The LG “G Watch,” powered by Android Wear operating system, is a simple smart watch designed to complement various Android smartphones. While not a standalone smart watch like the Samsung S2 Gear and Motorola 360, this little powerhouse uses the latest in materials to offer users a less costly experience to mainstream smart watches.
Type/Model: W100 “G Watch”
Purchase Link: http://goo.gl/w7hyL9
The G Watch uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz CPU to display crisp color on a 1.65-inch IPS LCD touch screen. Intended for casual to daily users, the LG Watch is one of LG’s three smart watches in their lineup, geared towards users who want hands-free notification and features at their disposal during their busy day.
Technical Specifications and Features:
- Display: 2.2-inch IPS LCD
- Display Face: Rectangular
- 2 GHz Qualcomm processor
- Powered by Android Wear
- Always-on Display
- Compatible with Android 4.3 or higher
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Notifications: Text message, Email, Incoming/Missed Calls
- Built-in Pedometer
- Dual-watch display: Time and Date; Alarm
- 4 GB internal memory
- Dimensions: 1.8 x 1.5 x 0.4 inches (37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm)
- Weight: 2.24 ounces (63 g)
- Voice activated
- Sensors: 9 Axis (Accelerometer, Compass, Gyro)
- IP67 requirements met for water and dust resistance
- Charging Cradle, Travel Adapter included
Due to an upgraded 400 mAh battery, this LG Watch offers 36 hours of life. At a day and a half, you will still need to charge it roughly as much as your smartphone. Also, this is 36 hours of battery using a watch with an always-on IPS LCD display. While not terrible, manufacturers are stepping up to the plate and providing much longer battery lives in other smart watches on the market today.
Some of the smart watches that provide much longer battery life are:
The G Watch has many great features, including compatibility with Android 4.3 and higher as well as iOS 8.2 and later (the latter has limited mobility).
The always-on display is very easy to see in most conditions and offers a vibrant and crisp screen. Available in Black and White Gold designs, men and women will have no problem with the unisex design, which offers the option of having a waterproofed band or leather.
This smart watch contains useful notification features such as calling notifications, text message alerts, email alerts, and a few others. The user can choose from different watch face designs as well, which makes this smart watch easy to match to your own style.
One con is the user must rely on voice recognition (via Google Voice Search) for everything from finding directions, sending text messages, and so on. Also, when an incoming call appears, you will receive a notification (and a missed call notification if that is the case), but it cannot be answered using the smart watch—the user must use their phone to answer or to call back. Again, this is not a standalone device, but as a wearable accessory, it has its merits.
The display is not a touch screen, but relies upon voice recognition for all of its functions.
The display face protrudes a bit from the surface, which can be uncomfortable if you hit something with it. Many users have stated a display that was more flush would be preferable. Other users, however, have found the screen to be quite attractive and sleek.
The battery itself could also be better. While a 36-hour battery life is not terrible for an always-on LCD display, it should be better considering it does not have the software or hardware that typically drains battery life. For what it contains, the charge should be much better.
The LG Watch’s highlights would have to include the hardware offered on this device. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.2 GHz CPU, this design was intended to offer the best tech right off the bat.
Along with the basic notification functions, the LG Watch contains 9 Axis sensors as well, which include an Accelerometer, a Compass, and a Gyro. This allows users to use a little bit of activity monitoring/tracking for when they are on the go.
The screen, while not protected by Gorilla glass, is rather large at 1.65 inches, and includes an IPS LCD screen. IPS (or inter-plane switching) is typically found in monitors and laptop displays for a greater quality screen than the typical LCD or LED.
The functionality of the LG Watch is not terrible but it is not the greatest among smart watches on the current market. This is reflected in the lower price, but even Pebble brand smart watches (the original Pebble) can be cheaper than LG and offer greater functionality than LG.
Users are less-than-impressed with having to use voice recognition for the functions, and the battery life is less than ideal. A smart watch of this price really should have touch features on the display. Some users reported a decrease in accuracy due to the voice-led searches.
You can purchase the LG Watch on Amazon at: http://goo.gl/w7hyL9 or directly from LG at: http://goo.gl/JXNMgL. LG’s main website is selling the LG Watch for only $229.99, which is well below mainstream smart watches but more than fitness trackers. Whether this price is worth what the user receives is still being considered by users.
Overall, while the software is easy to complement, the hardware has had its issues for users. The design itself is nothing special, but many people do like the look of the face and display.
With a 36-hour battery life and a lack of a touch screen, users who have a problem with it tend to be less satisfied with these options. The reviews are mixed on this device, depending on what website you look at. Tech reviews tend to be more rough than user reviews, and those who have done their homework are not surprised by some of the features (or lack thereof) and are happier with their purchase.
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