Getting started with the Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony presented the SmartWatch 3 at the last IFA, but it has only been commercially available for a few days. A courier came to the house at the start of the week to deliver a copy of the watch to me, and it has been with me for a few hours now. The time has therefore come to make a first point, while waiting for the full test.

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Getting Started With The Sony Smartwatch 3

The SmartWatch 3 in its plastic case.

I know it's not easy to have to jump from one to the other, but I haven't found a better one yet.

Technical characteristics

Unsurprisingly, I'll start by briefly reviewing the technical characteristics of the beast to refresh your memory. And even to refresh our memories, too.

The SmartWatch 3 aligns with most competing watches with a screen with a diagonal of 1.6 inches , for a resolution of 320 × 320 . It is powered by a processor made up of four cores clocked at 1.2 GHz , with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage . Not surprisingly, it is able to resist water and thus benefits from an IP68 treatment.

Be careful, however, because if its technical sheet is close to that of other smartwatches on the market, it also has some advantages up its sleeve and it thus has the good idea to integrate… a GPS. What does it mean ? Quite simply, you won't need to pick up your phone to go for a run.

The watch will indeed be sufficient on its own and that is rather good news.

The same goes for its autonomy, which should go up to two days where most devices of this type are rarely able to last more than a full day.

Price side, it will take around 229 € to enjoy it. Also note that the beautiful is currently available in two colors: black or yellow . The choice is slim, but it will be perfectly possible to change your bracelet on the fly.

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The SmartWatch 3 on its pedestal.

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Same, but in the other direction.

Design & Ergonomics

The SmartWatch 3 is more like a sports watch than a classic watch and it is ultimately the polar opposite of what LG and Motorola offer with the G Watch R and the 360. Sony has therefore chosen to stand out. of its competitors.

Aesthetically speaking, it is quite neutral and it will eventually go well with most outfits. Especially with his black strap, in fact. For the rest, we must admit that it is also quite bulky. If you have a thin wrist this might be a problem, but it might just be a matter of habit.

Funny point, Sony has taken exactly the same concept as with the SmartBand SWR10 (and SWR30). The dial and the bracelet are completely independent of each other and it is perfectly possible to extract the watch from its housing to hang it on another bracelet sold by the firm.

Ultimately, we should also have the choice between several colors and several patterns.

The bracelet is made of silicone and it is quite soft to the touch. In addition, the manufacturer did not look for noon to 2 p.m. and opted for one size . Everything will therefore rest on the clasp, it is indeed this which will allow us to adapt the watch to the size of our wrist.

We will simply have to shift the metal part in one direction or the other, fixing it to one of the holes drilled in the plastic.

I haven't mentioned it yet, but the SmartWatch 3 only has one button, placed on the right edge. It will be used by us to access settings and third-party applications, or even turn off / restart the device.

The connector is placed inside the watch, under a plastic tab. Sony had the intelligence to opt for a generic format and a micro USB cable will suffice to charge the watch.

As a result of the races, we won't have to carry around ten different cables and that feels really good.

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SmartWatch 3 in hand.

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Same, but from a slightly different angle.

First Impressions

They are rather mixed. The watch is pretty to look at, but it's also far from understated and it's not easy to get used to its presence. That being said, I never wear a watch so this probably explains it.

Anyway, I really like the concept of the interchangeable strap because it won't be necessary to use specific tools to change it. Or even go visit the local jeweler.

I haven't explored all the functions of the watch yet, but I can at least tell you that its display is downright insane. Sony really hasn't done things by halves, and the touch layer is both responsive and responsive . No need to insist, a simple touch is enough.

Autonomy also seems correct to me. I managed to get past the two days on a single charge, so it's pretty promising.

So much for my first impressions. If you have questions, now is the time to ask them. We finish with the handheld video, in Machineo colors.

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