LG Watch Urbane Review
Smartwatches have been around for a while now, but there’s one issue with many, the design. Those who want to wear an elegant watch typically aren’t going to get anything that even resembles the current lineup of smartwatch offerings. However, LG has aimed to change that, and that’s exactly what they’ve done with the LG Watch Urbane.
The LG Watch Urbane is the latest smartwatch to join the Android Wear club, and without a doubt it’s the best looking option. With an all metal body backed up by an elegant design, the Watch Urbane is going to turn heads. It doesn’t matter if you’re a smartwatch fan, or a regular watch fan, it’s pretty hard to deny how awesome the Urbane looks, at least in silver. I can’t say the same about the gold model.
The Urbane uses the same concept Google used when designing the Android Wear OS, watch first, smartwatch second. As far as the looks go, LG nailed it. The Urbane blends into just about any outfit, from casual wear to a suit. Will everyone like the design of the LG Watch Urbane? No, of course not. In fact many don’t like it at all. It’s a matter of personal opinion and in my personal opinion, the Urbane looks awesome.
The leather band that comes with the LG Watch Urbane is, well, different. The band is a bit slimmer than what I’m used to, and quite a lot stiffer. The contrast stitching down the sides is going to be something that you either hate or love as well. Personally, I love the looks, but the feel on wrist just isn’t all that great. There’s really not much to complain about, but there’s just something about it that I’m not a big fan of, but I can’t put my finger (or wrist…) on it.
Let’s get this out of the way quick. The LG Watch Urbane runs Android Wear, and it runs it just like the rest of them. Functionality is the same for the most part (the Urbane does support the Wi-Fi feature) and performance is top notch. You simply will not see lag on this watch. Aside from that, this is the same Android Wear OS we all know, and for the most part love. Since this is the latest Android Wear device on the market, it’ll also (hopefully) be getting updates for the longest amount of time.
On a side note, I did enjoy one of LG’s small changes to the software. Taking after Motorola’s Moto 360, the LG Watch Urbane has a charging screen/night clock when on the charger. If you charge your watch near the bed, this is a nice little feature.
As far as the display goes, the Ubrane nails it. The 1.3″ inch P-OLED display is gorgeous and works beautifully. Whether it’s in ambient mode or full brightness, everything looks awesome. The viewing angles are great and it’s very easy to see outdoors (depending on your watch face). My one major gripe is that the Urbane lacks an ambient light sensor. That means you’ll have to go and manually change the brightness based on your needs. It’s a small thing in reality, but over time becomes a real pain.
One of the places the LG Watch Urbane really shines is in the battery life. In my testing of the LG Watch Urbane, I never ever killed it in a day. This is something I could have easily done with the Moto 360 or just about any other Android Wear device. The LG Watch Urbane usually gets me through a 12 hour day (7:30 am to 7:30 pm) without even dipping below 60%. Most of the time 7:30 hits and I have well over 70% remaining. The best part is that this is with ambient mode on. Without any doubt, the LG Watch Urbane can easily get you through two days of use with ambient mode on, and much more with ambient mode turned off.
The LG Watch Urbane is a watch that has a ton going for it. It’s got a great design, solid performance, and awesome battery life. If you’re someone who rocks a suit to work everyday or just wants something a bit more elegant on their wrists (without giving up the geekiness of a smartwatch), the LG Watch Urbane is an awesome choice. However when it comes down to it, everything ends with the price. With the LG Watch Urbane, that’s a downside. At $349, the LG Watch Urbane is by far the most expensive Android Wear watch on the market. Is it worth it? Honestly, if you’re a fan of the design and want the most premium Android Wear device you can get, it probably is. Otherwise, it might be wise to save a few bucks and get a Moto 360 or LG G Watch R instead.