The LG Watch Urbane and Moto 360 are two strong smartwatches, and the two best watches with a circular display. The Moto 360 is an older device by a little over a year, but is still relevant in the Android gear/smartwatch market. As with all the Android smartwatches, Android-specific smartwatches are only compatible and powered by Android cell phones. Currently, most watches are either cross-platform or compatible with integrating into the Android OS (to my knowledge, the Apple Watch is the only exclusive non-Android device.)
Motorola Moto 360 Review
The Motorola Solutions Inc (NYSE:MSI) Moto 360 is generally equipped to be a better all-around device, while the LG Urbane is powerful in its own right to be considered a mini-computer for your wrist (yet sadly is limited by the few inputs available for smartwatches.). Both devices are powered by Android Wear 5.1, Google’s complementary OS to the current Android software. Android Wear consists of flipping through Google Now cards, which are controlled from your smartphone and powered by received notifications. Both devices will vibrate gently against your wrist, similar to a cell phone. The LG Urbane has a longer battery life, especially when both devices are turned down to minimum brightness and the light sensor is turned off.
LG Watch Urbane Review
In general, the LG Electronics Inc. (KRX:066570) Watch Urbane is a newer model, yet more expensive. The
Urbane has 4GB of storage, a 1.2 GHZ Snapdragon 400, 512 MB of Ram and 4GB of internal storage. The Moto 360 has the same amount of RAM and storage, but is actually powered by a Texas Instrument processor (which always allows me to draw allusions to calculator watches, actually pioneered by Texas Instruments). The LG Watch Urbane is charged by Micro USB only, while the Moto 360 is charged by both Micro USB and supports QI charging. The QI charging on the Moto 360, combined with the much cheaper and more considerable price point considering the applications available and total usage of Android Wear, is what can make or break the sale – Android Wear (and smartwatch applications in general) are somewhat lacking right now, but do offer nice availability. Applications are ever increasingly-hungry in their search for more memory and a faster processor, though, and the Urbane is burdened by a much larger bezel in order to house a slightly larger processor.
LG Watch Urbane vs. Moto 360 – Which is Better in 2016?
The Moto 360 has been around since September of 2014, while the LG Urbane launched in April of 2015. Both watches have been sold by and supported directly by Google, allowing for an unseen level of customer service (buy from Google and break it? ship it back and replaced, no questions asked). However, the Moto 360 has been included with promotions from Verizon and Sprint, being bundled with the purchase of Motorola phones. Motorola devices tend to have increased connectivity between same-brand devices, while LG devices always have some quality-of-life innovations. In terms of customer service, Google will always beat out every other company. LG is a bit slower at customer service, but the service they provide is still excellent; it’s just that Google rarely offers a chance to directly support your devices.
With all things considered for the use of smartwatches, my personal pick between the two is the Moto 360. The Moto 360 is an older device but is tested and just proven to be a new bar set for smartwatches, and at such an available price. The Moto 360 kit with a leather strap can be found for around $250 most places (however at the bottom of this post you will find a link to amazon that will automatically apply all available discounts when you click it, which generally saves a fair bit of cash. As of this time the link will get you around $100 off) The Urbane hovers around $300 to $350 depending on shopping online or in a brick-and-mortar store. Again there will be a link included at the end of this article to the best price currently online. The Urbane may be more powerful than the Moto 360, but the bulkier bezel is not worth the trade considering that Android Wear is still very much developing. The Moto 360 is a fantastic benchmark set and considering the price, every generation going forward should continue to set a new expectation of affordability and power.
Click here for the Moto 360 on Amazon with all discounts automatically applied
Click here for the best price online for the LG Urbane Watch.