Sony currently has two electronic coaches, or connected bracelets, in its catalog. The SmartBand Talk (SWR30) is the most successful model and it has just landed in my letter box. So now is the time to unbox the beast and see what it has to offer.
I prefer to clear things up right away. This article is only a quick start and it does not detail the operation of the device. A more complete article will be published in a few weeks, towards the start of the school year, when I will have a little more perspective on the device.
In the meantime, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to post a little comment after this article. I would also like to thank Maison du GSM which provided me with the bracelet.
We immediately attack with the technical characteristics of the beast. They don't mean much, of course, but they'll allow you to compare the Talk to other connected bracelets on the market.
The screen of the device, to start, offers a diagonal of 1.4 inches and it is capable of displaying a resolution of 296 × 128, which gives a pixel density of around 192 ppi. Sony has opted for electronic ink to reduce its power consumption.
As a direct consequence, the screen is very readable in direct sunlight. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not integrated backlighting and it will therefore be impossible to read the information displayed at night or in the dark.
No details on the processor, however, or even on the amount of onboard RAM.
The battery does not exceed 70 mAh and the announced autonomy (theoretical) is three days. The SWR30 will therefore do better than most electronic coaches on the market. Finally, for those who have a screen, of course. Behind, we will also be entitled to an accelerometer and a Bluetooth 3.0 chip, with a micro USB connector for charging.
The SmartBand Talk is also IP68 certified. It will not fear dust or water and it can even descend to 1.5 meters deep. So you won't need to remove it to take a dip in the pool.
Design & Ergonomics
The SmartBand Talk is sold in a transparent box.
The eye is immediately drawn to the coach. Inside, we will find a lot of things, and in particular:
- The tracker and its bracelet.
- An additional, shorter bracelet.
- Two additional fasteners.
- A charging cable.
- The usual documentation.
Sony has chosen not to include a power unit, but you can still fall back on that of your smartphone. Charging will actually be done by micro USB and that's quite a good thing if you ask me.
Basically, the SWR30 is in the form of a module attached to a silicone strap with a plastic fastening system. If you want, you can buy additional bracelets from the store to customize its appearance.
The manufacturer offers six colors to choose from: black, white, blue, orange, pink and green.
The module is quite compact, but it is still a little longer and a little wider than the SWR10. In return, it is equipped with a screen and three buttons placed on the right edge. They will allow us to navigate within our applications and access all the functions offered by the device.
The micro USB port is placed on the left, concealed under a plastic tab. It is not easy to remove. It will also be necessary to check that it is in place before taking a dip in the pool, otherwise the tracker will burn.
The whole looks rather solid, and the finishes are exemplary. Not everyone will agree with me, but I find the SWR30 quite nice to look at.
The Talk looks a lot like the SWR10, that's true, but it doesn't play in the same category either and it actually goes a lot further than the latter.
Thanks to its screen, for example, it will be possible to use it as a watch. Better, we will not need to take the phone in hand to follow our activity or even to read our messages. Casually, it's very practical.
But the real strength of the bracelet is its ecosystem. The user will actually be able to customize it by installing third-party applications. The choice is not lacking and there is a world clock, a timer, a remote control for the camera of his phone or even a tool to create audio notes on Evernote.
I also had the opportunity to test the function relating to calls and my contacts did not see the difference.
In short, on paper, it's not bad, but something is still missing for the offer to be complete. What? A heart rate monitor, of course! There, at least, we could have had a more complete follow-up.
I will stop there for now. I leave you with my getting started video. If the adventure tempts you, know that the bracelet is available at 99.99 euros at Maison du GSM at the moment.