LG Watch Urbane Review

It has been a minute since we last reviewed an Android Wear device. That’s not because there haven’t been decent options introduced since we finished off with the Moto 360, it’s just that there isn’t much to talk about between any of them. They all have to adhere to Google’s standards in the same way, all basically have the same set of specs and features, and are all supposed to run the same version of Android Wear (for the most part).

Sure, you get a square display here and a round one there, or GPS in this one and not in that one, but the experience is all pretty much identical. They perform the same because they all use the same RAM and processor, and their batteries all last about as long as the next because they are basically the same size. If you have seen a review of one Android Wear watch, you know exactly how the next one is going to go. If you are considering one, you really just need to decide if you need a smartwatch in your life and if you like the look of any of them. Seriously, that’s the state of Android Wear.

With that said, we decided to review the LG Watch Urbane because it’s trying to be different. The Watch Urbane wants to be premium and worthy of its arguably high $350 price tag. LG put things like coated stainless steel and a fully-round display on it. They included a genuine leather watch band and a marketing campaign targeting the business elite. They even managed to convince Google to give it the newest version of Android Wear weeks before everyone else, likely as a selling point.

So because of all of that, we spent the last week with it on wrist and wanted to share some final thoughts. This is our LG Watch Urbane review.  (more…)

Camera Sample Comparison: LG G4 vs. Galaxy S6 Edge vs. One M9

After we posted up the camera samples from the LG G4 a few days ago, I began working on a comparison post between the LG G4, Samsung Galaxy S6, and HTC One M9. It is quite likely that someone who is to be soon shopping for a new smartphone will be deciding between one of these three phones, so we took them out into the field, and tested out their cameras.  (more…)

Comparison: LG G4 vs. Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge vs. HTC One M9

The latest flagship devices from Samsung, LG, and HTC have been unveiled. With that, it’s time for consumers to begin researching which one will be best for them, as each device offers something quite different.

Without question, the G4, One M9, and Galaxy S6 Edge differ greatly not only on paper, but in design as well. The G4 is similar to previous high-end devices from LG and other OEMs, featuring a primarily plastic body, with exception to the leather-backed models. The One M9 continues HTC’s tradition of using metal throughout its design, while Samsung took a completely different route, utilizing a ton of glass and metal siding as its materials of choice.

Each device runs a different processor clocked at varying speeds, and each also features very different cameras. For your average consumer, the use of a QHD display may not be on the list of deal breaker attributes, but more importantly, buyers will want a good camera, good battery life, and a phone that is not confusing to use.  (more…)

Enter the LG G4 Trial Program, Try the Phone Weeks Ahead of Everyone Else

Want to give the LG G4 a test run before the rest of the general public? With LG’s new G4 Trial Program, that’s exactly what you can do.

If chosen to be a participant, winners are given the G4 weeks ahead of its scheduled launch, that being next month, and are given tasks to do with the device that should lead to a full and enjoyable G4 experience.  (more…)

Video: Android Wear 5.1.1 Tour on the Watch Urbane

We are still waiting for the big Android 5.1.1 update to rollout to your favorite Android Wear watches (like the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R), but before that happens we can still show you what to prepare your brains for thanks to the LG Watch Urbane, which is already running it. Yes, for whatever reason, LG and its Watch Urbane got first dibs on one of the biggest Android Wear updates to date(more…)

LG Watch Urbane: Unboxing and First Look

The LG Watch Urbane is in the house! The premium Android Wear device from LG, which was first unveiled at MWC in February, is now available on the Google Store for a whopping $349, in case you were interested.

We picked one up to take it for a first spin and share some thoughts on the latest in smartwatches running Google’s wearables platform. With its premium stainless steel body and polished finish (in either silver or gold), along with a P-OLED display, water resistance, heart rate monitor, and genuine leather strap, this is arguably the best yet. Well, that all depends on your taste in watches, of course. The Moto 360, even after all these months, is still the best looking of the bunch, in my opinion.  (more…)

LG Launches LG Call App to Google Play, Currently Compatible Only With Watch Urbane

An app called LG Call, that allows LG smartwatch owners to dial a phone number, then take the call on their smartphone, was released today onto Google Play. Unfortunately, in the app’s description, LG does not state specifically that this app is only usable by Watch Urbane owners, and this has apparently upset quite a few G Watch R and G Watch owners.  (more…)