Depending on who you ask the LG Watch Urbane is either the best or worst wearable on the market. While some prefer this model for its solid build, and larger design, there are others who feel very strongly about this being one of the worst Wear devices on the market. Interestingly, the one thing that can’t be debated is that it is by far the most expensive of all Wear devices. Right now, it would appear as though the device will have a successful launch, but the problem for LG with this device is that it’s far too clunky to be considered amongst the best.
LG though is going to have a hard time selling their high priced smartwatch to consumers in India due to that high price tag. That being said though, it’s a bad time right now to enter that particular market as a whole given how volatile it is right now in India. Throughout the entire world that has been one issue that smartwatch makers have had trouble figuring out. Understanding the market, and how each region is at a different place in terms of making it through that market – really does have everything to do with successfully launching anywhere – and that is definitely the case here.
The display and face is upgrading with the incorporation of stainless steel, but more impressively the LG Watch Urbane features the ability to switch out any 22mm band to replace the one that is on the device. This device is slightly heavier, as it weighs 2.3oz compared to the 1.8oz it had previously put together. That display features a 1.8-inch P-OLED setup and brings a 320×320 resolution.
Beneath the hood the device is running a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, features 512MB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage. The device does have some of the internal sensors that make a wearable a fitness guru’s best friend, but it appears as though the heartbeat sensor misses the mark. On numerous tests, the sensor failed to give steady readings. The batter is 410mAh and lasts between one and two days if used sparingly. If used frequently, then it’ll be getting charged everyday without any hesitation.
The device features Wi-Fi support, functions perfectly with the latest-and-greatest from Android and does just about everything well enough. The only real drawback is going to be for those who are holding their device to a higher standard. Especially given the price tag, this device doesn’t match up well against Apple Watch. That being said, it’s not something that necessarily has to compete with Apple right at this moment. For those who saw LG’s last smartwatch this one is different for one serious reason. It updated and upgraded the display enough, made some mechanical changes, and makes the device a good choice for anyone looking to pick up that non-Apple smartwatch.
Understanding how this will compete with the Apple Watch is challenging, and mostly speculation at this point because we haven’t seen a large enough sample size to know how the general public will respond. However, LG has one thing going in their favor: Their users are completely confident in their ability to continue putting out reliable products. Given that fact alone, it’s worth a little when going against Apple. That though might not be enough in the long term.