Sony SmartBand Unboxing: Comfy life-logger
MANILA, Philippines – Announced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas Sony’s Smartband is one of the most promising fitness trackers in the market today.
The device was slated for a March release, but without much pomp and fanfare quietly began shipping this May. In the Philippines it is being marketed in tandem with the Xperia Z2 smartphone. The band alone retails for P4190 (aprrox $95). I couldn't wait for the official release so I got mine online via WidgetCity.
Sony’s latest wearable device can do everything expected of an average fitness tracker including logging steps – differentiating between walking and running – and sleep. But together with its bundled Lifelog application also records other activity including communication and media consumption.
The app provides a visual representation of your day including the photos you took, when and where; messages you sent; and when you went for that run and for how long. With a double press on the SmartBand's button you can also create a bookmark to record specific moments in time that you want remembered.
Like many of Sony's other devices the SmartBand ships in a jewel case. Printed on top are the device's salient features; Bluetooth and NFC connectivity (for connecting to and syncing with a smartphone), its IP58 rating (meaning its dust resistant and water proof); and microUSB (for charging).