LG G Watch Review

LG G Watch Review

Just over a month ago at their Google I/O Developers Conference, Google announced three Android Wear devices that would go on sale this summer. Both the LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live went on sale at the beginning of July, but the Moto 360 will launch later this summer.

The LG G Watch has a 1.65-inch display and weighs 63 grams and comes in at 37.9mm x 46.5mm x 9.95mm. The smartwatch is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a 400mAh battery.

The smartwatch is running Android Wear and will work with any Android smartphone that is running Android 4.3 or later. The connection between the watch and the smartphone uses Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, making it fairly power efficient.

The device is charged using a Micro USB charging cradle that attaches to the device magnetically. Upon first use, the charging cradle works very well, keeping the device in place rather securely. The LG G Watch's battery lasts full day of moderate to heavy use and still has about 40% battery life left at the end of the day after being off the charger for 16-18 hours.

The device comes with a soft rubber wrist strap that is very comfortable to wear. If you wish to change it, the band on the watch is interchangeable with any standard watch band. The G Watch fits very comfortably on the wrist (if you have a "bigger" wrist) and is very light and comfortable to wear all day long.

Both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live are IP67 water and dust resistant, which theoretically means that it can last submerged in one meter (3 feet) of water for 30 minutes. However, it is not recommended that you submerse the device in water or go swimming with it, but if it gets splashed you won't have to worry.

The LG G Watch does not come with any biometric sensors, which means you won't be able to track your heart rate. However, the device comes with a 9-axis gyroscope and accelerometer that allows you to track your steps. The step tracking feature will work with or without a companion smartphone and on first tests is very accurate.

The device is running Android Wear, a platform developed by Google for wearable devices. The operating system acts as an extension of Android, allowing users to view and interact with (most) notifications that appear on their phones. For example, if you get an email you can reply (using voice), delete it, archive it, or optionally open it on your phone.

The device will display all your notifications and most of your Google Now cards. Users can swipe to the right to dismiss the notification or swipe to the left to view more information/options.

However, with that being said, the hardware and software on the device is still first-generation. There is a lot of room for improvement on both sides and I'm sure Google will continue to innovate at a fast pace.

If you have an Android phone smartphone (preferably a newer model with Bluetooth 4.0 LE) and you are looking for a wearable device, then the LG G Watch is a definite buy! If however, you are concerned about hardware design, then I would recommend waiting for the Moto 360.

The LG G Watch is available for order in both Black Titan and White Gold starting at $229 on the Google Play Store.

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