LG Electronics G Watch - Black
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- Compatible with most devices with an Android 4.3 or later operating system
- Voice activated
- Powered by Android Wear
- Mobile notifications
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm processor
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What is an unlocked phone?
An unlocked phone is a device that is not bound to any carrier or plan. It allows you to choose your phone first and your carrier second. Upon selecting a plan, simply insert the carrier's SIM card into the phone and you're ready to go. If you decide you want to change carriers down the road or want to take an international trip, it's as simple as replacing your existing SIM card with a new SIM and activating your new plan.
What are the benefits of an unlocked phone?
Freedom: Choose the carrier with the best service or price. If you find a better deal later, you have the ability to change to a different carrier.
Travel: Take your phone internationally and use the carrier of your choice. It's as easy as inserting an active SIM card.
Selection: Choose the phone with the features you want, whether or not your carrier sells it, and get more service options without a contract.
How do I set up my unlocked phone?
The first thing you’ll need is a SIM card for your desired carrier. When activated, the SIM card will let your phone connect to your carrier’s network. If you decide to upgrade to a newer unlocked phone in the future, you can easily remove the SIM card from your old phone and put it in your new phone—just make sure you get the right size of SIM card (nano, micro, or standard) for your phone. If you want to use your phone while traveling internationally, you can easily buy a SIM card for a carrier that operates where you’re traveling. As long as it’s activated, you can just swap SIM cards when you arrive at your destination.
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|Sold By||—||MobvoiUS||UMIDIGI USA||Amazon.com||Amazon.com|
|Color||Black||E Shadow||gold||Black With Stainless||Bordeaux/Copper Rose|
|Compatible Phone Models||Compatible with Android™ 4.3 or higher and iOS 8.2 and later (with limited functionality)||IOS and Android||iPhone11/11 pro/11 max/11 pro max/XS/X/8/8 plus/7/7 plus/6/6s/6 plus/6s plus/5/se ios phones; Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S9, S9 Plus, S8, S8 Plus, S7, S7 Edge, S6, S6 Edge, S5, Samsung Note 8, 5, 4; HUAWEI P30/P10/P9/MATE30/MATE30 Pro/MATE9/MATE 8/MATE 7; HTC SONY LG OnePlus Nexus Google pixel/pixel xl BlackBerry, and other smartphones with iOS 8.0/Android 4.4 or above and Bluetooth 4.0 or later.||—||—|
|Item Dimensions||1.80 x 1.50 x 0.40 inches||9.21 x 1.73 x 0.53 inches||1.72 x 0.47 x 0.87 inches||1.70 x 0.50 x 1.70 inches||1.56 x 1.59 x 0.47 inches|
|Item Weight||2.24 ounces||1.44 ounces||—||1.52 ounces||0.16 ounces|
|Operating System||google_android||Android Wear 2.0||iOS 8.0/Android 4.4 or above and Bluetooth 4.0 or later||—||—|
LG G Smart Watch for select Android devices. Bluetooth 4.0 technology lets you easily sync with your compatible Android device to this LG G Watch, so you can receive and view important mobile notifications on the 2.2" touch-screen LCD.
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I got a smartwatch for $30 that I liked the look of better (because it had a leather band and a rose gold rim--so pretty!), however I didn't like the UI and it was missing two important applications: 1) a countdown timer 2) a music remote for my phone (the one it had could control it but it was forced to play over the watch's tiny speaker!) It wasn't working so I returned it and used that money to eventually pick this item instead. I bought it used and it arrived with only one small problem: It was stuck in demo mode. I googled how to get it off of that. Smooth sailing ever since! While I was looking up dozens of other smartwatches and making charts for myself I finally got frustrated and looked one last time for an under $100 watch that was name brand. Since I got mine used, it was that cheap. I'm so glad I went this route, this watch has everything I need with the added plus of being able to download more android wear apps onto it.
This Watch In Particular:
I love it. This is what smart watches should be. The UI is BEAUTIFUL. T_T I like the voice control and texting. Having the timer is just so necessary for my job and so great to have. And I love controlling my music from here. <3 And I love the find my phone feature.
* BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL UI! Lots of watch faces. Can change the watchband too.
* Can add Android Wear apps onto it. Recommendations: Wear Tip Calculator, MoveUp (its a pretty, sedentary alarm)
* It does everything it says it does, really well.
My recommendation is to buy yours used/like new as well. Mine came with the charging cradle but not the micro usb that it uses (but that was fine because I have several of those already). Or wait until black friday.
* One of the gestures isn't working -- shake wrist to exit. In fact, it's a bit difficult for me to close apps at all. I just have to swipe around a lot until it happens.
* I can't get theatre mode to work. When I touch it the screen goes dark but it comes right back on immediately and turns theatre mode off.
* I turned off gestures entirely but it keeps turning itself on everytime I flick my wrist. I don't really care, but it'll wear down my battery. It has come on several times while I'm typing this.
* Sometimes takes a long time/doesn't download new apps onto it. Do a quick restart and give it 10 minutes, it will. (Unless you've DLed an app that isn't compatible)
* To get it off of demo mode: hold the reset button until a blue button pops up on the screen and then scroll to the side to get to factory reset
I was surprised to find how much having a smartwatch liberated me from my phone. When I can simply look at my the watch for notifications my phone is no longer badgering me for attention. A 1-2 second glance at my watch is not enough to break my attention from whatever task is at hand, while the process of taking out my phone, unlocking it, and putting it away takes me away from whatever I'm doing and to wherever my phone says it should be. My phone is always there for me, but I no longer feel the need to always be there for it.
Unfortunately, as much as I found I like smartwatches in general, the LG G Watch is a bad joke. The allegedly 400 milliamp-hour battery lasted about 3 hours from fully charged to a black screen. I did some tinkering in the following days: using the least detailed watch faces, deleting unneeded apps that might increase background processes, turning off the always on screen, and then tested the battery by putting the fully charged watch on my desk for while. It died after a little over 5 hours. Maybe the reviewers who tested 20 to 30 hour batteries got display/review models, because there's no way that's the same battery. I would guess that maybe mine was defective, but it also didn't feel like the right weight for a 400 mh Battery, broken or not.
There are a few other less major issues. After getting it I switched out the rubbery white strap for a black leather strap, and it looked only slightly less repulsive than the Apple Watch. There are some decent looking watches out there: the Moto 360 and the Zen Watch, and even one beautiful one: The Huawei Watch, but at best this is only slightly less weird looking than a calculator watch. It lacks some features of other smartwatches, like WiFi, fitness tracking, and a few others, but that's to be expected at this price point.
In the end, I splurged and got the Huawei watch when it went on sale, and I've never looked back.
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I'm not stuck to my phone, so the watch is great, as it allows me to check what's coming in very quickly, as it's always on my wrist, and determine if i need to grab my phone. It saves a few seconds, but a few seconds, many times a day.
The apps are somewhat useful, but i do not have that many installed. The recent software update provides a lot more usability straight from the watch, like music playback, and better settings options.
The screen looks good, never had any problems reading it. Bright light can be tricky, not impossible, but a cupped hand will help there. Brightness can be very low or bright, there are not really any middle grounds. The screen is rather reflective though, and prone to smudges. The watch itself will win no beauty awards, but i like its basic and understated look. The screen is not too large, for a man with smaller wrists, and the band is rather comfortable.
Battery life varies greatly. Getting many things to the watch on max brightness with Bluetooth headset attached and playing music will run it dry in about 3 hours. However, using it casually, glances at notifications and occasionally using the voice recognition for replying to texts, will get you around 50 hours of life, with my max being around 75 (barely using it).
Voice recognition is good and usually very accurate, but you need to verbally explain your punctuation, so full stop and comma. Also, if you have moved from a WiFi to 3G or 4G connection while using it, or very recently, the watch can really struggle and fail completely at the words. But once its solidly on one type, it works brilliantly.
I've had the watch for about 5 months now, with no scratches are anything. I love it, but i can see why people don't want one yet.
The main bug bears is the fact the android wear software is still a little buggy and because of the constant charging (at least once a day) its not really that practical.
Although it does look nice with a metal strap attached
This watch should be treated as a reference design, there is no style as such, but it does give a good platform to the Software.
My main concerns when getting this watch were Battery live, and readability of the screen. After having this watch for a while the battery easily last a full day, and just place it in the charger every night at bedtime. The charger itself is very well designed and the magnets ensure the watch seats correctly.
Readability of the screen is good in most cases, but in sunlight it is unreadable, unless you wake the screen. So overall it's not much different to a Mobile phone.
I was going to wait for the Moto 360, but am pleased I didn't, and will probably wait till Generation 3 or 4 Android Wear watches come along before looking again.
I've been very impressed with it for the price, though I'm still not sure if I'm sold on the concept yet.
Only problem I had is that Amazon shipped it with the wrong wall plug (I'm UK resident) so be careful of that.