My LG G Watch arrived yesterday. This isn’t a loaner from LG, but something I paid for with my own hard-earned cash. I haven’t really been sold on smartwatches up to this point; what piqued my interest about Android Wear was this tweet, wherein YouTuber Marques Brownlee boards a flight with his boarding pass on his wrist. I’ll be travelling myself next month, and wanted to see what that would be like with Android Wear. I might hold off on a full review until after I get back; for now I’ll take you through the steps to get up and running.
So here’s what you get with Android Wear: a watch (obviously), charging cradle, USB cable and AC adapter plus a printed manual that you’ll probably never even open.
If you didn’t already know the G Watch has no buttons, camera or even a speaker. Output is limited to the 280 x 280 pixel screen and a vibrate function, which can be muted. The only input option is voice, via this mic below the watch face.
Here’s the back of the G Watch, showing the contacts for the charger. The strap is comfortable enough. I chose the white and gold model; for me it’s a bit more of a fashion statement than the all-black version.
Here’s the charging cradle. The back has a semi-sticky surface like LG’s wireless charger for the Nexus 5. For anyone who’s going to travel with their G Watch this is kind of a dumb idea, so I’m keeping the protective plastic cover on the back for as long as it will last.
To connect your phone to your Android Wear watch simply download the Android Wear app, turn Bluetooth on and pair the two devices.
That was easy. Now back to the phone…
I can’t say for certain what’s happening here, but I suspect that the watch is logging the installed apps on my phone so as to better identify notifications for me. The process took less than five minutes; after an immediate reboot the G Watch was ready to use.
So far I’ve only used my G Watch for an evening out with friends. It’s basically Google Now plus phone notifications on your wrist. Some of them you can interact with—you can reply by voice to a Google Hangout ping, for example. You can initiate some actions as well, like sending a text (again, via voice) or doing a simple Google search: “What’s the capital of Australia?”, “What time is it in Melbourne?” … that type of thing.
It’s actually pretty convenient to not have to pull your phone out of your pocket all the time. Is the convenience worth $249 CAD plus tax and shipping? You’ll have to figure that one out for yourself.