Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 unboxing and first impressions

by XB on 30th September 2013

in Accessories, Featured Content

SmartWatch 2 Unboxing_14The Sony SmartWatch 2 (SW2) recently started to ship across Europe and we have been putting it through its paces over the last couple of days. Whilst the focus on wearable computing has been at a real fore-front this year, Sony have slowly been iterating on its SmartWatch for a number of years now.

The SW2 comes with a 1.6-inch display with 220 x 176 pixel resolution, NFC for easy pairing, IP57 water resistance, an aluminium frame and a rubber (or metal) wristband. The watch needs the brains of your smartphone to function, therefore it is meant to act as an accessory to it, helping you to check emails or social status updates. There are also a wealth of apps on the Google Play Store to expand its functionality. Click through for some early thoughts.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The SmartWatch 2 comes packaged in a plastic box, with the side highlighting the NFC pairing as well as box contents (SW2 and a small micro USB cable).

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The other side shows additional features such as the IP57 water resistance, 3-4 day battery life, NFC and Bluetooth. You can also see the Runtastic logo on the packaging – a free code is included to download Runtastic Pro.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Here are the full contents of the SmartWatch 2 packaging including a short micro USB cable and a voucher to download Runtastic Pro.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

One day we’d like to find out the significance of the clock time 10:35 – if anyone knows please get in touch!

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The metal signature power button found in all 2013 Sony Xperia smartphones makes an appearance on the SmartWatch 2.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The other side of the watch has the micro USB port flap. We didn’t have any problems opening and closing this.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

We have the SmartWatch 2 with the rubber wristband. There’s no doubt that the SW2 metal wristband looks nicer, but we found the rubber one very comfortable to use for extended periods of time.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The model and serial number of the SmartWatch 2 can be found on the reverse of the watch.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

With the sticker removed we get a first look at the face of the SmartWatch 2. You can see three capacitive buttons on the bottom of the SW2 for back, home and settings. You’ll also notice a small notification light next to the SONY logo.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The SmartWatch 2 might seem big, but it’s not very heavy and it didn’t feel awkward to wear.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

When you first switch the SW2 on, you’ll see the Sony logo…

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

… it will then request you to pair the watch with your phone. This is simply done by tapping your NFC-enabled phone to the watch. You can also manually pair via Bluetooth if your handset does not have NFC.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Once you have paired the phone, you will then be asked to download and install the dedicated SmartWatch 2 app onto your phone.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Once fully booted, you’ll see the time appear on the phone, perfectly synced with the same time on your phone.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

To enter the menu, you’ll need to hit the power button on the side and then hit the home button. On first launch, six apps are installed as can be seen below.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The Settings menu has various options, which we’ll show you in detail below. The top of the settings menu has option switches for Bluetooth and Vibrate. Hitting the Display option brings up a sub-menu.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

In the Display sub-menu you can adjust the SW2’s Brightness and Notification style.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

There are three different Notification styles to choose from.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The second part of the settings menu shows options for Watchfaces, Apps and Date & Time.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

There are five Watchfaces to choose from, see these all below.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The Apps sub-menu has toggle switches against the apps installed.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

The last part of the Settings menu shows options for Language, Security and Support.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

You can also access ‘About SmartWatch 2’ and ‘Reset SmartWatch 2’ in the settings. This shows the model number, serial number and firmware being used.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

To download apps for the SmartWatch 2, you need to do this via your phone. The option to do this is only whilst the SmartWatch 2 is connected to your handset, as soon as it is disconnected the option to search for apps disappears.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

You can browse for apps via a variety of different categories.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

This then launches a filtered section on the Google Play Store allowing you to browse and install apps. There’s already a reasonable selection of apps and this will only grow over time.

Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2 Unboxing

From our initial impressions, the SmartWatch 2 is a nice accessory that easily lasts 3 days (from our testing so far). It looks great, unlike earlier Sony smart watches and one can tap into a growing app selection. The rubber wristband provides a very comfortable fit. It’s still early days, but the device holds great promise. We’re not entirely convinced that this is a device that one needs, but as a remote connection to your phone it serves its purpose very well.

  • Colby Leong

    Can’t wait for this to come to the states, it’ll look good with any Xperia phone. And make any other smartphone look better.

  • only thing that worries me is the black level numbers on black will look bad with a lighted black

  • lunkz

    Man, this thing is Huge

  • crazychef

    Wells it looks great and and sounds promising. I might try to get it for my birthday or Christmas. But lets wait a few days for all the so called techies that will start complaining about viewing angles and and other stupid things that don’t matter to others but to them it does because in their eyes the perfect phone or perfect accessory doesn’t and will never exist.

  • Methyl

    traditionally, Sony could not miss the HUGE BEZELS :)

  • I’ve just a quick question can the SW2 (since have NFC) used to unlock the xperia z1 phone?

  • Honestly I don’t know why the threat US market so badly, we get sony stuff really late (compared to any other country) and their “e-commerce” US site is just unmaintained. The lack of official communications is even more stunning …

  • Tech Gospel


  • Tech Gospel

    Viewing angle from the rear is horrible…

  • Andreas_Hebesberger

    Can you use more watch faves than these five??
    If anybody knows please tell me.
    Does it work on the smartwatch 1?

  • Tech Gospel

    And Bluetooth range is horrible… when I leave my phone at home, and I go down the road a couple of miles, the watch loses the connection…

  • Herman

    Why would you even look at the SmartWatch from behind?

  • Herman

    Why would anyone buy an expensive watch that only shows the time if you could have this instead?

  • blurb8

    Nice article, thumbs up!

  • I’m waiting to hear what the US release date and price will be. If it’s $149, they may have some success. Anything higher and no chance and more “Sony’s too expensive” chatter will happen online.

  • Bret Homan

    Sony has no market share here which is why a lot of their mobile stuff comes here last. It is partially their fault, they spend so little to advertise while Samsung and Apple convince everyone to buy their phones.

  • C0DmG

    Shuff that bezeltalk somewhere else.

  • bimmersonygasm

    Growing up in India, all the clock advertisements had 10:10 and I never figured that out. This 10:35 thing is something unique about Sony though.

  • fishisnot

    made in Malaysia jyeah

  • Micro

    I am not offending any other brand here, but I just watched a Samsung’s commercial on TV, new one.

    It sounded like this:
    Samsung Galaxy S4 – A smartphone that can write your email with your voice.
    No wonder why dummies buy this b/s. It’s not about S4 being bad (it’s not), but almost any today’s android phone can do that. Samsung really have the idea how to get to those dummies – they just say it’s a Samsung’s phone feature, no need to say that it is because of the Android can do it. I have to admit it – pretty clever, convenient.

    The Sony’s last commercial is very nice, very professional, but it still targets to the smarter users, that have idea what other phones can. Seems they already forgot about dummies, that’s the problem. Not everyone is a smartphone-geek :/

    At least that’s how I see this.

  • Thiago

    Probably those are preinstalled.

  • Rene Pedroso

    Watch manufacturers set the time to 10:10 for advertising purposes because the dial is not obstructed by the hands, you can basically see all of the complications of the watch, day/date, chronograph, logo etc….

  • Rene Pedroso

    That’s what she said

  • rgr

    it’s also because it looks like a happy face or a smiling clock.

  • JG

    That butt!!!

  • jin

    do you even know how Bluetooth works?
    or are you just a troll?

  • Colby Leong

    Screw living in the states, everything is so screwed up.

  • Sh’ Dynasty

    Honestly, I hate living in the States. Don’t get me wrong I’m still young, but here in the States nothing gets done. People point out what’s wrong then they walk away and leave it for someone else to do. It’s not just the damn market that’s unmaintained its the whole damn country, and it sucks. No one can seem to suck up there goddamn pride and get the shit that needs to be done, done. Prime example, the House shutting down the US Government. Petty things like this just breed more turmoil and greed. Here in the US we cater more to big businesses, the ones that are popular, Sony hasn’t been popular in the US for a while and with the way things are being run I don’t blame them for not taking that next step.

  • Sh’Dynasty


  • Sh’ Dynasty

    Its around $200 for the metal band, and $180 for silicone, at NegriElectronics anyway…

  • Sh’ Dynasty

    Then she put the Xperia Z1 down…

  • Haris Segetalo

    Will this work with any Android-phone, or is it dedicated Sony?

  • Sh’ Dynasty

    Dood, hes joking…

  • Sh’ Dynasty

    Chill dood, nothing but a joke

  • Putty Tang

    Any android phone, although I’m pretty sure there will be more Sony exclusive stuff coming out later.

  • Sh’ Dynasty

    Elaborate dood, I would really like to know what you are asking, cause it sounds like some sort of smart NFC unlock, where instead of punching in a code to your phone, your watch can do it for you.

  • Micro
  • Thx for the review!

  • TheBrickā„¢

    So boring, just like Xperia phones.. LOL

  • TheBrickā„¢

    Its Sony, what do you expect? :/

  • Hey! Let Me Say Someting

    Honestly! I will not buy this watch! Actually the smartwatch 2 looks petty fine but still so boring and nothing new. I mean i am a sony fan and I want something new like werable phone or at least the SmartWatch with flexible OLED tech. Please!

    I’m just so damn miss the old sony, miss those times when sony was a leader innovations that i’m so proud (I love their robots, sony Mylo, Sony Clie and the PlayStation is one of the coolest things sony ever made) But sony in last ten years… u know ? ….so much dejected! -_-”

    P.S. still waiting for something new, still believe in sony. always.

  • Methyl

    Not so boring.. Watch has vertical oriented 3 dots “button” LOL

  • Methyl

    Exclusive stuff like digital photo frame with solid bezels? :D

  • ec

    Does anybody know if this watch is multipoint compatible? I need to control media on one phone and get notifications on the other

  • spatch

    This product is now available to order from various sites in Australia, but for those looking to do so, here’s a warning.

    I pre-ordered the Sony Smartwatch 2 in July from Expansys for around $214 plus shipping. When the watch finally showed up on their inventory I made 3 inquiries — 1 by phone and 2 by email — to ask when the watch might ship. No reply.

    Last week I received an email from Logan saying they had received excess stock from overseas and that the Sony Smartwatch 2 was on special for $149 plus shipping. I immediately canceled my Expansys pre-order and placed an order with Kogan. The usual order acknowledge emails were received, promising delivery within 7 days.

    Today I received another email from Kogan stating they have a shortage of stock and it will now be an additional 5 days until their overseas supplier can ship the watch. I’ve ordered various items from Kogan before and I do expect delivery at some point, but the delays Sony has had delivering this product are unforgivable. At this rate, the Samsung Galaxy Gear will be sold out before Sony can get this 3rd gen product into anyone’s hands.

    So typical.

  • Diego

    Hi, received today from … Amazing gadget!! Now, I go to evaluate.. cheers, D.

  • conencted

    they forgot to add on cool feature..

    an LED light to the watch..

  • julianjwong

    I ordered mine from Kogan too and got the 5 day delay note and an additional note saying it’s not expected to ship until 14 October. :(
    I’m thinking of cancelling my Kogan order and ordering direct from Sony Australia – now priced on their website but currently listed as out of stock.

  • KimHJ

    Got My watch from Japan Internet Shop ordered it last Wednesday and got it Monday for $189.89 including shipping. The watch are a little larger then the SW 1 and tinner but the display is the best, you can see it from any angle and if there some light in the room or out in the sun you don’t need to turn on the internal light. It’s like the light hits a mirror so it is best watch in an angle when the internal light is off. It now have a back and home button so no swipe to get back, just hit the home button. Paired it with my Samsung Note 2 in 30 seconds. Even Samsung have a higher resolution screen it does not beat that you can see this watch in the sun light.

  • Scott Jones

    I received my SW2 about two weeks ago. For me it is a practical item as I get a lot of emails; many contain time sensitive materials that I would otherwise tend to ignore if I have to remove my phone from my pocket, unlock it, etc.

    I do really like this product, but I have one MAJOR gripe. There is no user control over font sizes and app developers have not been granted access to provide this feature either. What software developers seem to forget is that not all of us have 20/20 vision. In my case, I only use reading glasses, so when I get a notification, I have to put on my readers to see the the ridiculously tiny font sized text. If I could simply increase the font size, this problem would be solved!

    Sony, PLEASE provide user control over font sizes!!!

  • Mark

    Great post; I’m surprised a voucher requires such a large box. I’m an iPhone user almost wishing I were on Android right now since the iWatch will probably be a while. I’m pretty sure it’ll blow everything on the market now out of the water though.

    I’ve been reading about Martian watches lately and they seem really snazzy for any platform. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some of their innovations lifted by other manufacturers.

  • ShashDel

    does anyone know if the SW2 will work with Sony Ericsson Arc S? Cannot find which bluetooth version the arc s has :3 SW2 requires bluetooth 3.0 but I think the arc s is 2.1 can anyone confirm this?

  • Ryan Chavis

    I have had my Sony SW2 for 3 weeks now and it ahas been a great experience and note worthy tool for my day to day business operations. I hardly remove my phone from my pocket anymore and it saves me time when dealing with my clients and jobs. I did recently have the watch lock up on me and I though I was stuck because ut would not even recognize touch or function buttons but after some tooling around with my GS3 I decided to remove the smart connect app and SW2 app and reinstall and like magic the SW2 was working better then ever. So just a heads up if anyone has the same issue just use that solution first before calling sony or smashing it with a hammer out of aggravation. ;-)

    Ryan @ibackflip

  • Gregory Curtis

    You have obviously never lived abroad.

  • Junior

    I invite you to live in Brazil. We have nothing…

  • vinvar

    AllNotify is a one stop app to receive notifications of various apps of your phone onto your Sony SmartWatches

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