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Smartwatch Showdown : Motorola Moto 360 vs LG G Watch R

April 16, 2015

Moto 360

As you might already know, smartwatches have become some of the most fashionable gadgets from nowadays and gain more and more terrain among those who own a smartphone, but wish to have access to their notifications and other features in a more convenient way(which means easier and quicker). These devices can also look very good and actually replace the usual stylish looking watch in terms of aesthetics, which means that not only you’ll be wearing technology on your wrist, but also an appealing accessory. Some of the best looking smartwatches are, in my opinion, the round-shaped ones, because they can easily pass as a regular timepiece, and I’m going to compare two of my favorites in the following review: the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R.

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Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch was announced a year ago, in March 2014, and was released in the same year, in September, being one of the most attractive devices of its kind and among the first ones to sport the Android Wear operating system. As a performer, it’s a pretty capable fella and won’t let you down especially if this is the first smartwatch that you buy, but its major asset is, of course, the appearance that I’ve been telling you about. Which is customizable in a lot of ways and you’ll see what I’m talking about a little bit later.

The LG G Watch R was released in the same period as the Moto 360, in October 2014, and is its primary competitor. We’re also dealing with a round-faced smartwatch that could easily pass as a regular one and can be worn as a fashionable accessory due to its sleek design. Performance-wise, the G Watch R is a little more potent than its rival, which means that it will deliver a smoother experience, but not by far. On the other hand, it fails to surpass it in terms of design (at least, that’s what I think), so it’s up to you to decide what’s more important  (the brains or the looks or both) and which one you’d prefer, most according to your personal taste.


Let’s check out these two and see what they have to offer, including the accessories that join them in their retail boxes.

The Moto 360 comes accompanied by a wall charger, a Qi wireless charging dock and an USB cable. The LG G Watch R comes with a power adapter, a charging dock and an USB cable. I must say that I consider Motorola’s  retail pack to be more generous than LG’s.

In terms of design, both devices are made from metal and are IP-67 certified for being dust and water resistant, so you’ll be having no issues when washing your hands and stuff like that if you were wearing any one of them.

Both smartwatches come with leather bands, which can be changed, of course, and seem to be of a very good quality that will last over time. The difference between them is that the leather found on the Moto 360 is softer and more flexible than the one offered by the G Watch R. The Moto 360 can also come with a metallic wrist band, which is a big plus if leather bands aren’t your cup of tea.

When it comes to their weight, the Moto 360 is lighter than its competitor and tips the scale at only 49 grams, while the G Watch R weighs 62.
Regarding colors, the G Watch R features a dark grey coating and that’s the only color it comes in, unfortunately, while the Moto 360 comes in a natural stainless steel finish, champagne gold and black. Also worth mentioning is that Motorola’s gadget can be ordered with a thin 18mm metallic band for looking nice on a lady’s wrist too.

Let’s take a look at one of their most important features: the display. The Moto 360 holds on board a 1.56 inches IPS LCD screen which offers a resolution of 320 x 290, a pixel density of 205 ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Although physically round, the display doesn’t offer a circular image as it features a tiny black bar at its bottom (thus its resolution) that holds the ambient light sensor and LCD driver. This isn’t a matter of great importance, if you ask me, as my guess is that you’ll quickly get used to it and ignore it. In terms of image quality, the screen offers some nice looking colors, fine contrast and good viewing angles. The sunlight legibility is decent, but could have been better.

lg g watch r
The LG G Watch R offers a fully circular display, so if the black bar of the Moto 360 is inconvenient for you, I’m guessing that you’ll like LG’s device better. Its screen is a 1.3 inches P-OLED unit with a resolution of 320 x 320 pixels and a pixel density of 246 ppi. These specs are clearly superior, thus the LG offers better colors and superior contrast than its competitor, but tends to be reflective, so the sunlight legibility will to suffer because of this. Also, LG’s screen doesn’t feature Gorilla Glass protection.

In terms of appearance, the Moto 360 has tiny bezels and a minimalistic design which will appeal to you if you prefer a more simplistic design. The G Watch R, on the other hand, has large bezels that hold clock markings, having an appearance that gets closer to a real watch than the Moto 360’s.
In conclusion, both smartwatches have capable displays, but the G Watch R, which is smaller, offers a   slightly better image quality.


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