Sony today took the wraps off the SmartWatch, a touchscreen timepiece powered by Android.
The device, which will set you back $149, works by establishing a connection with any device – tablet or smartphone – running Android 2.1 or higher. In other words, you can't strap the thing on your wrist and start flicking through a bunch of apps. You need to tether it via Bluetooth first (and also download the requisite app for the tablet or smartphone).
Which, let's face it, is something of a let-down.
On the plus side, the SmartWatch is plenty handsome. And sleek. (See video below.) According to specs posted on the Sony Mobile site, the device – available now – weighs less than a tenth of a pound, with a 1.42-inch screen. Sony puts the tethering range at 32 feet – anything over that, and you'd start to lose the connection.
Over at TechCrunch, Chris Velazco thinks Sony could have a shot with this thing. The company "definitely seems to be gunning for the masses with the SmartWatch’s relatively inexpensive price tag and its slew of eye-catching wristbands ($20 each, in case you were curious), and it’s definitely worth a second look if you feel like the hassle of digging your phone out of your pocket is just too [much] of a hassle," he writes.