LG has infused its next generation of wearable gear with Android Wear for premium compatibility and access to apps.
Although not the best looking Android Wear smartwatch, the LG G is still sleek enough to pass off as an ordinary watch. Yet the advanced features inside make it an extraordinary tech device to sync with your smart phone.
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How does the LG G Watch look?
Considering it is one of the first smartwatches to carry the revolutionary Android Wear platform, the LG G Watch appears dull in comparison to its competitors. It is a simple rectangular watch face with a basic black silicon band that resembles the design of the Samsung Gear Live released on the same day.
The face is illuminated by 280 x 280 IPS LCD and is not nearly as brilliant as the watches using AMOLED. The face, which is protected by Gorilla Glass, is completely washed out in the sun, rendering it useless until you can find some shade. You can customise the face by choosing from the dozens offered at the Google Play store, where you will also find free themes and wallpapers to further make the smartwatch unique to you.
Once nice feature is being able to choose whether you want to see the watch face at all times, or if you want it to shut off to conserve the battery. If you choose the latter, a quick tap on the screen will wake up the watch and show you the time, notifications and any other information you have set to be front and center on your watch.
Setting up the LG G Watch
Google has decided that its wearable tech platform will not be customised per manufacturer the way it has been on phones and tablets, so the setup process and available functions are going to be pretty much the same across the Android Wear board regardless of whose name is on the device. Setting it up is easy once you have the Android Wear companion app downloaded onto your phone. You only need to turn on Bluetooth and sync the smartwatch once your cell phone finds it.
The LG G Watch has no buttons and is entirely controlled by swiping and tapping the screen or using voice commands. With Google Now a prominent feature, you can instruct the wearable phone to search for answers on the internet and remind you of upcoming tasks by using the ‘OK Google’ command that works on other similar devices.
Notifications come in the form of a buzz to your wrist, and depending on your settings could be persistent throughout the day. You can be buzzed for phone calls, text messages, Twitter alerts and emails. You can turn notifications off if you want, but not individually for each app unless you go back and disable it manually.
Battery life for the LG G Watch
Charging the smartwatch from LG requires a small magnetic cradle that the device sits in. A full charge should last you at least a day, but can increase significantly if you allow the watch to stay in rest mode when not in use.
Where can you purchase the LG G Watch?
Australians can choose between two distinct styles of the LG G Watch, black and titan or white with gold. The suggested retail price from LG is $259 AUD and can be purchased at Harvey Norman, Telstra stores and JB Hi-Fi. You can also buy it at Harvey Norman’s online store where the price is dropped to $208.
If you already have an Android smartphone or tablet, then the array of smartwatches that have been manufactured with Android Wear are definitely worth looking into. The LG G is only one of six already available, and is a predecessor for a nicer looking LG G R. Take a good look at all of your choices and compare not only the price, but how they look and function. Even with the same wearable gear platform, there are subtle differences in design and features that should be taken into consideration.