Google I/O 2014 has already brought us the official introduction of Android Wear and what it will do for both developers and consumers. While Google I/O 2014 attendees received the G Watch free, you can still get your hands on LG’s new Android Wear smartwatch.
The specs are out for the LG G Watch. The G Watch will run on Google’s new wearables platform (Android Wear), and features a 1.65-inch IPS liquid crystal display (LCD) with a 280 x 280 screen resolution, 1.2Ghz processor, 400mAh battery, 4GB of internal memory storage with 512MB RAM, and utilizes Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (LE) to pair with your smartphone or tablet. You’re given a USB port on the watch, but you also have micro USB capabilities by way of LG’s charging cradle.
The G Watch is water and dust resistant with its IP67 rating comes in both a Black Titan and White Gold (only colors available for now) and is compatible with smartphones and tablets running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Android 4.4.2-4.4.4 KitKat. The price for LG’s G Watch is at $229.
As for Samsung’s Android Wear smartwatch, the Samsung Gear Live features a slightly smaller screen than LG’s G Watch (1.63-inch vs. 1.65-inch screen), but has a brighter Super AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 320 x 320. The Gear Live is slightly smaller than the LG G Watch at 59 grams (vs. the G Watch’s 63 grams), but runs with a 1.2Ghz processor (same as LG’s G Watch) and features 4GB of internal memory storage, 512MB RAM, and Bluetooth 4.0 LE. Samsung’s Gear Live houses a 300mAh battery, which Samsung insists will last for an entire day before your battery dies.
LG’s G Watch has 9 axis sensors, but Samsung’s Gear Live has four sensors – one including the esteemed heart rate monitor that has been featured on its Galaxy S5 (and soon, its Note 4). As an Android Wear item, it runs the Android Wear OS just like LG’s G Watch.
While the specs and features are similar, the price tag places Samsung’s Gear Live against LG’s G Watch. If you buy the G Watch with its “white gold” color, for example, expect to pay $30 more than Samsung’s Gear Live smartwatch (and that doesn’t count shipping and handling). In the end, which Android Wear smartwatch you buy will be up to your preferences in style and displays.
All will utilize Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to see to it that your small 300mAh or 400mAh battery will run all day, and Google Now will be the front and center voice command that many Android enthusiasts have been waiting for. It may not be your Moto 360, but we must applaud LG and Samsung for a job well done. Now, we must sit and wait to see how many early smartwatch critics will now pay top dollar for a wrist gadget that they deemed irrelevant in the first place.