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Review: Sony’s smartwatch good, but not essential

November 15, 2013 • Business


This undated photo provided by Sony, shows Sony’s SmartWatch 2 in a variety of colors. Sony says its new computerized wristwatch will sell for $200 in the U.S. and will work with a variety of Android phones. (AP Photo/Sony)

NEW YORK (AP) — Sony’s new SmartWatch 2 doesn’t get as much attention — and doesn’t do as much — as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear computerized wristwatch. But for the things it does, Sony’s version performs better.

The SmartWatch 2 is also 33 percent cheaper, at about $200, and works with a variety of Android phones, not just Sony’s. Samsung’s Galaxy Gear sells for $300 and is compatible only with a handful of high-end Samsung phones.

That said, neither company has made a compelling case of why people need a smartwatch this holiday season.

These wrist-bound gadgets are supposed to free you from constantly pulling out your phone to check for messages. But I found myself checking the watch more often than I would pull out a phone. That proved more distracting — and less private — over dinner, for instance.

The SmartWatch 2 is worth considering primarily if you want to be among the first with the latest technology.

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WHAT SONY’S WATCH DOES:

Think of the watch as a companion to your phone. The phone needs to be within Bluetooth wireless range, or about 30 feet.

You install a free Smart Connect app on the phone to manage what gets sent to the watch, be it messages or call Login to read more

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