"Sony's SmartWatch 2 hasn't gotten as much attention as Samsung Electronics Co.'s Galaxy Gear," Anick Jesdanun reports for the Associated Press today, "but it's cheaper and compatible with a broader range of phones."
The $200 price tag Sony announced is about $100 cheaper than the Gear. What does that get you? Well, you can't place calls from the SmartWatch 2. You can answer calls, but your phone will still need a Bluetooth wireless headset if you don't want to hold your wrist up to your ear to carry on a conversation. The idea, the company said, is primarily to let you read text messages and emails, like Facebook posts and get calendar reminders while your phone stays stashed away. Your options for sending replies directly from the watch will be limited to a few preset options.
The SmartWatch 2 will be available through the company's online and brick-and-mortar stores starting today. Read more from the AP here: "Sony's $200 smartwatch works with Android phones."