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Sony Smartband SWR10 hands on & review

September 3, 2014

Joe Devanesan

Sony has a new ‘smart’ band out which is focused mainly on fitness, the Sony Smartband SWR10. Released in Malaysia together with a slate of four Xperia smartphones this past April, this is the first fitness-oriented smart wearable device from the Japanese technology giant.

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The Sony Smartband is quite different from the earlier editions of the Sony Smartwatch, which were full on smartwatches with Bluetooth and NFC support, and accordingly there are less visible bells and whistles on the device itself. On the outside is just a simple rubber strap, with the one we have being in black but available in up to 9 colour options.

The colour variations of the Sony Smartband SWR10

The band was a bit of a pain to strap on to larger wrists, with the two metal studs sometimes painfully interlocking. Aside from the Sony-engraved stud, there is nothing else discernible on the strap, with the little plastic core unit nestled within the rubber strap and not visible from the exterior.

We connected the smartband to our test smartphone, which is the Sony Xperia Z2 and runs the necessary Android 4.4 OS out of the box. Check our our in-depth look at the Xperia Z2 here in the review.

Smartband paired with the Xperia Z2

The SWR10 can connect wirelessly to any device running Android 4.4 Kit Kat and above, either by NFC or Bluetooth 4.0, but you will unfortunately have to install a couple of applications to get it to work. The Smart Connect app will connect the smartband to your smartphone, and you can adjust the notifications, alerts, n mode settings of the band from here.

The other necessary app is Sony Lifelog, which keeps track of all the data that the Sony Smartband records. The app keeps track of the number of steps the user has taken, the weather being experienced outside, the number of calories, and can even note the times you took a photograph and how long you spent on Facebook.

Music playlists can be changed by tapping on the band, however this seemed pretty hit and miss as the music did not always alter according to our taps. Other apps such as the camera and QuickOffice were also quite erratic, but the battery of the SWR10 seems quite long-lasting before needing a recharge- Sony claims the battery life can last up to 5 days on a single charge.

Lifelog app

There is a Day and Night mode, with Day tracking your fitness data and vibrating with incoming alerts, and Night mode tracking your sleep activity. There is only one physical button on the outside (with 3 blinking LED lights encased in the band), which when pressed will notify your phone’s Lifelog app which mode is currently active.

All in all, the Sony Smartband has improved on many of the fitness elements found in other bands such at the Fitbit, but is still a long way from being s fully-fleshed out wearable device with enough smart elements.





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Source: Mobile 88 Online (Malaysia)

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