Sony SmartWatch 3

7.3/10 AVG.
RATING

  • Sony SmartWatch 3
  • Sony SmartWatch 3
  • Sony SmartWatch 3
  • Sony SmartWatch 3

Specs / Features


Black Classic Band, Water Protected, IP68 rated : "up to 2 days normal use" | Sensors: Ambient light sensors, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, GPS | Notifications, Voice Commands, Lifelong, Impressive stand-alone functions | Powered By Android Wear - Useful information when you need it, Apps for everything | Tell the Smartwatch 3 SWR50 what you want and it will do it, Search, Command, Find | Waterproof. IP58 Rated. | Battery Life: Up to 2 days of normal use | Sensors: Ambient light sensors, Accelerometer. Compass. Gyro. GPS. | Notifications, Voice Commands, Lifelog, Impressive stand-alone functio... More

Black Classic Band, Water Protected, IP68 rated : "up to 2 days normal use" | Sensors: Ambient light sensors, Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro, GPS | Notifications, Voice Commands, Lifelong, Impressive stand-alone functions | Powered By Android Wear - Useful information when you need it, Apps for everything | Tell the Smartwatch 3 SWR50 what you want and it will do it, Search, Command, Find | Waterproof. IP58 Rated. | Battery Life: Up to 2 days of normal use | Sensors: Ambient light sensors, Accelerometer. Compass. Gyro. GPS. | Notifications, Voice Commands, Lifelog, Impressive stand-alone functions. | Powered By Android Wear - Useful information when you need it. Apps for everything. A SmartWatch powered by Android Wear is forever expandable. As developers create new ways for you to customize and enjoy the Android Wear experience, your SmartWatch 3 SWR50 becomes increasingly personalized.

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Specification

Brand Sony
Model 1289-3697
Warranty 12 months
Size 3 x 5 cm (1.2 x 2 in)

Reviews summary

7.3/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

What's good  

  • Built-in GPS
  • Good legibility in different lighting situations
  • IP68 rated – dust and water-proof
  • Sharp display
  • Good performance

What's bad  

  • Uninspired design
  • Poor battery life during moderate-heavy use
  • Poor viewing angles

While technically the third iteration in Sony's SmartWatch line, the SmartWatch 3 is actually the first one that comes with Android Wear and also the first to include a built-in GPS radio for more precise tracking. Still, these added features aren't enough to wow critics, especially when taking into account its lackluster design. The square watch face and rubberized band gives it what critics describe as a more "utilitarian" appearance. But it doesn't just look practical. The SmartWatch 3 is IP68 rated, which means it is water-resistant in up to 4.9 feet of water for 30 minutes and the rubber straps are also impervious to water and sweat. At 66 grams, it is also one of the lighter smartwatches, making it ideal for runners and athletes. While light, critics found it to be somewhat chunky and a bit uncomfortable to wear as they had difficulty finding the right fit too tight and too loose.

The 1.6-inch display has a resolution of 320x320, which amounts to a pixel density of 283ppi. More importantly, it is one of the first smartwatches to utilize transflective technology. As the name suggests, it can both transmit and reflect ambient light. This gave experts fairly good legibility in most lighting situations without needing to turn on the backlight. Unfortunately, they found the rest of the display unimpressive pointing to the dull colors, poor viewing angles and yellow tint to whites.

With a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 512MB of RAM, the SmartWatch 3 performed smoothly for reviewers. They didn't experience any lag when navigating or during voice commands. Engadget did experience some slowdown with the accelerometer but otherwise had no issues with performance. Powering the watch is a 420mAh cell, which can be recharged via a standard microUSB plug. For the most part, critics were able to get around 48 hours of light use though they add that heavy users would likely not get a full day.

Reviewers are split on their recommendation for the SmartWatch 3 due to its lackluster design but good hardware specs. Androidpit states, "…it's a solid performer…If you're more interested in the hardware, performance and functionality of your wearable, then the Sony SmartWatch is a good choice." On the other hand, the Verge states, "…there's nothing really special about it. But it works."

Reviews (7.3/10 Avg. rating)


Ahead of the times

from The Indian Express

Should you buy it? Yes, if you are looking for a smartwatch that will keep a tab on you and let you keep a better tab on your work life. For me just the fact that a smartwatch lets me keep the phone silent in the trouser pockets during a meeting is a great plus. Add to it the fact that it do... More

Should you buy it? Yes, if you are looking for a smartwatch that will keep a tab on you and let you keep a better tab on your work life. For me just the fact that a smartwatch lets me keep the phone silent in the trouser pockets during a meeting is a great plus. Add to it the fact that it does a good job of tracking my steps and calories. If you are looking for a top-end smart watch this might just be the best bet.

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Technically the best, visually the worst

from AndroidPIT

On the hardware side, the Sony SmartWatch 3 stands out from the crowd, but some of its brightest features are not yet enabled by Android Wear. Still, it's a solid performer with the added bonus of built-in GPS. The design of the smartwatch, however, does it no favors, being the least attractive o... More

On the hardware side, the Sony SmartWatch 3 stands out from the crowd, but some of its brightest features are not yet enabled by Android Wear. Still, it's a solid performer with the added bonus of built-in GPS. The design of the smartwatch, however, does it no favors, being the least attractive of all the options available: not a plus for a device that should also be considered as an accessory.

If you're more interested in the hardware, performance and functionality of your wearable, then the Sony SmartWatch is a good choice. Especially once NFC and Wi-Fi are enabled by a future update to Android Wear.

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An unassuming smartwatch in every way

from The Inquirer

The Sony Smartwatch 3 is not the most exciting wearable out there. Featuring a square design and missing the heart-rate monitor required to make the most out of its water-resistant fitness focus, the Smartwatch 3 lacks the innovative top-end feel of most other Sony devices.

That said,... More

The Sony Smartwatch 3 is not the most exciting wearable out there. Featuring a square design and missing the heart-rate monitor required to make the most out of its water-resistant fitness focus, the Smartwatch 3 lacks the innovative top-end feel of most other Sony devices.

That said, for those unconcerned about fitness tracking, or fashion, the Smartwatch 3 does offer decent performance and all the productivity perks of Android Wear, and is a solid, if dull, choice for anyone looking to pick up a connected time piece. 

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A powerful and well equipped wearable with a good screen

from TechRadar

In many ways I really like the Sony SmartWatch 3. It's not an essential device - no smartwatches are yet - but I'm in the camp that finds Android Wear genuinely useful, particularly as a quick and unobtrusive way to check notifications.

The Sony SmartWatch 3 also stands out from much o... More

In many ways I really like the Sony SmartWatch 3. It's not an essential device - no smartwatches are yet - but I'm in the camp that finds Android Wear genuinely useful, particularly as a quick and unobtrusive way to check notifications.

The Sony SmartWatch 3 also stands out from much of the competition through impressive performance, a good screen and solid battery life, not to mention the inclusion of GPS which makes it a better fitness accessory than most smartwatches, despite an imperfect implementation.

When it comes down to it though I don't think I'd buy one and that's mostly because of the style, or lack thereof. It's far from an ugly device, but it's merely passable and for me that doesn't cut it with a watch.

Give it a metal or leather strap and ideally a round face, then we're talking, but as it stands it's got the substance but not the style.

On the other hand if you don't care so much about style or actually do like the look of the Sony SmartWatch 3 then I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it as one of the best smartwatches around, even given its fairly high price, and as Android Wear continues to mature it will presumably get even better.

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Brains over beauty

from Pocket-lint

The Sony SmartWatch 3 manages to improve the feature set compared to its predecessor thanks to built-in GPS. But it still falls short in a some areas, making that smartwatch purchase decision less clear cut than the high-flying Sony specification may suggest.

Our main qualm is the over... More

The Sony SmartWatch 3 manages to improve the feature set compared to its predecessor thanks to built-in GPS. But it still falls short in a some areas, making that smartwatch purchase decision less clear cut than the high-flying Sony specification may suggest.

Our main qualm is the overall look of the SmartWatch 3. It seems to have almost taken a step back on the design front, while other competitors march forward. It just doesn't look like a quality wearable, which is what many people are pining for in this market. With the LG G Watch R delivering a more premium built (albeit a thicker one) and the Asus ZenWatch lending itself to a more classic appearance, the Sony isn't top of the stack when it comes to looks.

But it could be argued that the SmartWatch 3 is aimed more at the sporty type, given the GPS integration for tracking activity independent of a synched phone. However, with battery life that can't rival dedicated sportswatches with GPS activated, a lack of heart-rate monitor, and not a great deal of Android Wear app compatibility it also finds itself neither here nor there.

On balance the SmatWatch 3 is just as successful for the usual smartphone-based notifications at a glance as its competitors. Standard use sees the battery life last out well too, delivering near to two days per charge and rivalling the LG G Watch R in a slimmer form factor.


With 2015 set to be the year when wearables will come to the boil, and all eyes looking to the Apple Watch to fuel the market, it's Sony that offers some of the most desirable features. If it's a smart sportswatch you're looking for then nothing compares to the Sony SmartWatch 3. We just wish it was more premium in finish.

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Dull design, but great for runners

from Engadget

Sony's SmartWatch 3 certainly isn't for everybody. It's dull compared to its rounder, sexier rivals; its strap is made out of rubber rather than leather; and the display is not as bright or vibrant as others. But if you care more about function than form, the SmartWatch 3 suddenly looks a whole l... More

Sony's SmartWatch 3 certainly isn't for everybody. It's dull compared to its rounder, sexier rivals; its strap is made out of rubber rather than leather; and the display is not as bright or vibrant as others. But if you care more about function than form, the SmartWatch 3 suddenly looks a whole lot more interesting. For runners in particular, built-in GPS is a great feature that lets you leave your phone at home. It also has WiFi and NFC, making it more future-proof than the competition. It also eschews the need for a charging dock thanks to a built-in micro-USB port and has a battery life that makes it one of the longest-lasting smartwatches on the market. No, you shouldn't get the SmartWatch 3 if you want a watch to impress people at a cocktail party. But if you want one that's more suited for fitness, this is absolutely worthy of consideration.

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A plainly-designed smartwatch with excellent ergonomics

from Mobile Syrup

Certainly not the best Android Wear smartwatch on the market, the SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s best chance at sticking it out in an increasingly high-margin and high-stakes ecosystem. That the SmartWatch 3 can be used with any Android 4.3+ smartphone makes it less about staying within the Sony ec... More

Certainly not the best Android Wear smartwatch on the market, the SmartWatch 3 is Sony’s best chance at sticking it out in an increasingly high-margin and high-stakes ecosystem. That the SmartWatch 3 can be used with any Android 4.3+ smartphone makes it less about staying within the Sony ecosystem as about pairing it with the right device — The Xperia Z3 and Z3 Compact are waterproof, too — the SmartWatch 3, at $280 CAD, is not as enticing as the Moto 360 despite the addition of a GPS.

Despite excellent ergonomics, the LCD panel is too washed out to encroach on the Moto 360’s excellent, if lower-density, LCD display, and the LG G Watch, despite its age, still emerges victorious in the IPS department. The overall Android Wear screen winner, the LG G Watch R, is not available in Canada, but its absence doesn’t do anything to make Sony’s poor panel look better.

At $280, the SmartWatch 3 is too expensive to be considered essential, and with only a couple of standout features it comes down to whether your priority is having standalone GPS or a nice screen. Until 2015, it’s not going to be possible to have both. 

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A good but not great Android Wear watch

from PC Advisor

The SmartWatch 3's biggest strength is its built-in GPS, but you'll still need a smartphone for driving directions. It's also great to see a standard USB charging port. The transflective screen is a good idea, but in practice battery life is no better than other smartwatches with better-looking s... More

The SmartWatch 3's biggest strength is its built-in GPS, but you'll still need a smartphone for driving directions. It's also great to see a standard USB charging port. The transflective screen is a good idea, but in practice battery life is no better than other smartwatches with better-looking screens. Ultimately, unless you're on a fixed budget, the G Watch R is the better choice. If you can't afford that, wait a few months: the price is bound to drop.

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First Android Wear device with built-in GPS, but you can't do enough

from Tom's Guide

As fitness bands gain more and more smartwatchlike features, it's only natural that smartwatches pick up some tricks from their sportier counterparts. That's what initially made the Sony SmartWatch 3 so appealing to me. As a runner, I thought I could have a GPS watch when I went on my training ru... More

As fitness bands gain more and more smartwatchlike features, it's only natural that smartwatches pick up some tricks from their sportier counterparts. That's what initially made the Sony SmartWatch 3 so appealing to me. As a runner, I thought I could have a GPS watch when I went on my training runs and that it would still be useful for all other times. If GPS isn't as big of a concern for you, though, the Pebble Steel offers a much greater number of apps, works with Android and iOS, and will soon get the benefit of Android Wear-style notifications. Among Android Wear devices, I prefer the more stylish Moto 360 or LG G Watch.

It's too bad that the Sony SmartWatch 3, like all other Android Wear devices, is still a work in progress. What good is having a built-in GPS chip if there aren't any apps that take full advantage of it? And while Android Wear is slowly improving, it's still far too cumbersome to be truly useful as a smartphone companion. I like where Sony is going, but for now, I'm going to stick to a real GPS watch, like the TomTom Runner Cardio, for my workouts. 

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Brings a greater focus on activity tracking to Android Wear

from PC Magazine

The SmartWatch 3 is definitely Sony's best smartwatch yet. The switch to Android Wear, however, is both a blessing and a curse. It's an improvement over Sony's previous smartwatch UI, but I'm just not convinced that it's ever going to become the type of operating system that makes the smartwatch... More

The SmartWatch 3 is definitely Sony's best smartwatch yet. The switch to Android Wear, however, is both a blessing and a curse. It's an improvement over Sony's previous smartwatch UI, but I'm just not convinced that it's ever going to become the type of operating system that makes the smartwatch something people need, rather than something they maybe-sort-of-want.

That said, the SmartWatch 3 is also the best Android Wear device yet for athletes, thanks to its built-in GPS and waterproof build. But without more apps to take advantage of the GPS feature, it isn't reason enough to pick the SmartWatch 3 over the LG G Watch R. The G Watch R has a heart rate sensor and a more attractive design, making it our favorite Android Wear watch so far. But our Editors' Choice remains with the Pebble Steel$235.00 at Amazon, for its longer battery life and more robust app store. At this point, though, you might want to wait and see what the Apple Watch brings to the table before making a decision.  

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

509 from Amazon.com

509 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Sony SmartWatch 3. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.8 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

7.6/10

Amazon.ca Reviews Summary

3 from Amazon.ca

3 Amazon.ca shoppers shared a review for the Sony SmartWatch 3. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.7 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.ca customer reviews.

7.4/10

Amazon.co.uk Reviews Summary

551 from Amazon.co.uk

551 Amazon.co.uk shoppers shared a review for the Sony SmartWatch 3. Ratings are generally positive, averaging 4.1 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.co.uk customer reviews.

8.2/10

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