The Android Wear bandwagon retains rolling on – nobody knows why, however, for some purpose manufacturers keep making smartwatches based on the platform.
And the thing is, as is the case with the LG Watch Urbane, they are really getting rather good. This watch appears the part, has all of the specifications you would hope for in a device of this nature, and would not look misplaced on the wrist of a smart enterprise person.
However, that does not imply it’ll sell – Android Wear is still too nascent a platform, with too many limitations, to be considered as a viable selection right now.
If you ARE dead set on buying one though, the Urbane is not a bad choice.
The Urbane is a metallic watch with the ability to vary the straps with generic straps if you have obtained the dexterity and gumption to do so.
It is shiny metallic too, which adds to the premium impact, although that sucks up fingerprints like nothing else.
The only button on the side is much like the one on most Android phones (functioning as a power button in addition to a way of manually dimming the display screen) and is nice and simple to hit without having to fumble about too much.
The weight is good to the watch does not feel huge or chunky on the wrist (not like the Urbane’s cousin, the Urbane LTE) and genuinely might be mistaken for a non smartwatch, with the best face slapped on the front.
The Urbane is a timepiece that has all the normal specs you would anticipate from an Android Wear device – which implies basically this is the G Watch R rebooted with a shiny frame.
A 320 x 320-pixel P-OLED 1.3-inch display screen sits on top of a Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1 GB of RAM and clocked at 1.2GHz. There is 4GB of onboard storage and the ability to install your personal music on there as well for tunes without a cellphone.
The Urbane infuriatingly still does not include GPS – LG’s reasoning for that is that it’ll kill battery life, however, given you will get around 30 hours of use out of this watch between charges anyway, it looks like daily re-powering is the one way ahead here, so a little additional functionality would not go amiss.
The heart rate monitor, combined with the barometer and accelerometer inside, make it a very good watch to us when walking out and about in the wild – however then again, there are a lot of different devices which are equally as stylish that are better suited to the task.
- Body: 1.3 inch circular
- Weight: 45 g
- Display: 320 x 320 pixels, 1.3 inch
- Memory: 4 GB, 1 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- Battery: 700 mAh
Given that is just a rebadged G Watch R, there are not lots that may be stated about the interface that actually moves the dialog on. It is still caught on Android Wear 2.0 – I say caught as it is quite restricted as a platform as Google appears to keep a tighter hold on the evolution of its wearable display screen.
The swipes are responsive and the palm cover method of dimming the display screen exists just as you would hope – plus LG still has the decent always on dim display so you will all the time be capable to take a look at the time. It is so infuriating to have to tap the watch to see the time when we have spent years being able to simply glance down, so I am glad LG’s done that.
The technology early adopter in me hates this, however, I still cannot recommend Android Wear – or any smartwatch for that matter. It isn’t because the platform is not useful – I genuinely love getting notifications to my wrist, and I believe that it’s far extra convenient than getting my cellphone out my pocket – however it simply costs too much in each money and time.
Having to charge these things every day isn’t good enough for something that individuals are used to lasting months at a time, and the actual fact they are at least thrice the price of a standard watch makes them too unpalatable.
That stated, if you are willing to pay the sky-high value of the LG Watch Urbane then you will get among the best and most fashionable Android Wear watches available on the market.
The LG Watch Urbane is a clear early assault on the Apple Watch, and if you are in opposition to the Cupertino timepiece, then that is probably the device you need to go for – simply be sure you really need one 1st.