LG Watch Urbane

77
Engadget
Score
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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LG Watch Urbane review: a premium watch that falls short of greatness

Summary

The Watch Urbane is LG's best stab at an Android Wear smartwatch to date, and those of you with beefy wrists will especially enjoy its broad, slab-like construction, not to mention its mostly premium look. Thing is, the best parts of the Urbane experience are Google's own software improvements, which will eventually trickle down into other compatible Wear devices in short order.

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Pros
  • Improved low-power watch faces
  • First to get Google's Android Wear improvements
  • Solid battery life
  • Smooth performance
Cons
  • Clumsy, ostentatious design
  • It's the most expensive Wear watch
  • No ambient light sensor
LG Watch Urbane review: a premium watch that falls short of greatness

There are only a few companies out there with as much experience making Android Wear watches as LG. After all, the platform's only been part of the public consciousness for a year and yet this Korean giant has already made three of them. Its first sequel -- the G Watch R -- was a marked improvement over its dull, plastic predecessor, but the progress isn't quite as clear with the new Watch Urbane. Sure, it's running a fresh version of the Wear operating system, with some neat new features that haven't yet trickled down to the rest of Google's wearable ecosystem. Hell, it's even got a look that's meant to rival the Patek Philippes in your collection. All that said, after over a week of testing, I still couldn't help but want more out of the Urbane, and you probably will too.

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77
 

Breakdown

Portability (size / weight)
6.0
Display
8.0
Design and form factor
7.0
Features
7.1
Ease of use
7.2
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Watch

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Android
Storage type
Internal storage
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Watch

Form factor
Other
Operating system
Android
Storage type
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