I work with people who were infants when the 1990 movie adaptation of "Dick Tracy" hit theaters, which got me thinking that if the average young folks know anything about Dick Tracy, odds are it's because people my age and older make reference to him any time wristwatches with more technology than just a calculator and multiple time zone capability come up. The police detective first got his 2-Way Wrist Radio in the newspaper comic strip back in the 1940s and has been the go-to reference point since. That said, current devices like the Sony SmartWatch and the Pebble Watch (among others) are still not quite there as full-fledged independent smartwatches, according to CNET's expert evaluators. Me, I'm lucky if I know what day of the week it is, so watches, smart or dumb, are lost on me.
- Overall score: 6.6 (3.0 stars)
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Starting at: $94.99
The good: The Sony SmartWatch draws the eye with its sleek, stylish looks. It also offers a wide range of wireless functions notifications, call handling, and music control made possible by a Bluetooth smartphone connection.
The bad: The Sony SmartWatch needs an Android smartphone connection to function or even keep the time, it isn't compatible with iOS, and its display can't be read in sunlight. It needs to be charged daily.
The bottom line: The Sony SmartWatch enters the realm of usability thanks to recent software updates, but it's still more smartphone accessory than solid standalone timepiece.
July 22, 2013 3:09 PM PDT
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