Also on show at MWC 2012 was Sony's SmartWatch, a digital watch that runs Android OS and can connect directly with your Xperia phone via Bluetooth.
As well as displaying the time like any good ticker, you can scroll through dozens of apps by flicking the touch-screen with your finger. The functionality is surprising. You can receive notifications direct from your phone, including texts, calls, Twitter and Facebook updates, and more. The SmartWatch vibrates when you receive a notification so you'll never miss a text or tweet.
You can reply to texts with a number of pre-defined messages, as long as you don't mind sounding like a Sony executive. You can also answer calls, but you'll need a Bluetooth headset too as the watch doesn't have a built-in speaker or mic.
A couple of other nifty features include the ‘find my phone' app and the remote camera app. Find my phone makes your phone ring and vibrate, in case you lose your mobile down the back of the sofa (or leave it in your freezer, as our hapless demonstrator confessed). The remote camera app is even cooler, allowing you to take photos with your phone from afar. You even get a video feed of what your photo will look like, so you'll know if half of your head is out of shot.
This is me taking a photo of the SmartWatch as the Xperia takes a photo of me taking a photo of the SmartWatch. I think I just broke my brain
The SmartWatch screen turns off if the watch isn't in use, which might prove irksome if you simply want to check the time and your other hand is clutching a coffee cup or a book or a bottle of gin. However, it does help to extend the battery life to a reported four days, so at least you won't have to charge your watch as often as your smartphone.
We're rather on the fence when it comes to the SmartWatch. It's got some neat features, but at $149 it's rather expensive, and we'd rather check our texts and social feeds on our phone. It's also rather chunky on our spindly wrists. Still, it is a well-designed device and we always like a good gadget. The SmartWatch is out in Q1, so check back soon for a full review.