Tech Talk: Sony’s SmartWatch 2 & Samsung’s 2-in-1 OS Tablet

Sony have a new wrist-computer, and Samsung’s Ativ Q tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android.

Sony SmartWatch 2 – the World’s First Water-Resistant Smartwatch with NFC Connectivity

0_Smartwatch_2_AngledSony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) introduced the Sony SmartWatch 2 SW2; essentially the Sony SmartWatch 2 is a second screen for your Android smartphone that enhances existing phone functionality and offers unique new benefits. Combining form and function in a sleek design, it is a multi-functional watch, notifier, Android app interface and phone remote control, all-in-one. Apps are the key to Sony SmartWatch 2: download a host of SmartWatch apps and experience a range of unique functions – many of which can even be enjoyed without even needing to reach for your phone:

  • Handle your calls by a simple touch of your wrist
  • Take a photo remotely from your SmartWatch, using a smart camera app
  • Control your presentations remotely using Presentation Pal
  • Taking a run or on the bike? Select a mapping app on SmartWatch to check your route with a quick glance at your wrist
  • Read previously downloaded e-mails when not connected to your phone
  • Use lifestyle apps like Runtastic to map and instantly track your fitness activities on the go
  • Quickly and easily adjust the tracks and volume on your music player, without ever taking your phone from your pocket

SmartWatch 2 is also both sleek and robust thanks to its water & dust resistant design, and introduces new features as a natural successor to the current Sony SmartWatch such as NFC connectivity for one-touch pairing, stunning premium design and a range of technologies including higher resolution for sharper viewing, better visibility even in sunlight, longer battery stamina, more intuitive interface, standalone watch functionality and a wide range of pre-installed and recommended apps

Sadly, Sony are deluded if they think this is going to save them: in the Android phone market, they are up against the might that is Samsung, and the low price point that is HTC – they are going to need more than a gimmicky watch, which once the honeymoon novelty period is over, will be left on the dressing table or it’s charging dock. What is essential to the smart watch’s success is two things:

i) the right display – curving it around the bracelet / strap is the easier way

ii) trickle charge solar technology which charges the battery continuously; wireless technology is a power-drain, and if you have to keep taking if off every night to charge it, you will get tired of forgetting to put it on and switch to your trust old wristwatch… ’nuff said!

Samsung Ativ Q tablet runs both Windows 8 and Android

Samsung has unveiled a tablet that can switch between the Windows 8 & Android OS. The Ativ Q has a 13.3in screen that sits over a keyboard that can be folded out for typing or set to act as a stand – in addition it has a stylus. This comes just over a fortnight after Asus unveiled its own laptop-tablet hybrid which also runs both Microsoft and Google’s systems, and may be a trend that other firms would follow, offering the industry-standard Windows productivity programs, such as Office, as well as all the mobile apps of Google’s system. The Ativ Q runs Intel’s new Haswell chip and Samsung state that it offers up to nine hours of battery life, including a screen that has been designed to be bright enough to be used outside on a sunny day.

Unfortunately (in my opinion), this is less impressive than I anticipated: Android runs in a “virtual machine” stacked on top of the Windows 8 OS, thus it’s not dual bootable from either OS. It’s essentially something that any Windows 8 PC / Table can do. More to the point, is there actually any need for this? Most people are happy to have Android on the pocket device as it runs efficiently on the most low power ARM-core device, and then have a powerful crunch processor in the business machine for speed – all we really care about is that the two devices are seamlessly compatible. As a travelling businessman, I am the target market as I use a Windows laptop for “work” and a tablet for mobile comms, meetings or at exhibitions where I’ll sacrifice performance for convenience, but unless the price point is significantly cheaper than having two separate devices I wouldn’t get one. Also, if either my PC or my tablet suddenly crashes, runs down etc, at least I still have the other one… if I only have one and it breaks – I’m hosed!

Source: SonySamsung
Reporter: SilverFox

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