Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

It’s that time again. We’re building up to IFA in Berlin. Sony, like many other tech companies, are wanting to get on the “hype train”. They have been doing that very well with rumours of the Z5 range, however today I bring you news of an actual thing that you can actually buy.

Yes.


Today I bring you the Sony SmartBand 2.

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

I’ve used the older Smartband extensively and, although it was OK, it was a bit … “meh”. So much so that it’s now been replaced by my Pebble Time (review coming soon). There were some things that the Smartband did very well but I just never really trusted the accuracy levels as it was essentially just an accelerator that measured the movement of your wrist.

This where the SmartBand 2 comes to it own. Firstly it has got a redesigned buckle, therefore the blasted thing won’t come off your wrist as easily as its predecessor (I lost one this way).

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

Secondly and perhaps more importantly, it has a heart rate sensor built into the “core”. This works in a similar way to those used on the Microsoft Band that I reviewed. This time around the sensor is closed off so that it will maintain its ruggedness. It receives an IP 68 rating, meaning that it can be used in the pool and worn in the shower etc. It also means that if you use it while on a sweaty run in the beautiful British weather (read, rain) you don’t have to worry about it getting wet. Sony take the ruggedness of their wearables very seriously. This has been showcased up and down the country this summer by their sponsorship of Tough Mudder.

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

Thirdly, Sony have decided to make their SmartBand 2 available on iOS from version 8.2 and above.

I look forward to getting a chance to test this version of the SmartBand as I think it will make things a bit more accurate due to the heart rate being monitored. I just hope that it doesn’t display the bugs that the Microsoft Band had, and that it is more comfortable than it as well.
I will be getting some hands on time with this at the upcoming IFA 2015 event in a few short weeks, so check back to see what we think.

Sony announce the new SmartBand 2

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