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Android Wear, Google’s new wearable platform, is now available for use in the form of the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch. Tim already reviewed the Gear Live, so it’s now my turn to weigh in with thoughts on this other option.

In short, Android Wear and the G Watch offer what I would consider to be first generation, almost-beta-like experiences. The G Watch is one of the first Android Wear devices ever made and Android Wear is so fresh and new that we don’t really know where it will be in two months from now, let alone a year or two years. This is one of those products that you buy if you have to own all things Google, are an early adopter, or are a developer who plans to explore the potential of Android Wear. The rest of us are probably better off waiting to see where things shake out.

Below, you will find more thoughts on those ideas, along with a full G Watch video review. 

Review


Other Thoughts


As I mentioned above and in the video review, Android Wear and the G Watch are tough to fully evaluate at this time, since they are beta-like products. So rather than run through our typical review format – Tim already did that with the Gear Live and my thoughts on the G Watch basically echo his there – I will instead run through some bullet points for areas that either stood out as positives or negatives for the G Watch. The platform is just so new that it’s tough to really rate the G Watch and its functionality thanks to Android Wear. For now, this is one of those “Here is an early look at the device after having spent a couple of weeks with it, but things could dramatically change in a couple of months” type of reviews. Plus, you can catch it all in the video review.

  • Design:  If you have listened to us talk about the G Watch at all since it was first announced by LG months ago, you will know that we aren’t exactly fans of its design. The G Watch is a black box with a display attached to a cheap rubber watchband. It’s not pretty. It’s not pushing design boundaries or attempting to be creative in any sense. It isn’t a fashion piece, nor is it trying to stand out. It’s not offensive or inspiring. It’s just meh. If you want a watch that won’t garner any attention, this is the watch for you. If you want a watch as an accessory to your style, you may want to look at other options.
  • Display:  The 1.65-inch IPS LCD display on the G Watch is acceptable, as long as you don’t step outside into the sunlight. Indoors, the watch is plenty bright and shows enough color to get you by. In sunlight, the watch is unreadable. In other words, the electronic contraption on your arm is completely useless should you take it outdoors on a sunny day. If your daily grind doesn’t include fresh air, by all means the display will get the job done for you. On a related note, the display is quite responsive to touch. Your swipes up, down, left or right are almost always recognized, which is something I wasn’t setting my hopes high for going in.
  • Battery life:  Should you buy a G Watch, expect to charge it every day. Maybe I shouldn’t expect a tiny electronic device with an always-on color display to last for multiple days on a single charge, but one can hope for that to be the norm at some point. As of now, it is not the norm. You shouldn’t have to charge multiple times per day by any means, but by the time you go to bed, be sure to have the included charging dock waiting by your phone’s micro USB cord. On that note, charging isn’t difficult on the G Watch, but it does require that you utilize that charging dock. The charging system is much better than that of the Gear Live, just try not to lose that dock or you will be out of a $229 watch. There is no other way to charge it than through the dock. Actually, there also isn’t another way to turn it on either.
  • Google Now integration:  Having Google Now cards for weather, stocks, travel information, etc. on your wrist rather than tucked away in a pocket on your phone is exactly what the world has been waiting for. While notifications can be a bit overwhelming on Android Wear, the automated stuff brought to you by Now is awesome. With hotel and flight information available without having to look for it, weather in multiple cities, and reminders for appointments all just a wrist flick away, your day actually can be more fluid.
  • Notifications:  While Google Now integration is amazing, the notification handling of Android Wear can be a bit much. Now, there are ways to turn notifications off for specific apps, but in general, should you have a couple of Gmail accounts, plus a work email, multiple conversations per day on Hangouts, and use a calendar to schedule your life, you will find everything a bit overwhelming. Your wrist will be vibrating constantly, you will struggle to figure out which apps let you respond with voice or if you need to pull out your phone anyway, and you will wonder if having Android on your arm is actually beneficial. This is one of those areas that we hope only gets better as Android Wear matures. For now, you may want to take advantage of notification muting as much as possible.
  • App integration:  App integration from your favorite apps and developers hasn’t happened yet outside of a select few like Evernote, Level, and IFTTT, but it will come eventually. For now, developers will need to decide if Android Wear is worth integrating into their apps. If it is, then I can’t wait to see where they can take it. We have already seen Delta and American Airlines build in boarding passes to your wrist, Pinterest notify you of nearby pinned places, and Duolingo help you learn new languages on the fly, but what else can be done? Smarter minds than mine will tell me, I know it.
  • Watch faces:  The G Watch has a whole bunch of watch faces that can be switched to fairly quickly. Most of them, unfortunately, aren’t great. Thankfully, developers are figuring out ways to get new ones on your device soon. If you thought Pebble had a cool watch face community, just wait until developers start taking advantage of these always-on color displays.
  • Availability:  The G Watch is now available globally, according to LG. You can buy it from Google Play through a variety of countries, but retailers like Best Buy will sell it shortly. You shouldn’t have any trouble getting ahold of one.
  • Price:  At $229, I can’t help but think that the G Watch is somewhat overpriced. The Samsung Gear Live has a more high-end design, along with a heart rate sensor, yet only costs $199. I’m not sure where the added bonus is for the G Watch to run $30 more.

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The Verdict


As I mentioned in the video review, early adopters will likely enjoy their time with the LG G Watch, while the rest of the world will be better off waiting to see how the Android Wear platform grows and if manufacturers like Motorola and HTC can deliver designs that are much more inspired than this. While there isn’t anything particularly terrible about the G Watch, there also isn’t anything that stands out as being game-changing or amazing. It does Google Now well, will soon be better with the help of 3rd party app integration, and can certainly come in handy if you are traveling. But beyond that, you need to decide if you need or want notifications on your wrist, if charging another device each night isn’t a big deal, and if a plain black box is the wrist accessory you have always dreamt of. For me, I think I will be OK without all of this for now.

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  • tdurden64111

    Needs more bezel.

  • AndroidBoss

    Moto 360 is definitely better, but I really wanted to test out Android Wear so I bought the LG G Watch to test for 2 weeks…I know…it’s an addiction :).

  • RoadsterHD1

    Moto 360 is better

  • coolsilver

    Got mine on today! Though I should told it last night ” Ok, Google…Remind me to pick up my badge not just the watch before leaving the house”

    • NexusMan

      Tell me how it REALLY is in the sunlight. All these reviews are claiming it’s useless in the sun, however, I heard, it’s perfectly fine if you turn the brightness up. They say by default it’s set to 2, but cranked up, you can absolutely read it outdoors.

  • Anon

    Moto 360 < G Watch.

  • epps720

    Isn’t HTC supposed to come out with some wearables this year? They make some beautiful phones, so I would imagine they could do the same for a watch. If they are making one, I hope they give that public a glimpse before the 360 comes out, so we can see which one we want better.

  • suspected

    so my gear fit lasts longer and i can see it fine in the hot arabian sun plus looks sleeker and cheaper too. grabbing the gear fit while its discounted now at around 150 is not a bad idea at all

    • PoisonApple31

      It’s been on sale for $100 recently…

  • Patrick Crumpler

    I’m a fan of mine. Got a white band so it has the Storm Trooper look. Screen is OK to me in sunlight and I live in Florida. But the watch needs to be active to view. Not a deal breaker. Its very comfortable. Hardly even notice it after wearing gshocks for the last ten years. Will wait for the 360 cause I like its style too, just concerned Motorola is gonna jack the price on that thing too close to $400. Interested to see what is available around Christmas

  • Andy Blystone

    So when he says “OK Google” in the review immediately the video stops playing and Google is ready to do a voice search… I guess “always listening” means always listening

  • mcdonsco

    What amazes me most about smart watches is the insistence on shipping them with crappy bands, wtf? The band is a HUGE part of the “style” of a watch and seems all manufacturers are just saying “ah crap, forgot to design a band! Ehh, just pair it up with an $4 Walmart rubber watch band and call it good”…seriously, wtf?

    Not that the G Watch is all that stylish, but damn, all of these companies are doing the same thing in this respect…I just dont get it, have some pride in your product!

  • Chris King

    The 360 is not a fashion statement. It looks better than the other 2 but that’s not a hard thing to do. The pic of it on Tims wrist looks like a little boy wearing his fathers watch.I also don’t think motos watch will be to much greater in price as moto is not in the financial position to take a risk of not selling to a broad audience

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      I genuinely disagree with all of that, especially the part about me having tiny wrists lol

      • Chris King

        Nope it looks like you have an average sized wrist which is the problem for me. Hey but what do I know I’m still hoping that go camera makes s google glass so I can use them when I run the tough mudder and I KNOW they will look ridiculous but I wouldn’t care

      • chris_johns

        lolll

    • NexusMan

      Motorola is in a very good financial position. Their owned by the most valuable company in the world and abot to be owned by another multibillion dollar behemoth.

  • GrantVanMeter

    Every time Kellen says “OK Google” in the video review, it triggers Google Search on my phone now that I have the always listening from any screen turned on…. unexpected nuisance. I had to restart the video about 6 or 7 times. Anyone else have that problem?

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  • CapnShiner

    After reading these reviews of the G Watch and Gear Live, my initial predictions are pretty much confirmed. A promising platform with nice Google now integration but horrible battery life and outdoor visibility. I’m happy with my Pebble. Having to charge the battery every night is an inconvenience that I can live with but not being able to view the screen at all in direct sunlight is a deal breaker for me. The only thing I wish my Pebble could do that it can’t is reply to anything. Sure, I can reply with canned messages using Glance but that only works for SMS and it’s not good enough. My ideal smartwatch would run a more mature version of Android Wear, have a microphone for voice texting and “OK Google” hotword support, and would have the battery life and sunlight visibility of a Pebble. Bonus if it looks good and/or allows for swapping bands.

  • mbagasao

    Is there an option to have stock SMS notifications displayed on the watch, or is it just Hangouts?

  • Derek Duncan

    again i ask, is this a good buy at $115?

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  • Daistaar

    Can’t see why there was no KnockOn for the G Watch to power it up or at least wake it.

    On another note, How do you guys expect the Wear Platform to take off when you don’t get behind it? I know it’s in its infancy but without a good adoption rate and a community behind it, what’s to motivate support and development for it. Reminds me of WebOS which was quite good but couldn’t get people behind it so developers never paid any mind to it.

    • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

      Why the hell would I want to knock on my watch? I believe speaking to it or swiping the screen wakes it up

  • Wall Breaker

    Some people say the G watch looks its like from the 80s or 90s.

    But guess what!? The 80s and 90s fashions are back in style. Go hang around a group of highschool teenagers at the mall on a Friday night a bunch of girls wearing hot pants and belly shirts it practically screams 90s and guys wearing 90s ballcaps and plad shirts.

    I thought I was watching A live rendition of Fresh prince of Bel air.

    • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

      It does look like a 90’s calculator watch though. Lol

      • Wall Breaker

        I actually think it looks high tech and futuristic IMO.

        I saw some people switch out the band on Google + for some really nice fossils bands and it made the entire watch look more sleek and stylish.

    • NexusMan

      True, but everything you listed had flair and style. Those girls at the mall aren’t wearing black, boxy hot pants and black boxy belly shirts. The proper equivalent for the G Watch to aesthetically match what’s come back into style is pictured here. Now THIS at least has the style that the G Watch lacks.

      • SA_NYC

        Yes buddy! All these years and it’s STILL true…

        • NexusMan

          Yes. I had this exact watch…oh, how I wish I still knew where it was. :)

  • Wall Breaker

    A Round Nexus Smart watch Priced at $150 would be better than the moto, lg or gear live options.

    I’m hoping Google Releases a Nexus 8 tablet alongside the Nexus 6 and a Nexus Smart watch.

    I know I know I’m probably dreaming.

    • NexusMan

      And exactly why would that be?

      • Wall Breaker

        cheaper watch for devs one of the major attractions of the Nexus devices is they are usually 1/2 the price of most OEM flagship devices. I know a lot of people who already think the current G Watch and gear Live are overpriced and would jump on a $99 nexus watch.

        • NexusMan

          Certainly. But it doesn’t have to be a Nexus for that. If rumors prove true we should be getting a low cost entry from ASUS.

          • Wall Breaker

            That’s Google enough for me

    • chris_johns

      lol their basically all nexus devices theyre stock sold by google and made by their partners…and what a cheaper 360 would look nicer then the 360 bc…….yeahh

      • Wall Breaker

        Honestly the whole looks thing is purely preference not facts just opinions. I wear a black Military G Shock and I think its looks badass but some people would think its ugly. I care more about wether I like it, not wether everyone around me approves. If I bought stuff based on Looks Only I would be using a iphones 5s or HTC One M8. But I love my nexus 5 and think its looks sleek like a black lamborghini.

        It all comes down to what you like not what others think you should like. I would be all oevr a $99 Nexus watch just based on price alone.

  • nosedive94

    I’m sitting in my sea of Android devices and when you said “ok Google” in the video, it was like waking the Borg.

    • Cory S

      Tell me about it. now that Okay Google Everywhere has rolled out my wife gets so ticked off when she is using her phone and I use it on mine.

  • John Smith

    i’d like to be able to answer/make calls from the watch like the Gear does. maybe 2.0? i think iWatch will heat up the competition and Google and partners will copy/kick up their game a notch. i need less “Google Now” random stuff and more straight direct user on-demand functionality.

  • dannyWHITE

    I think people forget that because these are Google devices, manufactures like LG and Samsung don’t turn much profit for them. And at a time where LG is putting all their eggs in the G3 basket, I think just being involved in the first couple Android Wear watches was good enough for LG. I’m sure they didnt want to put too much time and effort in the G Watch. Just like innovation products like the G Flex, the G watch was to keep LG’s name out there.

    • dizel123

      Are you the former Dallas Cowboys quarterback/punter?

  • sam

    G Watch has a 33% bigger battery than the Gear Live and an interchangeable band – that’s it’s advantage for it’s price.

    Also, although there’s no compelling reason at this point to think Samsung will compromise/touchwizify the Gear Live, I’d bet that the LG watch has a better chance of continuing to mirror the engineering reference design, having been the defactor in-house development device for Google.

    • dizel123

      33% bigger battery but it still won’t get you through more than a day, so there’s no advantage there. The band on the Gear Live can be changed too. So yeah, there’s no reason for it to cost more.

      • sam

        I respectfully disagree – a bigger battery is a bigger battery. A number of times I’ve not bothered to charge it overnight, and then made it through plenty of the 2nd day without worry. I don’t own the Gear Live so can’t compare, but I measure battery length as a proxy for convenience in hours, not days.

        Will be interested to see how to 360 does. Having put it on my wrist I/O, I’ll tell you it’s very light which made me think the battery must be even smaller. The engineers wouldn’t tell me :)

        Regarding the band – is there somebody out there with the Gear Live who has changed the band? The consensus at I/O was that you could not, or at least you weren’t meant to.

        • dizel123

          If what you’re saying about the battery is right, then I stand corrected. I don’t have either watch but from what I’ve read they both need to be charged every night because they won’t last long into the second day, but that is just secondhand knowledge on my part.
          As for the band, there is an article on Android Central showing how to change the band on the Gear Live. Its not very hard to do.

          • sam

            Anecdotally – I took my G Watch off it’s charger at around 730am EDT this morning, it’s now just before 10pm and I’m at 51% after moderate use all day, with the screen always-on feature enabled.

        • NexusMan

          You CAN change the Gear Live battery, but it was not MEANT to be changed, so Samsung has not made it EASY. It is much easier to change the G Watch. The Samsung band is a pain in the butt. Not only is it not as simple, but because of it’s design, once you put on a new band it is highly likely that it will look like that new band SHOULD NOT be there. It looks out of place.

          • sam

            that’s kinda what i figured.

        • Cory S

          as an example..Semi truck has a 5 gallon gas tank but gets a mile per gallon, A car has a 4 gallon tank but gets 20 miles per gallon. Bigger tank will not go as far.

          AMOLED is more efficient than an LCD on a watch face.Bigger battery is not always “a bigger battery”

          • chris_johns

            this is totally untrue…u ever hear of diesel? semis get wayyyy better gas milage then your car does lol

          • Cory S

            wow.

          • sirmeili

            I think you need to do some research. While it is true that diesel can give better gas mileage, it does not give a semi truck “wayyyy better” gas mileage than a car. If that were true, why would they be so amazed that peterbuilt has made a truck that gets, on average, 10mpg in real world conditions:

            http://www.roadandtrack.com/go/news/news-peterbilt-cummins-tractor-trailer-fuel-economy

            Note that it may be on part with some of the pickup trucks out there (maybe), but there are cars that get 4 times the gas mileage than that and even some that get more than that.

            So @Cory_S:disqus comment is true…. A bigger battery does not necessarily equate to more battery life.

    • NexusMan

      The battery life has already been shown to be close between the two. Samsung’s Amoled technology is much more efficient than LG’s screen. This is coming from people who own both.

  • skinja

    you can turn it on by depressing the small button on the back

  • dannyWHITE

    Wow…no lie, as soon as you said “OK Google” the video stopped and my phone was waiting for me to finish the Google Voice search lol

  • master94

    I really want a front facing camera like James Bond has on my watch. Thats when Ill buy a smart watch

  • Maxim∑

    Can’t wait for the 350 to come out so people will stop hyping it…

    In reality it will share the same problems, poor battery life and a display that’s not to visible outdoors..

    • NexusMan

      Love how you start a sentence that is not fact, but speculation, with the words “In reality.”

  • imaguest

    You guys just dont know anything about design. It is simple. That does not mean it looks bad.

    • Maxim∑

      its a square block. Where is the “design”?

      • imaguest

        design is not just about good looking man. design is about functionality, solutions. look at the gear live, getting broken because of the charging cradle, thats a bad design.

        • Maxim∑

          You’re right. I feel like they could have done more though, I was for the gear until hearing that news about the charger

      • imaguest

        also, the 360 looks super nice, I agree, and is supposed to have qi wireless charging compatibility, which is good, but to me, in terms of design, it is just the same as having the pogo pins, after all, the watch has to be in contact with the surface and it is just as convenient as a qi charger. so, it is unnecessary.

      • eee

        The HackLife Moto360 is a circle. Where is the “design”?

  • tu3218

    So tired of hearing people bash the G Watch and the Gear Live based on their looks. Some people just want a functional Android Wear device without truly breaking the bank. The 360 will most likely exceed these devices in price by at least $100. The 360 is a gorgeous device, but you guys all sound like Apple fans with putting so much emphasis on looks and worried about making a fashion statement. What ever happen to function over looks? What android was built upon. It may not be the prettiest, but sure as hell gets the job done. I’m most likely holding out for the 360 but come on guys, these are just the beginning of a bright future of Android Wear. Give them a break.

    • jmashis

      But the 360 will have just as much functionality…AND looks. That’s why everyone wants it. Not me though. I still think these watches are dumb.

      • NexusMan

        No. They’re smart.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

      The reason we want a device that looks good is because we both (Kellen and I) wear watches for fashion first, time telling second. If we want something to just tell us the time, we’ll look at our phones. A watch needs to look good first and foremost, at least in my humble opinion.

      • NexusMan

        Thanks. You saved me from saying the exact same thing.

      • skinja

        it pains me to hear you say you wear a watch for fashion…..so many things wrong with that

        • Christopher Moore

          The thought of these watches being fashion pieces never once crossed my mind. When one puts a Note 3 to thy ear I could care less about what people say. I’m more upset that LG priced their watch higher than Samsung’s vs. the boring slab look.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Comparing using a cell phone to wearing a watch is like comparing apples to oranges. Please, if you’re going to call yourself a realist, as you have in this comment section, then be realistic.

          • Christopher Moore

            What else would you compare it to for an Apples to Apples comparison? Many people consider phones to be accessories. I bet you see more phones in public vs. watches. I stopped wearing watches because my phone took over that responsibility 8 years ago.
            The only reason why I like the idea of a smartwatch is so that I don’t have to whip out my Note 3. It has nothing to do with fashion. It’s an accessory for my accessory.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            I know where you’re coming from. But comparing a phone to a watch really isn’t a good comparison because plenty of people buy a phone solely for the function of it being a phone. Basically anyone who doesn’t have a smartphone probably doesn’t care too much about the way it looks. However, almost anyone who buys a watch will make their decision mostly based on aesthetic appeal. I would more readily compare a watch to perhaps a pair of sunglasses? It’s not an easy comparison to make, that’s for sure.

          • Christopher Moore

            I wouldn’t compare it to sunglasses but I would compare to Google glass because of the functionality.
            Maybe that’s the issue here. We clearly have 2 camps and possibly a third; people that buy a watch for fashion vs. people that buy a watch for functionality.
            I fall into function over looks as long as its not super big, pink and expensive (over $200). I would buy a moto 360 if it has a better display, longer battery life and if it fits my budget.
            This would be a very telling poll if Droid Life was to do one.

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            Allegedly it does have a better display. No telling about battery life. Hope it fits your budget :)

        • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

          Then you don’t have a high paying career if you think people don’t wear watches for fashion and to make a statement. Watches speak a lot about a person especially in the business world. Nobody except possibly people who buy cheap watches wears a watch just to tell the time. Hate to break it to you.

          • Nikuliai

            I buy cheap watches and wear those for fashion anyway… there are some really nice cheap designs :P

            PS: Stop fooling yourselves guys, NOBODY that uses (and pays for) a watch only to tell time is the public this watches are trying to catch, this is fashion first, geek functionalities second and after that goes the price (which may give pain to a lot of us, but at this point I really don’t care about wasting money on that watch, I just want it, may regret it later, but who cares, now it’s all about the hype)

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            Sorry I wasn’t crapping on cheap watches I was trying to make an example, maybe it was a bad one. But people don’t wear watches these days for time telling first. When a guy buys a $40k Rolex its damn sure not because he wants to keep up with the time, its a statement/fashion accessory. Just like when I buy the 360 I’m buying it for fashion, because im a tech geek and to show it off to say I had it first among my peers. I could care less about the time. Notifications are great though.

          • Nikuliai

            Yup, I got your point, I was just pointing out there are some cheap designs that looks pretty cool (at least to me), both watches I’m wearing these days are actually chinese and I ask people to estimate the price just to tease them and they usually go for 10-15 times the actual value :P

            But yeah, totally agree, clocks are more of a fashion statement right now (but to be honest I kind of miss it when I get out without it, went years without using watches and now picking up the phone to get the time feels like an extra step, which is kind of odd but also kind of fun)

          • skinja99

            Please don’t pro-create.

            You want to buy something to show it off?
            Are you an adult? I am serious. You sound like my niece.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            And you sound like an idiot with no friends, I said “to show it off to my peers” meaning friends and coworkers, I didn’t say the world. Who doesn’t when they buy a new car or something nice like a phone show it off to their friends. Maybe if you got off the dope and moved out your moms basement you’d money to buy nice things and have friends to show things off to because that’s what people do in the real world. Nobody buys things to keep it too themselves.

          • scastro87

            You have never bought anything based on how it looks and only care 100% about functionality?

          • 213ninja

            sorry bud, this is mad false.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            When I made this comment I was thinking of the Financial Advisors and the Investors that wear watches as statements because let’s be serious you’re not going to trust a guy investing your money that’s wearing a Movado. Those people wear expensive watches as a show of accomplishment. Same as a guy buying a Rolex, he’s not buying it because he wants to keep up with the time, It’s a statement/fashion piece. But as I was corrected in another reply there’s a large group of people that wear them for fashion and a large group that wears them for time and utility is the way I should’ve put it.

          • 213ninja

            I see that point and agree. I kind of thought you were more focused on an office or sales type situation. But there are plenty of people who appreciate Rolexes for their abilities and fuction, not to mention durability. Law enforcement, divers, sailors, and even soldiers to name a few. Sure, the baller hedge fund sharks come to mind quick, but these other guys use and abuse Rolexes so they know what time it is ; )

          • Patrick Crumpler

            Still trying to impress people with material items. That’s someone in business I would steer clear of for sure. A watch is a tool. Want something flashy get a bracelet. I like others here will be getting the 360 this fall, but until then I will be breaking myself in with the G Watch. I love this little guy. Built like a tank. My concern with the 360 is the round face and how sturdy the bezels are. I need something sturdy and the G watch fills that void for me. Only gripe is that it seems like BT only works in about 30 feet. I’m sure the next gens will have wifi connectivity.

            As far as a fashion statement, I’m not sure how great a big black dot is going to look on your wrist. The watch face will be off so you won’t see it, unless you push the button. Now if the 360 has the muted screen enabled like the LG does then it’ll look nice, but it sounded like that watch would only “power” on when needed to conserve battery a la Moto X style.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            Nobody said anything about impressing people. Please read the full conversation before replying you’re making yourself look dumb. God the idiots are running amock on DL today.

          • Patrick Crumpler

            You said it in your comment. Re-read your own statement. Impressing people and a nice watch in the business world garnering respect are the same thing. Shouldn’t have to tell an intellectual that.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            Once again go back and read. I never used the word “impress” I said it was a statement/fashion asscessory. I’m not going to continue to help you read Patrick.

          • Patrick Crumpler

            Thanks. I can read and comprehend just fine. Too fine sometimes to others displeasure. Btw the 1 is “cute”.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            That is not the same thing. I’m sorry you’re comprehending it that way. I’m not going to continue to entertain this conversation because you’re thoughting instead of thinking.

        • NexusMan

          In 2014, why would you be wearing a watch for something else? Because your phone, or the phone of any given person around you, at any given time, or any clock around you at any given time isn’t functioning that day?

          • BroRob

            My phone doesn’t work very well at 10 ATMs diving. My phone doesn’t work very well after the 3rd day of a 12 day backpacking trip. I’d rather glance at my wrist then stop and pull out my phone while cycling, swimming laps or working out. SMH not everyone is tethered to their phones 24×7!! I actually like to unplug, get out AND still be able to tell time.

          • NexusMan

            After my original post, I realized there are a few instances where that could be applicable. Having said that, most of the examples you listed are examples are not every day living, but where you are away from the general populous. In those rare instances, yes, an appearance of a watch is a 2nd thought. For the majority of people, living their every day lives, however, a watch is something that they wear throughout their entire day, not just while under water or on a 2 week excursion through the woods. Therefore, many of the watch buying public, do actually care about how the watch looks, and how it fits into their personal style.

          • Patrick Crumpler

            I am in the minority for sure, but I don’t pull my phone out of my pocket to check the time, because I wear a watch. That’s why I am so glad for the Android Wear devices. It’s a perfect marriage. And that’s probably why so many people are excited about the 360, it’s pretty and functional. Personally I feel there is a statement to be made with any if the current three. I have my LG with a white band and Titan Black, very flashy and black and white is a pretty good look for dressy affairs. The Motorola May look absurd with a tuxedo.

        • mcdonsco

          Like what and why?

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          Different strokes for different folks.

        • scastro87

          What is wrong with that?

      • tu3218

        Fair enough. I think that’s where the line divides. I don’t ever where a watch unless I’m at work. I don’t see a watch as a way of fashion, more as a tool. Now these smartwatches are just making it much more of a tool. But hey, I know a lot of people that wear watches as fashion. It is technically jewelry after all.

      • Wall Breaker

        If you want a watch for fashion there are already plenty of options out there that look 10x better than the moto 360 that will probably be the same price or even less.

        • NexusMan

          And people who “want a watch for fashion,” already have had plenty of those other options out there, and will continue to buy other options in the future. People who don’t wear watches seem to think like those of us who do, have 1 watch that will be our only watch from here to eternity. I have different types of watches and they don’t “look 10xs better” than the next, they are each different and special in their own way, and serve their own purpose.

          • Wall Breaker

            I agree i like wearing a military type watch like a G Shock for everyday but when I need to be more formal I’ll wear a nicer watch.

      • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

        I totally agree with watches being statements first, time tellers second. Nobody wears a watch for the actual time. A beautifully designed watch is a statement, style, can tell a lot about a man.

        • 213ninja

          i think you guys have a good point that there is a large group of people that wear watches for fasion, but there is also a large group of people that wear watches for function and utility. when you say stuff like “nobody wears a watch for the actual time”, i feel obligated to mention the other side of the coin. if you made a statement like this on an EDC forum you’d likely not appreciate the replies. i’m not dissing you or the folks who are about fashion, as i own a few designer watches……just trying to be more inclusive.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            I can agree with you. I may have used the wrong words by saying “nobody”, like you said there’s a large group of people that wear watches for statements/fashion and there’s another large group of people that wear them for time and function. You worded it better.

        • skinja99

          A watch can tell a lot about a man?
          Above you said you wanted to show stuff off. So it sounds like if someone like you has a fashionable watch, we can tell he is a douche.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            Dude shut up and go get an education or something apparently you haven’t read thru enough comments to understand the conversation. Stop trying to attack and learn to comprehend because you’re just making yourself sound stop. Don’t procreate.

          • skinja99

            You sound like a child. Your online handle here is Intellectua1, which sounds like something a middle schooler would name himself. You are trying to impress people or make a statement. What is the statement? That you are conforming with some silly watch?

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            Ok.. All hail the dummy, he doesn’t know when to stop talking. Get a life loser. And you’re talking about usernames but yours in Skinja99 yea OK. Shut up dummy.

          • scastro87
          • skinja99

            So clever.
            I must be a shut in, in my basement somewhere.

            Oh wait, I am writing this in Antarctica.

      • Deez

        Funny thing is though that no one is going to care how a watch looks on your wrist with that awful looking tattoo sitting right next to it lulz

    • dizel123

      The biggest problem with your argument is that theoretically all these watches should have the exact same functions. We don’t yet know the price of the 360, so really the only thing left to judge on is the looks, and(for most people) the 360 looks far better. If they each had a different OS, or even a skin, then you’d have a point. But they don’t. So if the G Watch and Gear Live look(to some people) like garbage, and the 360 looks amazing, then of course people are gonna put down the G Watch and Gear Live compared to the 360. It only makes sense. How can you put function over looks if they all function the exact same way?

  • Ryan N

    But…

    Does it blend!?

  • Gideon Waxfarb

    It seems hard to get an honest assessment of these watches, because people are rating them more on looks than anything else. IMO, design is purely subjective… for example, most people hate on Samsung plastic but I actually prefer it over aluminum (usually because it’s lighter while not being any less durable). That being said, I don’t think the design of a device should factor into reviews at all, unless there’s some flaw in the design that affects functionality or reliability.

    I think people can look at these devices and decide for themselves whether they’re attractive or not, or even if that matters. They don’t need a reviewer to do this for them. As far as I’m concerned, they fall into the ‘gadget’ category, so I don’t really give a crap what they look like. To me, the more bland they are and the less they stand out, the less of a chance I might end up getting mugged while wearing one :P

    • NexusMan

      As soon as you wear a gadget on your person, visible to yourself and others, replacing a traditional fashion accessory, it becomes more than just a “gadget.” It IS a fashion accessory. It is replacing a fashion accessory. Reviews, therefore, absolutely need to cover the aesthetics of the device. (Heck, tech reviews even cover the aesthetics of non fashion gadgets, so I’m not quite sure where the notion that the looks should not be mentioned comes from). Have you ever seen an iPhone, HTC, or Samsung device review that didn’t talk about “the gorgeous display,” “the beautiful unibody design,” “the dimpled plastic,” or “the astonishingly beautiful casing?” Having established that reviewers should comment on the appearance of the device, of course, each person reading said reviews can decide for themselves what they feel about the appearance, just as they should ultimately decide for themselves how they feel about everything else about the device.

      • Gideon Waxfarb

        ‘It IS a fashion accessory’

        We’ll have to agree to disagree on that; I don’t buy fashion accessories. But even assuming you’re right, do you need a reviewer to tell you how ‘gorgeous’ a thing is? Do you not have eyes? The problem is that ‘beauty’ is so subjective, everyone seems to have a different opinion about it. Of course, I guess most people think the Moto 360 is quite attractive, but I think the round face seems a bit out of sorts on a device like this; would be like having a phone with a round screen :P
        So it’s a bit frustrating to see reviews dismissing the G Watch and Gear Live, advising people to wait for the Moto, because ‘it looks better’. And I’m like, who are you to decide what is attractive and what isn’t? Review the damn things on how they function, and let the reader decide how sexy it is. And you never know… the Moto watch might be the biggest piece of crap ever released, but would you still choose it over the others?

        • NexusMan

          All any review is, is the OPINION of the person writing. If the person didn’t give an opinion it wouldn’t be a review, it would be a list of specs, or in the case of entertainment, a dictation of the plot. Anything said in a review is subjective. One person could review something and say “it has terrible battery life. only 1 day.” The next person could review the same device, have their settings tweaked, a different use pattern, and say “Battery life is pretty good!” No, I don’t NEED a reviewer to tell me how it looks, just as I don’t NEED a reviewer to tell me anything, really. But it is nice to get OPINIONS from others who have actually spent time with the product, and take them into consideration, before forming my own final opinion. Though, in the case of a device that I can’t yet get my hands on, like the Moto 360, yes, it is absolutely valuable information to hear 1st hand from someone that it looks as “gorgeous,” in person, or even more so, than it does in renders and photos and videos. Seeing something in pictures, does not always translate or do something justice, so in the case of these wearable reviews, of items not yet in the hands of consumers, it is valuable information…On the other side of things, I’m sure you’ve bought or at least worn a fashion accessory. If you’ve bought a belt, or watch, or tie, or socks, or hat, or gloves, or scarf, or jewelry, you’ve bought a fashion accessory.

      • Wall Breaker

        I’ve seen people wearing the g watch after changing out the wrist bands once you put nicer bands on it looks 10x better and very modern IMO.

  • Felipe Barros

    Bezels–>ugly

    • Maxim∑

      I’d rather have a consistent bezel around the whole device than a black bar which will ruin the clock watch face

      • NexusMan

        I’d rather a small bezel only at the bottom, than a thick bezel all around the entire device. So THAT’S the point. There are DIFFERENT options for different people. Clearly the 360 is not your cup of tea, but it IS for many others. And thats fine. For you there is the G Watch.

        • Maxim∑

          It’s not consistent on the gwatch. 2 huge bezels on the top and bottom. I mean a thin bezel around the whole circle that won’t block part of the screen

          • NexusMan

            “part of the screen” is not being blocked anymore than “part of the screen” is being blocked on the G Watch. It’s a BEZEL, there is NO screen there. Just like there is no screen there on the G Watch or on any other touchscreen with a bezel. Show any app on the 2 devices and they both show the same information. And the G Watch has “2 huge bezels,” on the top and bottom and 2 less huge bezels on both sides.

  • Billyt

    tl;dr version: meh

  • JayWill386

    I purchased the LG G Watch and actually love it. I know that I will immediately replace the band once I find one that I like. There is nothing cheap feeling about the LG G Watch outside of the band. You would think it was 100% metal but its definitely not all plastic.

    I am disappointed with the reviewer because he should learn the voice commands properly before doing a review on them and making it seem as though they don’t work 100% of the time. There is a learning curve to using Android Wear but once you get the hang of it you are in there and I have not had any issues with voice command even when in a rush and pronouncing things wrong it still gets it right.

    • Christopher Moore

      The LG kind of grown on me but it shouldn’t cost more than the Samsung model. I will be playing the first one to hit $100 game before I get one of these.

      • Tony Byatt

        The Gear Live is very cheaply made and the dock is causing all kinds of problems with the watch…

        Don’t sip the Kool-Aid DL is serving. Wait for them to hit B&M store so you can check them out yourself…

        • Christopher Moore

          Plus 1. I just saw the issue with the charger on the Samsung model. Scratching that off my list. Not even worth $50 for the potential warranty return. Only if they clearly revise the charger.

      • Wall Breaker

        I’m hoping Google releases a $150 Nexus watch alongside the Nexus 6.

    • clay

      someone posted a band replacement on r/androidwear. think i might get a NATO band too now

    • Ben Udkow

      I’m wearing my LG G watch now and also love it. It’s simple and I actually really like the way it looks. The charging dock is VERY cool and guarantees a charge (I’ve had many times my LG G2 wasn’t sitting on the inductive charger properly at night). I already replaced the band, but the stock one really isn’t bad to me. Can’t wait to see what will come next to it, but I’m more than happy to be an early adopter. If you can afford a $230 watch (which is VERY VERY cheap for most watches), why wouldn’t you get one? ;-)

    • Evan Knofsky

      If you watched the video, he knew what the commands were; the watch was not picking up everything he said.

  • http://androidintvfilm.tumblr.com/ wade_county
    • NexusMan

      It does look better….until you get back to that face.

      • Christopher Moore

        Looks so much better but that band cost $40 bringing the total to $270. I would wait before pouring money into these things.

      • Wall Breaker

        That is completely personal preference.

        • NexusMan

          Absolutely. There are going to be tech people who like the G Watch’s appearance, who don’t care about a stylish design. The watch exists for them. I am not one of them. I refuse to wear any watch that does not have an attractive flair to it.

        • NexusMan

          Believe me, I REALLY wanted to like it with the band, because I wanted to get one. So I spent a lot of time examining it. It looked good to me in some of the still photos, however, when I see it on his wrist, I realize that the face is what you’ll be staring at the majority of the time, and it just didn’t look appealing to me anymore.

      • Cory S

        butter face watch haha

  • WitnessG

    The thumbnail of the video confirms that LeBron is taking his talents to Droid Life.

  • tu3218

    So based on device vs device, if someone were to buy one now, would it be the G Watch or Gear Live?

    Try to leave out your Samsung bias hate, love for the unreleased 360, etc. Most people that are buying these watches now anyway(possibly myself), are most likely buying it strictly because we want to experience Google wear now. No doubt the 360 will be better looking, but I’m just curious what’s the better of the two.

    • Tony Byatt
    • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

      Personally, I went with the LG G Watch because I figured it would go best with my LG Nexus 5. Plus, I kind of like the black slab look. Then I heard about the Gear Live dock, and I did not regret my decision one bit.

      I have to admit the 360 does have a nice look, but that’s not enough to sway me when the price of that watch is probably going to exceed this one by $100 or more. And I have no hate for Samsung, since I did use two of their Nexus devices.

      • tu3218

        Yeah you make a great point about the price. I wish Moto would just announce it. I have a feeling it’s definitely going to be over $350 and if it does all the same things as the G Watch and Gear Live, than it’s not going to be worth it.

      • Cory S

        I’d never consider what went with my phone when purchasing a watch.

        • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

          Why not, considering the watch is an accessory to the phone anyway.

          • NexusMan

            I’d consider what went with my clothes. And shoes.

          • Cory S

            Nothing wrong with it.. I just buy watches for form and function being they are also jewlery but phones for just function.

    • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

      If I had to choose between the Gear Live and the G Watch I’d have to go with the Gear Live The G watch looks like something I’d put together with a DIY kit, the design is so plain and simple. Gear Live has better design and looks like they actually put some thought into the design

      • tu3218

        Yeah I do think the Gear Live has the more appealing look. I’m hoping they both arrive to best buy this week and I can at least play with them an than make my decision.

    • NexusMan

      Not only will the 360 be better looking, and I think will also have some other advantages, BUT it will also be released at a time when Android Wear is a little more ready for Prime Time. People seem to not realize that. Why rush out to buy an inferior smartwatch at a time when there were like no apps available.?

  • Derek Duncan

    What if I get the G Watch at 50% off when purchasing a G3 from ATT? How’s the G Watch at $115?

    • https://plus.google.com/+MichaelBond codemonkey85

      Is that an offer? Wow… too bad that probably comes with a contract.

      • Derek Duncan

        Yes that’s the offer. Next and contract.

  • blahblahblah

    Still looks better than the 360…..

    • blahblahblah

      nm I retract that statement

  • Tony Byatt

    Horror stories are coming out about the Gear Live’s charging dock…
    http://www.androidpolice.com/2014/07/07/reports-surface-samsung-gear-lives-horrible-charging-mechanism-breaking/

    The LG G Watch is probably the better choice right now…

    • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

      Not. I wouldn’t buy either. I want a smart watch that looks like an actual watch not a 90’s wrist calculator. They’re both horrid.. I’m waiting on the 360

      • Tony Byatt

        Again, “better choice right now”…

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

          Better choice is just to wait and see what other manufacturers are working on. Moto, ASUS, etc etc.

          • Tony Byatt

            Of the two choices for Android where devices, the G Watch is the better overall buy…

            Moto and Asus have released nothing, so as I said, as of today we only have two choices…

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            As of today, I’d still buy the Gear Live over the G Watch. I just like the design a bit more than the G Watch. Both are pretty even though.

    • crazed_z06

      What’s wrong with the Gear Live’s dock? The dock on my OG Gear works perfectly. Did Samsung change something?

      • Tony Byatt

        Check out the link…

    • WCM3

      That last photo…my cats would eat the shiet out of all those wires..

      #Moto360

  • crazed_z06

    The LG watch is too plain and too expensive.

  • ROR1997

    *Insert Moto 360 comment here*

    • Boblank84

      too late.

    • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

      Moto 360 or die.. Lol

      • Wall Breaker

        Nexus watch would be better.

        • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

          There would be no such thing, the point of Nexus was to offer bone stick experience versus skinned Android. But since OEM’s aren’t allowed to Skin Android Wear, TV, or Auto there’d be no point of a Nexus watch because its all bone stock Android Wear.
          Edit: If you want anything close to the thought of a Nexus watch it would be the 360 because its specifically from Google.

          • Wall Breaker

            I know I know I was dreaming..

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            Lol oh, well the 360 would be the closest thought to a Nexus watch since its straight from Google. But software wise they’ll all be the same.

          • Wall Breaker

            actually now that I think of it its not just the software but the pricing. Google Could release a Nexus samrtwatch at a a $99 making it cheaper for devs instead of paying more when they essentially run the same version of wear.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            You have a point because Google has always done that in the past but I’m going to counter and say I don’t think Google would undercut the 360. It’s like their personal flagship right now.

        • PoisonApple31

          You mean Nexus price point would be better…

          • Wall Breaker

            thats just it though the price alone would justify making an android wear affordable for devs charging like $99 keeping the nexus 5 build quality and materials for the watch.

          • PoisonApple31

            Well $99 would be a much better price point considering what you get with these watches. It is a joke at this point.

    • Christopher Moore

      You guys are setting yourselfs up for a huge disappointment with the motorola 360. Can’t judge a book by its cover.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

        Do you know from experience or just talking from your behind? Having tried on the Moto 360, and playing with it for a bit, I am still just as excited for the device as I was on day one. The only thing that could possibly make it a crappy experience is the battery life. On the good side, Android Wear is solid, that hardware is incredible, and Moto is all about their reputation lately. I think the 360 is going to slay.

        • Christopher Moore

          I’m clearly talking from my butt but this behind knows it $hit. Trust me. This watch will slay these 2 but at what cost? Nothing is perfect and I wouldn’t be surprised if this watch has poor outside visibility, poor battery life and high cost. You guys are just pumping up Motorola to price this thing close to $400. Pray that this thing cost $300.

          • NexusMan

            No one will think the battery life is “poor,” or visibility “poor,” but people like you who have already decided against it. So what’s your point? Those of us happy with what we’re getting will NOT be disappointed, or “let down.” Only haters like you.

          • Christopher Moore

            I’m not a hater. I’m just being a realist. All I’m saying is wait until all the facts are in before we crown Motorola as the smartwatch king. I find it funny that Motorola was hiding critical pieces of information during i/o. That triggered my spidy senses.
            It’s why I won’t judge the iPhone 6 or iWatch until all the facts are in.

            “Realists have a firm grip on reality and can see things for what they are, not what they are told they are. Realists have their own views and do not fall victim to propaganda, misconception, or titles!”

          • NexusMan

            You can absolutely have your own views but attaching those views to others is what you can’t do, and that is why you are a hater. Anyone, who tells another how they are going to feel or that they “are setting (themselves) up for a huge disappointment,” is a hater. Point blank. There is zero reality in you telling me or anyone else how we are going to feel. That wouldn’t make you a realist, that would make you a psychic.

          • Christopher Moore

            Take it easy my Android brother. Let calmer minds prevail in this situation.

          • NexusMan

            There’s that psychic coming out again.

          • Jarred Sutherland

            “NexusMan, white knight of the Droid Life comments section!” … I think you just need to chill a bit… Roid rage much?

          • NexusMan

            I’m actually very chill. Not angry at all, just stating my opinion. People who have no interest in these watches are telling people who do that they’ll be “disappointed,” because of what THEY deem “poor battery life,” etc., as if we somehow don’t know what we are getting. That’s very silly, and I pointed that out.

          • Jiggy

            A penny more than the G watch and I am not buying it. Stopped wearing watches years ago, and the only thing that will bring me back is an aggressive price point. That’s just my perspective. Obviously some other will be willing to spend $300/400 on it.

          • Jiggy

            others*

        • NexusMan

          Tim, you are on a roll tonight. Again, you took the words out of my mouth! :) ANd I’m willing to bet that the Moto 360 WILL have the best battery life as well as charging experience of the 3 watches. And I’ve said that from day one.

          • justin

            good job Tim.. went ahead and got the brothers all stirred up..

          • NexusMan

            Hmmm…was it TIM who got the brothers all stirred up?

        • Wall Breaker

          It’s the same damn software experience the only thing different is the watch faces and build.

          • Deez

            Lol right? Hardware and software in all 3 watches seem damn near identical. Only difference is how they look and how they will be priced. However, they want to act like Samsung’s and LG’s watches suck and the 360 is all that. I sit here just laughing about it all. It’s silly to say the least…

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            If you can’t see the difference between the 360 and the G/Gear Live, that’s your fault. It’s been explained countless times by both the DL writers and plenty of commenters.

          • Higher_Ground

            Well, there’s that heart rate monitor… maybe they can figure out some other gimmicky features to differentiate beyond the overall design. I could see them going the route of traditional watches and making a luxury model, a scuba diving model, etc… but you could argue that a smart watch should probably do it all.

          • malcmilli

            you can say the same thing about the nexus 5 and some budget device like the alcatel one touch phone.

          • Wall Breaker

            I love my Nexus 5 the Alcatel is blah and it doesn’t get instant updates. I doubt it will get L for a long time.

          • malcmilli

            so outside of updates whats the difference? Perhaps the difference is the same difference the MOD feels about the Moto 360 and the other watches,

          • Wall Breaker

            A lot actually.

            1. I get to try out android L or other software updates before anyone else with a non nexus device.

            2. Massive developer and community support for the Nexus 5.

            3. Easiest to root. I’ve owned many android flagships from HTC Samsung and LG and owning a Nexus garuntees you will not have any issues rooting

            4. Huge selection of Roms,themes and mods

            5. Garunteed to get updates from Google for at least 2 years and if not Developers continue to support older nexus devices such as the Galaxy Nexus.

            6. I can use it as a developer device on a budget.

          • http://www.droid-life.com/ Tim-o-tato

            That’s the point! We like Android Wear, so why would the 360 disappoint us? Silly.

          • barbaracbell

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          • dameron92

            I have the G watch so far ive gone 2 days with one charge. The design focuses on simple. Yes some features on the Gear are nice such as dialing and more apps. However. The fluid delivery of Google Now is where it shines and it focuses on the ease of use rather than an abundance of features. I also was able to use it just fine in the sun. The band is comfortable. Yes the band isnt inspiring and isnt interchangeable with my own bands but this is a bonus not a must. The gear feels stiff. I like and use both (ridiculous I know) but for quick responses and for basic day to day funtions it performs vwry well. I am mos definitely looking forward to more app support and seeing where it goes. This is more like a google watch and the gear feels like a sammy watch. ( I am referring to the tizen watches as I have not had the pleasure of testing the gear live yet). Check it out for yourself. Dont just jump on the moto 360 bandwagon yet. (Im sure it too will be nice though) sigh first world problems.

        • Deez

          Can I ask what exactly is so exciting about any of these watches? They just don’t do much at all. There is nothing to them. These things are going to fall to the wayside after a little while just like Google TV…

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            If you’re not big into watches, then I can see why you aren’t getting excited by them. Then again I haven’t worn a watch regularly in the past 8 years or so, but I can definitely see myself wearing a 360.

        • SmartWatchFan

          Tim, please tell us what these devices can do on their own when separated from a phone.

          • TheScientists

            1. Tell the time.
            2. …..

          • http://people.ign.com/mrfrodo24 MrFrodo24

            This comment PROVES why the 360 is a much more worthy watch to have then the G or Gear Live. Why? Because, once again, the 360 is a watch first. If it’s not tethered to your phone, guess what? It’s still a damn good looking watch. If the G or Gear Live isn’t tethered to your phone, it’s just a square with mediocre watchfaces at best. The 360 has style, and that’s what a smartwatch needs. Not bells and whistles and cameras on the strap.

          • PoisonApple31

            Here’s what it does when separated from the phone:
            https://support.google.com/androidwear/answer/6056862?hl=en&ref_topic=6056413

            Tell time and see the date
            Set an alarm
            Use the stopwatch
            Use the timer
            View your calendar for today
            See your step count
            See your heart rate (if your watch has this feature)
            Change your watch face
            Put your watch in airplane mode

        • Christopher Moore

          Here’s an honest question. If the iWatch is real, looks better than moto 360, has better functionality than Android wear, better battery life, better display and is cheaper would that make you jump from Android to iOS just for the watch?
          When do you draw the line? So what if someone judges you because the moto 360 looks inferior to the iWatch? Why should it be any different when comparing the LG watch to the 360 when they have the same functionality?

  • http://www.twitter.com/nblufire12 Nathan Patel

    Waiting on Moto 360 before any purchase…