Sony SmartWatch 3 arrives for $250 with a focus on fitness

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Sony’s fitness-focused SmartWatch 3 is now on sale in the Google Play Store, with a $250 price tag. While that’s on the high side for an Android Wear watch—especially one without premium materials such as aluminum or leather—Sony’s watch is the only one with full waterproofing and GPS, taking advantage of a recent Android Wear update.

The SmartWatch 3 is rated to IP68, which means it’s protected against dust and can withstand being submerged in up to 3 meters of water. Meanwhile, the GPS tracker lets runners record the distance traveled and route taken without having to bring a smartphone with them. It also allows for more accurate location details in apps like Golfshot.

Aside from these two features, the Smartwatch 3 is a lot like other Android Wear watches. It has the same basic tech specs, including 4 GB of storage (for apps and offline music playback ) and 512 MB of RAM. It can show actionable notifications from a paired phone and execute basic voice commands such as text messaging and checking the weather.

The only other notable thing is that the watch face pops off from the plastic band, potentially letting users swap in a different color strap or clip. But for now, Google is only offering the Smartwatch 3 in black. Sony’s website lists additional straps in pink and white, but isn’t currently selling them.

Why this matters: The nice thing about Android Wear is that it allows for lots of devices from different manufacturers, each with their own style and features that cater to a particular niche. Though we weren’t overly impressed with the SmartWatch 3’s looks when Sony announced the watch in September, it may still appeal to users who want offline music playback and GPS tracking on a single device.

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