a little short on.
There is no heart rate monitor, unsure as to why this was left out but it would have been a good thing to track for fitness…
The 320×320 display is ok, quality is not as crisp and vibrant as some other smart watches, but it could have been a strategic decision to preserve battery life by having a less intense display.
The default watch faces are pretty bland but there’s plenty of faces you can download from the Android wear app store.
Overall, I’d say it’s one of the better watches on the market. It delivers a smooth and enjoyable experience. I can charge it using any micro usb port, a little annoying to plug in but very convenient as I do not need to carry a specific charger around with me. RRP is $299.