This review comes after a month of use of the LG G Watch R. The watch is still running the 4.4 Kitkat version of the wear and is yet to receive the 5.0.1 Lollipop version.
Starting with the looks the watch, I find it the most “natural” looking smart watch out there and contrary to the prevalent belief I find it a pretty average sized watch. With an always on look, it can easily pass as a regular watch until its screen lights up with some notification. The overall build quality is sturdy but the side power button lacks and tactile feedback. Nice looking genuine leather straps also warrant a special mention.
The watch face at full brightness is clearly visible even in direct sunlight and more importantly the amazing battery of the watch can more than easily sustain the full brightness with moderate use throughout the day with still about 40% battery remaining when your retire at night. Even with heavy use throughout the day, the battery easily lasts for the entire day.
The Android Wear Operating System is a different story altogether. The system hangs randomly about couple of times a day and a random watch reset is experienced about once a couple of weeks. The overall user feel while navigating the system is not as lucid as the feel one gets on the phone. But I guess that’s expected from a not so old system. It reminds me of my old Android Éclair phones, but things only improved from there and the same can be hoped and expected of the Android Wear.
Another prominent feel you get regarding the Android Wear in general, after the initial WOW factor wanes, is that its not at all proactive but a highly reactive system. For example, one can reply to whatsapp messages if someone sends a message to you. But there is no provision for you to actively initiate a conversation from your watch. The number of apps available at the moment are also limited, but I guess that will change soon too.
So to summarize, the LG G Watch R as a watch is fabulous. The Android wear has still some way to go before we can say that the utility of an Android Smartwatch can be appreciated by the masses.