It's been a couple months since we've gotten our first look at the Sony Smartwatch 3 at the IFA conference in Berlin. It's now available from Verizon Wireless here in the U.S. — a Google Play release will happen eventually — and I've been wearing it for a few days now.
We'll have a proper review in due time. But here, now, are a few quick thoughts, in no apparent order:
- I'm actually enjoying this Android Wear watch more than I thought I would. It's not as stylish as the Moto 360, which is what I'm coming from. But if you look at it like a watch that you're going to wear while working out, thanks to the integrated GPS, which no other Android Wear device has yet, it makes pretty good sense.
- Not really sure why, but I think I like this rubber strap — it's integrated into the watch itself, so you can't swap it out — more than I did the LG G Watch or Samsung Gear Live.
- The strap is a bit of a dust and lint magnet, though.
- It's not having the dimmed "always-on" feature again. The Moto 360 can get away without that because the rest of the watch looks that good.
- The animations are smooth.
- The display itself is so-so, and gets a weird shimmering effect in full sunlight.
- Be careful what you wish for. This thing charges a standard microUSB plug. It's handy, but exactly as clunky as you'd think.
- Battery life has been pretty good so far. I need to see how GPS affects it, still. (Hint: It won't increase the battery life.)
- All in all, I didn't expect to be as impressed by this watch as I have been. But the curves are nice, and it's more comfortable than I anticipated.
More's coming up after a bit. Stay tuned.