The fitness band market is one that has boomed in the past few years. It’s also a fairly healthy market with a number of competitors offering a range of devices all with pros and cons when compared. Sony’s new Smartband 2 is the company’s bet for the 2015-2016 fitness band market competition and at first glance, it is no slouch.
Something that I have never appreciated about some fitness bands is the size of most of them, however the Smartband 2 is slim and understated, much like it’s predecessor the Smartband. Reports say the Smartband 2 will be released in September 2015 priced at $130 dollars – , just in time for the holiday season. For that you get a a heart rate monitor, a fairly clean and intuitive looking application which gives you updates on sleep, steps, stress, and of course heart rate data. The most direct competitor of the SmartBand 2 is the Fitbit HR which runs around $150 depending on the seller. While the Smartband lacks a screen, which the Fitbit HR boasts for Caller ID and other notifications, Smartband 2 will still alert you to notifications by vibrating and lighting up some LEDs in different configurations and colors depending on the type of notification. The Smartband also has a few different style options with interchangeable bands, a design that we have seen in other fitness bands.
SmartBand 2 gathers information on your daily activities. The sensors on the device can help your guage physical exertion when you exercise by monitoring your pulse and the changes in your heart rate. With the SmartBand 2 on your wrist, it can count your steps whether you’re out for a stroll or jogging in the park. It also has a smart wakeup feature that wakes you up at the best time in the morning based on your sleep cycle.
The Smartband application will be available for iOS and is already on the Google Play Store and is compatible with KitKat (4.4) and up and iOS 8.2 and up. It connects via Bluetooth as well as NFC and advertises a battery life of 5 days. The band is also IP68 waterproof certified which means it can be submerged up to 3 meters, so I suppose you could also track swimming workouts. A useful feature included is the independent mode where you can take the band for a jog or a bike ride without your tethered device and still record heart rate, steps, calories, and time. It should be noted the the Smartband 2 does not have GPS tracking capabilities.
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