The Biggest problem with smart watch is that they doest look like a watch , But now LG makes a watch that doest sacrifices style , LG’s G Watch R is the latest Android Wear device till date & one of the most awaited Android Wear Device of the year
LG Spend 3 years of development program to develop a watch which just looks like a normal watch , LG G Watch R is a perfectly round OLED display and tens of thousands of hours of design research & the result is the most beautiful smart watch ever. so the first time you see the G Watch R it really looks like the G-shock Watches. G Watch R have time marking on the face of the watch But that does add any extra function to the watch other then giving it a look like normal watch. Next to that we have our Power Button which is crafted to give it a look like a normal crown of a hand watch. the band of the watch are made out of genuine leather, Yes it is a thick and rigid piece of leather which gives the watch band to hold up its shape and increase the durability of the watch band & And the good news for many of you is that the straps are changeable , so you dont have to compromise with your favourite colour.I didn’t enjoy the G Watch R’s fit on my wrist when I first started wearing it, but once the leather strap relaxed a little and I got used to its presence, it was comfortable to wear for days at a time. This surprised me somewhat, having previously used the much smaller and lighter Pebble smartwatch and expecting the sheer dimensions of the LG watch to be overwhelming. That wasn’t the case. Bonus points go to LG for using a standard 22mm strap that can be swapped with any from the vast variety already available on the market. . At the bottom of the the G Watch R we have our pogo pin for charging and we also have the heart rate sensor.LG G watch R comes in with 9-Axis (Gyro, Accelerometer, Compass), PPG (Heart rate monitor), Barometer sensors .The G Watch R’s OLED display is another big advantage it has over the Moto 360. Everything looks better on the LG watch, with nice deep contrast, strong saturation that isn’t over the top as with most AMOLED screens, and typically great viewing angles. Because of its perfectly black background, this watch does a much better job of simulating old school analog watch faces than does the Moto. Brightness is no problem for the G Watch R and neither is outdoor visibility. As the hardware centerpiece of a modern device, this display is almost perfect. I’d only ask for more resolution than the 320 x 320 available on this 1.3-inch screen, which is noticeably grainier than most other devices that people use nowadays.
With the software running on the Moto 360 and G Watch R being essentially the same, the choice between them comes down to how they look and feel, and the general consensus seems to be in favor of the 360 right now. I think otherwise. LG’s watch has a Snapdragon 400 processor inside it, which is considerably faster and smoother in rendering animations than the Moto’s ancient Texas Instruments chip. Its higher efficiency also helps the G Watch R’s battery last longer: I am able to go a full 24 hours, even on active days, before this watch’s battery is fully drained. That hardly eliminates the added anxiety of knowing I have yet another gadget to charge every day, but it brings the G Watch R into the realm of being plausibly usable on a regular basis.
For Google, the point of smart watches isn’t to do unique things .Android Wear is a branch of the smartphone experience rather than a whole new tree. Most commonly, that means the watch taking over as the primary notification station of my online life. Beside the obvious Gmail messages, other apps that deliver push notifications — such as Twitter and Trello — also make an appearance on the G Watch R. Some include a limited ability to respond directly from the watch, but more often than not they leave the user with just an “Open on phone” option.
Voice commands and dictation are a major part of the extra functionality that the G Watch R offers over conventional watches, but they are too limited and consistently frustrating. Android Wear is really good at handling requests like “set an alarm for 5 minutes from now,” but trips over itself anytime I want to say more than a couple of words at a time. My transcribed email replies and Google Keep notes are punctuation-deprived run-on sentences because any pause is interpreted as the end of a recording. I can totally see the benefit of being able to just twist my wrist, tell Google to take a note, and jot down my latest recipe idea while I’m busy preparing it in the kitchen. Hands-free interactions are exactly the thing that smartphones are worst at and represent the greatest opportunity for smartwatches. Alas, Android Wear only has the right idea, not the right execution. Using voice commands is more often aggravating rather than assistive, and the casual responses of “Didn’t catch that” from the watch feel patronising instead of friendly.
Two other functions of the G Watch R : the music and camera controls. The camera stuff is easy and fun: I just open the camera app on my phone and the watch buzzes on my wrist and turns itself into a big handy shutter button. Once a photo’s taken, it can be previewed on the watch as well. As to music playback, Android Wear can control any audio app, skipping between tracks and adjusting volume. Google’s attention to detail is shown in its color-matching of the music controls to the album art of whatever song is playing. Both the camera and music additions are neat and pleasant to use, however there’s nothing in them that can’t be reproduced with something as simple as an in-line remote control in a set of earphones.
The Google Now cards that appear on the watch are also not implemented too well. Firstly, while I appreciate the roundness of the G Watch R and Moto 360, these circular displays are really terrible for showing the square Now cards. Email notifications float up from the bottom of the screen, which would be more reasonable with a square display, but leaves me with just a snippet of the sender’s name on the G Watch R. The same happens with the weather, which this morning was “9 degrees, Mostly Clou…” Whether it be LG or Google, someone should have reworked these alerts to make better use of a round screen.
The good news is that that particular watch face came as part of a recent software update from Google and LG, and the two companies are committed to aggressively keep improving and enhancing their collective offering. So while the present state of this watch’s software can be considered resolutely incomplete, there’s good reason to anticipate that it’ll keep getting better as time wears on. The universality of the Android Wear platform across manufacturers and the G Watch R’s strong basic hardware make it a good bet to remain a relevant device for some time to come.
As of right now, the LG G Watch R’s greatest appeal is to be found as a fashion accessory. It’s a high-tech wearable that combines some of the retro charm of classical timepieces with the allure of expanded, modern utility. It could be both smarter and more charming, but as a step along the path to developing a real smartwatch, it’s a solid stride forward.
Good Things :
- Handsome OLED display makes everything look better
- Round watches are objectively better than square ones
- Solidly built
- Has a few neat tricks for Android users
- Round watches are objectively better than square ones
Bad Things :
- Incompatible with iPhone or other platforms
- Circular face clashes with square Google Now cards
- Battery life better than the Moto 360, but still inadequate
- Software still feels incomplete
Techno Score : 7.6