Form and function

Sony’s Smartwatch 3 just got classier with stainless steel

Good news if the bland design of the current Sony Smartwatch 3 doesn’t appeal to you: Sony has a nicer looking model. The company debuted a stainless steel edition of the Smartwatch 3 at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, along with a way for current Smartwatch 3 owners to switch bands.

I recently bought a [company]Sony[/company] Smartwatch 3 even though there are more elegant [company]Google[/company] Android Wear devices to choose from. I went for function over form, picking the Sony for its integrated GPS radio — a first for Android Wear. But I’ll admit the plastic strap isn’t ideal for nights out on the town. The newer stainless steel model is and goes on sale globally next month. Sony hasn’t specified a price yet.

SmartWatch3_Stainless_Steel_Side_hi resThe current Smartwatch 3 pops out of its strap — helpful when charging — and Sony is taking advantage of that design with a new holder that works with any 24 millimeter watch strap. That’s ideal for folks like me that bought the original edition; we can still spruce up the Smartwatch 3 with a different band when it arrives in early 2015.

Aside from the new stainless steel edition and holder, the Smartwatch 3 innards are still the same. That’s not necessarily a bad thing since it includes a 320 x 320 touch display, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, Wi-Fi and NFC radios.

That makes the the Smartwatch 3 — both the old plastic model and the new metal version — a bit future proof as Android Wear matures with more apps. And speaking of apps, Sony will now be including Golfshot and iFit apps that work in a standalone mode with the Smartwatch 3.

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