By Ronan Coughlan
(@r_coughlan147 via Twitter)

At a very busy day from IFA Berlin we saw several different devices announced, two of those included the Sony Smartwatch 3 and Smartband talk. With LG to announced another smartwatch and the Moto 360 en route, here’s sony’s bid for smartwatch glory.


The Smartwatch 3 continues the range and this watch rocks swappable bands and provides a less Rolex and more swatch type look in my opinion. Available in Classic Black or Sport Lime, the watch core actually pops out of the silicon strap, also in pink and white. It’s not designed to do this everyday more that if you fancy a change after a few months, it can be done. The strap itself has a clasp to keep it in place and though we prefer a standard watch strap as on the G Watch, that’s down to personal preference and it does at least feel secure.


Elsewhere, the SmartWatch 3 is the first Android Wear device with GPS. Completing the killer combo is 4GB of on-board storage and a standalone Walkman app so that the SmartWatch 3 can be paired with Bluetooth headphones to track runs and provide tunes without a smartphone. The Smartwatch 3 has a big ish 1.6 inch screen but still seems a good size especially as this is aimed more at runners etc. The Smartwatch 3 is expected to come in at about €229.

Check the spec included battery below.

Screen: 1.6in 320×320 TFT LCD touchscreen
Processor: 1.2GHz quad-core ARM A7
RAM: 512MB
OS: Android Wear
Battery: 420mAh (claimed 2 days)
Storage: 4GB
Water & Dust Resistance: IP68
Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC
Compatibility: Android 4.3+
Dimensions: 36 x 10 x 51mm
Weight: 38g (Classic), 35.7g (Sport)
Colours: Classic (Black) and Sport (Lime), straps avaialble in white and pink


The Sony SmartBand Talk.

The SmartBand Talk, Sony’s €159 wearable e-paper screen on a silicon strap, is a curious beast.


With a 288×128 e-paper screen that’s non touch and an odd mix of features it’s stuck somewhere in the middle. The altimeter is great as that means the SmartBand can track when you are going up stairs as well as the usual steps and distance to add to your Lifelog. Auto sleep detect is a nice addition too as on Sony’s this mode had to be activated by a button press. IP68 dust and waterproofing is another plus.
And it can talk. Well, you can talk to it. The SmartBand can handle calls, with a mic, speaker, HD Voice technology. Check the spec below.

Screen: curved 1.4in e-paper 288×128 (192ppi)
Processor: 32-bit ARM Cortex-M4
Battery: 70mAh (claimed 3 days)
Storage: 2MB
Water & Dust Resistance: IP68
Connectivity: Bluetooth, NFC
Compatibility: Android 4.4+
Dimensions: 47.5 x 22.3 x 9.5mm
Weight: 24g (small), 26g (large)
Wristband length: 232mm (small), 255mm (large)
Colours: Black/white, red, blue, pink, lime


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