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LG Watch Sport Review

Android Wear 2.0 has finally arrived, and the first two devices to feature it are the LG Watch Sport and Watch Style. Kellen is handling our Watch Style coverage (his review), so it’s my duty to walk you through our time with the Watch Sport. 

With a solid list of high-end watch specifications, highlights include NFC for use with Android Pay, IP68 certification, LTE connectivity, and access to Google Assistant. To sum it, using the Watch Sport feels like having a smartphone attached to your wrist, and given its size, you might believe that’s the case at times.

I would say more, but I don’t want to spoil anything for you. We have a complete video review below.

For anyone without 9 minutes to spare for the video, below the video is a TL;DW version.


Watch Sport Review


TL;DW

Priced at $350, the Watch Sport is a nice package LG created to deliver Google’s vision for Android Wear in 2017. However, while the hardware looks good, it’s not the most comfortable watch on the market. While I can usually wear another Android Wear smartwatch all day and have no issues, I can’t do it with the Watch Sport – it’s too damn big and clunky.

If the hardware does not scare you away, the Android Wear 2.0 experience is a breath of fresh air. Thanks to Google Assistant and Android Pay support, wearers have plenty of new features to sink their teeth into. Now, if only my lame bank would support mobile payments.

The big downside, other than the not-so-comfy feel, is the battery. With such a large battery (430mAh), I must admit that I expected better. In my typical day, the watch was dying in the middle parts of the evening (7:30-8PM). Once I disabled wrist gestures, the always-on display, as well as LTE connectivity, I saw much better battery life. Should doing all of that be necessary to make your smartwatch last all day, though? That’ll be up to you to decide.

To conclude, the Watch Sport is a good vessel for Android Wear 2.0, but simply too big for needs.

  • Mike Richichi

    It’s been over a week now that Google has said that LG Watch Sport watches purchased from the Play Store are not supported on Verizon. I got a connected device SIM for mine, and it seems to work fine, but it’s not “supported” by Google or Verizon.

    • Jeff “BIG RED”

      Same thing happened with the Nexus 6. Verizon wouldn’t even activate. If you already had a sim you were golden. Surprised Google is saying it’s not supported.

  • Ryan Chapman

    If they are going to use a rotating button, the need to offer a left handed version, in order to twist that crown my hand would be covering the screen, not very useful

  • km75sr

    Tim….hopefully Samsung/Android pay support is coming soon. As of now if you try to add simples card to samsung/Android pay it doesn’t say the card isn’t supported like it use to. It will take you through the whole process but at the end it says contact your bank or try a different card. Plus I was able to add my simple card to Apple pay a few days ago. This is what the new card backed by compass bbva. So hopefully it’s a sign of good things to come in the near future.

  • Futbolrunner

    Awesome video Tim! DL videos just keep on getting better and better!

  • buckeyelife

    dope pic

  • Frettfreak

    they lost me. lol i was pretty excited to see this watch but the battery life is a deal breaker.

  • ozzyager

    It’s amazing that this video was shot and edited using only the LG Watch Sport!

  • BobButtons

    I’m always intrigued by smart watches but can’t get myself to pull the trigger for that much money. Especially since I can get a watch for ~$35 that can display notifications from my phone which is the primary reason I’d wear a smart watch anyway.

  • Keith Taylor

    Saw on another site (Forbs or even a so called tech site) that they were upset that AW2.0 doesn’t work on Iphones as good as the Apple watch…..REALLY.

  • alphanu22

    8am – 9pm 50%
    Wifi on
    Bluetooth on
    Always On Screen on
    Location on
    Tilt to Wake on
    Fit on
    Loving this LG Watch Sport

    • Ismail Akram

      Great it’s pretty close to Gear S3. With AoD on, wifi, Bluetooth I get around 28-30hours and if I turn off always on display then 2!days ore more but then I don’t enjoy watch on my wrist. I sold my S3 for Watch sports but all said uncomfortable and my wrist are way smaller so I stopped myself and regret selling S3 early

  • Teejay Card

    The app store on the watch is just stupid. Half the time it wouldn’t connect. Had to have wi-fi, even with it it still wouldn’t connect half the time. Google Play Music is about as worthless as Android Auto’s music app (honest AA is better). Wouldn’t show anything other than playlist for downloaded songs. Returning mind tomorrow. I loved the Gear S3, but the Bluetooth messed with my AA. Android Wear 2.0 is literally just a mash up between Apple and Samsung. Used to love my Moto 360, now the only watch I use everyday is my Pebble. Does everything I want in a smartwatch. To bad they sold out.

  • Kevin N

    Come on…Wrist fatigue….hit the gym bro!

  • corax

    Good helpful review. Thanks.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Great job on the review TIM! You guys are killing it still with the video reviews. Better every time.

  • Orlando aka Pixel XL

    I love my LG watch sport, but it is thick…I got use to it but I come from wearing thick g shock watches and dive watches….so, it doesn’t bother me.

  • Kevin Davis

    Between the Lg sport and the Huawei watch 2, here I come S3 Frontier.

    I just wish that I had some way of knowing these would suck. That way, I would have had the Frontier back in December.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Don’t spend too much on it. I regularly see it for $50 off at best buy.

      • Kevin Davis

        You’re absolutely correct, and that’s exactly what I’ll be doing.

    • Ismail Akram

      S3 Watch is really great except for app supports. Else battery is better and it’s performs so well. My bad that I sold it before reading reviews as it’s really big for me. BTW amazon selling for $299 already.

  • Birtzer

    Ha. Sure does look “sporty”. Who runs with a 3 pound block on their wrist. Go buy a Polar M600.

    • Orlando aka Pixel XL

      I do agree but for competitive running, it’s not going to cut it but it is big…

  • Orlando aka Pixel XL

    I have this problem a lot, its too big and get a bunch of complaints. 😏

    • Ryan Chapman

      anyone? anyone?

  • zachos

    Dope intro, dope video, Tim. DL’s reviews have really been on another level lately.

    • gvanmeter

      I agree. On constructive criticism would be to remove the mic…Covers your face and horrible quality sound.

  • Bourne, Jason C.

    Is there going to be a review for that watch from Verizon that DL mentioned? (Wear24)

  • Ryan N

    With the Huawei fail, I have a feeling many will be turning to this watch.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Why do you say that? I mean they’re practically the same watch.

      • TheDrunkenClam

        No, in all fairness, the new Huawei watch is one of the fugliest watches I’ve ever seen.

        • Jeff718

          Beauty’s in the eye of the beholder, man. That means it’s just your opinion.

          • Ralph Macchio

            It’s 99% of people’s opinion. That makes it a little bit more than an opinion, man

          • calculatorwatch

            Naw it’s actually a pretty good looking watch. It’s just that people who like to bash things are always the loudest.

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      • Ryan N

        Well, not only is the Huawei watch unattractive in general but there were many passing on the Watch Sport expecting the Watch 2 to be much more like the original.

      • Orc Champion

        Dude are you kidding me huawei watch is so small it should be a female only watch unless you’re a softer male you might like that watch I felt like a chick with it I’ve since returned it.

        • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

          OG Huawei watch is definitely more my size. Definitely don’t like massive watches.

          • Orc Champion

            Yeah just go ahead and get the pebble watch I’m sure you would attract a lot of men wearing that out.

          • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

            Pebble is trash. I’ll just get an OG Huawei.

          • Orc Champion

            Lol true pebble trash.

  • Raj Bhatt

    How did Kellen get stuck with the girl watch? 😀

    • Jeff718

      Is this supposed to be funny? It’s definitely not.

      • Raj Bhatt

        No offense meant. You might be taking yourself a little too seriously.