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LG Urbane Smartwatch: Better, but Not the Best.

 

The Good The Bad
Latest Android Wear updates No GPS tracker
Decent battery life Bulky and Uncomfortable
Fashionable Expensive

The first LG smartwatch lacked style and didn’t offer much for its wearer. It even lacked a button to turn off the display. Their second attempt, the LG G Watch R, had a sportier feel but was still missing the class and refinement of its competitors.

But it seems like the third time’s the charm.

LG-urbane-on-wrist

The LG Urbane has a polished appearance and has more functionality. However, it’s not quite enough of a step up from the G Watch R. Essentially, it’s the same watch with a more polished look.

The Good and The Bad

Design

The clean, classic watch design is visually appealing. Topped off with a crisp P-OLED display screen and the latest Android support.

This watch offers the solution of a dressy smartwatch and looks seemingly normal. That’s the best part. There is the option to leave the display on all day, making it easy to see the clock like a regular watch. The only downside is there is no light sensor so the brightness has to be manually adjusted, depending on if you’re inside or outdoors.

The sheer size of this watch limits its wearers – the face of the watch and the leather band make it much more appealing to businessmen as opposed to any female clientele. Despite LG’s efforts to show women wearing the LG Urbane, it’s face is bulky and the wide leather strap is uncomfortable. Good luck getting the watch to look nice, or feel comfortable, on a more delicate wrist.

Features

The LG Urbane does have vibration feedback and microphone capabilities, but there is no speaker function… something that is common in all Android Wear.

One of the coolest new tricks of the LG Urbane is its ability to use Wi-Fi to connect to your phone, even remotely. You don’t have to be in the same house! However… your smartwatch needs your Android phone to receive notifications, calls, or use internet apps. So unless your phone is turned on and also receiving data, your watch can’t connect to Wi-Fi and get its own messages. It’s a hassle getting your watch to connect to an off-site phone, and after all that, it can make you wish you were just using your phone.

Fitness

Google Fit app tracks steps, heart rate, and activity, but it doesn’t go much deeper than that. Better than previous models of Android Wear, it still leaves room for growth. Unlike true fitness tracking wearable devices like the Fitbit and Jawbone, the LG Urbane doesn’t offer much motivation for activity.  The graphs are very simple and the data is very elementary.

The watch is claims to be waterproof, but only up to 1m. So it’s more or less showerproof. But even then, I doubt you’ll be wearing a watch with a leather strap in the shower.

Another fitness tracker this watch is missing is a GPS function to accurately track runs. In order to do that, you’ll need another fitness device. That kind of defeats the purpose of having an all-in-one wearable device… right?

LG-urbane-buckle

The Verdict

This watch is considerably more expensive than its predecessor, so if style isn’t your main concern, you’d be better off with the G Watch R. They are essentially the same watch with the same functions.

The Urbane isn’t a bad, but it could be better. Maybe you should wait for the next Android Wear device.

About The Author

Kellie Handley

Kellie is the Social Media Specialist at gymGO. She loves writing blogs, sharing photos, and staying up-to-date on all social media trends. When she's not busy writing or researching her next article, you can find her reading, trying out a new recipe (or restaurant!), binge-watching Netflix, or shopping with her daughter, Caroline.

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