LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear Live: specs comparison

LG G Watch vs Samsung Gear Live: specs comparison

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.

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21 Comments

1. TechViv

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?

18. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

next year sammy will release a watch with 5inch display. it will be called, GALAXY GEAR NEO DUOS CORE ADVANCE PLUS

2. fahrenheits

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Yes, you can make/receive a phone call.

3. TechViv

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Are you sure? As Keynote didn't say that we can receive phone call on this watches!

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Get both, what problem.

5. TechViv

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Sure, why not. Who is paying for it??

6. TechViv

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

:) :) :)

7. sudbury78

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 12, 2012

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.

8. TechViv

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

I believe you can just get the notification on the watch, but can't really talk on it as Galaxy Gear-2/1.

19. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

On the keynote, when the watch received a phone call, is showed two buttons(red and green), so you probably can pick up calls, specially because the phone has a mic and a speaker, so why not?

9. wilsong17 unregistered

300 for a watch might as well wasted my money on a nexus 5

10. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

between the two probably the Gear Live.

16. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I like the cleaner design of the G Watch. But the screen resolution makes it a really hard choice...

11. md227a

Posts: 221; Member since: Mar 20, 2012

My only concern with the gear live is not knowing if it will work on non Samsung phones. I have the moto x.

14. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

It works with any Android phone. The Moto X will work perfectly with it. Why don't you want the Moto X?

12. HoPhonTab

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

I thought Samsung will overpriced it :/

13. ingortiz1980

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 25, 2014

Hi Im looking for a high volume serious supplier of Smart Watches Sony or Samsung Galaxy if you are the man please contact me

15. Bootutu

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

There's no heart rate monitor on the G watch

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Both are good devices for developers so they can start making apps for Android Wear. For everyday use, I hear the glass is allegedly very reflective on the Gear Live making the screen hard to read.

20. improv

Posts: 96; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

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.

21. kbaigio

Posts: 5; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

there is no heart rate on the LG....

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