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68 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
68

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Performs well
  • Swappable wristbands
  • Charging cradle is easy to use
  • Water-resistant
  • Easier to read in sunlight than competition
Cons
  • More expensive than the Gear Live
  • Display has lower resolution than competition
  • Horrible battery life
  • Limited to newer Android devices
  • Unattractive design
68 Engadget Score
It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.
68

It has some redeeming qualities, but you could still do better.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

68
 

User Reviews

60
4brandon
In the end, it's a great looking watch, and a very light watch, but it can look...read more
80
RichardMurrie
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
50
Liquidmachine
I'm really disappointed. I know this is version 1.0 of the concept but I feel...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
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The Verge
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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Engadget
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 more options down the road.
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Android Central
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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SlashGear
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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Engadget
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
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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Android Police
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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TechCrunch
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.
 
60
The Wall Street Journal
For the time being, I'll still be digging in my bag for my phone—and wishing for that third arm.
 
70
Ars Technica
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.