LG Watch Urbane Review

LG Watch Urbane Review
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  • The Watch Urbane is the best smartwatch LG has made to date, but it’s also the most expensive and its styling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – it certainly suits a larger wrist. One to try before you buy.

 

Tsamaisoa ka Guardian.co.ukSehlooho sena se titled “LG Watch Urbane review: litle, bold and a bit gaudy” e ngotsoe ke Samuele Gibbs, for theguardian.com on Thursday 14th May 2015 08.50 UTC

The LG Watch Urbane is the Korean company’s third smartwatch in under a year, a shiny, metal-covered, round Android Wear watch to compete with Apple’s Watch – and with a price tag to match.

The Urbane is a follow-up to the chunky G Watch R and LG’s second round smartwatch to use its 1.3in plastic OLED screen.

It is the first watch to ship with Google’s new Android Wear 5.1, which is a big step forward for the wearable operating system.

Android Wear 5.1 tekolo botjha: bonolo, useful and the best – for now

Big and shiny

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The Watch Urbane is a big, chunky watch, here pictured on a medium-sized wrist and a small wrist. Photograph: Samuele Gibbs bakeng sa Guardian

Big. Chunky. Shiny. Gaudy. These are all adjectives that can be thrown at the Urbane. It is the largest Android Wear smartwatch I’ve had the pleasure to use, even though its screen is actually smaller than the 1.6in Moto 360.

The frame surrounding the watch is shiny stainless steel, in a choice of pink gold or grey. I’ve been testing the pink gold version for a week. To say that it stands out is an understatement.

The Urbane is not unlike in size to many men’s watches, which tend to be big.

Leha ho le joalo, it’s too plain for a watch, with a lack of detail in the body that makes it look bulky and featureless. The block pink gold could be considered a bit gaudy, but while I wouldn’t have chosen it, I have grown used to it.

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When compared with a Rolex Submariner, tloha, the lack of detail in the Urbane’s body design, tokelo, emphasises its bulky form. Photograph: Samuele Gibbs bakeng sa Guardian

The round screen is clear, bright and can be read outside without problems. It isn’t as sharp as a smartphone screen, but rivals the best currently available on a smartwatch. It does not have an ambient light sensor, leha ho le joalo.

The button on the side lights the screen or puts it to sleep. Double press it to trigger cinema mode and stop the screen from lighting. Holding it down brings up the settings menu.

The Urbane is IP67 rated, which means it’s waterproof to a depth of 1.5m for 30 metsotso e. The leather strap prohibits getting it wet, leha ho le joalo, but you can easily change the strap for a metal or rubber one. The supplied strap is stiff and requires a week to break in, but feels well made.

bophelo ba betri

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The Urbane charges fast via any microUSB charger, but requires a special little magnetic dock to do so. Photograph: Samuele Gibbs bakeng sa Guardian

With the screen on all the time, the Urbane lasted around a day and a half per charge. Without the screen always on, it lasted a lot longer, well into the third day.

You need a little magnetic dock to charge it, which is another thing to lose, but the watch charges at about 1.7% a minute, which means a full charge takes under an hour.

Wi-Fi and heart rate

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The back hides a heart rate sensor and contacts for the charging dock. Photograph: Samuele Gibbs bakeng sa Guardian

Above and beyond the features standard to Android Wear 5.1, the Urbane includes Wi-Fi for connecting remotely to your smartphone and a heart rate monitor, which must be manually activated.

The heart rate monitor proved about as accurate as most other smartwatches, although it frequently rated my pulse slightly higher than dedicated heart rate monitors.

LG’s apps

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The LG Pulse app shows a continuous heart rate reading and can show heart rate in ambient mode, when the watch is not in use, although this impacts battery life. Photograph: Samuele Gibbs bakeng sa Guardian

LG includes several apps that duplicate functionality with the standard Android Wear apps. LG Pulse takes heart rate readings and displays a live beats per minute, which works better than the built-in Google Fit one.

LG Call also allows users to trigger phone calls on the connected smartphone if they download a separate app on their phone and connect Bluetooth headphones. Given Android Wear 5.1 now includes a contact list that you can use to make calls, send text messages or emails, I’m not sure why it bothered.

The Urbane also includes Android Wear’s new lockscreen, but I could not get it to show up when the watch was taken off, and only occasionally when the watch was charging.

Price

The LG Watch Urbane is the most expensive Android Wear watch yet, costing £260. This is £60 more than the Moto 360 le Asus Zenwatch and £35 more than the G Watch R. The Urbane is £40 cheaper than the lowest-priced Apple Watch, leha ho le joalo.

Qeto

The Watch Urbane is the best smartwatch LG has made to date, but it’s also the most expensive and its styling isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – it certainly suits a larger wrist. One to try before you buy.

Its battery life could also be better. A full two days would make weekend getaways easier.

But it is fast, Android Wear 5.1 is great, the always-on screen is decent and the strap can be replaced for any standard 22mm watch strap.

The Urbane is a close tie with the Asus ZenWatch le Sony Smartwatch 3 for the best Android Wear watch available at the moment, but it’s certainly not perfect.

Pros: Fast, always-on screen, latest Android Wear, heart rate monitor, Wifi, quality leather watch strap.

Go tlhoka mesola: Really big, styling is divisive, less than two-day battery, no ambient light sensor, e theko e boima.

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The Urbane lacks tapered edges down to the strap featured on many watches. The two small holes visible are the microphones. Photograph: Samuele Gibbs bakeng sa Guardian

Tse ling tse recensioni

LG G Watch R tekolo botjha: chunky, masculine, le ho itima lijo

Asus ZenWatch tekolo botjha: e tsoetseng pele e-sheba Android smartwatch

Sony Smartwatch 3 tekolo botjha: great design, good screen and decent battery

Apple Watch tekolo botjha: se setle hardware spoiled ka Software rarahaneng

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