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[Q] Is the Sony smartwatch 2 worth it at $85?

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3rd February 2015, 09:19 PM   |  #1  
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Is the Sony smartwatch 2 worth it at $85?
3rd February 2015, 11:35 PM   |  #2  
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Yes. Next question.
4th February 2015, 12:01 AM   |  #3  
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Yes.
4th February 2015, 12:04 AM   |  #4  
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compared to what?

u8?
pebble?
AW watches?

the u8 is cheap but crap
-screen unreadable outside
-crappy companion app
-screen is off in standby
-only 4 boring watchfaces
-hardly any firmware development
-must have phone or audio connection to phone, can't connect otherwise

the pebble is nice
-has a lot of support, both in firmware and 3rd party apps
-good companion app
-long lasting battery
-lots of watchfaces

i just don't like the design of the pebble, nor do i like the e-ink screen

the AW watches look nice, but AW hasn't evolved enough yet
and those watches are quite a bit more expensive

is the sw2 worth it?
i say yes:
-screen always on
-very readable in direct sunlight
-3rd party apps and watchfaces
-even though it's not high-res, it has a nice color screen
-good notification support, including filtered content from facebook and twitter
-battery life is pretty decent, about 3 days
-doesn't look as cheap as the pebble or u8

only wishes i have for the sw2 are native whatsapp support and a selectable screen timeout

hope this helps
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I decided to buy it! cheers for the replies! any recommendations of the best apps?
4th February 2015, 12:34 AM   |  #6  
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Originally Posted by marcelrees

I decided to buy it! cheers for the replies! any recommendations of the best apps?

Watchit on the phone for notifications, Watchface Widgets for watchfaces, Ghostracer for running/cycling.
4th February 2015, 03:52 AM   |  #7  
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Watchit on the phone for notifications

This doesn't allow you to clear phone notifications from your watch though, is that right?

Also, I don't think it has a watchface widget?
4th February 2015, 09:42 AM   |  #8  
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This doesn't allow you to clear phone notifications from your watch though, is that right?
Also, I don't think it has a watchface widget?

No idea, neither are things I would look for in the app that forwards notifications.
4th February 2015, 10:39 AM   |  #9  
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No idea, neither are things I would look for in the app that forwards notifications.

So that means you have to clear notifications once on the watch and then again on the phone....

Not that I have a better way to propose. Watchify should be, but unfortunately doesn't work reliably and the developer is AWOL.
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So that means you have to clear notifications once on the watch and then again on the phone....

I never bother to clear notifications on the watch. They are there as a heads-up, but want them to stay on the phone anyway for when I actually deal with them.

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