Sony Smartwatch 3 Review

Sony Smartwatch 3 Review

Sony Smartwatch 3

Sony Smartwatch 3

Overall Rating



    • GPS Connectivity-not just capable-big plus
    • Uses Google’s operating system for smartwatches
    • Adjustable straps for perfect fit
    • Band comes in variety of colors and materials
    • Great Waterproof Rating


    • 1.6-inch, 320 x 320 display screen
    • Could have improved viewing angles
    • No Heart Rate Monitoring


    Even with the Sony SmartWatch 4 right around the corner (if the rumors are true!), this Android Wear Sony SmartWatch 3 SWR50 is still one of the best smartwatches we’ve seen. While, I don’t mean looks wise it’s the best, feature wise and functionality: absolutely.

    The Sony SmartWatch 3 was early to the party to help bring Android Wear into the market, but thankfully, it is still on the shortlist for updates and new versions. With this version, Sony has ditched its previous Android-based operating system, joining Moto 360 and the LG Watch G R in using Google’s operating system for smartwatches.

    With the inclusion of GPS, this is more than a smartwatch; it also has fitness tracking capabilities!

    Sony Smartwatch 3 – Design & Fit

    Again, looks wise this smartwatch isn’t winning any prizes.This watch has a sportier look, with a rubber strap available in black or yellow as standard and with a recent update now also includes stainless steel, leather black or leather brown. The square watch face module is removable from the band, which is how you can change up the different straps.

    This watch has an adjustable clasp you can size to a perfect fit. It’s a comfortable, lightweight design that pairs well with fitness and casual clothing. If you’re planning a fancy night out, you may want to leave this sporty smartwatch behind. There’s no known skin irritation with wear and for the athletes, it does a decent job at battling perspiration.

    Sony Smartwatch 3 Comprehensive Reviews

    One of the biggest disappointments of the watch is that the display is a 1.6-inch, 320 x 320, LCD affair, which offers very little vibrancy and the colors on the screen seem muted. Viewing angles aren’t the best and even with the brightness turned up full force, it’s still not the best screen you’ll ever see. To improve the screen visibility, some features were added to invert colors and make the text larger if you’re having issues seeing what is on the screen.

    To activate the watch, there is a single button that lets you turn it off or on, or hold down for a reset.

    SONY SMARTWATCH 3 – Features

    With Android Wear smartwatches, there is very little differentiation when it comes to features, and the experience is fairly standard across the board. The experience tends to go one of two ways. It’s either great to see incoming texts on the fly, as well as getting traffic updates for your next drive. What isn’t great is the numerous Google Now-style cards you may have to continuously swipe at to clean up the interface on the watch. If you rack up too many notifications, an app would be ideal, but in this case, not possible.

    One of the best features of the Sony SmartWatch 3 is that it packs in GPS connectivity. Which is useful for anyone who has a need to track runs or walks without bringing their smartphone. This  GPS tracking was found to be impressive and accurate compared to other smartwatches on the market.

    Sony Smartwatch 3 Most trusted reviewNot only is the Sony SmartWatch 3 the first Android Wear device to have GPS, but it is also the first to have NFC and Wi-Fi. While this is great, not many features of the smartwatch have a need for this yet – but it’s still a perk! Another feature with the Sony Smartwatch 3 that will help with your fitness productivity is music playback with a Bluetooth speaker or headphones.  A mic and speakers are also built-in, which is standard for Android Wear.

    With the latest Android Wear update, 15 customizable watch faces are available to download to change up your experience.

    The SmartWatch 3 has 4GB of storage space, a standard for an Android Wear smartwatch.  The watch is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Arm A7 processor, which may seem a bit much.

    One thing the Sony SmartWatch 3 is missing compared to its OS competitors, is a heart rate sensor, a huge missed opportunity. Fortunately, all the other sensors are included such as the compass, gyroscope and an accelerometer alongside an ambient light sensor to adjust the brightness of the screen.

    SONY SMARTWATCH 3 – Battery life

    The battery life of the Sony Smartwatch 3 is a huge perk – it can last up to two days, which is something not many smartwatches can achieve.

    To charge the battery, you do so via the Micro USB, so no need to carry around a separate charging accessory. One disappointment is with the stainless steel band which can be awkward to get the charger plugged in with this version.

    The Sony Smartwatch 3 is a big winner in waterproofing. Most models can last 30 minutes in water at 1m.  With SW3 you can stay at 1m for 60 minutes without damaging the device.

    The Sony Smartwatch 3 is a functional and well-made wearable, with a decent battery life.  It isn’t the best looking Android Wear device on the market, but it should be considered the most useful.

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