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Best Buy offers $50 discount on LG G Watch ahead of G Watch R's release

In light of LG's pre-IFA announcement of the circular G Watch R, Best Buy is now offering a $50 sale on both the white and black editions of the original G Watch. With the savings, either model will cost customers $179, which could help spur sales of the square form factor Android Wear wristwatch as consumer interest seems to be skewing towards a more classical circular watch shape.

The price cut comes just months after the LG G Watch's debut. The watch was one of the first to be announced using Google's Android Wear platform for smartwatches and competes in the same space as the Samsung Gear Live and the highly anticipated Moto 360 from Motorola.

Will the $50 savings from the $229 original price tag sway you into trying a square-shaped G Watch? Or do you have your eyes, and your wrist, set on a round Moto 360 or the newly announced LG G Watch R? Let us know if you make the splurge at Best Buy.

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  • I hope they're new and not the refurbished ones that they had to replace because of the corroded contacts debacle!
  • Oh man that's a good deal. I will buy the 360, but this looks enticing to have while I'm at work.
  • I would love to check out Wear, but from what I have read this watch is totally useless in the outdoors. Hopefully their new watch will correct that MAJOR flaw. Posted via Android Central App
  • In my experience, the claims are exaggerated. I have the brightness set at 4 out of 6, and have yet to have a problem reading it.
  • I have had absolutely no issue with it outdoors. The people who have issues with it are the people who are trying to squeeze out every last bit of battery by setting the brightness to one. Once on 4 or above I've had no issue seeing it outside.
  • Hmm interesting... Maybe I will give it a look. Thanks for the info Posted via the Android Central App
  • I have to agree. I have mine set to 5 and have no issues in the daylight. Even at 12 noon. And I live in Vegas, where the sun scorches you on the inside. Posted via Android Central App
  • Same with me. Today was bright as hell out and I had shades on, still could see my screen. Not perfect, but no terrible. Posted via Android Central App
  • I really want an android wear device but I'm not much of a watch wearer maybe once they get more features Posted via Android Central App
  • Wow this makes it tempting. I got my Pebble last holiday season when BestBuy had a double discount of $30 off regular price and another $30 off for students. So I might wait and see before I get my first android wear device. I'll probably wait until the end of the week to see all the new smartwatches that are coming out, especially the Asus one.
  • Still doesn't fix the poor battery life and hard to see screen issue. So... Nope!
  • $99 soon.
  • Troof Posted via Android Central App
  • Looks like even Best Buy knows that nobody will care about square screens compared to the G Watch R. That's why they're discounting it. Posted via Android Central App
  • Na !!! Posted via Android Central App
  • That's what I've been sayin. Give em all a couple of months, and then the prices will all come down. They (almost) always do. G Watch R at $100-$150 is what I'll be getting. Posted via the Android Central App
  • It's coming down because the G Watch R is basically what LG really wanted to make for Wear. LG definitely wants to sell this watch at a more premium than the square one. The regular G Watch was simply a reference device asked by Google to showcase what Wear looks like. Posted via Android Central App
  • I'm looking forward to more apps for Android wear. At this point I'm just using it for time and notifications. Posted via Android Central App
  • I am sticking with my red Pebble until something really blows me away. I am function over form... Now if my kids want to get me a Pebble Steele for Christmas... Hint hint Posted via the Android Central App
  • IF I'm going to get a Android wear watch it is going to be round. Posted via Android Central App on the Moto X
  • U8 Pro Smartwatch, I never see anyone talking about it on here.... It's less than $50.00 and it does the common things. Posted via Android Central App
  • Still $100 too much...and no the Moto 345 isn't worth $249. Android wear is just not there, IMO. Returned my Gear Live in 12 days. Redundant. No use case I could justify. I know, BUT ROUND FASHION...not for me...yet.
  • Anyone lost 15 degrees? Posted via Android Central App
  • Yah, the black bar at the bottom. Ba-DUM-TISHHh!
  • You fell right into his trap lol. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I finally saw one in the flesh, and I kind of like it. It's very minimal. Just a screen really.
    If they drop seriously in price, I think I'd pick one up just for mucking about.
  • This is more tempting than it probably should be. If it were 99$ I would own one just to support the platform. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I may try it when it hits $99 on Amazon next week. Wait and see.
  • So far the Smart Watch sector looks like half baked "proof of concept" junk. This LG looks dreadful, Samsung are still pinning the tail on the donkey blindfolded in the hope of striking gold and Moto discoverd the circle - WOW.
    Good God! Do Apple have to do everything?!
    So far Pebble are almost awake (which puts them ithe lead); but the rest need a brain transplant, a crash team and possibly an undertaker!
  • I have been able to get it for less then this bewtbuy sale price since launch at verizon with my corporate discount so not a deal for me. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I am surprisingly tempted to buy one of these. The one with the white band looks especially sharp. I'm not a huge fan of the bezel on the R. I don't like the numbers and tick marks on it. I'm going to wait and see what the 360 comes in at, and I'm definitely going to need to see what it looks like on my wrist before I buy it. Most large round watches are pretty silly looking, imo, so I want to see if I have that same reaction with the 360. Posted via Android Central App
  • The #'s and tick-marks are just the basic watch face that is coming preloaded on the G Watch R, it'll be interchangeable just like all the rest of the Android Wear watches if it doesn't suit your fancy. I think it looks classy though.
  • I have this watch and the battery life is not poor at all.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I suppose this is a good deal. You could have one of these on standby until your moto 360 battery dies 9 hours into your day. Posted via Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Early users of the Moto 360 have claimed battery life of more than two days. 
  • Ouch. Android vendors need to stop doing this. Mutiple product releases across the same category - months apart - I feel bad for the people that paid full price. It's one thing to understand that the next greatest "thing" is around the corner, it's entirely another to realize that your cool new "thing" has been devalued almost instantly. LG has Samsung'd it's watch.
  • Get used to it. Wearable technology is in its infancy and rapidly evolving. And that's marvelous. New wearables will be released year around. Like Jerry said; get what suits you and enjoy it. Embrace reality. What we will have two years in the future is barely imaginable today. I find that exciting. I do agree, getting something on release day is less compelling. One can now wait a little for things to settle while continuing to enjoy the fantastic device(s) they have.
  • Congratulations Best Buy and LG, you've created a deal that almost made me break from saving up for the Moto 360 or G Watch R, I still haven't decided but I was this close to going to Best Buy right now and getting it.
  • Wow, that's a good deai. I will buy it.