Test: LG Watch Urbane

The third attempt at a smart watch shows that LG takes cautious step forward.

This is LG’s third smart clock. The range of smart watches that works pretty flawlessly is still limited. Most watches are still dependent upon a phone within a specific RADIUS. The manufacturer continues to embrace the trend for round watches and there are also indications that the company is aiming for more independent clocks. They manage to get the feeling of a normal watch but it penalised of not being excellent at anything.

It will not be good. My first impression of the LG Watch Urbane is that it does not want to be used, and preferably also not be linked to a telephone. 30 minutes of taking it before the Bell and the phone shaking Bluetooth hands and linked together. Paired and ready hands, unfortunately, still the two devices cannot find each other. It is hugely annoying and makes it sometimes picks up the phone instead.

The problem with connecting the phone to watch is not new to LG, or other manufacturers, even in the test for the manufacturer’s previous watches, we have pointed out the problem. There are watches today who do not suffer from it as serious, as Sony’s clock which was released in January, so you still haven’t fixed this problem seems … old.

The microphone in the clock does not work optimally. Because the manufacturer has decided to implement support for it in almost every watch so it would be interesting if it actually worked well. I rarely watch it says understand the correct and sometimes it has degenerated with that I needed to explain why my response to a friend’s message were unreadable. When I had said my and checked on the screen it said “and you did not answer to be a pain right to left.” I don’t remember exactly what I said, but I can guarantee that it was not this. The problem is, in part, to bypass by third party menus. It solves, however, mostly that you can quickly take you between apps without the voice, the recognition is not improving.

In addition to controlling the clock with your voice, you can now quickly rotate your wrist can go through the alerts. You rotate away from you to open up an alert and receive more detailed information, rotate once to go to the next one. Reject notiferingarna makes you in the opposite direction. Once backward to minimize alerts and a second time to reject them.

In theory this sounds you go through various information without even lifting on the other hand, but it doesn’t always work. Miss the watch that you are angry with the wrist so it must be repeated until it is registered. But this was not a constant problem, and often you just need to rotate your wrist between one to three times, so it still fills a function. Do you carry on a bag or dragging a suitcase behind you, you won’t have to stop to check the latest alerts.

Menus, interface and ease of use that comes with Android Wear is like that. As mentioned before, you can enhance the experience through third party menus. It is gratifying, for this you have to scroll the app-to-app down until the one you want to use. During our test period, no major problem, but it in the end annoyed it until a third party menu was installed instead.

Hardware
The battery in the watch lasts between one to three days. It depends on what you do with it. When I had wifi and bluetooth enabled, the battery lasted from morning until night and then some, but there was still a need to charge it at night. Turn off wifi and bluetooth, you can survive much longer, but then also lost a little of the score with a smart watch. However, you just want to keep track of d time and avoid alerts, you can disable the functionality to save a little extra on the battery. This came personally to use during a journey in the far North, where there was no contact outlet.

The charging cradle to watch is wireless and kept running through Micro-USB. The charger has a magnetic base and place the clock on running the charge in time automatically. Thanks to the magnetic bracket so fall the not particularly easy. The charging takes about as much space as the watch’s shell so it is easy to take with them. However, At coping less well in this size.

The screen is the same as for LG G Watch r. It is round, has the same resolution and the same size, which does not offer the best sharpness but still comfortable enough for the eyes. The brightness of the screen, on the other hand, is excessively strong. Even in broad daylight, I find it hard to justify other than lowest possible brightness. It is then convenient to look at the clock at all times but will take you up the clock in the middle of the night with full strength in time you can become blind for a short moment. Would you not agree, you can switch between one of six light levels.

Nice is that it’s barely noticeable any lag in the watch. A maximum of four times, it has been noticed that the clock has been working more than usual, but it froze not only for a moment but shrugged. Switching between apps goes flawlessly and also watch’s flashlight mode can be used thanks to the bright display. Not that you get to crawl around in barns with just the clock on, but in the absence of other things is approved.

Not for training
For those who prefer to always have the screen on is fine. The switch then after a few seconds of inactivity to just light up the pixels that display the necessary information. For the home screen theme Google Fit means a simple pekvisare clock and the number of steps you take during the day.

Go out much or practicing or want to keep track of how many steps you’ve taken are the apps on your phone. The phone is horrible on to actually understand how many steps you’ve taken. In addition to counting the steps when I sit still (I’ve gone 22 sedentary step since I started writing this test) so expect the frequently many steps over the real numbers. The majority of the time, so have the pedometer set on almost 50 percent of the number of steps I have taken.

However, you want to keep tabs on heart rate feels like LG added a little more time to get it right this time. I have not encountered any bizarre figures after his sleep as we noted with the predecessor. But even if the heart rate level works great, I do not think that the form is suitable for trännig. It’s not very ergonomic and it weighs enough to distract during such as running.

The watch’s design is that it hintades before the text, almost identical to the LG G Watch R. For some reason, it was decided to it would be a good idea to make the watch thicker. It is little more than a millimeter difference and time is only a few ounces heavier than its predecessor. It doesn’t sound like much but it is felt in the wrist. The clock then thickness plays the greatest role here I always feel the nugget that sits on top of, especially if I remove the tape that holds the clock. Running or jogging you can watch bubbly uncomfortable on your wrist.

Appearance, there is nothing in particular. People in the subway has never asked what kind of freak that sits on my left wrist. I have not used the clock so I have not got any wondering eyes. Brightness do not disturb when you do not use the watch, but the watch is rotated when you enabled it to detect handledsgester so flashing it to. The feature is now turned off.

Despite a valiant effort, it feels not like LG have found home just yet. LG Watch Urbane is a step in the right direction, but as with previous models, it has been not stable enough basic functionality. You should fight with competitors at the top, you have to eliminate the destruction operations.

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