LG G Watch Review
by Spencer C.
I have been using the LG G Watch for about three weeks, and I’m hooked. I decided to list my top 3 reasons why I like using this smartwatch.
1) It is stylish and comfortable
For me, style was low on my list of requirements for a smartwatch. I was more concerned with how the watch would feel and how it would function. The LG G Watch fits comfortably, using a rubber strap that fastens in a similar fashion to most sports watches, with a single pin and a row of notches. My wrist is fairly thin, yet the watch fits snuggly with four more notches left to tighten it further. The watch band can fit all sizes, both men and women. However, I will admit that the watch face comes in one size and may look less attractive on tiny wrists. And this brings me to the watch’s style.
In terms of style, the square face and all-black design gives it a uniformed appearance that is subtle, while adding a little elegance to your wrist. The screen doesn’t collect smudges easily and it is even easier to wipe clean. I have also found that the screen is great at repelling scratches. Not a single scratch (yet) anywhere on the watch, and I distinctly remember grinding the watch face on a wall while moving some boxes into my closet. Knowing that I don’t have to treat the watch like a new born baby allows it to fit comfortably into my lifestyle.
2) My phone can stay in my pocket
With the growing number of notifications hitting my phone, I underestimated the convenience of being able to glance at my notifications without needing to pull out my phone or even the need to unlock it (a password is required on my phone for work). This feature was so convenient that I developed a desire to have more notifications sent to my wrist just for fun. I favorited CNN’s Breaking News Twitter handle to get instant alerts on breaking news. Yes, this was a little aggressive, but what a rush! Getting these alerts on my wrist is much more tolerable than pulling out my phone to see what the buzz is all about over and over.
I will also add that the watch can set timers, set alarms, take a note, send a text/email, play/control music, and answer/reject phone calls. Alarms, notes, and timers can all be executed offline or while not connected to your phone.
3) Battery life is better than expected
Battery life was actually my chief concern with smartwatches. The majority of smartwatches on the market are getting about a day of battery life with normal usage. To me, this is unacceptable. Sure, you can charge your watch overnight right along with your smartphone. But I don’t want another device to charge overnight or bring an extra charger for a weekend trip. Plus, taking off the watch constantly means there is a higher chance that I forget to put it on again.
Surprisingly, this watch can get about 3 days of battery life with regular usage, including my constant updates from CNN Breaking News and AirAsia flight coverage. That’s quite acceptable. I never felt a desperate need to recharge my watch because it was dying on me suddenly. The watch comes with a sleek magnetic charging base that makes refueling easy. I’m always willing to accept longer battery life for devices, but I had no problem with the duration of the LG G Watch.