We analyze in depth the LG G Watch, one of the first Android Wear smartwatch with operating system
The market smartwatch is not something that was born a couple of months ago, but it is true that the launch of Android Wear will be a before and after in this technological category that is still in the early stages of their development . It has taken the bet signing of a technology giant such as Google to not talk lately about something else in the technological means that smart watches.
The LG G touch screen watch is one of the first smartwatch with the Gear Live Samsung to mount the Android Wear operating system, so there is no doubt that the hype around him is well deserved. The G Watch provides a platform much more consistent and functional than any we have seen so far in the field of smartwatch, it is the first stone of a house to be built in the coming years.
LG clock bet on a rectangular design with rounded lines and somehow, something classic. To those more immersed in the world of design and classic watches, will remind the design of digital clock that Braun created a few years ago.In essence, the G Watch wants to put the focus on the screen, possibly the reason why the other elements of the device seem to have been somewhat forgotten.
The device does not have physical buttons, although the gestural controls that implements Android Wear will not let missing. As to the watch body, it is considerably thin and comfortable to wear on your wrist. The strap is silicone and comes standard in black, but we can exchange it for other different colors.
Screen LG G Watch is 1.65 inches with a resolution of 280 x 280 pixels and a density of 240 ppi . Actually, considering the dimensions of the device, the image quality is more than acceptable for our daily use and considering that there are not still functions or features that may require a higher resolution.
However, we must emphasize that the IPS LCD technology used for the screen is not the best when we are in situations where the sun shines directly on the screen of the device, as it virtually impossible to read. Otherwise, the display is made of Gorilla Glass, which will make you resistant to scratches and bumps.
The design of the screen when it is turned on is completely customizable through the different designs incorporating the system. In addition, we can choose whether we want the display is constantly lit to show the time or turn on only at time intervals . This last option is the most appropriate if we want to preserve battery life.
The G Watch has inside a processor at 1.2GHz, not insignificant if we consider the small size of the device. In addition, it also has 512 MB of RAM, more than enough for most tasks you will do with the clock. The 4 GB of internal storage are also sufficient for a device with these characteristics, it is clear that the content storage will not be one of its main tasks.
As for the rest of specifications incorporates Bluetooth 4.0 technology to synchronize with your smartphone much faster and efficient in the way battery consumption. We also found a battery of 400 mAh with an estimated 1-2 days of regular use duration. In this case, the short duration is an added problem in a device having the role of exercise as a clock.
Like the rest of smartwatch released so far, the LG G Watch also features IPX67 certification, which guarantees that may be splashed corrosive liquid not any, but in no case can dive with it. This particular model has no camera to take pictures.
Sistema operativo–Android Wear
Being one of the first smartwatch to incorporate Android Wear, it is not surprising that it is here where the main attraction resides. After downloading the Android Wear application on your Android smartphone, we set up the connection between this and our G Watch. The process is simple and in a few steps we both fully operational.
As shown in our analysis of Android Wear, Google’s operating system is based on a system of cards that show different information and through which we move through touch gestures. Basically, we can control Android Wear completely through voice commands, taps and gestures .
As for voice commands, we can ask our smartwatch a lot of tasks just saying “OK, Google”. Automatically, Google Now will process our order and we will show the information quickly. In fact, the speed will depend on many occasions of our Internet connection and saturated the Google servers are located.
Some of the things that we ask Google Now are:
- “How many calories are in a slice of pizza?”
- “Send a text message to my father”
- “How many steps have given you today?”
Sometimes, however, voice commands seem to enter into a kind of loop in which it is impossible to access the information they are asking. At other times, the smartwatch just do not listen to what we are asking, even though we requested an action that we just made a moment ago. In this regard Google has a long way to improve.
Another important aspect of the functionality of the LG G Watch with Android Wear are notifications. Receive alerts comfort of our wrist is one of the main attractions that exist around the smartwatch and Google has been able to take advantage of this by devising a system that is easy and intuitive.
Notifications appear on the home screen of our clock, swiping up will access the notification or navigate between them if there is more than one. Slipping on the leftget more information and features on the notification in particular : reply to the message, open it in our smartphone, etc… Finally, swiping to the right will delete the alert.
The type of notifications you can receive are varied, from a new text message to the result of our favorite football team. Of course, if we receive many messages throughout the day, our LG G Watch is constantly vibrating is can be a nuisance, so we can always silence them .
Yet another fault is found right here: we can not mute notifications of specific applications , but we have to do it all at once. This, coupled with the fact that sometimes answer a simple text message can become an ordeal, it shows that Android Wear is still in a very early stage.
The LG G Watch smartwatch shows that still has much to prove and, above all, to improve. However, it is not a bad approach for those who want to experience as is that of bringing some kind of smartphone on our wrists. Obviously, the numerous failures that still has, a design may not appeal to everyone and a battery that seems insufficient for a device primarily remains a clock, make the LG G Watch isnot suitable for everyone .
If you have a terrible desire to enter the market smartwatch and devices like the Moto 360 or the rumored iWatch Apple will sound too far, the G Watch may be the best device to get started . However, if you do not hurry and want a great experience from the beginning, we recommend that you wait a couple of months to the arrival of the new batch of smart watches.
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