Jan 11 AT 11:30 PM Nick Gray 40 Comments

Hands-on with the Sony SmartWatch

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Finding the perfect accessory for your Android phone got a bit easier this week with the unveiling of the Sony SmartWatch. Like the original Sony LiveView, the new SmartWatch connects to your Android phone via Bluetooth and displays a variety of notifications from social networks, emails and even access and control of applications on your phone. The Sony SmartWatch is an improvement over last year’s model with a full color display, accelerometer and a variety of color rubber wrist bands to choose from. For those who want a more traditional look, Sony also has a wrist band adapter that will allow users to connect a standard watch wristband.

The main difference between the Sony SmartWatch and the other Android watches we’ve seen at CES is that Sony’s watch is simply an accessory rather than a standalone device. The good news is that the Sony SmartWatch can now keep the time even if it is not paired with your Android phone. By design, the SmartWatch is limited in functionality, but that allows it to retain its charge for much longer than the i’m Watch and the Motorola ACTV.

Sony’s SmartWatch is compatible with all phones running Android 2.1 or higher. The Sony rep we spoke with mentioned that the final hardware will be tweaked slightly before launch, but we should see the Sony SmartWatch show up on Sony’s website and retail stores before the end of Q1 for $149.

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Nick is a tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC and its devices. He started HTCsource.com (the first HTC blog) back in 2007 and later joined the Android and Me family in the summer of 2010.

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