LG G WATCH R

HWM (Singapore) - - TEST -

Like the Mo­torola Moto 360, the G Watch R is a round-faced smart­watch, but with its bezel mark­ings and re­cessed glass, it looks a lot more like an ac­tual watch, in­stead of a disc on a strap. The watch’s chas­sis is made from stain­less steel in a matte black fin­ish and it comes with a gen­uine black leather strap. The strap is a bit stiff, and isn’t as nice as the leather used on the Moto 360 or ZenWatch, but it can be eas­ily switched out for any stan­dard 22mm watch strap. It’s worth not­ing that while the bezel around the G Watch R’s face looks like a div­ing bezel and has the rel­e­vant 5 minute mark­ings, it doesn’t ro­tate and is merely for show. Like the Moto 360, the watch has a non-ro­tat­ing watch crown on the side that works as a home but­ton. The over­all look of the G Watch R with its chunky, an­gu­lar build and black fin­ish is def­i­nitely the most mas­cu­line of our watches, es­pe­cially when com­pared with the ASUS ZenWatch, which is much softer and more uni­sex.

The screen on the G Watch R is re­cessed into the body of the watch, as op­posed to the Moto 360’s dis­play, which ac­tu­ally sits slightly above the sur­round­ing bezel. An­droid Wear re­quires a lot of edge to edge swip­ing, so you might find that the pro­trud­ing bezel gets in the way, but per­son­ally, we quite liked the no­tice­able stop­ping point. The dis­play it­self is a 1.3-inch P-OLED screen with a 320 x 320 pixel res­o­lu­tion (348 ppi). The screen is bright and ul­tra-sharp, with good view­ing an­gles, and it prob­a­bly has the best color re­pro­duc­tion of all of our smart watches as well. Cru­cially, un­like the Moto 360, the dis­play is also a per­fect cir­cle, although the trade-off is a lack of an am­bi­ent light sen­sor so you’ll have to man­u­ally ad­just dis­play bright­ness.

The back of the watch is plas­tic, and houses the heart rate sen­sor and mag­netic charg­ing con­nec­tor. As with our other watches the G Watch R has an ac­celerom­e­ter for ac­tiv­ity track­ing. In our testing we found both the heart rate mon­i­tor and pe­dome­ter func­tions to be rea­son­ably ac­cu­rate and con­sis­tent.

Like the ZenWatch, the G Watch R is pow­ered by a Qual­comm Snap­dragon 400 pro­ces­sor and runs on An­droid Wear. LG has also cap­i­tal­ized on the G Watch R’s round dis­play with a num­ber of ex­clu­sive An­droid Wear watch faces, many of which mimic the look of high-end luxury watch faces.

The G Watch R was the best per­former for our smart­watches when it came to bat­tery life thanks to its huge 410mAh bat­tery. We were able to get about 24 hours of bat­tery life, even with the screen bright­ness set to the high­est level. You’ll still need to charge it ev­ery night via the mag­netic clip on cra­dle, but you can prob­a­bly stretch bat­tery life to two days if you’re un­able to get to a power socket in time.

Beau­ti­ful fully cir­cu­lar P-OLED dis­play. Good

bat­tery life.

Chunky, an­gu­lar de­sign may not suit

ev­ery­one.

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