The LG G Watch R has finally been announced and the battle of the circular Android Wear devices has officially started. Which of the two first circular Android Wear devices will win the battle for your cash, the LG G Watch or the Moto 360?
Both smartwatches have much to show for. Let’s jump into all the details and see which one will be the best tenant for your wrist.
Design and build quality
We can’t attest for build quality just yet, as we haven’t held either of these smartwatches. We do know these are both made with premium materials, as opposed to other smartwatches out there, which are made primarily of rubber and plastic.
Both the Moto 360 and the LG G Watch R feature a stainless steel frame. Their straps are also made of leather – 22 mm. calf leather on LG’s device and unknown leather on the Moto 360. In terms of materials, both devices are very well endowed. We also know both products can resist to water and dust damage, making them quite durable against the elements.
As for the design, we can tell you these are both gorgeous smartphones, but personal preference will play a huge role on your inclination. Both look a lot like “real watches”, but they look like different types of watches.
While the Moto 360 has a very elegant and stylish design, the LG G Watch R has a very casual and “sporty” appearance. LG’s alternative holds a close resemblance to older Casio digital watches, a look that some of you may prefer (me included).
Most specs on these devices are very similar, but they hold some differences that may sway you one way or the other. The most interesting difference is the processor. The LG G Watch R features a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which is an amazing chip for a smartwatch. Do keep in mind this is the same processor we see in mid-range smartphones like the Moto G.
The Moto 360’s Texas Instruments processor may not be as powerful, but it does hold a a slightly larger 1.5-inch (320x290p) display. The LG G Watch R’s screen could be a bit better, though. Its 1.3-inch OLED screen (320x320p) will offer much brighter colors and deeper blacks.
Other specs are relatively similar. They both come with 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0. Battery performance is yet to be tested, but we do know the Moto 360 features wireless charging, a feature that may give Motorola the upper hand (unless LG is keeping quiet about this feature for now).
Price and final thoughts
The Moto 360’s $250 price is very reasonable for what you get. We still don’t have a set price on the LG G Watch R, but a German press release states it could cost 299 Euros (about $394 USD). That is a mighty high price compared to the competition, but we can’t see it costing more than $300 when it reaches the USA.
Regardless of the price, these smartwatches compete very closely in terms of design and build quality. I do have to say the LG G Watch R could benefit from a slightly better performance, though, thanks to that Snapdragon 400 processor.
I would personally get the LG G Watch R over the Moto 360, simply because I do happen to prefer its looks and I believe performance will be better. Which one would you purchase?