When comparing Sony SmartWatch 3 vs Withings Activité Pop, the Slant community recommends Sony SmartWatch 3 for most people. In the question“What are the best smartwatches?” Sony SmartWatch 3 is ranked 8th while Withings Activité Pop is ranked 12th.
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Pro Built-in NFC
Pro Built-in Wi-Fi
Wi-Fi takes more power than bluetooth, but it helps extend the working range of the watch past bluetooth capabilities. For example, you can still receive notifications or control music from across the house.
Pro Water proof
While it can't deal with deep water pressure, you have nothing to worry about when washing your hands or getting it wet in the rain thanks to the IP68 rating. You can also wash the band and unit off to remove any dust or debris that can accumulate on the underside of the central unit or in the cracks between the unit and the band without worrying at all about water damage.
Pro Transflective display
The display on the Smartwatch 3 doesn't require a backlight. Instead, it reflects ambient light. This makes it easily visible in ambient mode even when outside in direct sunlight (as a matter of fact, that's when it is easiest to see in ambient mode), and also saves a lot of power in ambient mode.
In a dark room, you won't be able to see the time...although this can also be counted as a pro because your wrist won't glow in dark rooms like OLED or IPS watches will.
Pro Running companion
The built-in GPS will drain the battery quickly, but it allows you to track activity more precisely. If you go on walks or runs, apps can track them without needing to bring your phone.
Android Wear lets you sync some music onto the watch, which can be paired to bluetooth earbuds/headphones. This fully lets you leave your phone at home, and use the watch for GPS and music at the same time.
Pro Uses a regular charger
You can charge the SmartWatch 3 using the same charger that you use to charge your phone - micro USB. This means that if you brake/lose your charger, it is easy and cheap to replace. It also means that if you go traveling, you can only bring one charger instead of a different one for your phone and watch.
Pro Suits a variety of occasions since it doesn't look like a fitness tracker
The tracker looks more like a regular watch, with a fairly minimal and cleanly designed watch face. You can wear it with many different styles and it will blend in.
Pro Great for people who travel
The tracker uses a battery which means no worrying about bringing charging cords with you, and the battery lasts for up to 8 months.
The time automatically stays synced to your connected smartphone. So when you cross time zones, the Activité Pop will automatically adjust the time for you.
Con Propriety straps
The device pops out and you can put in in a new band, although only certain bands will fit it. These bands tend to be expensive, and there only a few options (different colored silicon or stainless steel).
Con Poor screen colors
The display is a transflective display, and the colors it produces are greatly muted when compared to OLED or even IPS displays.
Con Unattractive design
The watch doesn't look at all like a traditional watch, and looks much like a mini computer on your wrist.
Con Watch bands are low quality and fairly unprofessional in appearance
The overall design makes it feel like there is confusion as to who the target market is for the tracker.
The watch face is sleek and professional in appearance, looking more like a regular watch than a tracker. However the bands available for the watch are made from a cheap-looking silicone. If you wish to buy a replacement band, they are only available in three bright colors (orange, plum, and teal).
Con Sometimes has issues with condensation inside the glass
The watch is supposed to be water resistant up to 50m. However some of the watches have loose backs which causes condensation to build inside the watch, especially after hot showers.
Con Difficult to read in poor lighting
The watch face doesn't have a backlight and the hands don't glow, so it's near impossible to read the time in dark settings without external light.