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LG Watch Urbane

LG Watch Urbane

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77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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

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
77 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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

77
 

User Reviews

100
SeanIsHere
The quick menu access for the watch apps is nice to use. I have already used...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
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Average Critic Score
 
70
TechRadar
Essentially, the LG Watch Urbane is a pricier twin of the LG G Watch R. If style isn't your chief concern, then you might as well grab LG's more practically-priced watch.
 
80
CNET
The LG Watch Urbane is the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch and adds Wi-Fi-to-phone connectivity, but it doesn't offer all that much more than previous Android Wear watch models.
 
50
The Wall Street Journal
The Urbane may be an improvement over earlier Android watches, but it’s too bothersome to keep on my wrist. I can’t yet recommend it to the Android users who ask if they should get a smartwatch. The Apple Watch is already much more refined.
 
60
TrustedReviews
An expensive vanity gadget that’s nowhere near the finished article.
 
70
Wareable
We've seen a lot of smartwatch attempts from LG and this is a huge improvement over 2014's boring square G Watch. If you're more interested in a slightly flashy, tech companion than tracking health and fitness, the Watch Urbane makes sense. But only if you're willing to splash out on the style.
 
80
Forbes
The Urbane is a tweak to the brilliant G Watch R. There’s no massive increase in specs here, it’s a new look to what was already the nicest Android Wear watch. ... upgrading is somewhat unnecessary, if you’re coming to Android Wear anew, then the LG Watch Urbane is absolutely the best choice.
 
70
Pocket-Lint
If you're in the market for an Android Wear device, we'd urge you to try the Watch Urbane before you buy. It's a device with great potential, but the design isn't quite as sophisticated as the price might make you think.
 
70
The Verge
I’m also hard-pressed to believe that it’s worth the $349 asking price — the materials and technology aren’t that much better than the G Watch R, which is $100 less. The Urbane is for people who love big, shiny watches, and I’m clearly not one of them.
 
80
Gizmag
We like the LG Watch Urbane a lot. It's arguably the best-looking Android Wear watch, with the same snappy performance and long battery life that we saw in the G Watch R ... it moves everything in the right direction. But our recommendation for the Urbane isn't quite as strong as our affection for it.
 
80
Engadget
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.

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