Apple's newly unveiled Apple Watch won't hit the market until sometime early next year, ensuring that developers have time to explore iOS on a smaller screen and build exciting apps that take advantage of the Apple Watch's new features. The device has certainly created more buzz than any smartwatch that has come before it, of course, and rival companies seem to be taking notice; we're still several months away from seeing Apple Watches hit consumers' wrists, but one competitor dropped the price of its brand new Android Wear smartwatch just moments after the Apple Watch was announced.
Anyone considering picking up a smartwatch in the near future is keeping a close eye on the Moto 360, but LG is doing everything it can to get the attention of potential customers. In fact, after launching a solid contender in the G Watch earlier this summer, LG went straight back to the drawing board in order to build an even more competitive entry for later in the year. Now, as Motorola waits to detail its own smartwatch, the G Watch R has already been dated for October 14th.
A flagship phone with a fancy stylus and top-notch specs? Nah, you're thinking of the other major Korean smartphone maker. LG's taking a different approach with its way-too-aptly named G3 Stylus, which is more "stylus" than "G3." While the screen is the same size at 5.5 inches and the camera is 13MP, that's essentially where the commonalities end between this budget-minded phone and its high-end brother. Indeed, the stylus-packing Stylus smartphone is designed to target users in developing markets who want a handset in one hand and a stick in the other, but can't spend a boatload of cash for the privilege. The recently announced device is now being exhibited at IFA in Berlin, so enjoy a gallery of photos and a few more thoughts. %Gallery-slideshow219900%
IFA is one of the largest consumer electronics trade shows in the world, and it's also one of the most unique. The annual show, held this week in Berlin, has a knack for announcing new washing machines, sewing machines and kitchen appliances alongside the latest smartphones, smartwatches and tablets. Here at Engadget, we're primarily focused on the latter (though who doesn't love a free fruit smoothie sample from time to time?), and there's a lot to cover. Let's head straight into what new gadgets and devices we can expect to see announced at this week's event.
I’m going to write this while it’s fresh in my head because I’ve reviewed a number of phones over the years and, quite honestly, I’m a bit bowled over.
Now, we’ve already published our LG G3 review, but I’ve only just got my hands on one. James told me that battery life isn’t as good as you’d expect, but last night I looked at the battery-o-meter and it proudly claimed 29%.
29%… at 10.20PM in the evening
That’s never happened before to me. I rip the s*** out of smartphone batteries. I am to batteries what a fat girl is to cake.
It’s going to go flat. iPhone, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy S5, whatever phone I’ve tried the thing has been beeping at me at dinner time to tell me that the battery is low. It will happen. Like day follows night.
What’s astonished me is my usage. I absolutely nailed the thing yesterday and the battery saver mode (which kicks in at 30% by the way) isn’t on either.
- I got up at 7AM and unplugged it, then browsed the usual Twitter and Facebook gubbins. Spent about an hour on-and-off doing that until my brain had woken up enough.
- At 10AM I started clearing out lounge out (we’re having new carpet), so I used the phone to push some YouTube videos to Chromecast so I’d have something to listen to. I played quite a number of Radio 1 in Ibiza tunes but this in itself doesn’t actually drain the battery too much as it just feeds the YouTube link to the Chromecast. After that you could turn your phone off. However, I also used the new Screen Cast option to play some live internet radio and SoundCloud stuff. This kept my screen active quite a bit.
- At noon I started taking old bit of carpet to the garage and then into the car. I had the headphones in and played more YouTube music videos. Although I was just listening to them they still held the screen on.
- At 3PM, after getting back from the tip (which our council seem to call “the recycling centre”), I decided to go for a bike ride, so I used Strava to record the entire thing. GPS, as you’ll know, is used all the time here. Battery friendly it ain’t.
- When I got back at 5.30PM I decided to run the updates that the phone was bugging me about. It downloaded two large system updates – one was about 50MB and the other was 104MB. Both downloaded over WiFi.
- Throughout the day I also replied to tweets, took photos during my ride and sent a few emails.
After all that, it’s still merrily barreling along at 29%. I’m pretty stunned, I’ve got to tell you.
If you’ve seen something similar, or even if you haven’t, I’d love to hear from you.
Oh, and while I’m here I’d also like to thank Google for the images that appear when you do a search for “Energizer Bunny”.
Whilst looking around for a new handset, I stumbled across a sale that Vodafone are doing. They’ve discounted the £99 up-front fee normally charged on their contract LG G2 and you can pick it up (until September 17th) for free on plans starting at a measly £18.50 per month.
Now sure, for £18.50 per month you’re not going to get a great deal in allowances. 100MB of data, 100 minutes and unlimited texts? It’s not going to exactly let you “use” the G2 a great deal is it? So, step it up to £26.50 per month for unlimited texts, 500MB data and 600 minutes or notch it up to £30.50 a month for unlimited calls, texts and 1GB of data.
Also, while I’m here, Voda apparently have a deal on in-store this weekend which could see you picking up the very same handset for a mere £175 when you grab a £10 top-up. Obviously this is Pay As You Go, but you can unlock it if you want. It’s this weekend only though, so you’ve gotta be quick to grab the PAYG deal.
Motorola managed to turn quite a few heads with the Moto 360 smartwatch, an Android Wear device that took the most basic watch design and further enhanced it by adding smart features. However, while Motorola is yet to fully disclose all the details about Moto 360, LG is already out with its second Android Wear smartwatch, which also happens to be a Moto 360 rival, at least when it comes to design: the G Watch R.