Sony Xperia Ear
Sony Xperia Ear’s “smart” headset attracted a lot of attention at MWC 2016, but it’s only now that I’ve got to the store shelves. The gadget was one of the first of its kind: Xperia Ear offers the user not only the possibility of voice communication and control of smartphone functions, but also a full-fledged digital assistant akin to Siri or Google Now. What other useful features the gadget has received, and how it can be useful in everyday life – read the review.
Specifications Sony Xperia Ear (XEA10)
- Wireless interfaces: Bluetooth 4.1, NFC
- Sensors: proximity, accelerometer, microgyroscope
- Battery: 65 mAh (headset), 300 mAh (case)
- Dimensions: 15.2×29.3×24.3 mm (headset), 29x41x60 mm (case)
- Weight: 6.8 grams (headset), 39 grams (case)
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Apparatus at work
To complete the work of Sony Xperia Ear, you need to install on the mobile gadget the same application from Google Play, which requires the Android version of at least 4.4 KitKat to work. On the program page there is a list of unsupported devices, where a number of LG gadgets and almost all Xiaomi devices have fallen.
IPhone support is also not provided: it will be possible to connect a headset to an “apple” smartphone, but not to use its “smart” functions. When working with Xperia Ear with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone, there were no problems.
Sony Xperia Ear belongs to the class of ultra-compact headsets, and therefore the battery capacity of the gadget was a modest 64 mAh. When playing music at maximum volume, the headset was discharged in about 1.5 hours, and with normal wear, it can take 4–5 hours to talk and control the smartphone.
Using the case, you can charge the headset on the go: the capacity of the built-in 300 mAh battery is enough for about four full Xperia Ear charges. The time to fully charge the headset is about 35 minutes.
Headset Sony Xperia Ear has become a rather controversial device, but this fate is destined to any pioneer: there are no other gadgets with the same functions on the market. The device is best suited for motorists: it allows not only to talk safely while driving, but also to control the smartphone with voice commands when it is in the holder.
Xperia Ear allows you to quickly create a route, start the player or dictate a message, without being distracted from driving: in this mode, the headset is really convenient to use. In other cases, the Xperia Ear has no significant advantages over cheaper solutions, although we can recommend the headset to anyone who loves smart solutions. It costs a seven-gram gadget as much as 13,000 rubles – such is the fee for the opportunity to be at the forefront of technology.