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We have already seen a lot of smartwatches passing through the revue,
but they all have one thing in common: they are rectangular.
The LG G Watch R makes an end to it.

I got started with LG G Watch R, after the G Watch, the second smart watch that the manufacturer puts on the market, and this time with a round shape. Does that have a big impact? Actually yes, but that is not always positive.

The round screen is located under a glass plate, with a slanted metal edge around which LG has put dashes and numbers on that help indicate the time when using an analog dial. You can also choose a digital time indication, but because of the round shape, my personal preference looked like a classic watch. Due to its dimensions of 46.4 x 53.6 x 9.7 millimeters, the smartwatch is best compared to a big men's watch.

The watch is water resistant to a depth of 1 meter for 30 minutes (IP67). The 1.3 inch screen has a 320x320 pixel standard resolution for smartwatches. LG also uses an OLED screen with deep black, good contrast and high brightness. Additional plus: The G Watch R shows a clock, even when the smartwatch is not active, but the screen will be dimmed to save the battery. If you do not always want to see a clock, you can also disable that feature. 

The G Watch R runs on a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and has 4GB of internal memory on board. A recent update allows you to use those gigabytes to store some of the music from Google Music locally on the watch. This might be useful for jogging, for example, if you do not want to take a smartphone with you. There is no audio jack, so listen to music can only be done via a Bluetooth headset.

On the software level, LG has little to differentiate: because all smartwatches with Android Wear run the same version of the operating system. Where manufacturers can still give their own touch on Android, this is not the case for the OS counterparts on watches. Everyone gets the default experience.

The battery is an Achilles heel for most mobile devices, but even more so for smart watches. Most smart watches just work a day on a battery charge and that's simply not enough. The G Watch R fortunately does it already better. We can work about two days without too many problems, on one battery charge.

Two days is a big improvement compared to one day, but it can of course still be better. You need to charge your smartphone daily and it will be a hassle to add your smartwatch every night next to it. In addition, Android Wear is simply not far enough to convince the general public of his existence. A smartwatch is a nice addition to your smartphone, but for its price the the G Watch R still has some shortages in usability.

269 euro (at time of writing)
+ Classical design; Screen is always on.
- Very limited autonomy, Android Wear.