Smartwatches started off square, but now they’re finally taking on a more watch-like design, with circles back in. Motorola got their first, but LG’s is totally circular with no part of the screen cut off, and that makes it the most circular smartwatch to date. Is it also the best?
It hasn’t been long since LG’s G Watch was first released in Australia, and yet here we are with another, this time with a look more like that of the traditional wristwatch: circular.
Beyond the shape, technology-wise, LG’s G Watch R is very similar to the regular G Watch, with more or less identical technology under the hood.
You’ll find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz underneath, working alongside 4GB storage and 512MB RAM, with Google’s Android Wear running on this system.
With Google’s Android Wear used, a Google Android phone is required to use the G Watch R, connecting to the phone by way of Bluetooth.
Several sensors are included in the package, with a nine axis module supporting gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass, as well as a barometer. Depending on the watch face, these sensors can be used in the design to make the smartwatch look and respond more like a sports and adventurer watch.
A heart rate sensor has also been included in this smartwatch, utilising the green light optical technology seen on a few smartphones, which is apparently a photoplethymography sensor.
Resistance to the elements is also included, with IP67 certification, making it dust-proof and water resistant, generally up to a metre of liquid immersion.
The screen is where all the action happens, though, and here it’s a very different beast to the original G Watch, with a 1.3 inch plastic OLED display (P-OLED), cut into a circle and running a slightly higher resolution of 320×320.
Under everything is the battery, which is rated for 410mAh.
The strap is made of leather, and while there won’t be a metal band released by LG, we’re assured that the band connections are made to accommodate generic bands, and that you can therefore use whatever band you prefer.
When you set your eyes upon the G Watch R for the first time, it’s clear you’re not in Kansas anymore.