LG G Watch

It's not at all flashy, but LG's first entry for Android Wear ends up being a solid buy

There's an argument to be made — and this isn't a hard one to make — that the watch isn't the most important part of Android Wear, Google's Android offshoot meant for the wearables space. Instead, it's the software – the simplified user interface running atop a full build of Android — that makes Android Wear so important. Anything else is just a delivery system.

All that is true and epitomized by the LG G Watch, one of first hardware offerings in the Android Wear space. It's a simple device, but a good platform on which to become acquainted with Android Wear.

We've given the LG G Watch a thorough break-in. Is it the right Android Wear watch for you? Let's discuss.

About this review

We've been using the LG G Watch — FCC ID ZNFW100 for those of you who like to poke around those places — as distributed at Google I/O in late June, and at a small press event accompanying it. We've also since received retail models, with no perceivable differences between them.

We've got just shy of two solid weeks of use under our belts — on our wrists, actually — plenty of time to form some full opinions of the LG G Watch.

Check out our Samsung Gear Live review

The LG G Watch is but one half of the initial wave of Android Wear watches. For more, be sure to read our complete Samsung Gear Live review.

The LG G Watch video review

The LG G Watch hardware

LG G Watch

Even in the era of Android-on-a-stick and Google Glass, it's still pretty impressive to see just how small a package full builds of Android can fit into. The G Watch is another example of that, at about 1.8 inches tall, 1.5 inches wide and 0.39 inches thick. It's a rather unassuming slab of a watch, definitely not destined to win any design awards, but maybe that's the point.

Put simply, the LG G Watch is a vessel for Android Wear. No more, no less.

Other hardware points of interest:

Category Features
Display 1.65-inch IPS LCD display (280x280 resolution for 240 pixels per inch)
OS Android Wear
Processor Snapdragon 400 at 1.2 GHz
Google Services Google Now, Google Voice, Google Maps & Navigation, Gmail, Hangouts
Additional Features Notification (SMS, E-mail, etc.)
IP67 Dust and Water Resistant
Changeable Strap
Color Options Black or white
Connectivity Bluetooth® v4.0 LE
Sensor Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass
RAM 512MB
Storage 4GB Internal Memory
Dimension /Weight 37.9 X 46.5 X 9.95 mm/63g
Battery Standard Battery, Li-Polymer 400mAh

The LG G Watch display

LG G Watch

Going from high-resolution smartphones to a 280x280 watch is a bit of a shock, but you get used to it.

The display is probably the most important part of any device, wearable or otherwise. At 1.65 inches diagonal and a 280x280 resolution, there's not a whole lot to be said here. You get full color as you'd expect, but pixels are evident. If you just have to have something with a higher density, the 320x320 Samsung Gear Live is your best bet. But in day-to-day use, we've not really been bothered by the resolution. Sometimes you'll notice, sometimes you won't. It has as much to do with what's on the screen — full color versus monochrome, the intricacy of the image, etc. — as anything else. And it's arguable that display quality matters less on a device that's more about notifications and less about content consumption — just as long as you can see it.

Android Wear has has three display modes — full "on," which works as you'd expect with full color; dimmed; and a monochrome "always on" display that shows the time in whatever watch face you have selected, as well as a mini view of whatever the top-most card is. (It's using the Android Daydream feature to do this, one of the many cool ways in which traditional Android features have been adopted for Wear use.) You can force the darkened "always on" display at any time by placing your hand over the display. (We're not sure if it's placebo, but that trigger seems to be less sensitive after a pre-release software update. You'll get the hang of it, though.)

LG G Watch and Pebble Steel

No two ways about it — the G Watch is not good in sunlight. In fact, it might as well not even be on.

And, yes, the G Watch display is all but unusable outdoors, a problem that plagues smartphones less these days. (Figure the G Watch display doesn't have as much power being pumped to it as smartphones, which have batteries with 10 times more capacity.) You'll find yourself twisting your wrist to try to get a glimpse of the time, or ducking into a shadow to take a look at an incoming notification. It makes a strong argument for smartwatches with alternative displays, like the E-Paper used by Pebble.

While you can directly control the brightness through the Settings menu (max brightness is a necessity for outdoor use, for what it's worth), there's no ambient light sensor on the watchface, and as such no auto-brightness option. All of which compounds the G Watch's display visibility issues, as you're forced to manually switch brightness modes when moving indoors or outdoors.

The rest of the watch

LG G Watch

The back of the G Watch is pretty unassuming. This is where you'll find the only curves on the otherwise blocky watch, where the sides mold into the back. This is where you'll find the five contacts for the charging dock, with a reset button just above them. Exposed screws and FCC information finish things up.

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The G Watch ships with a traditional rubber strap that's perfectly functional but not all that stylish. You can get replacement straps easily enough. The G Watch takes the standard 22mm variety, and the design of the watch means most any strap will work and look pretty good. (Unlike the Samsung Gear Live, which struggles a little thanks to a more custom design.) If you've never swapped out a watch strap before, it's a pretty easy affair, but we do recommend shelling out a couple extra dollars for a spring bar tool set, as well as a tool to help with removing links for a proper fit. (We've been using this spring bar tool, and this links removal tool.)

By the way: The G Watch comes out of the box with a bit of protective plastic around the edges. Be sure to peel it all off.

The G Watch charging dock

LG G Watch charging dock

The G Watch charges via a custom dock, powered by a standard microUSB cable. It's magnetized, helping keep the watch in place, and charging with a links band on the watch hasn't been an issue. Yes, it's another annoyingly proprietary smartwatch charging cradle, but at least it works well enough.

A couple extra points about the charging dock:

  • The G Watch doesn't have any buttons. You can place it in the dock to turn it on, or press and hold the reset button.
  • Place the watch in the dock, and plug the dock into a computer to do all the same hackery you can do with a phone. That is, work with it over ADB and fastboot (and, yes, that means unlocking the bootloader and flashing a rooted boot image if you want), and sideload apps at will. (Just remember that while Android Wear is Android, it's not full full Android, so don't be surprised when a sideloaded Flappy Bird doesn't work.)
  • The charging dock has a tacky rubber foot on the bottom, protected by a piece of plastic. We've left that protective plastic on because we're leaving the dock in our gear bag. You can't yet buy a spare charger, so this one comes with us between home and the office.

LG G Watch battery life

Remember, the G Watch has a full-color IPS LCD display and only a 400 mAh battery, so we have to manage our expectations here. "Normal" use is going to vary depending on a number of factors — display brightness, the watch face you're using, how many notifications you're getting, and whether you've got the watch vibrations muted. We've just been letting the watch do its thing, running from about 8 a.m. to 9 or 10 p.m.

The result? We're usually down to somewhere around 40 percent battery by the end of the day. The first week we got less use, but a pre-release update seems to have improved battery life a bit. It's possible that's just a placebo effect, or a difference in the watch face we're using. But either way, don't expect to get anything more than a day-and-a-half use out of the G Watch. For all intents and purposes, you'll probably be charging every night. We'd worry less about that if we had a spare charger. But for now, you'll need to plan ahead a bit.

Other LG G Watch odds and ends

  • There's a pinhole microphone on the bottom edge of the watch that's used for voice commands. As it stands today, you won't be making calls from the watch.
  • There's no speaker for audio, though, so we wouldn't expect to see voice support in this model, obviously.
  • There's also no way to load up the watch with music and have it serve to a Bluetooth headset or anything.
  • We'd prefer for the vibration motor to be a little more powerful on notifications, but there's got to be a trade-off with battery life there.
  • You can wear it in the shower and watch the water active the screen. It's not magic, but it's still fun.

The bottom line

If you're an early adopter and want to use a custom strap the G Watch may be your best choice.

There are a couple ways of looking at the LG G Watch, and Android Wear devices in general at this point. One is as a full-fledged Android device. The other is as a vehicle for delivering notifications to your wrist, with some (but limited) functionality beyond that. Both are right, but it's fairly clear at least at the outset that Google's leaning toward the latter.

We said at the beginning of this review that the G Watch could be considered merely a display for Android Wear, and that's pretty much the experience we've gotten. Does it set the bar for Android Wear devices? Not so much. Both the Samsung Gear Live and the upcoming Moto 360 are more stylish, and add a little extra functionality. But the G Watch does provide a pretty standard Android Wear experience, with a little more room for customization than the Gear Live — the more basic design allows for better integration of custom straps.

The price ($229 at the time of this writing) may be a bit lofty for some for what very much is a first-generation product. But if you're looking to get into Android Wear — looking to experience notifications, basic apps and interaction on your wrist, the LG G Watch is a simple and effective way to do so.

LG G Watch availability

In the U.S., the LG G Watch is available from Google Play. From July 11 it'll be available to purchase from AT&T, too, and it'll show up at other retailers as well.

In the UK it's available from Google Play, Amazon.co.uk and other independent retailers, priced between £160 and 170. Three UK also offers a discount on the G Watch when purchased with an LG G3, letting buyers pick one up for £99.

 
There are 81 comments

kj11 says:

It's too bad this watch is so unfortunate looking.

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Warrenisit says:

It's just so thick! Understandably, but still.

kj11 says:

The rubber strap is outrageously ugly and looks cheap as hell. Throw in the frame (yea, frame, not bezel) around the display and this is probably in the convo for one of the top 10 ugliest devices I've ever seen.

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ryanmtech says:

RIght there beside the Sony Smartwatch 2 lol

yokken says:

It's actually not that thick. Everyone I know that wears a watch has a thicker watch than the G Watch. It's pretty average to be honest. The watch band is definitely lackluster, but it's easy to replace. It's obviously not the most attractive watch out there - pretty far from what most people would consider attractive - but it easily lasts a day, has a good-looking display, and gets the job done. I'll certainly be getting the Moto 360 on day one and selling the G Watch, but I've already benefited from having notifications on my wrist. When in meetings at work I can peek at my watch and dismiss notifications without being "that guy" pulling out their phone and diverting their attention. Being able to control Play Music and pause/play Netflix while casting is also really convenient. There's a ton of potential here and I'm excited to see how far smartwatches go in the next few years. Wear is the start of something big.

Ken T says:

yes people are hating. I love mine, i love that i can change its style drastically by getting another band. infact the watch design is intentionally understated in my opinion, so you can easily make a statement with the band. I have used it for a list my boss wanted me to arrange things in a numbered order, rather then pull out my phone and check the order several times i just checked my watch to see the email. also email and text reply via voice. player controls are sweet, and saw a phone # as i was driving by, pulled my arm up, "ok google take a note ....." done, safe and quick.
it may not be pretty, but i've already found a place for it in my life. the 360 waiters will be playing catch up and admiring the look of there watch while we get stuff done.

mammlouk says:

That's what she said.... :p

Suntan says:

I liken this device to the original Driod phone. A great showcase for what's to come, but not a device I'd want to live with this day.

-Suntan

cwmont13 says:

^^^^
This

I'm not ready to buy either this or the Samsung watch yet. While I think the idea is good, I'm sure by the next release of devices they will be much improved. The outdoor visibility and short battery life of these make it a lot less convenient for day to day usage.

Give me an Android wear watch that's slimmer, has a minimum of two full days battery life, that I can see outside, and I'm in. It's still a great idea that's only going to get better with time. Can't wait to see what the next generation of devices will be like.

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DroidOn says:

Agreed. I live in Southern California, and am outdoors in bright sunlight for most of the year. These smartwatches as they are just won't cut it. I am less concerned with battery life, as long as I can get a full day out of it. But I'll bet that full day becomes more like 3/4 of a day after about 6 months of regular usage. Batteries never work as good as when they are new. I also have my doubts about the water and dust resistance. I'll betcha those metal contacts stop working properly after about 2 months of getting wet on a semi-regular basis. It will be interesting to see what the early adopters say about this at the end of the summer, after putting those smartwatches through through their paces. All that being said, I want one! But I'll wait and see how they do first, and then get one at fire sale prices. ;)

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Ken T says:

my use case may be different, but i have yet to have to use top brightness. its 1-6 and 5 was the highest i have had it. i normally use 1 or 2 but outside on sunny days i put it on 5 and so far, so good. I also don't leave the display on all the time as outside in day light it has to light up to see it, so why waste the energy.

TheNexusMan says:

This aint no Droid.

duncanator says:

Not being able to see it in sunlight has to be a deal breaker for many, including myself. I suppose winter might be a good time to use a device like this.

map1978 says:

Right because there is no sunshine during the winter months

Gekko says:

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.

Michael Kerr says:

+1 for that one Gekko

themuffinman says:

+2

SDMFer says:

Fitting.

themuffinman says:

Well that would depend on where you live.

kresk says:

II think he was saying winter might be better because it gets dark around 4:30pm. Woking a 9to5 indoors 5 days a week and you're living the vampire life.

yokken says:

I think they exaggerated when saying it's unusable - as long as you're not in DIRECT SUNLIGHT, you can tilt it towards yourself and see enough to take action on the notification. I don't work outside and I'm at work for 9-10 hours a day, so I'm not worried about it. I do think they need to make a faster way to switch brightness, or implement auto-brightness in a watch with an ambient light sensor.

Impulses says:

They should have a little spinning button, line analog watches have for adjusting time, only for adjusting brightness. Doesn't solve the issue entirely but it gives people quick and fine tuned control over it, can even set the opposite rotation to adjust something else.

thatguy97 says:

I'm still bent on waiting for the moto 360 as long as it's below 350 bucks it's a buy for me and I need a new watch

Posted from my Nexus 7 2013 running Android L or Samsung galaxy S5

Warrenisit says:

$350? Gigity Goo! I want one too but I'm more of a cheapskate, I suppose.

Ken T says:

with all the hype around the 360 i can't see it launching for less then 350. however, if they manage to put what the others have in a premium feel case for 250 to 300, LG and samsung better drop their price.
I don't mind people saying they wanna wait, sounds smart. I COULDN'T so i bought a G watch and love it. Just don't hate on a product cause u don't like the look. for me it looks fine. I think the round 360 looks silly. Like someone making a smartphone look like a flip phone cause the are afraid people will make jokes about them, or don't want people to know they have a smart phone.

Liking mine very much. Its all about the software like the article says. Will see reports about the Motorola and sunlight visibility when that comes out. I want one, but if it suffers the same fate I will wait. For $229 this was a good buy for me.

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drejohnson says:

I have the G Watch and can see what's on the screen in direct sunlight!

Lee Petchey says:

Same for me. Need the brightness turned up to 6, but even the best smart phones need max brightness for viewing in sunlight.

Loving my G Watch so far! Found the battery life to be appalling, but 1.9 days is essentially no better than a day - so I've no complaints!

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What's your recharge time? Can it get back up to 100% (give or take) in 45 minutes? I sleep with my watch on... and will want to use it for an alarm clock.

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Ken T says:

Not sure it would be a good alarm clock, as it has no speaker. My watch vibrates very subtly , not sure you would feel it . i have always taken my watch off and put it on my night stand when i sleep, so this is my practice, i just drop it on the charge dock and go to bed. the G watch was made for me. As for recharge time, i think mine went from 80 something % to 100% in about 30 minutes the first day, but i really haven't timed it. i should do that thurs or friday.

drejohnson says:

It took about 1 hour 20 min to go from 20% to full for me. I slept with my G Watch on last night and used it for as my alarm. I t woke me up fine but I not really hard sleeper.

Ken T says:

so brightness on 6? mines on 1 , but i'm a night worker. So 1.9 days, i'm guessing your screen isn't always on? but maybe so with my experience.

mathiasjk says:

Is it just me or does a Snapdragon 400 seem a bit overkill for a thing like this? Wouldn't a 200 be enough?

thatguy97 says:

I think a 200 is too much

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Jack33 says:

I don't know, apart from Moto 360 all these smart watches look too cumbersome to strap to a wrist. Watches are more accessories than functional devices. I think I'd prefer to wear a good watch, like Seiko with bluetooth ID built in to unlock my phone (?), then wear one of these that reminds me of those calculator watches of the 80's.

Gekko says:

i will look at these watches again at 2.0. this is very much still a 1.0 product IMO.

Ken T says:

It absolutely is , and early adopters understand that. I see no reason yet that next year i may be up for a version 2.0 and upgrade. it was just released, there will be glitches, but the convenience so far is worth it to me, But i'm like a day in so....

Gekko says:

iWatch will come and they can copy its best features and improve upon it! and i'm ok with that.

ryanmtech says:

In all honesty, this is sad but true, even though you know the majority of their key features will be based off the Gear 2 and Android Wear, but I'm sure they will add a ton of additional cool things that are useful that Android Wear will adopt in 2.0.

That's the beauty of true competition, it makes technological advances much faster.

tomh1979 says:

personally i'm really happy with the G Watch, yes i do think it needs a speaker, since i like to hear the spoken Google Now response, and would love to have a chronograph watch face.

Google really missed the boat here - they should have more watch faces available at release and even an editor to make your own. I'm glad they beat Apple to market, but as a product theses first watches seem incomplete and may discourage the average consumer from buying.

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Anonne says:

What discourages me is that there is absolutely nothing here that is designed for women. Everything is like wearing a boat on your wrist. Great for men though...

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TheNexusMan says:

The problem is, with a smartwatch, you don't want a tiny screen on your wrist. You want a display big enough to actually see and interact with it. Yes, there could be something done with the bands and bezel, but in terms of size, I don't think you can go much smaller.

Gekko says:

It's fashionable for women to wear large watches today.

Anonne says:

Not all of us want to wear something that big. If it's big for a man's wrist, it's even worse for a woman's wrist. If we can read the small type on an app's icon on the phone, then they can do something for women on a smartwatch.

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Impulses says:

Would require even higher pixel density displays which might not help with the matter of battery life, and you'd already be shrinking the battery as it is...

These aren't really large for a man, I'd say they're average, going by the measurements given they're not any larger than my Swiss Army watch and I've got super skinny wrists so I don't wear the kinda huge watch other dudes wear these days.

They're definitely large compared to a typical ladies watch, I just don't see a way around it given the current tech.

pseudobbs says:

I don't know much about display technology but 240 ppi is better than my Nexus 7 2012 and we call that hi-def. What's the problem with the resolution on the G Watch?

TurboFool says:

Got y G Watch yesterday and so far I'm very happy with it. It's not a perfect device, but I wasn't expecting it to be. As a first-gen, I think it's quite solid.

Ken T says:

I have only had my G watch from 4pm monday the 7th, (so just over 24 hours as of the this writing)
I found out the always on screen in my use case is not needed. 1st it uses 3 to 4 % battery per hour of always on
and my work day is 16-18 hours. that's cutting it close.
I found the always on is useless in the sun, gotta lite the screen to see it, and at night( my work shift) i have 2 other clocks in easy view. so i turned off always on.
my 16 hour day ended with 55% battery left. of course part of the time it wasn't connected and i had no idea, til a notification didnt come thru.
So it could be a 2 day if you don't leave always on , on. I charge it every day anyway, when i sleep i drop it on the charger, just as i do my phone.

Ikeman90 says:

So basically if I don't use my watch at all I'll have plenty of battery to still not use it

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Ken T says:

No i use it, i just see no reason to have a display on all the time when 90% of the time i'm not looking at it.
after work last night, 80% battery left. Although very few emails and text come through in the middle of the night
i used podcast and play music, music controls. and sent some texts and opened apps with voice control.

Anonne says:

Once Tasker and similar apps come into play I suspect that the experience will be a little different.

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Cubfan says:

$100 Gear Fit is just right for me while I wait for Gen2 next year.

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ryanmtech says:

Where are you getting these $100 Gear Fits? Everywhere I see is $199 with the occasional 'buy this get the Fit for $149"

Real214 says:

Bestbuy Has gear Fit For 99.99 At Least Till Sunday

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Waiting for the Moto 360. The LG watch looks like a Galaxy Gear clone.

ryanmtech says:

yea, like a shitty, squared off, larger clone...

Real214 says:

So Far out Of the watches Samsung Gear Looks THE Best. Especially the gear 2

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Weren't the Galaxy Gear and Sony Smartwatch technically the first Android watches? Samsung and Sony already have experience in this field; LG and Motorola are playing catch-up .

TheNexusMan says:

Neither the Samsung or SONY watches were Android Wear watches, which is what this post is about. And SONY's watches don't even run Android.

ryanmtech says:

I know what you mean, but what he meant is that Samsung and Sony already have experience making Smartwatches for Android devices, not Android Wear themselves, therefore implying that they have more experience in this field than LG and Moto. Even though I don't believe that makes them any better....

TheNexusMan says:

LG's not exactly new to the space as this is their 3rd smartwatch. And Moto's entry, sadly trumps these others in design, who have been at it for years.

But the Galaxy Gear watches do, so technically they are Android watches. Samsung phones run Touchwiz, and HTC phones run Sense, but they're still Android devices.

rlbrooks says:

You are missing the point friend. No wearable ran Android Wear prior to these two devices. Galaxy Gear, Sony, and Pebble have wearable devices that work with Android phones, but they didn't have an Android Wear OS until these two new devices by Samsung and LG.

Why doesn't Samsung just call this watch the Galaxy Gear 3? What's with the "Live" name?

Bwahahahaha says:

Are you accidentally posting on the wrong article? Or just slow and illiterate?

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ryanmtech says:

Seriously man?
Galaxy Gear = Android Watch made with Samsung Android Software for Galaxy devices.
Gear 2 (and variants) = Tizen Watch made for Galaxy devices.
Gear Live = Android Watch made with Android Wear for all (compatible) Android devices, not just Samsung.
Should this really have to be explained?

cribble2k says:

I really see no benefit to this technology, so I'm out.
Honestly, how much shit are we going to have to remember to plug in every night, due to crappy battery?
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ryanmtech says:

We're still in the beginning stages of wearable tech (to be honest in all mobile tech when it comes to energy consumption) so these are just things that have to be dealt with while we discover new ways to make energy last longer. But how do you get money for the R&D to discover that technology? As well as not become irrelevant in the market? Make devices with the technology at hand...

Ichi_Bear says:

I'm a bit concerned about buying a watch that you can't see in daylight....... Doesn't that defeat the purpose of having a watch? Just saying....

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nharish says:

I got the g-watch (for my wife) and after she used it yesterday, I put it on charge and took it out with a 100% charge. I setup the Android wear app to turn off the display. Certain notifications (such as work email which she gets a whole lot of) were also disabled. The device, turns out, was in disconnected state as well.

Today morning, the device is at 87%.

I have been reading that 400mAh is not sufficient. I am willing to dispute that. A phone with 2100mAh and a 5 inch display (that drives a 1080p screen) lasts an entire day and my phone sometimes is still at 50% (not a power user, but I dont use it as a "phone only" device either). A significantly smaller screen (1.65 inch), lower res without the need to do wiFi, LTE etc, should easily last more than that. I think there is some bug in the OS or the hardware just consumes too much juice (the 400 was not as power efficient as the 800). Regardless, 400mAh is ample energy to drive the device. I understand the amount of energy used by the display is proportional to the type of watchface used. In my case, it is set to a digital watch with a black background. That should be sipping battery. Unfortunately, there was no way to verify battery use on the device and so I do not know who the culprit is.

Ken T says:

yea, its gotta be better at telling you when its not connected. Mine was like that for hours the first day, but not the second. to get mine to reconnect, i had to restart my phone.
I have also had trouble with the vibration, it either isn't working or it's to faint to feel.
thats an argument for display always on, but i just look at it from time to time. or see if my phone notification light is on. lol

Ken T says:

When u factor in the display, consider the nexus 5 if the display was always on, and it just dimmed, the battery would last like
4 hours. There has to be a better way to display the time, like an over lay with blk and white lcd, i had a regular watch that
had an lcd over lay on the glass, it was rad. maybe gen 2 will give us that. but yea, the biggest power drain is the display.
The sun in the north east isn't as bright as florida, but in day light i haven't had trouble seeing mine. my brightness is on 1

AlexR666 says:

Can anyone link me to that nice metal band they have on there? I think it looks great.

Wicket says:

gonna pick one up to try. I haven't worn a watch in ~10 years so I'm not sure if it'll change my life or just be a "meh" gadget. I want one, I like the concept of a smart watch but I'm not sure it is worth me owning.

Ken T says:

i didn't use a watch for about 5 years, felt weird to put something on my wrist. The first day or so you wont use it much, because you forget, or don't know you can. I'm less than a week in and its changing how i use my phone. As i realize i dont need to pull my phone out. basically anything you could use google now for, plus some other features is what you can do.
Basically, i look at it as bringing the moto x experience to my Nexus 4.

Wicket says:

cool, thanks for the info and perspective of another non watch user getting into one. Like I said I really want one but now that they are out I've had enough time to think about how I would use one and if it's money well spent. I think I'm going to head over to Best Buy and grab one tonight and go from there.

therussiann says:

So if i could get the G Watch for $127 would it be worth it to use it. or just sell it for 220?

Ken T says:

Just putting the comment out there, on the podcast Phil said he never changed the brightness, then said its useless outside. He never used anything but the bottom third of the brightness scale.
On a battery note, as an experiment, i turned always on, to off. over the last 40 hours exactly, (2 hours it was off while i mowed the yard.) the battery says 41% so 38 + hours of use only lighting the screen when i'm looking at it.

Ken T says:

Here is a use case. If you are like me, i put my shopping list on my phone. I'm pulling out my phone, light the screen many times as i walk thru the store. Now with my G watch i make my shopping list a location or timed reminder in keep. it comes to my watch, i just look at my watch for my list. as long as i dont dismiss it. people have just started looking into what we can do.
Notifications, nice but a smart watch needs to be alot more useful.