Review: Sony SmartWatch 2 good, but do you need it?

Nov 15 2013, 11:55 IST
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Sony SmartWatch 2, which will sell for $200 in the US, outperforms the Samsung Galaxy Gear in delivering messages. (AP) Sony SmartWatch 2, which will sell for $200 in the US, outperforms the Samsung Galaxy Gear in delivering messages. (AP)
SummarySony SmartWatch 2 is 33% cheaper than Galaxy Gear, and works with a variety of Android phones.

charger, while the Gear needs its own. The Gear's watch face also goes dark so it could last just a day. With Sony's watch, you can see the time even in a low-power mode.

Sony's SmartWatch 2 also has many more apps to choose from - more than three times as many.

DO YOU NEED IT?

Maybe one day, smartwatches will truly be smart. They need to be better at filtering the important notifications from the noise, and they need to do more than tell you to go back to the phone to complete a task.

For now, we're in an era of experimentation. Sony's SmartWatch 2 advances the field with a just-the-basics smartwatch, but I'll wait at least a year or two for even more advances before buying one myself.

- Anick Jesdanun

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