Do You Really Need A Smart Watch?
Smartwatches could do a lot more than just popping notifications, but manufacturers have not been able to cite a compelling case for why people need them. When you think about it, the smartwatch could become an inseparable part of your personality, just like your handheld device, but does it really serve the purpose? Yes, it mildly does. We say mildly because the two devices — your smartwatch and your phone are interconnected via a Bluetooth, which might act up at times.
Unlike other BT enabled products, this one takes a dig on your efforts and time, as you need to install a Smart Connect App on your Android phone. This Smart Connect App manages what gets sent to the watch, be it messages or call notifications. So in a nutshell, your smartwatch’s functionality is totally dependent and routed via this app. For example, you can get messages on your watch by installing the Sony’s Messaging app. The sad part is that you only get to read the messages and reply back with pre-installed messages or emoticons. There are nearly 250 other apps you can add, but they don’t seem enticing enough. The watch can act as a remote control for your phone, but calls can be made only through the phone. For the watch to be useful, you need a BT wireless headset linked to the phone. When calls come in, you can reject the call with or without a canned text reply. If you have a Sony phone, you can answer calls from the watch as well. With any phone running on at least Android 4.0, you can initiate calls from the watch using its dial-pad or your Android contacts list. But again, the calls go through your phone. You can control the volume, but it took us a while to figure out how. As for social networks, well, they will depend on how much “noise” you can handle. Twitter and Facebook both have apps that can be a little bit spammy. On the plus side, Twitter’s short-worded nature means that you’ll usually get the whole message on screen. Both apps let you manage whose updates will trigger notifications, making them reasonably easy to tailor to your needs. It’s worth pointing out though, that you can’t click web links in either of these apps, since there’s no web browser on board.
Do you need it?
Though, the smartwatch seems a bit of a mismatch between technology and utility, those who want to go for one can definitely vouch for the Sony SmartWatch 2. But we are still not convinced if a smartwatch would be able to replace a Breitling, even in the near future.