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LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live Unboxing

We now have our goodies from Google I/O, LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live smartwatches. Before we get into the review process and really diving into what these devices do, we love to unbox and do hardware tours, just so you all know what to expect if you have ordered yours through Google Play already. 

Both devices feature very similar specifications, with the G Watch sporting a 1.65-inch LCD (280×280) versus the Gear Live’s 1.63-inch AMOLED (320 x 320). The only real difference buyers should consider is battery life, the Gear Live’s built-in heart rate monitor, and overall design.

The G Watch comes with a 400mAh battery, said to last a “full day,” while the Gear Live features a 300mAh battery, which should also last a day. Both will need to be charged every night if you plan on wearing them consistently. Other than that, both run the same version of Android Wear, and both are compatible with all Android 4.3+ devices.

Check out our full unboxing and hands-on video below for more G Watch and Gear Live action.

Have questions about the smartwatches? Throw them below.

  • The Realist

    I just got mine today and I’m having trouble responding to text on the Gear Live! Help?

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  • TopXKiller

    the old Burger King watches look better then these

  • Ernest

    Gear live just looks better. The G Watch reminds me so much of those toy watches for kids.

  • EngineerGunter

    Do either of them come equipped with Gorilla Glass?

  • Robert Isha

    I don’t know. The moto 360. Looks more elegant to me. A gentleman watch. I will definitely get the moto 360 is the price is right.

  • Josie

    I would really like to see the built in watchfaces on the LG G. The ones in the promo shots look kind of plain and boring compared to the Gear Live and especially the Moto 360.

  • jesus…these things look like absolute toys compared to the 360 and thats not even being a fanboy about it…good luck trying to sell these esp the gwatch w t f…at least the samsung one looks half decent…gwatch should be 90 bucks at most

    • PoisonApple31

      Who the heck needs to sell either one of these watches when it’ll have identical functionality compared to the 360!? You’re just going to pay more for design/wireless charging and premium materials.

  • You should use a camera with OIS lol

  • NexusMan

    Uggghhh! I keep going back and forth on these. Definitely getting the 360, but wanted to get another. I, too, think the Samsung looks better than the LG, but I don’t think either one looks fantastic. And I like that the LG has changeable bands. I’m really not going to wear a smartwatch unless it looks good on my wrist, and unfortunately, I don’t think either one of these will cut it for me. I’m still waiting to see more of the White LG to see if that sways me.

  • NexusMan

    We need to see an actual demo of how these things charge. The ease and/or difficulty in attaching it to the included charging plates is a big deciding factor for me.

  • Sucks that these won’t have sapphire glass like the new iphone 6. unscratchable. we’re stuck with this cornings garbage. we really need to step up hardware manufacturing on the android side.

    • NexusMan

      Can’t have everything, my friend. It sucks that the iPhone 6 won’t have everything Android L will have. 😉

      • Maxim∑

        yeah because Ive always wanted a watch OS to run on my phone

        • NexusMan

          Nice try, but Android L isn’t a watch OS.

    • The iPhone 6 isn’t out yet, you’re just going off rumors. Remember all the iPhone rumors that have been wrong before?

      • Apple made the deal with the sapphire glass co. last year. Took HTC 4 years to make a metal body phone. Apple hardware is just better. Period.

        • Apple used to use glass, then after all the cracked backs they switched to metal. Also remember when Apple called Android cheap plastic phones? Now look, they have their own plastic phones.

    • n900mixalot

      The glass on the Galaxy Gear is very strong. There haven’t been many instances of people breaking it, and it doesn’t scratch easily either. I’ve had mine since January and I have no scratches, and wear it daily. If they used the same glass, it will be perfectly fine.

  • thescreensavers

    Actually battery life, can it go 24 hours? If battery is getting low does it go into a low power mode (ie. clock only) if so how long does that give you?

  • jbdan

    A potential big issue with the gear vs LG is the design of the band attachment to the watch case. The LG will be much more compatible with different sized and shaped wrists than the gear due to the way the band ‘hangs’ off the case rather than the gears ‘molded’ underside shape/design

  • droidrazredge

    wow, I’m sure I’m probably with a lot of people on this one but I really feel that Samsung surprised us with the Gear Live. I’m really impressed with the build quality and the added features. I really thought that LG would have made the better watch of the two, but sadly the LG G Watch looks cheap and the Gear Live looks sleak. If I was able to attend the Google I/O I would have honestly chosen the LG G Watch just based off of trusting LG more but I sadly would have been discouraged to find out I didn’t choose the better of the two. It looks like it will come down to the Gear Live versus the Moto 360 competing against each other.

    • Steveo

      I couldn’t agree more. I was all about the Moto 360, but this Gear Live has caught my eye. Now just want to learn more about the usability/battery.

  • teejaycard

    Now how to get Android Wear on my Gear 2 Neo……

  • pyro74boy .

    Sorry I’m not wasting my money on any of these smart-watches. They are just a huge waste of money.

    • JoshGroff

      Watches aren’t my thing either, still waiting on retail glass and prescription lense compatibility. Half tempted to buy the 360 anyway though, just to give it a shot. (assuming they have a metal band option.)

      • pyro74boy .

        I know this will never happen but here,s an idea have them include these watches with the phones LOL

        • NexusMan

          Moto X……+1????

        • JoshGroff

          That would be a nice off-contract deal, would love to see moto do that with the X+.

          • pyro74boy .

            I sure hope the X+ has better specs and a much better camera this time around because I want to support it.

  • brad kou

    anyone know the battery life on these guys?

  • crazed_z06

    Gear looks a lot nicer.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I honestly think the Gear looks more like something i’d have on my wrist.
    Surprise, surprise.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I like the Gear over the G because it’s rounded on the back, looks like it would fit my wrist better.

  • Do they have speaker phone? Can I make calls like my Gear 2 can?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Don’t think so. Haven’t seen that.

      • That sucks because I love the sound and speaker phone on the Gear 2.

        • PoisonApple31

          It works well too!

    • would u really use this if it did….lol come on man stop it

      • The reason I left Pebble Steel, Qualcomm Toq and the Sony SW2 is because they didnt have sound for notifications or speaker phone. I loved my Galaxy Gear and I love the Gear 2. Android Wear is holding me back because I need speaker phone and sound. I hate the vibration only with the other watches and android wear. So I wont stop it. I did buy both and I will be buying the moto 360.

        • Curtis

          Do you drive around a bunch for work? I can see the mic/speaker being useful when driving (even though you should be able to connect your phone to the car audio).

          • I dont have to work (was blessed years ago with $$). I just hate the fact it only vibrates. Reason why I like the Gear 2 so much. I use it for calls all the time and have it on sound not vib for notifications.

          • Curtis

            …I see.

      • sj0808

        Being able to make calls isnt a gimmick. Its a real stand out feature. I need call function for me as well while driving so i will be getting gear 2 😀

  • Mike Aurin

    Dear Tim,

    I feel like I was watching Cloverfield as you were filming this….

    I still love you and your nauseating camera skills<3


    • I have a bone deficiency. Sorry. 🙁

      • Mike Aurin

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          Seriously I was just giving Tato a hard time. I feel awful. Love you man…

      • Curtis

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    • Maxim∑

      They are at IO it was just a quick video, dont know why you have to be a jerk about it

  • Moto 360 vs the Gear Live. LG may have lost this battle that thing looks very cheap and plain.

    • Grayson

      G Watch does have a much larger battery than the Gear Live though. i would pick it over the Gear Live for that reason alone. Also, the screen on the G Watch is apparently much more visible outdoors than the screen on the Gear Live, which is another important distinction in a watch.

      • And you know all this info how? Source to back up your claims on visibility

        • Grayson

          Sorry, I tried, but I couldn’t track down the source I heard it from. Maybe it’s wrong. We’ll have to wait for reviews.

          • I don’t think there’s any reviews like that yet.

          • Maxim∑

            300mah – OLED vs 400mah-LCD both last a day, which isnt coinsidered great so the battery difference really means nothing if they last the exact same

        • J Davis

          The Verge did a quicky with the watch and initial impressions were that the Gear Live was not impressive in direct sunlight.

        • Guest

          Tim Stevens from cnet posted this on twitter yesterday…

        • duncanator

          Tim Stevens posted this on twitter yesterday…

          “Hate to say this, but the Samsung Gear Live is really difficult to read in bright sunlight. Almost impossible with polarized sunglasses.”

      • Rob

        I must have no taste because I think the Gear Live looks crappy with that silver border around the phone and prefer the design of the G Watch.

    • PoisonApple31

      I went with the G Watch since I already own a Gear 2 Neo. After seeing some of the hands on videos with the Moto 360 yesterday, I was not impressed enough to wait until later Summer to see if I would like it or not.

      • As you probably know I’ve never been a Moto fan but I think Moto is the best option though I’d have to wait till release to make that claim. I love how the Gear Live looks so those are the 2 options for me.

    • Patrick Crumpler

      I think the G Watch looks pretty good. I got the black one. I will get the 360 when it comes out “later” but I won’t be rushing out of the gate for it and it’s probable $400 price tag. You know it’s gonna be high when there is this much interest in it. So for the next couple of months I will enjoy my LG with my N4

    • They both look like ass. Wait for the Moto 360.

      • Lol

      • Jeremy

        Anyone know if these watches are water resistant or water proof like safe swimming and water sports, or how shock resistant they are? Can these watches take a beating?

        • kubukoz

          At I/O, they said all of them were water resistant.

        • merlin256

          They all claim ip67, dust resistant and water resistant down to 1 meter.

    • dannyWHITE

      All that chrome around the Gear Live makes it look bulkier and stands out. Its not much better but I prefer the more minimal look on the G Watch. But 360 trumphs all!

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  • RichHomieGuan

    I’m feeling the smart watches now that Google’s on board with stock issued devices, but I have to say the G Watch vs the Live, even though I don’t like Samsung I think the LG looks less attractive… then again I’m sure majority of us are waiting on the 360; now that’s a sexy beast!

  • Shane Redman

    Kellen sounds either extremely tired or extremely enthused hahaha.

    The charging adapters are a fail for me. Just one extra piece of hardware that’s dependent and way too easy to lose due to it’s size. If only there were a smartwatch with Qi charging out there 😉

    • Mike Aurin

      I feel like he may have filmed this last night after all of the day 1 festivities. It’s tough work being a rockstar.

  • TSK

    Since it sounds like all the watch is, is a way to interface your phone on your wrist, the watch essentially mirrors the phone, why does it need internal storage? apps down the road that will be installed directly to the watch? It sounded like, from the Keynote, everything will be put on the phone.

  • Tony Byatt

    I like the G Watch. Simple, you can change out the bands, seems perfect for activities…

    • Hazadriel

      Engadget has a demo of the Gear Live and the Samsung rep said theirs also has the same 22mm interchangeable bands.

      • Tony Byatt


        I’d probably still go with the G Watch but it’s good that the Live’s bands are interchangeable…

  • coolsilver

    yea totally glad I went with the G watch. Gear Live edges kinda would stick out on me a lot. :/

  • Shawn Pourhosseini

    I honestly think the Galaxy Gear is way better than this.. i cant take photos and cant answer a phone call with Android wear… theres plenty of times ive left my phone charging in the room and my phone starts ringing and i can quickly answer it talk to the person walk over to my phone pick it up and continue the convo..whereas with these i still have to run to my phone to answer..

    • Christopher Moore

      It would have been better if Samsung just released Google wear for their previous smart watches which would have made them compatible with all Android devices. I agree with the taking pictures and being able to answer the phone but there’s no guarantee that I will own a Samsung device towards the end of the year.

      • Shawn Pourhosseini

        But you can root the Gear to be able to work with any phone

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          That’s not a solution.

          • JoshGroff

            It is a solution, just not ideal.

          • PoisonApple31

            It’s a work around. Don’t you lose functionality when its not connected to a Samsung device?

          • JoshGroff

            Not sure, I don’t own one, not a fan of the design.

    • crazed_z06

      Android wear doesnt do calls?

      • Shawn Pourhosseini

        Nope not at all

        • Grayson

          And how do you know this? Has anyone tried using one paired with Android L?

          • Cory S

            Do they even have speakers?

          • Daistaar

            Yes. They have speakers. Google now reads back answers out loud in a number of demos. It’s audibly answering and replying to the wearer.

          • Michael

            Android wear watches do NOT have a speaker. This was confirmed in one of the individual wearable sessions at the conference. Can you link to a demo where one of the watches responds using voice?

          • Daistaar

            Are you kidding me? Throughout the entire keynote every time they asked the watch anything it responded the way Google Now always does. They even sent a text and had it confirm. Might I be thinking of the Android in the car demo? I’m gonna look for timestamps in the keynote and come back.

            As an aside, the 2 minute 360 demo with the Motorola woman also did it.

          • Michael

            haha unfortunately I am not kidding.. Just checked out the Moto 360 demo video quickly and the watch does not, as I expected, read out the height of Barack Obama. I think you’re getting confused with regular google now. Google now on a phone reads back, google now on an android wear smartwatch does not. I’ll check out the keynote again when I get to a computer but I’m afraid the watches really don’t have a speaker.

          • Daistaar

            Yeah I think you’re rightright lol. Was just watching the keynote again from minute 49 up and I didn’t see the responses. I guess I really did confuse it with the car demo. Hopefully I don’t regret the Gear Live I have on the way lol. Thanks for the heads up!

          • PoisonApple31

            You don’t need Android L for Android Wear only Jellybean 4.3

        • Grayson

          The video here shows her dismissing an incoming call:


          So, um, apparently you’re wrong. Not sure if the watches have speakers so you can actually talk and hear on the watch, but you can at least answer and dismiss calls from the watch.

          • PoisonApple31

            I have a feeling answering a call from the watch will queue it to your phone, unlike the Gear 2 where you can actually take the call on the watch (which works very well by the way).

            I would love to be wrong here, as I just purchased a G Watch!

          • Daistaar

            It has a speaker as it audibly responds with Google Now.

          • spike mike

            actually, its doesn’t respond vocally, just on the screen. no sound, no speaker.

          • Daistaar

            Yeah we established that about 2 weeks ago. Also, much to my chagrin, I verified that tonight with my live.

    • James

      This is my problem with Android Wear so far. The functionality announced so far is little more than a smartphone extension. Adds some convenience and novelty perhaps, but where’s the added benefit? Without different sensors, the watch becomes little more than a fashion accessory (and a questionable one at that) without a phone in your pocket.

    • Grayson

      Really? You want to take crappy 2 MP photos with your watch? And how do you know Android Wear can’t answer calls? It can respond to texts and has a mic, so I would be shocked if you couldn’t at least answer calls.

      • n900mixalot

        The HTC One uses a 3 MP sensor …

        • Grayson

          4 actually, not to mention the massively larger pixel size on the HTC One. Also not to mention that many people are unhappy with the resolution of HTC One pictures as well.

    • Justen DeBowles

      Finally somebody said it!! the lack of a camera and the ability to answer calls kinda puts the tizen/Galaxy gears ahead of this right now. without those two features it’s just a glorified notification center for now. Still a cool concept with android wear, but give it phone capabilities and camera functions plz.

  • Mark Snider

    Have to say that I am liking the Samsung Gear Live in this case. The LG just looks like a black box that someone glued a cheap rubber strap too, looks fragile. Ultimately want the Moto 360 but might give the Gear Live a try

    • Christopher Moore

      I agree. The LG looks like a small brick with a strap tied to it. The Samsung looks like an average watch. But the Motorola 360 looks elegant but the size looks to big for me. And I own a Note 3. I think the square watch would utilize space more effectively.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    The silver on the Samsung is just way too much. Stands out too much. If Samsung brushed it black I’td be much better.

  • PhilD41

    I have to admit, after watching this I think I like the look of the Samsung better. Curious how that band holds up. Looks like a good way to drop your watch. I am still holding out hope for the 360, but the price might be just a bit much. I still have to justify one knowing I can’t where it at work regardless.

  • atc-tech

    My only real question, are there multiple watch faces on either of them like with the moto 360? I’m really interested in the LG G watch now, but if that one demo watch face is the only one they have, I don’t want it.

    • PhilD41

      I am pretty sure they all have multiple watch faces. I believe it was the LG I saw demoed in a video showing how to change faces. That may even be part of Android Ware.

    • Geekdad

      I assume it will be like Pebble. You can go to the Play Store and download them. Hopefully the developers will start cranking them out.

    • From what I’ve heard faces are limited to what’s on the Device but Google says 3rd party faces are something they’re looking at for a future update.

  • Scott

    Completely forgot I/O attendees would get units, now I don’t feel like such an early adopter for pre-ordering one! And I can always cancel my order if the reviews turn out negative.