When it comes to smartwathes, most of the general public will probably tell you that there is still no point in them owning one for their personal needs if you were to ask, and that would be a genuine response as there is still some room for smartwatches to become truly useful to the majority of people who own a smartphone that could connect to them. For those that do show interest, it seems that most people tend to want something that leans more heavily to the design of a standard watch, but adds the functionality of a smartwatch.
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This can be seen from the popularity of offerings like the Moto 360, the LG G Watch R, and the ASUS Zen watch, all which offer leather band straps and metal casings for the watchface. The Sony Smartwatch 3 while it does run Android Wear, has caught its fair share of negativity over the design due to its more sporty look and multiple colored band options. Personally, I like the look that Sony chose to give the smartwatch 3 as it gives me something that feels more accustomed to being taken on exercise outings in a state that sees plenty of precipitation. Plenty of people would have rather had something that looked a little more classy and traditional though, which is why Sony was smart to release a stainless steel model of the smartwatch 3.
The metal watchface chassis and the stainless steel band gives off more of a professional and timeless design than that of the original offering announced by Sony near the Fall of last year. Wearables and smartwatches are also going to be moving towards this trend of finding a good balance of form and function, which the metal design follows more closely. For the majority of the public to be interested in a piece of jewelry like a smartwatch it’ll have to at least look somewhat like a regular timepiece. Sony has obviously realized this and although it came to the party a little bit late, a stainless steel offering is better late than never. The Smartwatch 3 already offers one key component that currently no other Android Wear device offers, which is the built in GPS sensors. Perhaps now that they offer something that could appeal to more people they might see more individuals interested in the device and consider it over other smartwatches which look more like a regular watch.
Another big thing with smartwatches which seems to catch the attention of consumers is the customization aspect, and although Sony did offer a few different colors of the Smartwatch 3 prior to the unveiling of the metal version at CES 2015 this past week, it was still lacking what I feel was a key customization factor that would let people truly personalize their smartwatch 3. Choosing their own third party watch bands. Alongside the stainless steel smartwatch 3, Sony also introduced a new Smartwatch 3 accessory, which is a modular attachment that can be fitted to any smartwatch 3 model, which allows the user to attach any third party watch band they like, whether it be a totally different metal band, or even something made of leather, ripstop nylon, or anything else you find that suits your tastes. This one element gives Sony’s Smartwatch 3 a ton more value as people can place the watchbands they like on their device, not only giving them a little bit of customization, but also giving the Smartwatch 3 another opportunity to appear more like a traditional wrist watch. Pair this modular attachment with the stainless steel model Smartwatch 3 and a nice leather band, and you have yourself one fine looking smartwatch.