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2-day LG G watch impressions

It’s the end of the second day wearing the LG G watch.

Here’s a few things I’ve noticed:

  1. It is practically impossible to catch the time at a glance in direct sunlight. This is especially true if it’s on the screensaver mode. I’ve put the brightness to the highest and I still can’t see it. I’m a compulsive time checker while driving to work in the morning. I didn’t realize this until it took extra effort to check what time it was.
  2. The watch is too bright in the dark. Even at it’s lowest brightness it’s distracting. It’s a problem even with the screensaver on. I don’t know if I’d wear the watch to, let’s say, a movie theater or anywhere it’s dark because I worry that if the watch were to get out of screensaver mode, which is very possible, it would probably blind everyone
  3. I feel like the watch goes to screen saver mode too quickly. When I use navigation, I want the direction cards to stay longer
  4. I’m still getting used to how heavy it is. Sometimes I feel like I’m wearing a small phone
  5. I initially worried about battery life, but I’ve been able to go to work and back and still have about 50% battery left. I’m more than certain it would last at least the 20 hours I would ever be away from the charger
  6. The step counter has motivated me to walk more. For most of the day, I sit in front of a computer so it’s hard for me to accumulate steps. I ran this morning (albeit not for long) and I still only have 5212 steps now as the evening wanes. I don’t know how I’m supposed to get 10k steps a day.
  7. The watch doesn’t pick up random steps while I drive which is pretty awesome.
  8. Lastly, one comparison to Pebble: I have this reoccurring thought in my head. A Pebble is a watch that can do some cool things. Android Wear is a notification device that can also tell time.

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First impressions of the LG G Watch

LG G Watch

The LG G Watch was on sale for 60 bucks last week so I, of course, impulsively bought it. Honestly, it wasn’t something I was even looking to get because I already have a Pebble and I love my Pebble. But as a gadget-y techie guy, I felt it was my duty to try it. I haven’t really played around with a lot (I fell asleep while looking at it last night), but here are my first impressions

  • The watch is heavy. It’s roughly the same size as the Pebble but noticeably heavier
  • I’m getting used to seeing color. It reminds me of when I used to wear my ipod nano as a watch.
  • I wish the OK Google message would go away. I’m sure there’s a setting to get rid of it (.. right?) but I haven’t found it yet.
  • I’m a little lost on how to use it, but I’m sure it’ll just take some time to get used to it
  • The battery life is terrible. The watch was dead in the morning after I had charged it to full and started playing around with it around 11pm. Far cry from the Pebble that lasts me at least of week
  • As I was taking pictures of the watch, the watch asked me if I wanted to use it as a camera button. That’s pretty cool.
  • I feel like it should be talking to me. It seems quiet
  • I noticed my Nexus had Google Play Services running for a long time. Not sure if they’re related

LG G vs Pebble

That’s it for now. I’m going to try it out for a couple of days. I’m sure I’ll be comparing it to the Pebble constantly like a Asian parent to their neighbors’ child and we’ll see which one I prefer using more. (The Pebble can do this, why can’t you?)

Do I need to take my watch charger to work?

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