LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear Live: specs comparison
posted by Michael H. / Jun 25, 2014, 5:27 PM
Today, we saw the first two Android Wear smartwatches announced - the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live - and both should be up in the Play Store very soon for pre-order. Of course, you may need a bit of help knowing which device to put your money on. To help you with that, we've got a quick specs comparison, and you can also check out our hands-on impressions of the G Watch.
Surprisingly, there isn't a whole lot that separates these two smartwatches. Both feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processors clocked at 1.2GHz. Both offer 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM. Both have the same sensors (accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and heart rate monitor). And, both are IP67 dust and water resistant. The two smartwatches are even almost the same size. They have the same width (37.9mm); the LG G Watch is shorter (46.5mm vs 56.4mm); but, the G Watch is thicker (9.95mm vs 8.9mm) and slightly heavier (63g vs 59g.)
There are only major differences between the two smartwatches. First is in the battery capacity, where the G Watch has a larger battery than the Gear Live at 400mAh vs 300mAh. Second is the display, where the Gear Live has an ever so slightly smaller screen at 1.63-inches vs 1.65-inches, but Samsung's display has a higher resolution (320 x 320 vs 280 x 280) and Samsung uses an AMOLED display rather than an LCD IPS display.
So, at the end of the day, the display on the Gear Live may be better (though early reports say the glass is very reflective), and may make up for the smaller battery. The Gear Live is also $30 cheaper ($199 vs $229). That is all so close that in the end, it may just be a matter of which design you prefer.
Which one do you like better? Sound off in our poll.
Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 25, 2014
are we gonna be able to make a phone call or receive a call with this watch or LG watch that got launched today?
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 5:43 PM 0
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Yes, you can make/receive a phone call.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 5:48 PM 0
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Get both, what problem.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 6:18 PM 1
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Don't think you can make and receive calls although they did demo the guy rejecting the call. So I'm intrigued. They are live on play so I'll probably wait for reviews. Hopefully bestbuy sells them as well.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 6:27 PM 0
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I believe you can just get the notification on the watch, but can't really talk on it as Galaxy Gear-2/1.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 6:31 PM 0
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between the two probably the Gear Live.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 6:42 PM 1
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My only concern with the gear live is not knowing if it will work on non Samsung phones. I have the moto x.
posted on Jun 25, 2014, 7:04 PM 0
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As a 2014 I/O attendee, I was able to see the demos of both the LG G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live (as well as the Moto 360). For the smart watch giveaway, I blindly chose the LG G Watch with no reason in particular. Both are aesthetically similar with a couple different perks but in the end, they both run Android Wear which provides a simple experience that focuses on the theme of glanceable information. As a previous Pebble Steel owner, I did feel that the Pebble's software was very clunky and non-intuitive but the Android Wear software was very easy to pick up. The swiping gestures on both Android Wear devices were very slick and responsive and the smart watches provided a unique experience that didn't seek to just shrink the functions of a smart phone to the size of a watch. I really enjoyed the sessions that discussed Google's approach to wearables and their validation for the market in wearables.
posted on Jun 27, 2014, 3:04 AM 0
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