LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition hands-on

The smartwatch space is heating! So far, we’ve seen the Huawei Watch, the 2nd generation Moto 360, and even the Samsung Gear S2. All of them, naturally, are unique in their own specific way, but we have yet to see a true Android Wear smartwatch with cellular connectivity. Well, that’s until now, as the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition is the first one running Android Wear that offers a truly untethered experience thanks to cellular connectivity.

We got the chance to check out a pre-production model during a private event, but despite being able to turn it on, it still seems like a promising addition to the ever growing smartwatch lineup. Gone is the elegance of the original LG Watch Urbane, replaced instead by this beefy sized smartwatch that doesn’t try to hide its girth. Playing around with it briefly, it feels like it’s meant for the outdoorsy type of person – those who want to take a hike, or do some climbing, but without the worry of having to bring their smartphone to stay connected.

Its stainless steel chassis ensures it’s going to be protected from the elements, but it just makes the watch so massive on our wrist. To be fair, however, it does pack cellular radios to keep you connected. However, that comes at a price. Not only because of the hefty size, but also in the way that its wrist strap bands can’t be replaced. We’re told that the radio itself is partly incorporated into the band, so that’s why it’s not something that can be replaced easily. That’s a shame, just because you’re stuck with a particular style.

Now, we’re itching to see the display come to life, as it sports the highest resolution on a smartwatch to date. Specifically, it packs a 1.38-inch 480 x 480 P-OLED display, so we can imagine how crispy things will look. On top of that, P-OLED is the more favorable display technology as we’ve seen. Needless to say, the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition seems promising, but we’re itching to know its pricing. Factoring its beefy specs, solid design, high-res screen, and cellular connectivity, we can only imagine a premium price tag accompanying it. Right now, the perfect spot to be in is about the $300 to $400 range, but that’s for non-LTE enabled gear, so with this, we can definitely see some sort of hike for having it.



15. cormac

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

So, Gear S came out a year ago. Has interchangeable bands. Lasts 1.5-2 days. And isn't as bulky as Urban 2d. Gear S is no fashion statement, but curved screen makes better fit. And, it works really well on keeping you connected as if you had your phone with you, but don't (notifications, ability to respond to message and email as if from your phone, auto call forwarding when leaving BT range, etc.). Amazing how everyone said then that no one wants to talk to their watch. Once iJesus (anyone from Apple) does it onstage and says people want a Dick Tracy watch, though, every iSheep and Droid drooler (and manufacturer) decides it is ok. But Samsung is just a copycat! Sad little sheep. Bah.....

12. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Actually looks just like a Fredrique Constant watch. I think it was called peking to Paris or something. Straight copy actually. Lol

10. iMichael unregistered

Apple Watch copy!

14. Norris

Posts: 121; Member since: Jun 26, 2015

Lg Watch looks far better than that piece of junk

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7659; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Oh, when did Apple start making a watch that has a round face, LTE, GPS, and can connect directly to a carrier without using a smartphone.

9. Elfmonster unregistered

I hope they make it even bigger before they release it. I could use a watchable Frisbee.

11. flipjzn

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Hahaha! I was thinking the same, it didnt look so big on previos article. I think I'll get the Samsung Galaxy Gear S2 instead even if I'm liking the features on LG urbane.

7. tedkord

Posts: 17519; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Nice looking watch. Very elegant. Looks really great, let's hope it functions as well.

6. SamDH1

Posts: 419; Member since: Apr 21, 2015

That looks messy... Like it doesn't know if it's a dress watch or an outdoors/active watch, and just decided to look gross instead

5. penguinbelly

Posts: 162; Member since: Dec 27, 2014

Looks more like a proof of concept.

4. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Wow! That looks like a straight out real non smart watch. Great job LG! And they made the 14.4mm look thinner than the 11.3mm on the Huawei. Too bad I already bought the Huawei or I might have gotten this instead. The Gear S2 got pushed to October 16th instead of the 2nd on the bestbuy website. Sucks...lol

3. Jerry7

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

What about battery life with such specs?

1. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The Quality of PA article are going down the drain.. You yet to see a smartwatch with 3g really? What about Samsung gear S thats came out months ago? damn guys you need to stop giving false info..

2. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

It's the 1st Android Wear watch to have it, as they said. And it's the 1st to have LTE, not 3G.

8. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm more concerned that John is looking forward to how "crispy" the display will look... ...I guess there must be a Snapdragon 810 in there! :D

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