LG Watch Urbane hands-on: The smartwatch LG really needs

LG Watch Urbane Hands-on

A few days before MWC 2015 kicked off, LG unveiled not one but two interesting wearable devices, and even though they share the same name, they’re actually quite different. The LG Watch Urbane LTE model that I saw earlier is a SIM-enabled smartphone on your wrist, a device that’s pretty bulky, even though it looks good and you could easily get used to that big metallic piece of technology on your hand.

But the real looker on LG’s hands is the LG Watch Urbane that looks even better in real life than in pictures and videos.

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LG Watch Urbane LTE hands-on: Gorgeous, but a bit bulky

LG Watch Urbane LTE

A few days before the MWC 2015 madness started, LG surprised smartwatch fans by announcing a one of the best-looking smartwatches yet, at least until Huawei’s watch was unveiled: the LG Watch Urbane and its SIM-card carrying cohort, the LG Watch Urbane LTE. After taking the later for a brief stroll at MWC, I can say that it looks and feels good on the wrist, but it’s also a little bulky. Not to mention the fact that it runs on LG’s “Wearable Platform,” which might take some adjusting to.

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MWC – Hands-on with the LG Watch Urbane LTE

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LG went ahead and thought, “Hey, why don’t we stick a SIM card in a watch”. Everyone laughed, said they were crazy. However, what they’ve made is really quite nice, and there’s a danger that you might even consider leaving your smartphone at home… even perhaps not having a smartphone again.

This is a watch which you can call direct. There’s phone numbers printed on the base of each demo watch here in Barcelona. You ring that number, the watch will ring and you can have a conversation, just like in the ’80s…

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.. if your network supports it and your friend has another one of these watches, you can have a conversation in a walkie-talkie (push to talk) style. Now, that’s proper Knight Rider that is, make no mistake.

We had a great look around the watch with the helpful LG staff. I was a tad concerned about simple data-entry on here (dialing numbers, replying to texts etc) but it seems that most of your interaction will be by voice. There is, though, an on-screen keyboard. It could just be the experience of the LG rep or perhaps the fact that it actually works quite well, I’m not sure, but you can type on it and the numeric keypad does a good job at dialing numbers.

There’s also a remote shutter feature, which lets you use your watch to activate your smartphone camera. No more selfie sticks.

The whole thing got me thinking though. Why would you pay for a whole new contract for your watch? A mobile contract for your smartphone and one for your watch? Well, there’s certainly a section of people who are already used to having a couple of contracts running – perhaps one for their tablet – so this won’t be anything new. However, it’s not too hard to see a point where some mobile users could switch to this as their main device – taking calls, listening to music, messaging, logging their activity, checking the weather etc.

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Specs? You’re looking at a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz CPU (quad-core folks, QUAD-CORE) with a 700mAh battery, WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC and 4G connectivity. It has a 1.3″ full circle plastic OLED screen and a 9-axis gyro plus an ECG machine (effectively) at the back. GPS is included too.

It runs the LG Wearable Platform OS and has 4GB storage with 1GB DDR RAM and is both dust and water resistant.

No news on pricing just yet.

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  • MWC – LG G Flex2 Hands-on

    20150302_081835Yes, the LG G Flex2 does indeed look like my existing LG G3 after I’ve sat on it. The comparison shots below should hopefully show that. The G Flex2 doesn’t appear as curved as the original G Flex and there’s no concerns about the screen, which could “ghost” a little on the first version.

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    The device has a 5.5″ screen (the same size as the G3 and the iPhone 6 Plus) which is a “Full HD Plastic OLED display” at 1080 x 1920 pixels (403ppi). It runs Android 5.0 (Lollipop) on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core CPU with 64-bit processing (quad 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and quad 2 GHz) and has a rear 13 megapixel shooter with laser auto-focus and a front 2.1 megapixel unit.

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    The range of devices includes ..

    2GB RAM + 32GB on-board storage
    2GB RAM + 16GB on-board storage
    3GB RAM + 32GB on-board storage

    There’s a number of other handsets in the LG range which have a curve. They include the LG Magna, LG Spirit and LG Leon. They all tend to go down in terms of screen size and specs, but they maintain the same functionality and there’s a noticeable lack of bloatware on all the devices. Basically put, if you have the bottom-of-the-range LG Leon with a 4.5″ screen, 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 5 megapixel rear camera, you can still do stuff like the “selfie shot” feature which works by firing the camera when you raise your hand.

    Here’s that feature in video plus, on the LG G Flex2, how the phone bends. Don’t forget that LG have built this with the motherboard etc already pre-curved, so there’s an element of “play” and they allow for a certain amount of flexing..

    Speaking to an LG rep, they told me how hard the company had worked to ensure that the G Flex2 worked perfectly. The interface and the hardware had to be the top priority and, for me, it was so good to see a curved phone without the foibles I saw on the original LG G Flex.

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    Inside there’s a fast-charging 3000mAh battery, plus the G Flex2 features a selfie mode (shown in the video above) which automatically shows your selfie on-screen the second you’ve taken it. Just like a photo booth in a way.

    I’ve spent quite a bit of time at the LG stand today and I’ll admit that I’m impressed. Just metres away Samsung staff are struggling to get interest from attendees due to all the Galaxy S6 units being hidden behind glass, and the end result has been an increased attendance at the LG stand, which was swamped for most of the time I was there.

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  • MWC – The LG Watch Urbane hands-on

    20150302_082725I’ve got to tell you, I’ve never really considered a smartwatch until now. Heck, I’ve not even considered a watch full stop for a while. James has given me a Pebble on loan and, I’ll admit, my attitude is changing somewhat.

    Here, it’s Android Wear powering the show and, although the backlight only flashes up for a couple of seconds (instead of the Pebble and the always-on screen I’ve got used to in recent days), it has the look of an actual… watch.

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    Sure, it’s a little thicker than I’d like, but it was still a beautiful looking device with a thin bezel around the 1.3″ screen. To charge, you put it near to the charging dock and a magnet pulls it into place easily. It’s almost like a tractor beam and it’s in no way fiddly or cumbersome to do.

    However, you can tell from the marketing, the style and the flashy Audi parked on the stand that this is aimed squarely at the cash-rich gent. At £299 (pre-order pricing) it can mean a choice between buying a new phone or buying a new watch instead of both.

    The all-metal construction looks brilliant and it was hard to decide which I liked best – the gold or silver. You can change the straps (it’s a standard 22mm) and put your own on if you wish. It didn’t feel heavy or awkward on my wrist and the “OK Google” commands we gave it, even in a very noisy conference, worked well..

    Specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2 GHz running Android Wear, that 1.3″ plastic OLED (320×320, 245ppi) screen, 512MB RAM with 4GB storage, 9-axis (gyro / acceleration / compass), barometric pressure sensor and the heart rate sensor you can see on the back here.

    This uses Android Wear and pairs with your phone, whereas the newly announced LG Watch Urbane LTE uses LG proprietary software and comes with a SIM card. More on that later.

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    Despite the expensive looks, it’s still water and dustproof, IP67 certified. It has a 410mAh battery. A little part of me wanted a Pebble with this quality and design though.

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  • AT&T is the first carrier to confirm it will sell the world’s sexiest new Android watch

    LG Watch Urbane Launch

    Smartwatch fans have precious few choices when it comes to devices that don't look like a terrible cross between a Swatch watch and a Casio wrist calculator. Beginning soon, however, that is going to change. Apple is expected to announce Apple Watch launch details during its event on March 9th, and the device will begin shipping in April, according to earlier comments made by Apple CEO Tim Cook.

    And soon, U.S. consumers will have another beautiful choice for a smartwatch thanks to a new announcement from LG and AT&T on Sunday.

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    Vodafone offer up the LG G Flex2 with free G Watch R

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    Hello, what’s this then? The hot new LG G Flex2, on Vodafone with a G Watch R chucked in too? For £44.50 per month?

    Ohh, I’ll have a bit of that thank-you.

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    Feeling a bit like a bendy LG G2, this has a 5.5″ screen and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. There’s a 13 megapixel rear camera with the infamous laser focus system. This puppy, though, has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2GHz 64 bit octa-core CPU. It also has a bit of a curve, and Vodafone now have a chap showing you around the device and showing it off to people in the street..

    There’s 16GB on-board and a microSD slot for another 128GB of storage. The usual dose of Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, GPS and FM radio is included. I must say, I’m quite liking the LG kit at the moment.

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    That G Watch R, by the way, is only available to the first 500 orders online and it doesn’t include those taking the Red Starter plan. The watch is worth a massive £220 and is included for free provided you take up a 4G plan.

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    If you’re looking to find out all about the G Watch R, have a look at our review, written by James last year.

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  • MWC – LG G Flex2 availability. Not long to wait

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    If you want the LG G Flex2 then get your wallet ready, it’s not too far away. LG have been in touch with us to state that Sprint in the USA will be getting the handset first, and then Europe and Asia shortly after. In the UK Vodafone and Carphone Warehouse are confirmed and they’ll be making it available from March.

    The curvy handset features a 2GHz 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU, 5.5″ curved P-OLED display (at 1080×1920 pixels / 403 ppi) and Android 5.0 Lollipop. It also has 16GB of storage on board and a microSD slot that can receive another 2TB (yes, 2TB). There’s also 2GB RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera with laser focus and a 2.1 megapixel front shooter. In terms of specs, you should probably imagine a super-fast LG G3 with a curved screen.

    The usual dose of WiFi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS and 4G is also available.

    If you want to see it in the flesh, here’s a man with weird hair giving you a demo..

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  • Showdown: Comparing Android 5.0 Lollipop on Samsung, LG and HTC’s top phones

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    It's been a long time coming, but many of the latest flagship Android devices have finally received their respective Lollipop updates. Android 5.0 Lollipop has some issues of its own, but there's no question that the UI is a major visual improvement over its predecessor.

    But not every Android 5.0 phone looks the same.

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    Apple Watch’s only real competition looks stunning in this new video

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    We do not yet know everything there is to know about Apple's upcoming debut entry into the smartwatch space, the Apple Watch. What we do know, however, is that rival smartwatches to date have not been well received at all at this point. Total quarterly global smartwatch sales are still said to number in the hundreds of thousands at this point, so Apple will almost certainly surpass lifetime smartwatch sales of any given rival during the Apple Watch's first few months of availability.

    To be fair, smartwatches have been pretty lackluster until now, and there really isn't much of a reason to consider buying any device that has been released at this point. As we recently reported, however, that is about to change.

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