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Good: Good concept. Notification system quite useful. Battery life good.
Bad: Build quality. Frustrating to use. Buggy software.
Comment: The concept is good but the execution is poor.If everything worked as intended, it would be pretty cool but in practice the watch is very unresponsive, to the point where it is usually quicker to get your phone out and do the job in question. The watch is poorly secured in the housing and frequently pops out. Fortunately I got it free with my phone, the excellent Sony Xperia Z1, so not that bothered but£150
Good: Great functionality when properly set up with best apps, charges quickly, awesome steel strap
Bad: Build quality (needed glue to stay in place), screen time-out not adjustable (i.e. too quick), looses pairing sometimes (bit buggy)
Comment: Glue is weak black silicone and watch popped out of frame within a week. Press it out fully, a few drops of glue, pop back, problem solved, but shows lack of quality control.
Many apps not properly optimized yet, but just during October (got mine Oct 2) there was several updates. Sony apps mostly stink compared to the paid ones (SmartCamera being the biggest exception).
I use K-9 for emails (shows whole email AND lets you delete it once read, which the others don't do, and should even work for Outlook etc, but I only use Gmail, so can't verify this, but this is the major complaint on Google Play regarding Sony's email app)
Poweramp Control for music.
Lock for SmartWatch 1 & 2 (super auto-lock app so no more pincode all the time, just go beyond reach i.e. a few rooms down).
WatchIt! for general notifications.
Smart Alarm for waking up when you're in your light stage of sleep (like my old Sleeptracker watch).
Call/reject/answer with Call Handling Pro (developer working on contact list look-up atm.
Sony's newly updated awesome viewfinder (SmartCamera) for taking photos so for once Daddy here gets to be in the photos too (tripod recommended).
WebCam (I can watch my Foscam WebCam like a nanny/baby cam).
Calculator (cool tool for shopping).
Calendar (just an overview to see day of the week etc).
Calendar Reminder (notifications like "Doctor's appointment at 1400").
Counters (make your own counters).
Confusion + Scary (make scary noises or farting sounds etc, which is a big hit with my 4-year old and a good way to spoof people, especially while watching a scary movie in the dark).
Fake Call (when you want to get out of a sticky situation (bad date or similar).
Toggles (turning on/off phone's wifi, data, sound, gps and viewing phone battery level. Turning wifi off and data on having left the house with phone deep in pocket in the rain (Note 2 ain't rain proof)).
GPS Map2 for having a little map to see where you are.
GPS viewer for seeing your current position/speed.
Send SMS (write from scratch or reply with up to 30 pre-written replies (depends on app, some 12, some 30)).
SmartWeather (up to 5 day forecast plus current weather).
Spy for Sw2 (remotely trigger voice recording on phone).
Watcher (put phone and it'll take picture when detecting movement and real time show you what it sees).
dgAuthenticator (gives you code for Google Authenticator when you need that extra layer of security but still without pulling out your phone).
Countdown (put a date and time & it'll show you the countdown just like the Times Square New Year's watch).
Find It (for making your phone ring, vibrate or blink (both screen and flash) so you can find your phone when you've put it under some papers or forgotten it in your jacket). Sony's app can only make it ring.
Spend some dough on proper apps. They are rarely free, but where would you put the ads anyway and generally people should stop being whining cheapskates and support the developers - they got to eat too ;-) If you're that cheap, why would you buy such an expensive "gadget" in the first place, right?
Hope this gives some guidance and saves you some time if you have the watch already and don't know what to try out and gives and idea of what it's capable of for those who aren't yet sure it's something for them.
My review of the watch (which was the most read article that whole week on the biggest Android site in Denmark) has links to the apps described. Although the article is in Danish (to be translated and put on xda when I find the time), Google Translate (in Chrome) should suffice and at least let you see the links posted there for the apps I've justed mentioned (follow links, add to Play Wishlist so find it easily later on your phone), plus some links to important discussions I'm partaking in on xda-developers.com about hardware and software issues and their solutions.
Link to my review below:
Comment: "With Samsung stealing headlines"
You meant to say, "buying headlines".
Good: Convenience Once Setup
Bad: Needs learning how to setup
Comment: At first not so impressed because I dont know how it works and how to setup.After some steps, it is fully functional. Very useful for me because I prefer my phone inside the bag as much as possible.
Good: Works with any android phone, very useful.
Bad: too big.
Comment: I have the previous smartwatch.
It has no bugs at all, and is very useful, if you take the time to configure it properly. It seems ridiculous to configure the Twitter app to notify you for every tweet, and then complain about it - when its easily configurable on the watch/phone app. I don't use twitter or facebook on my phone, as they are not important in my life, whereas texts, emails or calls might be - use it sensibly!!!!
Just seeing the title of incoming emails is incredibly useful, as in most cases, I can see they do not require my immediate attention without reaching for my phone.
Text messages come through in full, and again save me from fetching my phone.
Incoming calls - i can see who's calling, and decide whether to reach for my phone.
I'm sure they'll get the bugs out of this soon, and I hope
Good: Looks good, usable as a watch, battery life
Bad: Build quality suspect
Comment: I think you must have had a duff one, as I haven't experienced any of the buggy software issues mentioned and the battery life seems very respectable. I agree that it should be completely waterproof, like the excellent Z1. Also the hardware is a bit dodgy as the body of the watch seems to move around inside the housing, which then makes it difficult to operate the button. I got mine free with the Z1 so not too bothered. I would not have paid £160 for it.
Comment: Yeah agree with previous poster.Got mine free with the Xperia Ultra & very happy with it. Ultra is huge so hauling it out of your bag or pocket everytime you get a text or email has been solved with this watch, apps from Playstore have added functionality and in short does what Sony said it would do.Your watch was broke I think!!!
Good: battery lasts ages, still works when not connected to phone, well built,
Bad: side button can be a bit akward to operate
Comment: Must have got a faulty one, Been using it for over two weeks with my htc one and I love it, when ive got my headphones on I dont even need to get my phone out to answer calls, read texts or read emails and battery lasts at least 3days with a lot of use.
Also I can control my music app (poweramp) which has a companion app designed for smart watches which controls volume, track selection, repeat, shuffle, and it lists all songs on your phone.
The biggest thing is the price I got mines for £130 which is less than half the price of the Samsung gear and roughly the same price of a decent DIesel watch.
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