March 18th 2014 12:17 pm

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Not the Android Wear watch you're looking for

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It's not much of a looker, but the LG G Watch is a respectable Android Wear device. Its battery life is slightly better than the Samsung Gear Live, but it's also more expensive and doesn't offer as nice a display.

Critic reviews

6.1
12 reviews
  • Features
    6.6
  • Display
    5.8
  • Battery life
    5.2
  • Ease of use
    6.9
  • Storage capacity
  • Design and form factor
    6.2
  • Portability (size / weight)
    5.5
  • Durability
    7.7

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User reviews

7.4
8 reviews
7.0
Engadget Jul 3, 2014

It's not much of a looker, but the LG G Watch is a respectable Android Wear device. Its battery life is slightly better than the Samsung Gear Live, but it's also more expensive and doesn't offer as nice a display.

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7.0
Ars Technica Jun 30, 2014

ight now, though, these watches are like their predecessors in that their promise is greater than their real-world utility. I might miss a couple things ... when I take it off my wrist and ship it back to Google, but it's not going to be difficult to part with.

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7.0
Gizmodo Jul 1, 2014

If a smartwatch is something you can't possibly wait to buy, you could certainly do far worse than the G Watch. It's the best we've tried seen so far. That's encouraging for the future of smartwatches, if not exactly encouraging enough to throw down your dollars for just yet.

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6.0
CNET Jul 3, 2014

The LG G Watch attempts to bring you the future on your wrist, but with its generic design, unimpressive battery life, and unpolished early software, you're better off waiting to see what else is around the bend.

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6.0
Re/code Jul 3, 2014

The LG G Watch and Android Wear provide a promising glimpse at what’s to come in smartwatches. But with more models and software improvements on the horizon, you’d be wise to wait and see before strapping one of these early devices on your wrist.

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5.0
PC Mag Jul 9, 2014

The LG G Watch is one of the first ways to get Android Wear, but it costs more and does less than the Samsung Gear Live.

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4.0
Wired Jul 10, 2014

In reality, the G Watch feels like the worst parts of your smartphone strapped to your wrist, plus Google Now and some third-party app integration.

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7.0
SlashGear Jul 1, 2014

It's certainly discrete but not quite handsome. If LG could bring the G Watch under the $200 point there would be a clearer argument for it, but the fact that the Android Wear experience is effectively the same no matter the model makes price a bigger contributing factor.

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7.0
Pocket-Lint Jul 15, 2014

... buy the LG G Watch if you can't wait to get involved in Android Wear and trust better things to come over the next 12 months (because they will). Or hold onto your cash until a more inspirational Android Wear device arrives with all the battery and screen nuts and bolts that truly set it apart...

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5.0
TechHive Jul 15, 2014

Android Wear is a solid step forward in smartwatch interface design, but LG's implementation is uninspired and costs $30 more than Samsung's very similar hardware.

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6.0
The Verge Jun 30, 2014

Until I see a smartwatch that makes me do a double-take and then fling my wallet at a store clerk, my Seiko stays firmly on my wrist. It doesn’t do much, but it looks awesome. And that’s kind of the whole point.

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First Looks

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Engadget Jun 25, 2014

Just like the Gear Live, LG chose to go with a square shape, rather than circular, mainly to ensure the user will enjoy as much screen real estate as possible. The product managers we talked to also left the door open for future Wear devices with other shapes, so there's certainly a chance we'll see...

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Engadget Jun 25, 2014

Without using a version that's running the full version of Android Wear we can't say whether it's really going to work. But after just a few moments with the hardware, I think it might just prove that smartwatches can be useful.

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Gizmodo Jun 25, 2014

I'm used to wearing watches of all kinds, and this is definitely more comfortable to type in than anything made out of metal. I could see myself running down the street after a bus with this thing on without a problem.

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TechCrunch Jun 25, 2014

The G Watch screen is very responsive, bright and easy to read, even in fairly bright light. Resolution on the screen is great, and it renders colors pretty faithfully based on quick impressions.

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SlashGear Jun 25, 2014

On the wrist, it’s fairly compact, though the 9.95mm thick body does stand a little proud of the arm... That display is always-on, showing the basics of time and the most contextually-relevant information at that moment in a low-power mode during periods of inactivity.

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The Verge Jun 25, 2014

The G Watch is an incredibly simple device. Drab, even. It's just a black square, a screen and very little else. Its 1.65-inch screen dominates the device, and it looks good enough, though not anything special.

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Android Central Jun 25, 2014

While that 247 pixels per inch is a far cry from the QHD display we've grown to love from LG in recent weeks, it's perfectly capable of relaying the full colors in Android Wear. The bad news is that the full colors really make the bezel stand out, particularly above and below the display.

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Gizmag Jul 7, 2014

The G Watch has a very generic-looking black body, with a cheap-feeling band (I believe it's made of rubber) wrapping around your wrist. If you want something a bit more stylish or premium-feeling, though, at least you can swap either watch's band for any standard 22 mm strap.

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Android Police Jun 25, 2014

From a design perspective, the G Watch isn't immediately striking as a beautiful device. It has considerable space around the display, and is a flat slab. But LG says the flat slab form factor is actually better, because the human hand and wrist won't be impeded during any normal motion.

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7.0
mgalli mgalli

I got the LG G watch after returning my Samsung S5 Active And Gear 2 Neo. That was a hard decision. The Samsung products are now refined and work well. They are similar to Apple, they just "work". But, I felt like the FUTURE is with Android Wear & I couldn't help but shake the feeling that...

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5.0
liquidmachine liquidmachine

I'm really disappointed. I know this is version 1.0 of the concept but I feel like I'm beta testing an untested product. Which would have been cool if it was free. It's not as intuitive or user friendly as my Gear 2 Neo. The Gear 2 has it's quirks but there are so much more usable features.

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6.0
4brandon 4brandon

In the end, it's a great looking watch, and a very light watch, but it can look a little bland and can sometimes be a little boring to use. You can't put it in water either, it's gonna act just a little crazy. Still, I would buy it, but it's only worth about 100$. Just a tip.

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8.0
jeanotn2 jeanotn2

Untuk baterainya, G Watch dilengkapi dengan baterai berkapasitas 400 mAh yang diklaim dapat bertahan selama 36 jam dalam kondisi layar yang menyala dan akan bertahan lebih lama saat dalam kondisi layar mati,. LG Menyediakan aplikasi tambahan yang dapat didownload kedalam device yang akan...

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