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Sony Xperia SmartWatch Review

Verdict

Key Specifications

  • 1.3in OLED display

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Alongside its Sony Xperia Ion and Xperia S Android smartphones, Sony also used CES to launch its new Xperia Watch, the latest attempt at a connected watch.

Packing a 1.3in OLED touchscreen and connecting to your phone over Bluetooth, the Xperia SmartWatch lets you see messages and emails, control your music, check caller ID, and much more besides. 255 widgets are currently available and no doubt more will follow.

Sony Xperis SmartWatch

Among the coolest (or most pointless – but aren’t many of the coolest things in life?) is the ability to see the view through your phone’s camera on the watch. The usefulness of this might be debatable but it works pretty well.

Sony Xperis SmartWatch 3
Yes, dufus here managed to photograph it the wrong way up. Doh!

Crucially the watch actually looks pretty good. It’s slim at just 8mm thick, and is only 36mm square. It also feels well built with a glass screen and metal chassis and buttons, and a comfortable (if sweat-enhancing) silicone strap. It also weighs just 15.5g.

The most crucial thing, though, is that we were told the watch should last from four days to a week between charges, making it genuinely practical. Set to cost $149 (no UK price yet) it could well be the perfect accessory for Xperia handset owners.

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