Tested In-Depth: Android Wear LG G Watch

Tested In-Depth: Android Wear LG G Watch

Will and Norm sit down to discuss Google’s Android Wear platform, testing the new LG G Watch, and compare Google’s smart watch to our experience living with …

25 Comments

  1. coffeebuzzz
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 05:48:06

    These are not watches. A watch that needs to be charged every few hours, is
    useless. These are gimmicks that will be gone as fast as 3D TV.

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  2. Jeff Chapman
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 05:59:24

    The band is replaceable, and you can elect to disable the “always on” mode
    (for that movie theater scenario). Although not designed to look as nice as
    the Moto 360, I opted to save $100 and get this watch when it was around
    $180 to try out Android Wear. The G’s always on mode is much brighter than
    the 360’s. Its battery is also a bit larger, and its processor is more
    modern and snappy. Clearly, these are all “1.0” releases. With that in
    mind, the G has done something I thought no watch could do – get me to put
    down my G-Shock and wear something else.

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  3. Fadil Karim
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 06:59:01

    My G watch can easily go 2 days without a charge with the screen always on
    with moderate use. If I had the screen off, I’m sure I could hit 4 days
    easily.

    Also, Norm seems kinda pissy in the video!

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  4. James Grimwood
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 07:45:11

    1.2ghz in a watch…

    We live in the future :-)

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  5. Michael-Rainabba Richardson
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 08:37:54

    Very useful review. Thanks guys!

    Reply

  6. Aiden is all Knowing
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 09:30:04

    Smartwatches are one of those things you think are ridiculous and unneeded,
    but once you get one you can’t live without it.

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  7. vipmd
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 10:21:56

    Not yet. When they get a bit more advanced, yes.

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  8. Hoverbot1TV
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 10:58:35

    When they are the size of my classic Casio calculator watch I may pay real
    money for on. Gotta be a laptop at least,

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  9. mrcraggle
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 11:48:36

    There’s something about smartwatches that seems backwards from where we are
    today. We used to wear watches so we could always know the time but phones
    pretty much replaced that functionality and we don’t always need to know
    the time so taking my phone out of my pocket to check isn’t such a big deal
    but as phones have become much more complicated and our lives taken over by
    the internet, we now check our phones on a constant basis. Because of this,
    we now need to wear a watch again to keep up.

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  10. hgallegos915
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 12:32:47

    In the six months that have passed after this video. I think this watch
    has come a LONG way. I have barely been using it for 2 days.. yes 2. I
    already have a 3rd party watch face, i have a launcher. I use it all the
    time when im driving. MUCH easier than pulling the phone out while driving
    (which we are not supposed to do anyway). I have facebook messenger and can
    reply to messages. Its much move convenient. I have a note 3 and its
    awesome but I cant be pulling it out in work all the time. I downloaded a
    browser and get a mini version of facebook. this watch is AWESOME. Battery
    life. I get over a day with screen off and tap to wake.

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  11. Dominic Dymond
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 13:12:34

    My gwatch goes for about 2 full days with moderate use. It charges very
    fast especially if you use a 2 amp charger in stead of the .850 one that is
    supplied. It has excellent standby time and I don’t even turn brightness
    down unless I’m in a dark room. It is very useful and don’t see smart
    watches going away any time soon. I do see them slimming down and being
    better battery life with super small nanometer sons and ulv everything.
    Plus amoled displays are coming or better and better. 3d tvs are fading
    sure but that’s due to poor implementation.

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  12. Anthony Pascual
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 13:30:32

    Really bad information…mostly inaccurate 

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  13. Peter Hochgraf
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 14:08:30

    You guys kept setting my Moto X off during this review.

    Reply

  14. LoneDeer
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 15:02:15

    Stolen Images!

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  15. Silweror
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 15:37:52

    When the screen goes black and white it’s because AMOLED displays don’t use
    back light but each of the pixels emit light. The black pixels are just off
    thus saving power

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  16. Andrew M. Everett
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 16:14:22

    The band is in fact interchangeable, but thanks for being so adamant that
    it is not, in case there are any potential buyers watching…. It is. 

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  17. Scope-Eye video
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 17:08:43

    I love the concept but they really need to get the battery life up to a
    more useful interval IMO.
    Basically, one reason I have a watch in the first place is because I can’t
    always rely on my phone having a decent level of charge. I have one of the
    old Timex Datalink watches – which is great because I can make (very, very
    small) custom applications for it, and the watch runs for months before
    battery change. So practically speaking, I can always rely on my wristwatch
    having power. The watch doesn’t have a lot of capabilities – you can
    read/write data via USB, do basic data entry through the dial and buttons,
    it can tell time and run custom apps – and that’s about it. No compass, no
    GPS, no bluetooth or internet… But as meager as those capabilities are,
    it puts them in a very convenient package. As a result, I’ve found the
    watch to be very useful. That convenience comes not only from the size and
    form factor of the device, but also from the fact that I don’t have to take
    any action to keep it running. If I had to change or recharge the batteries
    even once a *month* it’d be a much less useful device, because it would
    fail me more frequently.
    Of course, you can do quite a lot more with one of these “smart-watches”
    than you could with my old Timex, and that’s awesome. But to me the
    convenience of a wearable computer are mostly negated if it’s not reliable,
    and the current crop are too dependent on frequent recharges to be really
    reliable. Doubly so since you have to keep *two* devices charged for the
    watch to really do its job…
    Maybe the more interesting part of all this is what comes next:: these
    devices could be the forerunners of truly practical wrist-mounted
    smartphones.

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  18. MrBernie5136
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 17:51:41

    Just purchased my LG at Verizon for $100 and love it! It does everything I
    need. 

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  19. pendragon8000
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 18:42:30

    “Google now knows whats important for you, and if you don’t think what
    google now thinks is important you can go right to hell” LOL!

    Reply

  20. piprod01
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 19:36:04

    I don’t really get it. It doesn’t really give me much more functionality
    than my phone, for about 3/4 of the price. I wear a Casio F-91W. It’s £7,
    waterproof, battery last for years, robust strap, has a stopwatch,
    backlight., alarm clock, days of the week/month. It’s easily he best thing
    I’ve ever bought.

    Who the hell cares that much about being buzzed when someone likes your
    facebook post? 

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  21. Ants Tech
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 19:37:17

    You can change the band on the lg g watch
    

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  22. Joseph Burchett
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 19:40:47

    Hm, so seems the first few smart watches are not really winners… Any of
    you guys who own them out there? What are your thoughts?

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  23. Lyricon
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 20:04:55

    I would just want a digital, high-quality, circular metal watch
    (traditional buttons, stopwatch, tells the time and date at a glance, ect.)
    but it pairs to my phone via bluetooth so that I can control music,
    synchronize time & date, and *maybe* notifications for texts. It might also
    be cool if I could just plug in my headphones directly into my watch with
    music streaming from my phone.

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  24. Chris Panton
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 20:27:57

    The wrist bands can be changed out.

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  25. kaihtheloner
    Dec 30, 2014 @ 21:00:35

    Why did Norm seem pissed off? I mean, he didn’t even talk to Will properly.
    Sensing a lot of negativity 😛

    Other than that, great review. I thought of ordering the G watch as it’s
    only a 110$ now here in India, but I think I’ll hold off until the G Watch
    R is released :)

    Reply

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