So unless you’ve been under a rock or simply don’t follow Google’s announcements I thought you would like to know that Google released Android Wear. I’ll wait for your applause to subside before I continue. Got that all out now? Great! so with the release of Android Wear Google also announced the release of the Samsung Gear Live (basically the Samsung Gear Neo running Android Wear) and the LG G Watch. Both are great first generation Android Wear devices by two great manufacturers, so when I announced on Google+ that I would be getting the LG over the Samsung the first question I was asked was “Why?”. Well, im glad you asked.
Samsung Please Try Harder
No, seriously. Please try a little harder than you are currently. When I first saw the Samsung Gear Live (Terrible Name by the way) I just couldn’t stop shaking my head. The watch looks the same as the other Samsung watches on the market. I almost had the same emotion as I did when Apple unveiled the iPhone 5 and it looked the same as the 4 and 4s. Look, I know you’re building your own OS and ecosystem over there on Tizen. I get it, I really do. But could you please at least act like you’re remotely interested in Android Wear? I mean you didnt even have the common courtesy to change the label on the back of the damn box which still reads “Requires a Galaxy Smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher”.
Design and Other Things
So I am a minimalist, I don’t like bloat on my phone, empty folders in my file manager. Hell, I don’t even like crust on my bread (ok that’s a lie, I do like the crust plus it’s healthy for you). But there is no better sight for me than a clean black slate. So between the two watches I preferred the G Watch design. This is not to say that the Samsung design is bad, it just doesn’t appeal to me (not a fan of the aluminium frame). Then there’s the battery. We are talking about bluetooth connected devices and my Nexus 5 already sucks for battery so I didn’t want my watch running out of battery during the day as well. Now I know the difference in battery between the two devices isn’t worlds apart, but every little bit helps and though the Samsung does have the better display, I really feel like they both will suck equally for the first generation. My other thought on this is I will be buying the Moto 360 (like everyone else in the world) when it’s released and that will be my “Fancy Watch”. My LG will be my casual knock around watch, and hey every man needs a square and a round watch in their lives right?
Yes, we all know the Samsung has a heartbeat monitor. However, heartbeat monitors in wrist worn devices are notoriously inaccurate, plus let me know how well that sensor works while you’re sweating ok. When you go to the doctors office and they want to get your heart rate where do they place the sensor? Times up! they place it on the end of your finger there is a reason for that but this ain’t (Yup, I said AIN’T) a medical journal and i’m not going to go into details. Suffice it to say, that if you want a good measure of your heart then buy a device that’s dedicated to that function. If you want gimmick you can show your friends or a ball-park figure go with the smartwatch (like smartphones for running) if you want a real map of your run, buy a Garmin.
Closing it down
So I chose the more expensive LG for those reasons. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s the better watch. That means it’s the better watch for me. Today JR Raphael posted a great short video about the difference in the screens. When I saw that the LG watch displayed the same image in it’s dimmed mode as in it’s awake mode it further bolstered my opinion that I made the right choice. Now some may say that the reason for this is that Samsung is using an AMOLED screen. I think that’s a perfectly fair assessment, I am just not willing to sacrifice a change in my user experience for some of the quirks of AMOLED though it is brighter and more colorful when it’s awake. So anyway that’s why I bought the LG over the Samsung. Apparently mine is shipping July 3rd with 1 day delivery, so between me and Armando you guys should have more than enough coverage about this device. Until then cya in the next article!