The SmartBand 2 is Sony’s latest wearable in-built with an advanced heart monitoring sensors that keeps track of your busy lifestyle - it can even tell when you are stressed out! It automatically tracks your activities like walking and running and charts your heartbeat alongside it.
Similar to the many other fitness wearables in the market, the SmartBand 2 is a wrist wearable measuring 40.7 x 15.3 x 9.5mm, weighs just 25g and in keeping up with Sony’s waterproof features, the SmartBand 2 is waterproof for up to 3m. It can be connected via Near Field Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth functions.
The SmartBand 2 comes with two companion mobile applications, the main application named SmartBand 2 and the other named Lifelog. The main application gives you access to the SmartBand 2’s settings and a brief summary of your sleep cycle, heart rate, steps you have taken today and the time you have taken to run.
The Lifelog mobile application gives you a more detailed breakdown of your daily activities and even chronologically tracks your activities. Here it gives you insights on everything that the main application does but with additional details like cycling time, travelling time, amount of time you have listened to music or watched a movie as examples.
I wore the SmartBand 2 for a total of five days before I gave up trying to keep up with my supposed physical requirements - yes looking at your ‘active numbers’ really does give you a certain type of stress. It did help in a sense that, knowing how low my numbers were, I would make an effort to walk more in order to chalk up the numbers on the pedometer or sleep more. So here’s my personal take on it.
The Final Say
If you are looking for a fitness wearable that specifically manages your heart rate and acts as a pedometer, then this is the one fitness wearable to get your hands on. However, for those who are active in sports other than running, you might want to give this a miss as it doesn’t track swimming or crossfit activities.
The SmartBand 2 is only compatible with Android devices. It is now available at a recommended retail price of US$141 (SG$198) and in four colours, Black, White, Pink and Indigo.
By Geralyne Kaye / October 13, 2015 15:20PM GMT+8 Singapore
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