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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 user Score
 
60
4brandon
12.11.14
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.
 
80
RichardMurrie
11.04.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
50
Liquidmachine
09.16.14
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.
 
80
jeanotn2
09.04.14
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 memberikan beberapa tambahan konfigurasi. http://www.faktatekno.com/2014/07/g-watch-smartwatch-android-lg.html
 
70
mgalli
08.10.14
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 although the S5 was a GOOD phone, it wasn't GREAT. I have had LG products (Mobile only) my whole life, off and on, and never really took them seriously. Until the G-Flex came out. That was a great device & a game changer for me. (POLED screen, Battery life, scratch resistant coating). That was a great device and I carried it across Two carriers. But, anyhow I wound up w/ the S5 as I wanted an 801 device. When the G3 came out, I went out and tried it on Sprint, but was very underwhelmed, as I had the Gear Fit w/ that & I loved it. I ultimately left Sprint for AT&T and their better coverage in Los Angeles. My boss had picked out an S5 Active for me, so thats what I had. I also picked up the Gear 2 Neo, as it was on sale. I LOVED the watch. Was "meh" on the Samsung phone. lOVED taking calls from it and the S Health Suite blows EVERYTHING out of the water compare to the competitors right now. When Lollipop was intro'd as well as Android Wear, I knew that Google was in this themselves for the LONG TERM PLAY. I didnt even know how to work the damn G watch at the AT&T store it was so unintuitive compared to the TouchWiZ Gear 2's. But, two things won me over: To be clear, AT&T is offering 50% off any LG product when purchased with the G3. (I saved over a $160) So, I exchanged my S5 & returned my Gear 2 Neo. Got a shiny new White LG G3 w/ the Black G Watch (AT&T only stocks that SKU, and its exclusive to them, it even has a 'Globe' on the rear of the watch). They waived my restocking fees and even helped set up and pair my watch. Although, the staff didn't know what they were doing, so I just factory reset the everything when I got home.I was disappointed I couldn't make calls from the watch itself like the Gear 2, nor does it make sounds. WHY THE HELL NOT?! However, I was impressed with Google Now on it (Which the Gear 2s will NEVER have) and its ability to have reminders constantly appearing, in pure Google style.However, the notifications are wonky at nest now. Google Now is still a very much 'Beta' product. Why does it not remind my of the new episodes of the Leftovers, when I have asked it to 20 times, but tells me about a show I have NEVER watched on a channel (STARZ) that I don't get?The bottom line is this, the best smartwatch NOW is the Samsung Gear 2 Neo. It is more functional. But, looking forward, the Android Wear platform is the future! Even with the hardware limitations, like not having a speaker and no sounds, I can see future S/W updates really making this thing rock, especially Andorid Fit!So, Go get a G watch and the LG G3. They work well together, but not perfect. (How the hell does the fitness stats NOT sync like the Samsungs do?!) I mean, guys this is BASIC. Look past this, get your Hangouts in real time, Navigate in real time, Gmail in real time and you will be wowed.PS: If you have a Samsung device, I STRONGLY recommend sitting this round out & do NOT purchase the Android Gear watch. Get the Gear 2 Neo. Like I said in my review, its a better experience now.
 
80
kylecharest
07.23.14
I really wish this thing had a speaker. Would be very helpful to not even need to open my phone even to make calls.
 
80
Dan
07.17.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
NH2G
07.14.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget