We had a chance to play with Sony's new SmartWatch 2 at its IFA 2013 stand, and have to admit that it's a funky little gadget that could actually prove very useful if your life is as manic as ours.
It's a stylish little number (providing you don't mind sporting a chunky watch) that fits into Sony's Xperia design ethos with its square build and circular power button. It's surprisingly light so you don't feel weighed down when the SmartWatch 2 is strapped to your wrist. You can also get a variety of interchangeable wrist straps including brightly coloured plastic efforts and a more grown up metallic version.
The tiny 1.6 inch screen is still just about big enough to house six icons on the desktop, and you can set up a number of desktops to house lots of different apps. We saw Gmail, Facebook and various others running, giving you an easy means of checking messages and social media updates on the fly, without having to pull your phone out of your pocket.
That might sound pretty pointless, and if you only check your mails and stuff a few times a day, it basically will be. However, if like us you're constantly wondering if that really was your phone vibrating, or checking meeting details in emails while rushing down the street, it's actually pretty damn useful.
Pairing with your phone is a simple one-touch NFC process, as you'd expect from Sony. Uploading apps from your phone looks like an easy process, and Sony's phone software even recommends new apps to stick on. The screen may be dinky but its sharp enough to clearly read the tiny text, and with Sony in talks with various third party developers, we should be seeing more apps becoming available via updates.
The SmartWatch 2 will cost 179 euros when it's out later this year. We'll bring you a full review soon.