It’s A Runner’s Best Friend – Sony SmartWatch 3

It’s A Runner’s Best Friend – Sony SmartWatch 3

This here is the Sony SmartWatch 3. That might make it sound like it’s the third iteration in a line of gadgets, but really, it’s the first. That’s because even though this is Sony’s third smartwatch, it’s actually Sony’s first that comes with Android Wear. The SmartWatch 3 has arrived remarkably late to the party, letting rivals like Motorola, LG and Samsung gain ground. On the other hand, the SmartWatch 3 is currently the only Android Wear option with a built-in GPS radio, allowing for more precise workout tracking. Which, as it turns out, could be enough to help Sony stand apart from the pack.

PROS

  • Built-in GPS is ideal for runners and other athletes
  • WiFi and NFC make this more future-proof than other Android Wear devices
  • Relatively long battery life
  • Display is easy to read in direct sunlight

CONS

  • Drab design
  • Screen isn’t as vibrant as on some other smartwatches
  • Not many Android Wear apps currently make use of the GPS, WiFi or NFC

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SUMMARY

Sony’s latest smartwatch won’t be for everyone, what with its dull design and muted screen. Still, this is currently the only Android Wear device with a built-in GPS radio, making it a smart choice for runners and other athletes interested in tracking their pace and distance.

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