Last year’s fight of wearable tech has gone to the next level this year, especially with launch of much anticipated Apple Watch. Korean brand LG is not far behind in this arena. The LG Watch Urbane that was announced in the month of March has impressed a lot of experts till now. It is the most classical looking smart watch, but also comes with a premium price tag. At 23,999 rupees, the LG Urbane smart watch makes its entry to the group of highly priced android wearable devices currently available in the market. But is this gadget worthy to be on your wrist? Let’s find out.
The Most Attractive Design: Without any second thought, the LG Watch Urbane is one of the best smart watches that carry almost the same design line that we have used to see on a regular wrist watch. It looks more like an expensive jewelry item because of the premium finish. This device is available in two color options including silver and a gold variant. The swappable leather straps provide the best customization experience to the users.
Battery Efficient Display: The 1.3 inch full circle P-OLED display not only results in high contrast ratio, but also helps in extending the battery life. Its 410 mAh battery will give you at least two days of power backup. The display resolution of 320 X 320 pixels makes the graphics appear razor sharp. There is no light sensor on this watch because of which you might have to manually adjust the brightness several times a day.
Android Wear Operating System
The user-friendly software makes this device totally stand out in the market. Android Wear OS offers a number of customizations and a few tweaks done by LG make browsing through the menu much easier.
The 9-axis sensor is pretty great at judging whether you are walking or just staring at the watch face. Moreover, the heart rate sensor at the back is also very accurate. The only catch here is that your smartphone should be running Android 4.3 or above in order to be compatible with this gadget.
Snappy Performance: LG has done pretty much everything to ensure this smart watch always offers a fast and lag free experience to the end users. It houses a Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad core processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM. Also, the on-board storage of four GB seems to be enough for installing a good number of apps.
Wi-Fi Connectivity: Apart from featuring Bluetooth connectivity, this smart watch can also get connected to internet using Wi-Fi. This also means that you will not have to always carry a smartphone to fetch notifications or use internet on this device. The LG Watch Urbane 2 (next variant) has also been announced that offers independent LTE connectivity.
- Mind blowing design
- Great performance
- Swappable straps
- P-OLED display
- Decent battery backup
- 512 MB of RAM
- Dust and water resistant
- A little heavy
- No light sensor
Verdict: The LG Watch Urbane is a significant improvement in the evolution of operating system based smart watches. It proves that wearable smart devices can be manufactured without compromising on design and build quality. However, there is still room for improvement.
|Display||1.3 inch P-OLED, 320 X 320 pixels|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-Core 1.2GHz|
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi and Bluetooth|
|Features||IP67 Certified, Customizable and Classical Design|
|Sensors||9-Axis, PPG (HR) and Barometer|