LG Watch Urbaneby LG

  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch Urbane
  • LG Watch Urbane
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Recommended, but seriously flawed. There are probably better alternatives.
74%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The Watch Urbane is the first to feature the updated version of Android Wear, which adds improvements like Wi-Fi support.
  • The Watch Urbane is attractive, with its round screen, metal bezel and choice of gold or silver design.
  • The 1.3-inch screen is big, bright, and easy to read.

CONS

  • The LG Watch Urbane may be too big and bulky for some users, and others may not like its leather and metal design.
  • It lacks an ambient light sensor, so you have to adjust the screen's brightness manually.
  • The LG Watch Urbane is expensive.
LG calls the Watch Urbane its “premium timepiece,” and it certainly looks the part. With a leather strap and big, bright face, the Watch Urbane looks more like a traditional high-end watch than a smartwatch. But it is, in fact, smart, running the latest version of Android Wear. This allows it to connect to both Android and iOS phones, delivering notifications of calls, messages and appointments directly to the phone. The new Android Wear also allows the watch to connect to your phone over Wi-Fi, meaning it can access data without being in the same room as the handset.
NameLG Watch UrbaneZenWatch 2Moto 360Smartwatch 3Huawei Watch
ManufacturerLGAsusMotorolaSonyHuawei
Techwalla Score
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List Price$350$149$150$250$350
80%

A big new addition is built-in Wi-Fi which means you can still use the Watch Urbane even without having it connected to a companion device –…

A big new addition is built-in Wi-Fi which means you can still use the Watch Urbane even without having it connected to a companion device – minus any phone specific notifications such as calls and txt messages, of course.

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80%

It took a lot more time to make the Urbane a part of my daily attire than any other smartwatch I’ve worn. It’s large and very gold, with a s…

It took a lot more time to make the Urbane a part of my daily attire than any other smartwatch I’ve worn. It’s large and very gold, with a strap so inflexible that it would have had more flex to it, if it were made out of concrete.

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77%

The lack of an ambient light sensor to automatically crank screen brightness up or down is a curious misstep too -- for a watch that's meant…

The lack of an ambient light sensor to automatically crank screen brightness up or down is a curious misstep too -- for a watch that's meant to help streamline your day-to-day doings, having to fiddle with the settings when you enter a building or go outside doesn't make sense.

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73%

The consensus is that this is a cheap-looking watch trying to pretend that it’s an expensive watch. It’s not fake-Rolex levels of low-brow o…

The consensus is that this is a cheap-looking watch trying to pretend that it’s an expensive watch. It’s not fake-Rolex levels of low-brow ostentation, but it’s in the ballpark.

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70%

Despite images of women sporting a variation of the Urbane, it looks like this watch was made for businessmen.

Despite images of women sporting a variation of the Urbane, it looks like this watch was made for businessmen.

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70%

The $349 Urbane might fool your friends into thinking it's a watch ten times the price but is it enough of a leap in both form and function …

The $349 Urbane might fool your friends into thinking it's a watch ten times the price but is it enough of a leap in both form and function to cement Android Wear's position as the only platform wearable tech needs? Not quite.

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70%

The Urbane looks like an amateurish imitation of a fancy watch; the kind of thing you’d expect from a $50 “Rollecks.” It’s on the Timex/Seik…

The Urbane looks like an amateurish imitation of a fancy watch; the kind of thing you’d expect from a $50 “Rollecks.” It’s on the Timex/Seiko end of the scale, not Burberry/TAG Heuer.

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70%

This newest Android Wear watch is also really just a slightly better version of what's already been out there. And it's significantly more e…

This newest Android Wear watch is also really just a slightly better version of what's already been out there. And it's significantly more expensive.

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From a style point-of-view in Android Wear devices, the LG Watch Urbane is the best you can buy. The leather strap is fantastic, the watch i…

From a style point-of-view in Android Wear devices, the LG Watch Urbane is the best you can buy. The leather strap is fantastic, the watch itself is stylish and simple and it’s not too big or too heavy.

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This is a dressed-up smartwatch that you actually can wear when you're dressed up without looking like you're trying to force the latest gad…

This is a dressed-up smartwatch that you actually can wear when you're dressed up without looking like you're trying to force the latest gadget in with your three-piece suit.

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Wearable enthusiasts want different things out of a smartwatch, and in the case of Android Wear, it needs to be both functional and attracti…

Wearable enthusiasts want different things out of a smartwatch, and in the case of Android Wear, it needs to be both functional and attractive. The LG Urbane Watch certainly fits the bill, using style to help disguise what is still a very nerdy thing.

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The Urbane falls behind in its approach to the fundamental smartwatch problem: When technology is attached to our bodies, there’s a thin lin…

The Urbane falls behind in its approach to the fundamental smartwatch problem: When technology is attached to our bodies, there’s a thin line between help and nuisance.

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It's a subtle update over the G Watch R, but it moves everything in the right direction.

It's a subtle update over the G Watch R, but it moves everything in the right direction.

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