Re­view: LG Lifeband Touch


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LG tries to find it­self a niche in the wear­ables de­part­ment

The last thing the world needs right now is another smart fit­ness band, and LG’s valiant at­tempt to carve out a niche for it­self in this in­creas­ingly crammed and com­pet­i­tive mar­ket is a bit of a mixed bag.

For a fit­ness band to get no­ticed in this day and age it needs to be some­thing spe­cial. Good looks and ease of use with a lit­tle in­no­va­tion mixed in tends to be a good start. Sadly that’s not the Lifeband Touch.

Part pe­dome­ter, part smartwatch, the Lifeband works well when deal­ing with in­com­ing phonecalls and con­trol­ling your mu­sic. Its built-in vi­bra­tion alerts are sur­pris­ingly ef­fec­tive at mo­ti­vat­ing you to reach your step tar­gets, and un­like many of its com­peti­tors it’s com­pat­i­ble with both iOS and An­droid de­vices, although not the Sam­sung Galaxy S5, which seems like quite an over­sight.

Its touch-sen­si­tive OLED dis­play will alert you to steps taken, calo­ries burned and dis­tance trav­elled, along with a ba­sic dig­i­tal clock. Sadly, if you want to use any of these func­tions out­side you’ll strug­gle to see any­thing at all. Sun­light is not the Lifeband Touch’s friend.

The Lifeband is a strange beast, and some in the of­fice liked its look more than oth­ers. It would have been nice if it had been a lit­tle slim­mer, but we as­sume LG is sav­ing that for the in­evitable Lifeband Touch 2. love Ef­fec­tive phone call and mu­sic con­trol. Alerts pro­vide mo­ti­va­tion hate Poor vis­i­bil­ity in sun­light. Too bulky T3 says A de­cent at­tempt at cre­at­ing a smartwatch/ pe­dome­ter hy­brid. We’ll wait for the next one, though

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