That Moto 360 is beautiful and all, but you’re having doubts whether a watch that classy is going to go well with your everyday wardrobe of band tees, cargo shorts, and beat-up Jordans. You need something a little less chic and a little more geek. That’s exactly what you’re going to get with the LG G Watch.
Yeah, it’s geeky. With its boxy case (37.9 x 46.5 x 9.95mm), silicone strap, and dead simple design, it’s what the guys who wore Casios with calculators in the 80s will probably be wearing if they were the same age now.
Designed to provide information at a glance, it features a 1.65-inch IPS display that’s always on. Inside the case, it comes with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of onboard storage, a 400 mAh battery, and a 9-axis sensor array. It’s completely barren of any knobs or buttons, with any user interaction only available either via voice commands or touch controls. Like any proper timepiece, the PVD-coated stainless steel case is water-resistant to depths of one meter for up to half an hour. The band can be traded in for any 22mm watch strap in the market.
Running Android Wear, it can pair with any smartphone running Android 4.3 or newer over Bluetooth, displaying messages, showing alerts, controlling music playback, and more. Users can also send text messages and run search queries by using the software’s voice recognition.
The LG G Watch is available for preorder now, priced at $229.