Wearables are taking over, and since Google introduced the Android Wear platform, there have been new entrants into space every few months. One of the most highly anticipated wearables was the LG G Watch R, which became fully available in December. Well, we got one, so now we’re going to give you a full review so you can decide if this is the wearable for you, The Haze.

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For starters, I’ve been using the LG G R as my daily watch for almost two weeks to get a full feel of how it works and what you can expect with actual normal use. At the beginning of week two, Google pushed out an update for Android wear from software version 4.4w.2 to 5.0.1, which made a big difference in the experience and added a lot to the watch, making a great piece of tech even better. I’ve also had the LG G Watch R paired to a Nexus 5 running Lollipop 5.0. I have four e-mail accounts synced, plus Instagram and Twitter, along with Google Now and Google Fit.

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When you get the box the watch comes in, you feel like you purchased a high-end look, not just a piece of tech gear. The box is a nice, sleek black with silver accents. Once you open the box, you see the large round watch face surrounded by the (non-functional) tachometer, which looks like a high-profile look. Inside the box are also the charging cradle and charging cables. Unfortunately, LG used a proprietary 4-pin charging cradle instead of a Qi charger like the Moto 360. Luckily, the cradle connects to your standard micro-USB to use your phone charging cords.


The watch has excellent build quality and is about the size and weight of any large metal face watch (that isn’t a smartwatch). The watch body is black, and the band is standard black leather. The watch clasp is metal and ties everything together nicely. The bar and buckle are pretty run-of-the-mill and can and probably will be replaced by most users. Changing the watch band isn’t nearly as challenging as replacing watch bands on some Android Wear devices because LG kindly decided to use a standard 22mm band connection.

I haven’t worn a watch for a while, so wearing the LG G Watch R was a bit foreign initially, not because of the device but because I was wearing a watch again. After wearing it for two weeks and adjusting to having a look on now, I feel weird not wearing it. If you haven’t worn a large face watch before, you’ll have a little more to get used to just due to the size of the body and face of the eye. It’s not overwhelming, and it’s not too large; it just isn’t a small face or body by any means.

Initially, I was concerned about the faux tachometer around the screen, thinking it would get in the way. Honestly, it doesn’t. It gives you a nice feel of where your swipe should begin and end without making it feel limited. The subtle but important benefit of the bezel is that it also protects the screen; you don’t have to worry if you put your watch face down (accidentally) or wear it on the inside of your arm instead of facing outwards.


LG packed a lot into the G Watch R, and they didn’t cheap out on anything, which makes this watch ($299.99 currently) feel worth it. The screen is a 1.3″ P-OLED display (320 x 320 pixels); initially, I was concerned about how the screen would feel and respond in contrast to more traditional glass displays, but honestly, the P-OLED is great. The screen doesn’t feel cheap or “plasticky,” and you probably wouldn’t know it’s not glass if someone didn’t tell you. The display is excellent.

The colors are vibrant and bright, both in low and direct light situations. I haven’t had any problem reading the screen, even outside in the sun. I have noticed that since the update to 5.0.1, the screen seems brighter than it did on the previous build. The LG G Watch R is also very responsive to the touch, and I’ve only experienced a few stutters or missed triggers, but those were software-specific and had nothing to do with the hardware.