G Watchby LG

  • G Watch
  • G Watch
  • G Watch
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Not recommended. This product is super problematic.
63%
TECHWALLA SCORE
based on the following sites

PROS

  • The G Watch is one of the first watches to feature Google's Android Wear platform.
  • The display is always on, unlike some other smartwatches.
  • The G Watch is water and dust resistant.

CONS

  • The screen isn't easily readable outdoors. There's no automatic brightness control.
  • Sure, style is subjective, but the G Watch isn't very attractive.
  • You'll have to charge it every night.
The LG G Watch is one of the first watches released with Google's Android Wear platform. Designed to pair with your Android phone and function as an extension of it, Android Wear brings Google Now cards, notifications, and voice commands to your wrist. This particular watch doesn't have any buttons, so you interact with it using the touch screen or your voice. The G Watch looks more like a gadget than a typical watch. It's essentially a blank canvas for Android Wear.
NameG WatchActivité SteelZenWatch 2Moto 360OneTouch Watch
ManufacturerLGWithingsAsusMotorolaAlcatel
Techwalla Score
63%
79%
77%
75%
58%
List Price$230$170$149$150$150
80%

The main advantage of a smartwatch is getting notifications from your smartphone tablet without getting it out of a pocket or bag. Many smar…

The main advantage of a smartwatch is getting notifications from your smartphone tablet without getting it out of a pocket or bag. Many smartwatch makers have tried to pack in too many additional features but Android Wear gets the basics right.

Read Full Review
68%

The G Watch has many redeeming qualities, but attractiveness isn't one of them. Featuring Gorilla Glass 3, stainless steel on the sides and …

The G Watch has many redeeming qualities, but attractiveness isn't one of them. Featuring Gorilla Glass 3, stainless steel on the sides and a polycarbonate back, it's very solidly built, but it's also a boring square with no stand-out features.

Read Full Review
66%

Android Wear has a future, maybe even a bright one, but only when Google and its partners remember why we wear watches in the first place.

Android Wear has a future, maybe even a bright one, but only when Google and its partners remember why we wear watches in the first place.

Read Full Review
60%

The always on LCD display is going to be the main reason why the battery is sapped so quickly. You can turn it off, but then the G Watch sto…

The always on LCD display is going to be the main reason why the battery is sapped so quickly. You can turn it off, but then the G Watch stops being a watch and defeats the object of having it.

Read Full Review
60%

The LG G Watch is like the opening act to a headliner you're waiting for: this isn't the star of the show, and never will be.

The LG G Watch is like the opening act to a headliner you're waiting for: this isn't the star of the show, and never will be.

Read Full Review
60%

Rather frustratingly there's no auto-brightness available on the G Watch, which is compounded further by the unintuitive interface to manual…

Rather frustratingly there's no auto-brightness available on the G Watch, which is compounded further by the unintuitive interface to manually adjust brightness.

Read Full Review
60%

This is where the G Watch really comes into its own, allowing you to send short text messages and emails, set reminders and alarms, kick off…

This is where the G Watch really comes into its own, allowing you to send short text messages and emails, set reminders and alarms, kick off timers, start the stopwatch, launch apps on your smartphone and carry out a web search, simply by talking into your wrist.

Read Full Review
50%

The G Watch is so bland-looking—so featureless and devoid of visual interest—it looks like a not-for-retail-sale development kit. This is a …

The G Watch is so bland-looking—so featureless and devoid of visual interest—it looks like a not-for-retail-sale development kit. This is a problem for a $230 gadget that straps to a very public body part.

Read Full Review

Being able to see notifications on my wrist, controlling music on my phone, asking google how many calories are in an apple and seeing who w…

Being able to see notifications on my wrist, controlling music on my phone, asking google how many calories are in an apple and seeing who was calling me all without looking at my phone didn’t really flip my gadget trigger.

Read Full Review

And, yes, the G Watch display is all but unusable outdoors, a problem that plagues smartphones less these days.

And, yes, the G Watch display is all but unusable outdoors, a problem that plagues smartphones less these days.

Read Full Review

LG’s watch seems to have missed the mark in some key areas, possibly by virtue of being rushed, but in others it leaps ahead of the competit…

LG’s watch seems to have missed the mark in some key areas, possibly by virtue of being rushed, but in others it leaps ahead of the competition.

Read Full Review

The hardware has a noticeable chunkiness to it, like two square matchbooks stacked on top of each other and stuffed with a few slices of fat…

The hardware has a noticeable chunkiness to it, like two square matchbooks stacked on top of each other and stuffed with a few slices of fatty roast beef. To put it in more familiar terms, it's twice as heavy as a cheapo plastic Casio Calculator Watch, and not nearly enough to be a burden.

Read Full Review
WOULD YOU BUY THIS AGAIN?
CHOOSEA SIDE

TOP RATED Wearables

VIEW ALL