Sony SmartBand Talk

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  • Sony SmartBand Talk
  • Sony SmartBand Talk
  • Sony SmartBand Talk

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Sony Mobile SmartBand Talk comes with full Manufacturer's US Warranty | True handsfree calling. On your wrist, you have what you need to make and take calls. When a call comes in, press once to answer and greet your caller without taking your smartphone from your pocket or bag. You'll never miss a call. | Keep yourself updated In the SmartBand Talk SWR30 display, you can see and open messages and other notifications when they come in. Keep in touch and see what comes in. | Easy style change SmartBand Talk SWR30 is an innovative life-logging activity wristband with exchangeable wrist straps. Th... More

Sony Mobile SmartBand Talk comes with full Manufacturer's US Warranty | True handsfree calling. On your wrist, you have what you need to make and take calls. When a call comes in, press once to answer and greet your caller without taking your smartphone from your pocket or bag. You'll never miss a call. | Keep yourself updated In the SmartBand Talk SWR30 display, you can see and open messages and other notifications when they come in. Keep in touch and see what comes in. | Easy style change SmartBand Talk SWR30 is an innovative life-logging activity wristband with exchangeable wrist straps. This makes it possible for you to change your color and style in seconds to suit what you are wearing, any time. | Don't worry if it rains. SmartBand Talk is waterproof (IP68). One Small and One Large strap is included.

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Brand Sony
Model 1291-6153

Reviews (6.8/10 Avg. rating)


Digital Trends

Ideal for anyone who can’t decide whether to buy a fitness tracker or a smartwatch

from Digital Trends

If, like me, you want the lightweight, power-sipping convenience of a fitness tracker, with a few smartwatch-style features added in, just without the extra weight and decreased battery life, then the SmartBand Talk makes sense. It’s functionally mid-way between the two devices, and a solid compromise.

The SmartBand Talk may have slipped under your radar thanks to the wealth of other wearables hitting the market at the moment. This is a shame, because it’s one of the few I’d happily use every day. 

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If, like me, you want the lightweight, power-sipping convenience of a fitness tracker, with a few smartwatch-style features added in, just without the extra weight and decreased battery life, then the SmartBand Talk makes sense. It’s functionally mid-way between the two devices, and a solid compromise.

The SmartBand Talk may have slipped under your radar thanks to the wealth of other wearables hitting the market at the moment. This is a shame, because it’s one of the few I’d happily use every day. 

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ZDNet

Much more than just an activity tracker

from ZDNet

The Sony SmartBand Talk can be found online for $169.99. As much as I like the unique functions, having a battery that last 2-3 days for activity tracking is too low for my own usage.

Calls sounded excellent on the SmartBand Talk on both my end and the callers end. I thought the calling functionality was just going to be a gimmick, however with the high quality performance it was nice to hold calls while keeping both hands free to do other things.

I always seem to forget to switch to sleep mode on my activity trackers, but the SmartBand Talk tracks sleep automatically. It seemed to be fairly accurate when switching into and out of the sleep mode, but if you spend a lot of time watching TV without moving then it may pick up that you were sleeping.

The smart alarm feature is a nice way to wake up during a light sleep period. If the vibration alone doesn't work, you can also select to have an audible alarm go off at the same time.

The step counting was also fairly accurate, matching other trackers I wear. I also like comprehensive Sony Lifelog app that provides some interesting data.

The SmartBand Talk is extremely comfortable, the E ink display looks great, and all the activity data you want is captured. 

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The Sony SmartBand Talk can be found online for $169.99. As much as I like the unique functions, having a battery that last 2-3 days for activity tracking is too low for my own usage.

Calls sounded excellent on the SmartBand Talk on both my end and the callers end. I thought the calling functionality was just going to be a gimmick, however with the high quality performance it was nice to hold calls while keeping both hands free to do other things.

I always seem to forget to switch to sleep mode on my activity trackers, but the SmartBand Talk tracks sleep automatically. It seemed to be fairly accurate when switching into and out of the sleep mode, but if you spend a lot of time watching TV without moving then it may pick up that you were sleeping.

The smart alarm feature is a nice way to wake up during a light sleep period. If the vibration alone doesn't work, you can also select to have an audible alarm go off at the same time.

The step counting was also fairly accurate, matching other trackers I wear. I also like comprehensive Sony Lifelog app that provides some interesting data.

The SmartBand Talk is extremely comfortable, the E ink display looks great, and all the activity data you want is captured. 

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TechRadar

A simple combo minus the fancy smartwatch features

from TechRadar

While a bit expensive the Sony SmartBand Talk is pleasantly simple in hardware and interface. It offers a smartwatch and fitness combo for those not too bothered about experiencing everything the smartwatch revolution has to offer.

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While a bit expensive the Sony SmartBand Talk is pleasantly simple in hardware and interface. It offers a smartwatch and fitness combo for those not too bothered about experiencing everything the smartwatch revolution has to offer.

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Tech Advisor

Great smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid

from Tech Advisor

It's worth noting, though, that the Sony SmartWatch 3 can be found for just £50 more, so if you're after SmartWatch functionality more than fitness tracking it's definitely worth investigating before making the decision to buy the SmartBand Talk.

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It's worth noting, though, that the Sony SmartWatch 3 can be found for just £50 more, so if you're after SmartWatch functionality more than fitness tracking it's definitely worth investigating before making the decision to buy the SmartBand Talk.

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Pocket-lint

Jack of all trades, master of none

from Pocket-lint

The Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30 is beautifully designed, comfortable to wear and succeeds on its namesake's aim to enable calls on your wrist too. But it doesn't quite thrill in any one department.

For many that E Ink display, given its Kindle-like monochrome form, will be a compromise in terms of appearance, nor does its presence bolster battery life to exceptional levels. The display is clear and delivers a sharp image, but it's difficult to see in low-light conditions and we found ourselves missing the colour and brightness from similar devices that we've used in the past.

Activity tracking is also basic, although the Sony Lifelog app helps make this area more advanced, but if detailed monitoring of sports activities is your primary need then there are more advanced dedicated devices out there.

On the smartwatch-like side of things the SmartBand Talk also doesn't live up to its full potential. Notifications lack any way to reply to a message or email and the extra-hard tap of the screen required to read a notification in the first place is frustrating. That said you'll still know what is coming through to your phone when the SmartBand Talk buzzes on your wrist, which is useful.

Overall, the Sony SmartBand Talk does everything well enough but just doesn't excel in any one area. It sits in the middle ground between smartband and smartwatch, with the end result feeling equally middling rather than a category to rave about. Unless, that is, taking calls on your wrist is a must-have feature that you're desperately seeking. 

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The Sony SmartBand Talk SWR30 is beautifully designed, comfortable to wear and succeeds on its namesake's aim to enable calls on your wrist too. But it doesn't quite thrill in any one department.

For many that E Ink display, given its Kindle-like monochrome form, will be a compromise in terms of appearance, nor does its presence bolster battery life to exceptional levels. The display is clear and delivers a sharp image, but it's difficult to see in low-light conditions and we found ourselves missing the colour and brightness from similar devices that we've used in the past.

Activity tracking is also basic, although the Sony Lifelog app helps make this area more advanced, but if detailed monitoring of sports activities is your primary need then there are more advanced dedicated devices out there.

On the smartwatch-like side of things the SmartBand Talk also doesn't live up to its full potential. Notifications lack any way to reply to a message or email and the extra-hard tap of the screen required to read a notification in the first place is frustrating. That said you'll still know what is coming through to your phone when the SmartBand Talk buzzes on your wrist, which is useful.

Overall, the Sony SmartBand Talk does everything well enough but just doesn't excel in any one area. It sits in the middle ground between smartband and smartwatch, with the end result feeling equally middling rather than a category to rave about. Unless, that is, taking calls on your wrist is a must-have feature that you're desperately seeking. 

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Wareable

Packs in calling functionality and an E Ink display

from Wareable

While the SmartBand Talk definitely looks to be an improvement on Sony’s original lifestyle tracker, it’s not really accurate enough to compete with the established players in this genre. Unlike Fitbit, Garmin and Jawbone, the level of recording or analysis is basic at best and useless at worst. The E Ink display is a nice addition, even with the ghosting problems and the notifications are brilliant. But the calling features aren’t really needed, and perhaps the battery life could have been improved by leaving them out entirely. With a price tag of £130, it’s hard to fully recommend the SmartBand Talk as it only really succeeds in one of the three areas it aspires to deliver. At under £100, and a clear focus on smartphone updates and a longer battery life, Sony could have been onto a winner. Instead, it feels rushed and half-baked.

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While the SmartBand Talk definitely looks to be an improvement on Sony’s original lifestyle tracker, it’s not really accurate enough to compete with the established players in this genre. Unlike Fitbit, Garmin and Jawbone, the level of recording or analysis is basic at best and useless at worst. The E Ink display is a nice addition, even with the ghosting problems and the notifications are brilliant. But the calling features aren’t really needed, and perhaps the battery life could have been improved by leaving them out entirely. With a price tag of £130, it’s hard to fully recommend the SmartBand Talk as it only really succeeds in one of the three areas it aspires to deliver. At under £100, and a clear focus on smartphone updates and a longer battery life, Sony could have been onto a winner. Instead, it feels rushed and half-baked.

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Amazon.com Reviews Summary

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36 Amazon.com shoppers shared a review for the Sony SmartBand Talk. Ratings are middle of the road, averaging 3.5 out of 5 stars. See all Amazon.com customer reviews.

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