Sony SmartWatch: The littlest Android device(Read article summary)
Sony SmartWatch brings Android to a wrist near you. But do people want this Dick Tracy-like gadget from Sony?
Sony today took the wraps off the SmartWatch, a touchscreen timepiece powered by Android.
The device, which will set you back $149, works by establishing a connection with any device â€“ tablet or smartphone â€“ running Android 2.1 or higher. In other words, you can't strap the thing on your wrist and start flicking through a bunch of apps. You need to tether it via Bluetooth first (and also download the requisite app for the tablet or smartphone).Â
Which, let's face it, is something of a let-down.Â
On the plus side, the SmartWatch is plenty handsome. And sleek. (See video below.) According to specs posted on the Sony Mobile site, the device â€“ available now â€“ weighs less than a tenth of a pound, with aÂ 1.42-inch screen. Sony puts the tethering range atÂ 32 feet â€“ anything over that, and you'd start to lose the connection.Â
Over at TechCrunch, Chris Velazco thinks Sony could have a shot with this thing.Â The company "definitely seems to be gunning for the masses with the SmartWatchâ€™s relatively inexpensive price tag and its slew of eye-catching wristbands ($20 each, in case you were curious), and itâ€™s definitely worth a second look if you feel like the hassle of digging your phone out of your pocket is just too [much] of a hassle," he writes.Â