$349.99, lg.com

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up with a name for its smart­watch that’s a bit more cre­ative than the com­pe­ti­tion. Even LG’s prior it­er­a­tion, the LG G Watch R, seemed to be just a string of ran­dom let­ters sep­a­rated by the word ‘Watch.’

How­ever, much like its pre­de­ces­sor, the Watch Ur­bane still ranks as one avail­able. It’s built to look like a tra­di­tional watch, and from a dis­tance you could just about mis­take it for one, with its full-cir­cle 1.3-inch P-OLED dis­play. At 45.5mm, it’s one of the larger time­pieces on our list, but the smooth styling give it an el­e­gant, high-de­sign feel.

Its hard­ware is at the top end of the scale, with a 1.2GHz pro­ces­sor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of stor­age (plenty of space for a few run­ning playlists), as well as a heart rate mon­i­tor, barom­e­ter, ac­celerom­e­ter and com­pass. Run­ning An­droid Wear, the watch con­nects with your phone via WiFi to vir­tu­ally any­where the phone is (pro­vided it’s turned on).

De­pend­ing on how ur­bane (or vain) you feel talk­ing into your sleeve like an iconic Se­cret Ser­vice agent, most of the com­monly used func­tion­al­ity of the Watch Ur­bane can be ac­cessed by by a voice com­mand. Which we must ad­mit, can be pretty cool.

At $350, the Watch Ur­bane is among the more ex­pen­sive de­vices you can strap on your arm. It’s avail­able in ei­ther bands in ei­ther brown or black, and they can be swapped out for other avail­able de­signs. All in all, the Watch Ur­bane does give off a cer­tain

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