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The Sony SmartWatch 3 may not be the hotthử nghiệm Android Wear device on paper, but with built-in GPS and a slichồng new all-metal design, it"s one of the most complete smartwatches we"ve sầu reviewed.

With the new stylish looking stainless steel version hitting the stores, we thought it only right that we updated our comprehensive SmartWatch3 review….

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Sony SmartWatch 3: Design & display

The Sony SmartWatch 3 isn"t exactly breaking any new ground with its aesthetics.
It takes its kiến thiết cues from the rubber-strapped GPS running watch brigade và unsurprisingly looks more sporty than fashionable.

The rubber strap, blachồng or yellow as standard but with additional accessory straps available, features a nice adjustable clasp – allowing you lớn get a perfect fit – & you can simply pop the smartwatch module in và out to lớn set và match straps.

It"s a comfortable, lightweight thiết kế if alittle bl&. It"s a smartwatch that suits a pair of joggers & trainers morethan it does your smardemo chinos và loafers.

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One thing that we did notice about that strap –it seemed lớn collect dust và grime like no watch we"ve ever seen before, as ifit"s some kind of fluff magnet. You"ll see what we mean in the hands-on pics.

The stainless steel version adds a bit of style to the phối and people who like the weighty assurance of luxury metal watches won"t be disappointed by the feel.

This version uses the traditional liên kết system, so you can adjust it lớn get a comfortable fit. It"s probably best khổng lồ let a watch shop bởi vì this though, as it"s not easy and you could damage the straps trying khổng lồ get the pins out.

The display is a 1.6-inch, 3đôi mươi x 320, LCDaffair, which lags behind the AMOLED tech found on the latest Samsung và Asus smartwatches.And it"s a deficiency that"s really noticeable with the screen offering verylittle vibrancy, and appearing pale and faded.

Viewing angles also aren"t great and, even withthe brightness turned up full whachồng, you"re not going to be blown away. Let"shope the next Sony SmartWatch follows the lead of the Xperia điện thoại thông minh line bytapping into the tech giant"s years of display heritage.

Sony SmartWatch 3: GPS tracking

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Thebiggest selling point of the Sony SmartWatch 3 is that it packs in GPSconnectivity. That"s obviously a massive plus for anyone who wants toaccurately trachồng their runs without having khổng lồ lug their điện thoại thông minh around withthem.

Since Google introduced GPS tư vấn for Android Wear in the platform"sfirst big update, the major players in the run tracking ứng dụng game have sầu been slow togot their acts together. The RunKeeper tiện ích was recently updated to lớn include GPS support for Android Wear devices though, và the other option for smartphone-không lấy phí GPS tracking is Google"s own MyTracks tiện ích.

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UsingMyTracks, which is fairly basic, we found that the GPS tracking on the SonySmartWatch 3 was actually impressive sầu. We did a few runs with it strapped on andthe distances tallied with our regular minutes per mile pace. We also comparedit with the Adidas miCoach Smart Run running watch và found that, over a 10kmrun, the SmartWatch 3 was within 20m after the 10,000m run – a great result.

Sony SmartWatch 3: Hardware

TheSony SmartWatch 3 is not only the first Android Wear device lớn pachồng GPS skills,it"s also got NFC và Wi-Fi connectivity built in – although there aren"t yetany features taking advantage of this hardware yet. However, there"s a goodchance that future Android Wear updates will add functions that make use ofthis connectivity – Google Wallet would be nice – so the SW3 is fairly future proof.

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TheSmartWatch 3 has 4GB of storage space – pretty standard for an Android Wearsmartwatch – & is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Arm A7 processor, which seemsa bit like overkill in the early days of Android"s newest ecosystem.

Youwon"t find an tiện ích that makes the SmartWatch 3 stutter – although that"s alsothe case with other Android Wear devices with much less powerful processors.

Onething the Sony SmartWatch 3 lacks, compared to some of its OS brethren, is anoptical heart rate sensor but, given the inaccurate bpm info we"ve sầu seenrecorded from the likes of the Gear Live and the Molớn 360, that"s no greatloss.

Sony SmartWatch 3: Android Wear features

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When it comes lớn Android Wear smartwatches,there"s very little differentiation in features, và the experience is fairlystandard across the current spectrum. The beauty of Android Wear is that it"s avanilla experience – it"s more or less the same on every device runningGoogle"s smartwatch OS.

For a full breakdown of Android Wear check outour comprehensiveAndroid Wear guide.

As we"ve sầu stated in previous Android Wear deviceĐánh Giá, such as the LG G Watch R và the Moto lớn 360, the platsize is very muchstill a work in progress.

At times the platsize works a treat – glancingat your smartwatch to lớn see that it"s a boring text from your trùm and not animportant group WhatsApp message making your phone buzz, for example, isincredibly handy. As is getting updates on traffic delays to the location ofyour afternoon meeting.

At other times it"s just infuriating andannoying; swiping through unwanted Google Now-style cards just to get a cleanwatch face, for example, or wishing you could scroll through recentnotifications from a specific phầm mềm.

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Music playbaông xã with a Bluetooth speaker or someBluetooth headphones is a feature that is available on all Android Wear watchesnow, but it definitely feels the most useful on the Smartwatch 3 – there reallyis no need khổng lồ take your smartphone out running anymore with Sony"s latestwearable on your wrist.

We had no trouble pairing the SW3 lớn ourMonster iThể Thao running cans or our Cambridge Audio office speaker – althoughthe music syncing options through Google Play music is still a basic thiết lập (allor nothing, essentially). Again, that"s an Android Wear issue though and notone specific to lớn the SmartWatch 3.

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The lachạy thử Android Wear update addscustomisable watch faces to lớn download with ease, so the amount of onesoriginally on offer with any device is kind of irrelevant now. It"s 15 with theSony, in case you were wondering though – each one as mundane as the last.

Our advice is to lớn get yourself over to lớn GooglePlay, quickfast, & download some more exciting options.


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