LG G Watch R: Unboxing & Overview

by birtanpublished on April 14, 2021

What's up guys Mike here the Detroit pork with a look at the new LG G watch arm so R stands for round so this is only the second circular Android wear SmartWatch to debut after the Moto 360 now this is more of a premium SmartWatch than the standard LG G watch so this retails for $2.99 this is actually the most expensive SmartWatch on the Google Play Store right now now they get you a circular 1.3 inch OLED display powered by a Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2 gigahertz with a 410 million power battery good for all-day power we all said Bluetooth 4.0 we have 4 gigs of internal storage half a gig of ram a 9

Axis gyroscope accelerometer and compass a PPG heartrate monitor a barometer this is also ip67 certified for dust and water resistance so you can't submerge this in water now the band type is interchangeable so you can change out the band if you want alright so let's go and crack into our box here we have one piece of tape to slice on the back alright so let's go ahead and lift up the lid here which is magnetically sealed which is kind of nice again goes with a more premium design of the LG G watch arm alright so you can see right away that the stainless steel body looks

More like traditional watch jewelry less like a gadget more like a traditional watch so this definitely fits a certain customer as opposed to the Moto 360 which is really slick but definitely looks like a gadget compared to something like this alright so the first thing we have here is a Quick Start Guide of course we can go through that really quickly in this video and then we can pull out our watch let me go and pull out this tray and there we go so let's set that aside for just a moment while we take a look at the contents here so inside we have our charging dock

Which is magnetic just like the original LG G watch of course this is circular instead of square so once again we have this magnetic charging surface with these charging pins which line up with your watch on the bottom we have this rubber foot which grips to your tabletop and along the side you'll find your micro USB charging port we also have our AC travel adapter here LG branded with the USB port on one side and the prongs on the other and then we have our micro USB charging cable for the dock and last and certainly least it is the important safety information and warranty guide

Now back to the wash we do have these little strips of plastic to peel off the stainless steel housing so you'll find them near the watchband and on either side of the watch and they come off pretty easy on the back we have this plastic back panel and toward the center we have a heart rate monitor also toward the side you'll find your electrical charging connections which work with the dock now on the inside toward the watchband you'll find the microphone so on the right side we'll find our crown which acts as a home button and it does turn

Which is kind of interesting so this watch band is genuine leather in fact you'll find it stamped on the inside with this lighter material lining the inside of course this is removable so you can swap in your own bands if you prefer and that we have our LG branding on the inside as well on the Left idea of that nice smooth stainless steel finish and then you have your watch face which is actually recessed here again kind of looks like a traditional watch alright so let's go ahead and boot this up for the first time just going to tap and hold the power button along the side

Now of course this is running Android wear and really the only difference is between this and other Android wear devices is going to be the watch faces otherwise the operating system is pretty much identical now the LG G watch R will work with any Android device that supports Android wear so that includes this Moto X so I need to do is go up here and pair with a new wearable so it sees the LG G watch R so I'm going to tap the screen here to wake it up and connecting to it so I have to do is click pair here and check right there on the device so after a

Brief tutorial we're all set to start using our LG G watch our the first thing that sounds out right away is the display so again this is an OLED display which means you have excellent off-axis viewing and those deep blacks merged perfectly with the black bezel surrounding the display so it looks less like a display and more like a real watch face again it's a really nice looking display all right so let's gonna take a close look here so as you can see here this is ambient display mode which will show you your clock face in the persistent state along with your most

Recent notification it's dialed back in terms of brightness as well as colors to save battery life now I can wake it up by tapping the button along the side alternatively you can also tap it to put it back to sleep or you can palm the display to put the back to sleep like so and of course you can just tap it to wake it up or you can twist your wrist so there's lots of ways of handling this now I can also swipe down to your notifications on the display and to see your battery status it was charged at 100% when I got it so that's kind of nice so again let's go

Ahead and wake up our notifications now Android wear is based around notifications so you can see you have your notification panel right and can swipe through the cards so you continue swiping through them so basically every notification you receive on your Android device is pushed to your SmartWatch and you can tap on them to see them or swipe to them to act upon them so you can open them on your phone or you can swipe them to dismiss them so again you can continue swiping through them so for example you can see your email here you can swipe to the right to

Archive it and you can read the full text of the email or you can select other messages from your email any of other apps that work with this and Google now you can see Google now right here so I can tap on this and read the specific bit of information or I can swipe right to have it opened on my phone so if I go to my phone now if I swipe to open you'll see it takes me right to Google now now I can also tap on this display to get to Google now ok Google what's the weather like tomorrow in Detroit so again it doesn't speak to you but of course you do get

Information on the screen now when you're on the Google now screen just swipe down to get to suggested actions which includes taking a note set in a reminder and that sort of thing but if you scroll all the way down you'll see settings and the start screen so if you go to start these are actually apps that you can launch on your SmartWatch so this is dependent on what you have installed on your phone so for example we have the fit app we also have the Play Music app and then we have our remote control app for the Android TV remote control I have installed on my

Moto X right now so that's kind of nice so I can tap on this to remotely control my new Nexus player which is really cool under settings this is where you can adjust things like your brightness now you do not have all the brightness in here so there is no ambient light sensor so you'll have to manually select this now it's set to 4 by default which is good enough for me but of course you really want to save your battery life take it all the way down to 1 we also have our Bluetooth devices we can select always-on for the screen so this will keep the screen on

In ambient mode which means you can see your clock face and your notifications persistently so it doesn't go black but of course if you want to see a better life turn that off we also have airplane mode which you can toggle on and off we have our power off restart and reset device as well as change the watch face and about our device like so you can swipe back here to get back to where you were you also change your watch face now it's pretty easy to change of a watch face the main screen here so you don't have to dig down through settings to get to

It I have to do is tap and hold on it and it takes you to your switcher now there are many watch faces to pick from which are formatted for the circular display some of them are familiar from other Android wear devices they seem to be stock watch faces here but you can see some of these more premium watch faces look pretty nice on this display so we're going to go back to the screen to see it now each watch face has a different ambient mode here so you have to try out both of them so you can see the ambient mode for this watch face and then you can tap it again to see the

Full watch face now when compared to the Moto 360 the LG G watch definitely looks a little more industrial a little chunkier a little more like jewelry maybe not as slick and technical as the Moto 360 the 360 does have a significantly larger display which is at one point five six inches versus one point three inches but it's using LCD instead of Oland LCD is not as battery efficient and it doesn't have those deep blacks although it does work a bit better outdoors than olet now the LG G watch R does have a full 360 degree display while the Moto 360 has a little

Notch taken out of the bottom for an ambient light sensor and the display drivers which is a consequence of that near bezel s design now both devices are made very well with premium materials with leather bands the other difference here is the charging method so we have electrical connections on the back of the LG G watch our for charging versus the inductive charging on the Moto 360 which means you have no electrical pins on the back of the device now personally I think I prefer the Malou 360 for that simpler more elegant design with that larger display and the LG G watch R has

A recessed display which i think makes it a little harder to interact with and the display just feels a little cramped a little too small so for me I think my vote is for the Moto 360 at this time although the LG G watch R does have a nicer looking display so guys that's going to do for me in this video thanks for watching and I'll see you again in the next one

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