Introduced last year by its manufacturer, the Sony SmartWatch 2 is the second connected watch produced by the Japanese firm. The previous model suffered from a few imperfections and some of you may be wondering if Sony has corrected the shooting on this new version. I cannot answer you yet but know all the same that the beautiful one is hung on my wrist for a few days …
I had the opportunity to briefly take control of the Sony SmartWatch 2 on the occasion of an evening organized by the manufacturer last July and my first impressions were rather positive. However, it is very difficult, if not impossible , to form a true opinion of a product in such a short time. This is precisely what prompted me to request a copy of the watch on loan.
As usual, my test of the SmartWatch 2 will be divided into two separate articles: this grip and a more in-depth test which will be published next week, or the one after.
Before going any further, we will obviously start by recalling the technical characteristics of the beast in order to refresh your memory:
- 1.6 inch transflective LCD touchscreen.
- Resolution of 220 × 176, for a pixel density of 176 ppi.
- Dimensions: 41.6 x 41.1 x 9 mm.
- NFC, Bluetooth 3.0, speaker.
- Weight: 23.5 grams.
- Theoretical autonomy: 4 days on average.
- Compatibility: Android 4.4 and above.
Interestingly, the SmartWatch 2 benefits from a treatment similar to that of the Xperia Z, Xperia Z1 or Xperia ZU. It will therefore be able to withstand dust , splashes and even possible immersions . It will therefore be possible to take a shower with it and even take it to the pool with you.
So of course very few people will, but it's still a good thing to have a watch capable of withstanding downpours, especially when living in a rainy region.
Design & Ergonomics
The Sony SmartWatch 2 is quite massive. Its dial is made of aluminum and wide borders surround its screen. These may not be to everyone's liking, but that's the price to pay to have a watch that can withstand the elements.
On the front of the watch, we will find the manufacturer's logo as well as three sensitive buttons. These are specific to Android and will allow us to return to the previous screen, display the home screen or even access a context menu made up of several options depending on the application displayed. These controls are particularly responsive and as comfortable to use as on a smartphone.
A hatch is integrated into the left side of the device, a hatch that conceals the Micro USB 2.0 port and it is obviously difficult not to think of the latest terminals in the Xperia range since they offer exactly the same thing for their different ports. Anyway, this tongue is important since it is this which will ensure the waterproofness of the watch. It will therefore be necessary to make sure to close it properly after recharging it.
The power button is on the exact opposite, and therefore on the right edge. It is identical to the button found on all the latest smartphones produced by Sony and this is not surprising since it acts as a signature for the firm.
On the positive side, the watch strap fully complies with the standard in force and it will be perfectly possible to remove it and replace it with any other 24mm strap of your choice. Sony also offers a nice selection on its site , for those who are interested.
The Sony SmartWatch 2 does not lack charm, it is a fact, and it is a rather elegant product. However, design is not everything and the real question, ultimately, is whether this little watch can be useful and relevant in everyday life. And there is the big question, but I think anyway that the next few days should allow me to find some answers.
In the meantime, if any of you have a SmartWatch 2 at home, and though you don't hesitate to share your feedback. Same thing if they have applications to advise me, or tips to give me.
And we end with the little unboxing video that goes well.