Begun, the next era of the smartwatch has. We've gotten a few minutes to check out the LG G Watch, one of the first three Android Wear watches. (The Moto 360 and Samsung Gear Live round out the other two.)
At its most simple, it's a 1.6-inch display wrapped in a steel case (available in either black or white). That display is a 280x280 IPS panel (LG's own). And while that 247 pixels per inch is a far cry from the QHD display we've grown to love from LG in recent weeks, it's perfectly capable of relaying the full colors in Android Wear. The bad news is that the full colors really make the bezel stand out, particularly above and below the display.
There are no buttons on the watch — and in our limited demo we didn't get a chance to do any hackery on the watch — just some pre-programed notifications and searches. So look for more on that later.
The watch face is decidedly square, but the underside is a bit curved, and that helps it not dig into your wrist while you're wearing it. This is where you'll also find the five gold contacts for charging. There's a microphone on the bottom bezel.
The rubber strap is passable, with 10 notches for fitting. It's a standard 22mm deal, so you can swap it out for something more custom if you like. It's worth noting the diamond pattern that's on the underside of the strap. Not sure if that adds to the feel, and it's a subtle look, but it's a cool attention to detail.
Some other basic specs:
- 1.6-inch IPS display at 280x280.
- Powered by a Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2 GHz.
- 4GB of on-board storage.
- 512MB of RAM.
- 400 mAh battery
- Size: 37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95 mm.
- Bluetooth 4.0
- IP67 against dust and water
- Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro / Accelerometer / Compass)
- Price: $229
And that's that for now. Much more is on the way.