The LG G Watch R is yet another Android Wear device to consider when you’re looking for a new IoT device to put on your wrist. It is also the only other smart watch on the market with a circular display other than the Motorola 360. LG eschewed the classic design that Motorola went with on the 360. Instead, the G Watch R has a chunky almost “tool watch” design. The metal bezel incorporates hash marks that count up to a minute, which is something you might see on a chronometer. The case is produced in black plastic and the black strap is made of genuine leather.
The display on the G Watch R is round like the Moto 360 but where they differ is that the G Watch R lacks the flat spot at the bottom. LG was able to use a completely round display due to the fact that the large bezel hides the wires that allow the watch to function. The P-OLED screen measures in at 1.3” in diameter with a display area of 320 x 320 and 245 PPI.
The engine of the G Watch R is a 1.3 GHz Snapdragon 400 with 512MB of RAM and on board storage sits at 4GB of eMMC. LG has incorporated a slew of sensors to help make the G Watch R a competitive smart watch in it’s market segement. A 9-axis sensor which includes a gyro, accelerometer and a compass keeps tabs on direction and movement. There is also a barometer and heart rate monitor that help fitness trackers keep an eye on you. The G Watch R sports an IP67 rating which means you can get caught running in a rain storm and it will make it home without a problem.
The only way to connect the G Watch R to any preferred Android device is through Bluetooth 4.0 and doing so allows the wearer access to the phone’s GPS and slick fitness-tracking apps. Google Hangouts, Calendar, Maps and Gmail come pre-loaded on the watch as standard.
LG is using the catchphrase ” Design comes full circle” on their promotional material and it isn’t a coincidence. The G Watch R is a direct competitor to the Moto 360 and LG is calling out Motorola on the flat bottomed display they used. With that said, I believe LG’s newest offering is a legit competitor in the world of wearables and another classic round design to choose from.