LG Watch Urbane is probably the most anticipated Android Wear watch this year featuring a full 360-degree screen, just like a regular watch. Priced at $349 on the Play Store, is this the ultimate smartwatch to get this year? Let’s find out.
Fresh out of the unboxing, the LG Watch Urbane gave me this impression that it’s high quality. In fact, the watch band itself is made out of real leather with perfect stitches tricking you into the thought that this wasn’t a smartwatch but a luxury watch. Well, a quick look in the back of the watch shows us its heart rate sensor and 5-pin charging port.
The LG Watch Urbane watch comes with a magnetic charger, which I love about LG smartwatches as it’s really easy to charge your device. My only complain with my Gear S watch is that the charger must be manually mounted and unmounted with a good amount of force. The LG Watch Urbane has none of those problems.
The LG Watch Urbane is easy to pair to your Android smartphone (yes, works with ANY Android smartphone/tablet), it took me a total of 5 seconds to pair, I think that’s the fastest I’ve seen for an Android Wear watch.
The detail on this watch is immaculate, I cannot find a single flaw.
The LG Watch Urbane comes loaded with watch faces normally found on luxury watches. You can have them all out of the box, just unbox it baby!
Remote shutter feature was really cool. You can see a live view of your camera and remotely control the shutter on your LG Watch Urbane. This is going to come in handy for using your back camera for selfies.
My favorite feature on Android Wear currently is being able to view and control my home security cameras using the TinyCam PRO app.
I can save a ton of battery life on my smartphone by using my watch to view my cameras and also I can have 24/7 surveillance easily all on my wrist! I am sure you can find a cool app like this for your Android Wear watch too.
Another new feature with LG Watch Urbane are wrist gestures. You can now control your notifications with flick of your wrists to your arm’s left or right. Yes, that means no more right-handing (or left-handing for lefties) to view through your notifications/Google Now cards. Why didn’t they think of this earlier?
Overall, I am pretty impressed by LG Watch Urbane, it can do more things than its predecessors. Now, the resolution isn’t great like my Gear S watch but then again, it does a lot of other things well like a full 360-degree screen, real leather bands, and wrist gestures. It’s not a lot but for those of you hardcore Android Wear addicts, the incremental upgrade is pretty awesome.
Pricing is a bit high at $349 but then again, this watch does look just as good as many $400-500 watches out there. However, you may want to wait for the price to drop as smartwatches don’t hold their value too long if you are in the crunch. I still love my Gear S a bit more because of the curved screen and better display but I will definitely have a full review and comparisons soon!
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