conclusion, if you want a smartwatch, the new LG Android Wear
watches are just fine.
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They’re not the best. They’re not the worst. They fall
somewhere in between.
The watches are just fine at putting notifications on your
wrist, which is why you’d buy a smartwatch in the first place.
They work best with Android, and if you switch to iPhone,
you’ll be able to use a limited version of the devices (you
wouldn’t be able to respond to iMessages and the Bluetooth
connection might feel slower). Android Wear is a decent
smartwatch OS for people who have an Android phone and rely
heavily on Google apps like Gmail and Calendar.
But the new LG watches don’t feel like the premium luxury
devices one can expect of Apple or Samsung, and there are some
key things missing from the Android Wear mobile app, like being
able to install the watch version of apps and optimize
settings. Having cellular data so that the device can run
independent of the phone sounds like the ideal
smartwatch, but right now, because that data also drains
battery like crazy, it also means having to lug around a heavy
metal paperweight on your wrist. That won’t work for most
Luckily, Android Wear 2.0 is rolling out to a number of
smartwatches of various build qualities and prices: the Asus
ZenWatch 2 & 3, Casio Smart Outdoor Watch, Casio Pro Trek
Smart, Fossil Q Founder, Fossil Q Marshal, Fossil Q Wander,
Huawei Watch, LG Watch R, LG Watch Urbane and 2nd Edition LTE,
Michael Kors Access Smartwatches, Moto 360 2nd Gen, Moto 360
for Women, Moto 360 Sport, New Balance RunIQ, Nixon Mission,
Polar M600, and TAG Heuer Connected.
On Feb. 10, the LG Watch Sport will be available for $349 at
the Google Store, AT&T, and Verizon, and the LG Watch Style
will cost $249 at the Google Store and Best Buy.