Sony SmartWatch 2 review

User Interface: Menus

Menus are modelled on the Android user interface, letting you swipe through a series of 3x2 icon grids in the same way that Android provides multiple homescreens.

Main menu, showing five unread notifications (in this case, all are from Gmail) - note the '5' badged on the Gmail app.Main menu, showing five unread notifications (in this case, all are from Gmail) - note the '5' badged on the Gmail app.

There’s a status bar at the top of the display that shows the watch’s battery level, which page of apps you’re on, the Bluetooth connection status, and the current time. Pulling down on the status bar reveals a notification list, encapsulating the most recent notifications from all installed apps.

A scrollable version of the same event list can also be accessed via a ‘live’ icon in the grid (think Microsoft’s Live Tiles, only this one is circular) which shows the number of ‘new events’. Individual apps show their own notification lists when tapped on, if you prefer a source-by-source view (i.e. email separate to Facebook separate to Twitter).

Gmail app showing unread notifications.

Gmail app showing unread notifications.