Sony's Android Powered SmartWatch Now Shipping in the U.S.

Paul Lilly

For the Android fanatic who has everything, there's the new Xperia SmartWatch from Sony, an Android powered wristwatch that taps into your Google smartphone via Bluetooth. Why would you want to do that? Think of it as a secondary screen for your Droid or Nexus or whatever Android device you're packing in your pocket. Sony's SmartWatch vibrates in response to certain events, such as an incoming call. You can read texts and emails, and keep up with Facebook and Twitter all without ever reaching for your smartphone.

If doing such things on a 1.3-inch OLED touchscreen display tethered to your wrist (or shoulder strap or belt -- the watch face detaches from the wristband) sounds appealing, then you're in luck. Previously only available in the U.K., Sony's SmartWatch is now shipping in the U.S. for $150 MSRP.

""SmartWatch is the first of many Smart Extras that seamlessly connect and expand the smartphone's reach and user experience," said Paul Hamnett , President and Head of Customer Unit, North America, Sony Mobile Communications. "Designed to break free from the single screen experience, SmartWatch provides access to live content and entertainment on the go."

Sony says its SmartWatch is dust proof and splash proof. It comes with a black rubber wristband, though you can purchase up to five additional colors (pink, white, mint, gray, and blue). It charges via USB, lasts up to 4 days, and works with Android 2.1 devices and above.

Sony SmartWatch Product Page

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