This is high time to test the LG’s smartwatch – the $349 LG Watch Sport.
It goes without saying that the Sport is a big watch. The device has a larger screen than the LG Watch Style coming in at 1.38-inches with its body sized 45.4 mm wide and x 51.2 mm tall. The weight makes up 3.2 oz (or 89.4 g). The watch is bigger than the widely-considered-huge LG Watch Urbane 2nd gen. LTE, which is 44.5 x 44.5 x 14.2 mm — although notably exactly as thick. And that thickness is exactly what can mean the biggest pain point.
The watch can be really big for small-to-average size wrists. We don’t even mention small wrists – there is simply no point in trying wearing the device.
LG finds a nice explanation. The thing is that the LG Watch Sport can serve as a complete replacement for the smartphone in some cases. The trade off with the big size is that the watch brings all the goodies: LTE for cellular connectivity, NFC for Android Pay, two extra buttons, a heart rate sensor, and a bigger battery.
Unfortunately, we have bad news for those who hoped that the watch would go without interchangeable bands – the bands are not replaceable at all. You will not be able to change the bands, and that’s mostly because the band at the top of the watch — which is also notable for its rigidity — is filled with cellular radios.
The design of LG Watch Sport is expectedly totally sporty. It definitely feels in the same category as other “sport” watches in this space like the outdoor watch made by Casio or the Moto 360 Sport.
The new feature is a rotating crown button, similar to what you’ll find on Apple Watches. Comparing LG and Apple watches, many support the LG’s approach – there’s just the right amount of friction as you turn the crown, and it juts further out of the watch’s body so that it’s easier to spin with two fingers.
The LG Watch Sport has also two new buttons on the side of the device. Both are completely programmable to any apps you’d like, but the top is set to Google Fit and the bottom to Android Pay out of the box. The buttons serve as helpful shortcuts for jumping to often-used apps.
Interestingly, the Watch Sport is one of the first wearables to be supplied with Google’s Assistant. Those who will purchase the device will probably spend some time asking it to text messages or answer random questions without the need to grab the phone.
LG has done its best to make the navigation around the UI much smoother and the UI itself seems to be better designed to accommodate this better performance. However, the watch needs some time to start functioning at full speed immediately after waking it up.
Here is a review for Android Wear 2.0. It is your turn to decide which device is the best buy.