This LG Watch Sport is a big watch, but not the biggest Android Wear watch out there. Some might baulk at the 14.2mm thickness, but it actually wears comfortably and if you’re used to wearing a watch with substance, that won’t be a concern – in fact you might say the display could be a little bigger than the 1.38-inches it offers. The body is cool stainless steel, anodised and finished in a dark blue or titanium colour. The back is plastic, but unlike the flimsy feels of the LG Watch Urbane, this feels solid.
The LG Watch Sport, the centre of which is a digital crown that rotates as well as pushes. This lets you interact with Android Wear 2.0’s most exciting new feature – rotational control. That’s been showcased by Samsung and Apple on their respective devices and it’s a welcome addition to Android, helping mature the platform with new interaction.
LG Watch Sport carries an IP68 water protection rating, which should protect it from sweat, rain and showers, but we were told that it’s not designed for submersion like swimming. That’s going to be left to other devices like the Nixon Mission (also on the list to get Android Wear 2.0), which is proofed to 5ATM.
The LG Watch Sport has a 1.38-inch POLED display with a 480 x 480 pixel display, giving it a cracking 348ppi. The display itself is fully round – there’s no flat tyre here like the Moto 360 Sport and this watch looks a lot better as a result.
The LG Watch Sport is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, hardware designed specifically for wearables, with a boosted 768MB RAM. The 4GB storage is standard, providing some local space for storage of your music.
The 430mAh battery is said to last “all day” with the LTE modem active, but we’ll be sure to thoroughly test the endurance, both with LTE on and off, when we get the chance.
The software is more mature, more useful and better designed than the previous Android Wear experience and that should help this platform grow.
With LTE and Android Pay also in the mix, this is a completely connected device that opens up new opportunities for smartwatch wearers. We’ve not been this excited about an Android Wear device for some time.
The LG Watch Sport will be coming to Canada, Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Taiwan, UAE and the UK in the coming weeks.