LG G Watch unboxing and initial setup
Yesterday Josh got his hands on the demo versions of the Moto and Gear Live. Now we are finally getting a closer look at the LG G Watch, courtesy of Google, who gave all I/O attendees the opportunity to pick either a Gear Live or G Watch as part of their goodie bag. In the video above Josh unboxes the smartwatch and walks us through what is involved when it comes to setting things up.
So what’s inside? The first thing you’ll run into is the watch, which has a plastic cover over the screen. Pulling out the watch you’ll find the AC adapter, a charging craddle, a microUSB cable and multi-lingual manual for the watch. Taking a closer look at the watch itself you’ll find a silicon band that isn’t as elegant as the leather strap on the Moto but it’s also water resistant, durable and — if you really don’t like it — the strap is user replaceable. On the front you’ll find nothing but the display, accompanied by some sizable bezels that may be a turn off for some.
One of the most intriguing things about the LG G Watch is that it is completely buttonless, which makes figuring out how to turn it on a bit of mystery without looking at the manual. The secret is simple: you have to first connect it to the charging craddle, and it will then automatically turn on. This seems like an odd approach, but it makes sense for a product that is supposed to always-be on. Once it’s dead, it’s dead — charge it, and it will light up again.
As for the setup process? It’s pretty quick and painless, though you will need the official Android Wear app on your phone in order to get the job done. To get a better idea of what’s involved with the setup and to see the built-in Android Wear tutorial, you’ll want to watch the video above. Of course this is just a very early look and unboxing of the LG G Watch, we’ll be bringing you a more detailed first impressions video later today, so be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority.
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LG G Watch R unboxing first impressions
The Moto is an awesome device, but as we said in our unboxing and first impressions post, it’s not exactly for everyone. Still interested in a circular Android Wear device? You need to take a look at the LG G Watch R, and we are here to show it all off to you.
The The LG G Watch R is clearly very different than the Moto , something you can see even in the packaging. The box is much more formal and elegant looking, as opposed to the Moto ’s playful packaging.
Opening the package will display the LG G Watch R with a black background that hides the charger, cable and literature. Pull it all apart and you will get all the products you see in the images below.
LG G Watch R specs
- Android Wear
- inch xp POLED display
- GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- MB of RAM
- 4 GB of internal storage
- mAh battery
- IP67 certification
- ×× mm
- 62 grams
There’s no doubt this watch can compete with the Moto in terms of design standards. It is a very good looking wearable that doesn’t skimp out on build quality either. With premium materials like metal and leather, the LG G Watch R looks and feels solid.
Its sporty/military look also makes it a better fit for many users, but it’s also a look not everyone will prefer. Some may think it looks too tough… not as classy. I think it looks gorgeous, but that is just me.
You will notice the LG G Watch R is pretty hefty, but it doesn’t look bad unless you happen to have smaller wrists or arms. Sadly, a lot of users do, but all Android Wear devices are large right now. You will have to wait a bit before the devices slowly evolve into smaller form factors.
In terms of software and performance, the LG G Watch R looks and works just as expected. It does run Android Wear, after all! It does have very good specs, though, which probably gives it a boost we are simply not able to notice at first.
The card-based interface is present, featuring Google Now and notifications from your smartphone. Of course, there is also the fitness features, which include a step counter and a heart-rate sensor.
It’s a great smart watch, and we are expecting to see it launch in November, which is very soon. Should you get it? The answer to that question depends on pricing details, which are still unknown. It’s one hell of a device, though!
If you are interested in more details, you can also check out our hands-on experience with the LG G Watch R, or even the Moto comparison we put together for you.
Hands on with the LG G Watch R at IFA
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LG G Watch: Unboxing video
The LG G Watch was announced during the Google IO keynote just a day or so ago as an example of Google’s new Android Wear OS platform. Mobile Geeks managed to catch up with the device and its full retail package at a press event in Berlin. Watch the LG G Watch get unboxed in the video below:
The LG G Watch is the Korean company’s first real foray into the world of digital wearable devices and will also be the first device to run Googel’s Android Wear OS. Similar to most wearables we are seeing, it basically looks very much like regular digital watch, sporting a inch IPS LCD screen with a resolution of x Here are the full specs.
LG G Watch: Specifications
• Inch IPS LCD Display
• x Resolution
• Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
• MB RAM
• 4GB eMMC Internal Storage
• Bluetooth LE
• Gyropscope, Accelerometer and Compass
• mm x mm x mm
• 63 grams
• mAh Battery
• Android Wear OS
• Black and Gold options
• IP67 Water and Dust resistant
• Compatible with Android and above devices
This is the first time that we have gotten hands on with the LG G Watch, which will be available in early July (pre-orders on Google Play as of two days ago) for a retail price of $ USD. This pricing means it is cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 ($), but more expensive than the Sony Smart Watch 2 ($) and the Pebble ($).
Like many competing devices, the LG G Watch uses its Bluetooth LE connectivity to work in tandem with your Android smartphone ( Jelly bean and above). Notifications, emails and other communications will be presented on the devices’ always-on screen. One thing I like about the LG G Watch is that it uses standard watch strap sizes, so you can use any strap you want.
I also think that being IP67 compliant is also essential, not because I want to take it into the shower, but because living here in Taiwan, there’s always a chance of severe heavy rain. I have seen an iPhone drown in a friends pocket during a downpour – rain can be a device killer in this part of the world.
The inclusion of what looks to be a full out smartphone processor is a bit of a head scratcher. The mAh battery is slated to last a full day on one charge, but that doesn’t seem to be too impressive compared to other devices which we have seen operate for several days on a single charge. I wonder if the snapdragon processor and the always-on-screen have are really helping battery life.
Battery life is of course one area we look forward to testing, as soon as we get a sample in the office. It will also be interesting to get a closer feel for Google’s direction with Android Wear.
The LG G Watch R ships in a stylish box with magnetic closure and inside there's not much in terms of accessories. You'll find a USB cable with a power adapter as well as the proprietary charging dock with five pins.
Unboxing the LG G Watch R
The dock has a built-in magnet inside and sort of guides the G Watch R in its charging seat. It's meant to intuitive and user-friendly. But in reality, it usually requires a bit of adjustment until you get the pins to connect. Additionally, the charging dock is not as stylish as the charging hub of the Moto A good thing is that there's a rubber ring on the bottom to make it stick to the desk surface and be harder to move around.
The G Watch R charging dock
Looking like a regular watch and not a nerdy gizmo is something smartwatch makers are trying to achieve. We think the G Watch R and Moto are the prime examples of how this is done.
What makes the G Watch R really stand out from the crowd is its stainless steel casing. It looks rugged without coming off as military grade. Yet it will still look good on your wrist regardless how formal your outfit.
The G Watch R sports a very thick bezel engraved with minute marks. They're helpful when used with certain watchfaces that are numberless, but are subject to taste as some may find them unnecessary. The bezel also acts as a protector of the " P-OLED perfectly making it harder to scratch.
The G Watch R looks tough
The body of the smartwatch is made of stainless steel, which is powder coated in dark grey paint. It looks classy and durable, but LG doesn't offer any alternative colors.
LG has fitted the watch with a leather strap, which should feel nice to the touch as per the "genuine leather" moniker on its inside. Sadly, that's not the case as it's a bit too stiff and feels cheap, to be honest. It's a good thing then the wristband straps are changeable. You can choose any 22mm off-the-shelf strap of your liking even without the need to visit a watchmaker.
The strap is genuine leather, but feels somewhat rough
The bottom is where the heart rate sensor and pogo pins for charging are located. There are also two microphone cut holes - one at the bottom and one underneath. To further emphasize on the masculinity of the watch, LG has opted for a large crown. Pushing it brings you back to the watchface, while a longer push gets you to the settings menu.
The heart rate monitor and charging pins are on the bottom
Finally, the LG G Watch R vibrates when there's a new notification or somebody calls you. It's quite convenient, as you're sure not to miss anything important. You can mute notifications all together, too.
At just 62 grams, the LG G Watch R is quite light, but not as much as the Moto , which weighs 49 grams. Still, it will require some getting used to from users who are accustomed to wearing solid, heavy watches and like to feel the timepiece on their wrist at all times.
But don't mistake the G Watch R for a toy, a notion you might get with the original Pebble. The hardware of the G Watch R is very well crafted and it fits together perfectly.
The IP certification is another indication that the G Watch R is built to last. It's not afraid of splashes or dust and you can go for a walk in the rain or wash your hands without having to take special care of the watch.
The display is great
The G Watch R features a " P-OLED display with x pixel resolution. With a pixel density of ppi, it's the sharpest of the Android Wear watches on the market right now.
It's not the largest display around with a diameter of 33mm, but combined with the casing, it comes at mm. Make sure to have this in mind when buying the watch as it may be too small or too big depending on your wrist size.
Anyway, the display of the G Watch R is really good. Being an OLED means the contrast is outstanding due to the black pixels not being lit and the colors are punchy. It's also bright, but the IPS panel of the Moto trumps it with regards to maximum brightness.
The display of the watch is gorgeous
Viewing angles are fine, but we notice there's quite a bit of reflectivity. It's certainly not a deal breaker, but in broad sunlight it might be difficult to catch the time. Keep in mind, there's no Gorilla Glass protective layer on top, like the square G Watch.
The display is the major culprit for the G Watch R's good battery life. Even with the always-on feature turned out, we are able to get two days out of it on a single charge. With heavy use, naturally, this trims down to one day, but that's perfectly fine for today's standards.
And even if you run out of juice from the mAh battery, it's charged back to full in only 30 minutes. The battery also happens to be one of the largest in the smartwatch market right now.
The G Watch R looks good in action
Overall, we are delighted with what LG has produced. The G Watch R is definitely the direction in which smartwatches should be going in terms of hardware and build quality. Out of the whole package, we would've liked the bezels to be a bit thinner and the display slightly larger.
Follow us onto the software part of the review to find out more about the brains of the G Watch R.
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