Wearable Tech from Sony
A few months ago Sony announced their newest fitness tracker/wearable tech called the SmartBand alongside their 2014 flagship, the Xperia Z2. We finally have review units of both at the Unbox HQ and we’d like to kick things off with a quick unboxing and initial feature on the Sony SmartBand SWR10.
Before we get to the unboxing though let’s discuss what this device is supposed to do in the first place. According to what we’ve read and based on our initial testing, it’s mainly a fitness tracker with additional fun, but not necessarily game changing, features. On the fitness tracker part you can monitor the usual activity goals like steps, calories burned, and even sleep hours. For the additional features we have their Life Logging app which lets you record where you’ve been to, what you’ve done, music you’ve listen to, and more. All of the data is displayed on the app on your smartphone. Lastly, the device is also waterproof and comes in different colors (though it initially launches with just the black band first).
The Sony SmartBand has two main components: the Core and the Band. The core is the white module at the center which actually does all the computing and tracking. The core has LED lights for battery notification, a control button, and a micro USB port for charging. For the band you have two options in the box (small and big). You just insert the Core into the slot underneath the band and you’re in business.
To pair with your smartphone just turn on NFC and hold the core to the back of your device. It should activate Bluetooth and pair from there. Just follow the instructions on the screen of your phone and you should be fine. If you’re not using an Xperia Z1 or Z2 note that this will only work on other Android devices with at least Android 4.4. You’ll also have to download the apps to make it work via Google Play.
We’re going to test this thoroughly in the next few days but one major observation that we have is that this is by far the most comfortable wearable fitness tracker band we’ve ever tried. The material of the band doesn’t irritate the skin and the two size options makes it easy for thin and big people alike.
Watch out for our full review next week!