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Sony SmartBand 2 – Eye on Fitbit Charge HR?

The SmartBand 2 is a new fitness tracker from Sony that is seemingly designed to rival the highly-rated Fitbit Charge HR. Flaunting a chic and sporty design, the activity tracker features integrated heart rate monitor like its rival from Fitbit to help ensure the activities you engage in are not taking heavy toll on your wellbeing.

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Build

Sony SmartBand 2 is attractively crafted with a design that you would expect of a fitness tracker of this type. It features a chic silicon band which users will be able to swap out to replace with other colours that match their mood or what they are putting on. The wearable should feel comfortable wearing round the clock since it is not too bulky around the wrist at a thickness of 9.5 millimetres and weight of 25 grams.

Tracking Capability

This wearable does just what you would you expect of a regular fitness tracker – it counts steps taken, distance covered and calories burned, amongst other functions. It also does its tracking duties while you sleep. However, the main talking point on Sony SmartBand 2 is its intelligent heart rate monitor, which checks your pulse round the clock to let you know whether to slow things down or raise them a notch. This way you are able to control your stress levels before they spiral out of control.

Sundry Specs and Features

Sony SmartBand 2 comes with a Lifelog app that shows information such as heart rate and stress levels associated with the different activities in which you have engaged in the past week, month or year. It can pull call, text message and email notifications from your phone and alert you with a gentle vibration or through the lighting up of LED lights when they come in. You can disable notifications when going to bed by putting the SmartBand 2 in a night mode and also set an alarm to wake you gently the next morning. Its companion app is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 KitKat (or later) and iOS 8.2 or later. The app can also be used to control music playing.

The activity tracker features Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE), NFC chip and microUSB. On the down side, it is said to offer just two days of battery life.

Availability and Pricing

Sony SmartBand 2 is expected to be available from this month (September) across 60 countries at a price around $130 – about N26,000 in Nigeria. This means the fitness tracker is more pocket-friendly than the Fitbit Charge HR and this could help it compete well against the other wearable.

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