Sony SmartBand 2 Overview
Whether you are a fitness enthusiast or simply in need of a fitness band to encourage you to do more the Sony SmartBand 2 offers this and a whole lot more.
Unlike many fitness bands, the Sony SmartBand is considerably smarter logging what goes on in your life, not just what happens in relation to your fitness and activity.
Using a combination of stylish hardware, the SmartBand 2, and software, the Lifelog app for Android and iOS, the two create a powerful combination.
So just what can it do and how does it work?
Firstly, you have the 2nd generation SmartBand itself, also known as the SWR12. This is a compact little module that sits inside a wristband that you secure to your wrist to carry with you. Of course you could pop it in your pocket too, but for the best accuracy and to track your heart-rate, the wrist is the ideal location.
The module is white in colour and as standard you can purchase the wrist straps with the module in either Black or White colour. Alternative coloured straps may be available separately.
The one size fits all strap measures 250mm in length. Together the band and module weigh just 25g. The module on its own, just 6g!
Measuring 40.7 x 15.3 x 9.5 mm the module operates for up to 5 days in STAMINA mode, but on average 2 days. If you have the heart activity mode enabled, 10 hours or use is possible.
When depleted the battery charges in just over 1 hour.
This is all pretty impressive when you consider what it can do.
When worn and paired with your mobile device via low energy Bluetooth, data captured from the band is sent to the Lifelog app for you to view and refer to. These activities include your physical, social and entertainment activities. You can see how active you were, where you went, what pictures you took, where and when, what the weather was like and how you have been communicating with your world during any day.
The Lifelog app can see if you have been walking, driving, cycling, travelling by train, and even how you have slept.
It counts steps, calculates speed, and can even monitor your sleep pattern and wake you up when you’ve slept enough according to your sleep cycle. It’s nice to know how much you move. And where.
Heart Rate Monitor
A built in heart rate monitor constantly checks your pulse, detecting and logging whether you are sat at a desk or involved in some fast action sport.
Got a call coming in or maybe a text message the gentle vibrating alert and optional coloured LEDs let you know when a call or message is coming in. The LEDs change based on the notification, so you can decide whether to reach fro your phone or not.
The SmartWear Lifelog app collects all your camera and music activities and presents them in a fun and animated interface along with your activity. On any day, you can see what pictures/video you took, what music you were listening to and for how long. And what you were doing at the time.
In the Lifelog app display, you can see how much you were communicating with your friends, what was said, when and how. You can look back on your life and your journey through it.
The SmartBand 2 is a 24/7 wearable device. It is waterproof and you can have it on you whatever you do. It is also discreet and designed to look great with any clothing style.
Go swimming, get caught in the rain whilst wearing the SmartBand 2. Do not worry, the band is ingress protection rated. Officially certified as IP68 rated, the band can be immersed in fresh water up to a depth of 3 meters for 30 minutes.
In constant contact with your smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0 low energy you can be assured of an always up to date activity log. However, the phone need not be in range. It can work independently, transferring important data back later. Ideal if you go for a run or a swim where the phone may not come with you.
Connecting the SWR12 is easy using one touch NFC or using a standard Bluetooth connection procedure.
When you go out of range (up to 10 m) of your smartphone, a gentle vibrating SmartBand alert will let you know. Even when you’re out of range of your smartphone, SmartBand will save information about what you do and pass it on when you re-connect.
By tracking body movements, SmartBand will wake you up at the best time based on your sleep cycle. It calculates and measures the best time to wake up and gently vibrates just after your last dream is over.
When you’re enjoying your music on the move you can play, pause and skip track using SmartBand. Tap the band or turn your wrist to control your music.
This device is not a medical device. It is not intended for medical use or to replace the advice of a qualified medical professional. Please seek medical advice before undertaking any new or altered training regime using this device, particularly if using this device together with a pacemaker or other medical devices.
Reasons To Buy Sony SmartBand 2
- Worn on the wrist – Tracks your activity including steps taken, calories burnt and sleep pattern
- Built in heart rate sensor
- Waterproof and dust resistant – IP68 rated – Can be immersed in fresh water at a depth of 3 meters for 30 minutes
- Vibrates & illuminates when a call or message is received – Decide to reach for your phone or not
- Can control the music on your smartphone
- Vibrates when out of range of phone – Reminds you when you have left it behind
- Links to the Sony Lifelog app for a record of your activity
- Battery life of up to 5 days
What's In The Box Of Sony SmartBand 2
- Sony SWR12 (Removable Core Unit)
- 1 x Wrist strap (Black or White)
Technical Specifications of Sony SmartBand 2
Compatibility: Works with smartphones and tablets running Android version 4.4 or later iOS 8.2 for iPhone 4s and newer only (not compatible with iPads) and with Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Processor: ARM Cortex-M0 32-bit processor
Size: ( SWR12 module) 40.7 x 15.3 x 9.5 mm
Length of wrist band: 250 mm
Weight: Module 6 grams / Wrist band including module 25 grams
Available colours: Black and White wrist bands. SWR12 module is White
Keys: Power key (On/off)
LED: 3 RGB LEDs
Memory: Flash memory 256KB internal embedded flash memory RAM: 32KB
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Heart rate sensor: Yes
- Bluetooth specification: 4.0, supports Bluetooth® Low Energy
- Transfer rate: < 3Mbps
NFC: Yes, for One-touch pairing and mobile device access
USB: Yes, standard micro USB for charging
- Type: Lithium-ion
- Charge time: 1 hour and 15 minutes
- Usage time:
- With normal mode enabled Up to 2 days
- With STAMINA mode enabled Up to 5 days
- With Heart activity mode enabled Up to 10 hours
- Operating temperature range: -20°C to +60°C
- Operating humidity range: 5% to 99% RH
- Storage temperature range: -40°C to +85°C
- Storage humidity range: 20% to 95% RH
- Charging temperature range: 10°C to 32°C
Water and dust classification: IP68**
** In compliance with IP68 standards, this accessory is protected against the ingress of dust and water. Provided that all ports and covers are firmly closed, the accessory can be kept under 3 metres of freshwater for up to 30 minutes in compliance with IP68. The accessory is not designed to float or work submerged underwater outside the IP68 classification range, and such use may lead to your warranty being void.