LG is considered a veteran in the field of wearable Android gadgets, and with its newly launched LG Watch Urbane, it made its successful attempt in being a worthy competitor for its rivals that include the Apple Watch.
Since the inception of the G Watch R, which gave cheap vibes due to its dull and plastic body, LG has made their new product free of any flaws that were present on its predecessor. The new smartwatch is packed with the latest and the best features that the current technology provides, making it one of the best options for an Android smartwatch in the market. The smartwatch comes in a stainless steel body with two finishes, namely the gleaming silver and the brassy gold. It features the same technical specs as the G Watch R, the same 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, total of 512MB RAM and 4GB internal storage.
For people with large wrists, the watch is perfectly suited thanks to its bulky design though it manages well with the small wristed people as well. The black leather band has a unique white stitching that fits well and looks classy compared to the rubbery bands that most other smartwatch makers provide. It has received IP67 rating for dust and water resistance up to one meter for 30 minutes but given the leather band, the watch is better kept away from water as much as possible.
The display on the smartwatch is a 1.3-inch P-OLED (plastic OLED), having resolution of 320 x 320 pixels. Manufactured by LG itself, it has the similar dimensions of 1.8 x 2.1 x 0.4 inches as that of its predecessor. It is sufficiently bright in direct sunlight and is crispy enough to be compared with the crystal display of the Apple Watch.
The Urbane is based on the Android Wear 5.1, which is the latest software version for smartwatches. The latest OS provides built-in Wi-Fi support, which facilitates the functioning of the device without having to have a phone or tablet nearby.
The con here is that for gaining access to protected networks, the user will have to use their smartphone or tablet to enter the security key. The new software also introduces the ‘wrist flick gestures,’ allowing the user to scroll through menu’s “card” interface efficiently. Some additional useful features include an accelerometer, a barometer, a compass, a gyroscope, and a built-in heart rate monitor.
The Urbane is expected to be priced at $349, making it a strong competitor for the Apple Watch, and a better option than other Android based wearables in the market.