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I’m going to take a little break from analyzing and writing about smartphones and target another area of gadgets that grows stronger each day and gains more and more interest from us techies (especially). I’m talking about smartwatches, and my attention is drawn today by LG’s latest and greatest smart timepiece, the LG Watch Urbane. If you remember the LG G Watch R, you already know that LG is focused on polishing their smartwatches’ appearance for coming as close as it gets to looking like a regular watch. The Watch Urbane strongly illustrates this through its attractive and elegant design and can easily pass as a regular timepiece, as you’ll see for yourself when checking out its pictures. Follow the next review and find out more about this gadget’s design and capabilities.
The LG Watch Urbane comes accompanied in its retail box by a microUSB cable, an adapter and the device’s charging dock.
The watch measures 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9 mm and tips the scale at 66.5 grams. As I was previously saying, the appearance has been significantly improved (or at least, that’s my opinion) and adds a powerful touch of class to the watch, enabling you to wear it on a large number of occasions, even the kinds that require a tux. Following the tradition begun by its predecessor, the Watch Urbane features a rounded shape, but drops some of the previous bulkiness for a more sophisticated look. The round number dial that appeared on the G Watch R has been cast aside for allowing a fresher look to take charge and please your eyes with a design which is simpler, but definitely better looking.
The smartwatch features a stainless steel case which is IP67 certified for being water resistant for up to 1 meter and 30 minutes. The build quality is excellent, as expected, and promises to offer sturdiness and durability. The device is available in two colours, silver and gold.
The smartwatch comes with a 22mm genuine leather strap, which looks better than the one seen on its predecessor and also feels more durable. It most certainly is.
The LG Watch Urbane features a 1.3 inches P-OLED display that offers a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels and a pixel density of 246 ppi. The image quality is excellent, with punchy colors, great contrast and wide viewing angles. The sunlight legibility has been improved and is decent, but still tends to suffer a little as the screen is a bit reflective. Unfortunately, the display doesn’t feature any kind of protection, so, if you want to avoid scratches and the like, you should consider purchasing a screen protector.
At the software department, the LG Watch Urbane comes packed with Android Wear 5.1.1, which is the latest version of the OS. The user interface hasn’t changed much and still relies on cards, but has been refurbished nevertheless.
When browsing through the interface, a swipe from the top will reveal a card which holds quick toggles and a Settings shortcut. Swiping from the bottom displays the notification cards from your phone and Google Now activity. The notifications now stand on top of everything and can be accessed from anywhere. Thanks to introducing hand gestures, scrolling through your notifications can be done by twisting your wrist up and down.
A single tap on the screen reveals the menu, where your applications are sorted in a list along with watch functions. It’s worth mentioning that the interface is more organized than before and thus more user friendly and intuitive. The watch will vibrate to inform you about notifications. Voice commands are also available.
In terms of hardware, the LG Watch Urbane is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, holding inside a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor, 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. It moves smooth through the user interface, but may encounter some stuttering due to some bug issues that will probably be solved soon enough.
Besides Bluetooth 4.1, the Watch Urbane introduces Wi-Fi support, which is great, as it allows your smartwatch to send messages, receive notifications and more even if your phone isn’t near you. You just need to have both your watch and smartphone connected to a Wi-Fi network.
Among the most important and useful applications that come on board the Watch Urbane, we can count the Google Agenda, Play Music, Alarm, Stopwatch Timer, Flashlight, Find my phone, LG Pulse for measuring your pulse throughout the day, Google Fit as a fitness app and more.
The LG Watch Urbane is kept alive by a 410 mAh battery and will endure two days if used moderately.