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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition first look
LG just announced the steel-bound V10, but that’s not the only ferrous beauty coming from the Korean company today: the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition brings a classy look and cellular connectivity – a first for the Android Wear ecosystem.
We had the opportunity to check out the Urbane 2nd Edition, with a caveat: we couldn’t play with the software at all. With this warning out of the way, here’s our first look at the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
Design and functionality
While the Urbane 2nd Edition is the first Android Wear watch with cellular connectivity, LG has dabbled with the concept before, on the webOS-powered Watch Urbane LTE. There is where the Urbane 2nd Edition takes most of its design cues, and, in particular, the three buttons on the side.
The Urbane 2nd Edition is definitely more sportsy than the Watch Urbane, especially when you choose one of the rubber bands. There will be several bands options available, but you won’t be able to use a standard one, because the bands incorporate the antennas required for cellular connectivity.
The watch is thick compared to other wearables, but it doesn’t look too large and it’s quite comfortable even on my tiny wrists, thanks to the curved bands.
The color accents of the buttons match the band, which is a nice touch. The top button allows you to bring up your favorite contacts, the main one has the typical Android Wear functionality, while tapping the bottom button will open up LG’s Health up. The device can monitor your heart rate, workout intensity, and stress levels, though we suspect the latter two features are based on simple readings of the heart rate.
Hardware features and connectivity
The Watch Urbane 2nd Edition packs the best specs on any Android Wear smartwatch to date. These include a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, 768MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi, and GPS. The display is 1.38 inches with a 480 x 480 pixels resolution, for an excellent 348ppi; for comparison, the next best display is on the Huawei Watch, at 400×400 pixels.
The battery is much larger than the norm as well. At 570 mAh, it’s almost double what you get on the Huawei Watch or the Tizen-powered Gear S2. Of course, the LTE/3G modem will consume a lot of that power, but LG claims the Urbane 2nd Edition should be good for a full day of use, or more.
You will be able to connect to the internet wirelessly from anywhere in the world. The LTE/3G device takes a nano-SIM and should work with many carriers. More details will be offered when the device launches in the US.
It appears that LG has announced the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition before Google has finalized the latest Android Wear version needed to enable the new features on the device. That’s likely the reason we weren’t allowed to shoot the software during our briefing. That said, an announcement from Google is probably imminent.
LG is really stepping it up with the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, which joins a growing collection of beautiful Android Wear smartwatches of mostly circular design. We’ll need to wait for the Android Wear update and a test of the cellular support before offering our verdict, but signs are pretty encouraging.
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LG Watch Urbane™ 2nd Edition LTE - Support Overview
Get to know your new LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition with this quick reference guide.
Here's how to view signal strength on the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.
Battery optimization helps conserve battery power on your LG device and is turned on by default.
Here's how to turn Bluetooth for your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE on or off.
To make your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE visible to Bluetooth devices, view this info.
To view or clear the call history on your Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, check out this info.
Here's how to set up calling on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.
Here's how to view contacts on your Urbane.
To turn the mobile data for your LG Watch Urban 2nd Edition LTE on or off, follow these steps.
Here's how to change the data usage cycle and set data warnings and / or limits on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
Here's how to check settings if you can't connect to the internet or send / receive messages on your Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.
If your Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE shows the incorrect date and/or time, view this info to correct it.
Here's how to view the device ID (IMEI) for your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.
Here's how to view device info (e.g. Serial number, Battery, etc.) for your Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
Here's how to view the phone number for your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
To allow or restrict access to services on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, view this info.
Here's how to reset your phone to factory defaults on your LG 3G basic device.
If you're not receiving calls or alerts for your texts and email, view this info.
To turn Verizon network services on/off or if they aren't functioning, view this info.
Here's how to reply to an email message from your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
Here's how to create and send an email message from your LG Watch Urbane.
Here's how to turn GPS location for your Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE on or off.
Here's how to view notification cards on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
Here's how to set up a screen lock option (password, pattern, etc.) for your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition.
To disable the screen lock setting on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, check out this info.
To unlock the screen on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, check out this info.
Learn about the Android operating system, including what it is, how to find your current OS version, how to get an update and more.
If your Watch Urbane 2nd Edition has a blank or frozen screen or calling, app, audio and syncing issues, view this.
Discover the benefits of the most recent software update and view instructions to see how to download the software to your device.
If your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE has a blank or frozen screen or calling, app, audio and syncing issues, view this.
To check for or to install software updates on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, view this info.
To view the software version your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is running, check out this info.
Here's how to properly insert a SIM card into your LG Watch Urbane to avoid potential service issues.
Here's how to remove the SIM card from your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.
Here's how to create and send a text message on your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.
To reply to messages from your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition via Verizon Messages (Message+), see this.
To send messages via Verizon Messages (Message+) from your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, view this.
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Here's how to turn Wi-Fi for your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition on or off.
To remove a saved Wi-Fi network from your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, view this info.
First five things to know about the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE
There's a new Android Wear watch heading for carrier shelves soon, and it's all about working without a constant connection to your phone. The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is, as the name suggests, a watch with a cellular radio onboard, and while support for Verizon Wireless and AT&T have already been announced there's still a lot about this updated body and the underlying OS we need to explore.
To get started, here's five quick things you should know about this watch when deciding if it belongs on your wrist.
Android Wear watches are already not exactly great for people with smallish wrists, but the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE takes things up a notch in order to support all of the new hardware inside. The increased battery size and sim tray access window, as well as room on the side for three buttons instead of one, make for an even bulkier watch on your wrist.
This isn't so bad if you're got big wrists or you just really like big watches, but if you've found the current crop of Android Wear watches to be too big you're probably not going to enjoy this mini smartphone on your wrist.
One of the downsides to the cellular radio baked into this watch is you lose the ability to change the watch strap to whatever you want. This happened because the straps actually house the antennae used to make sure you have a decent connection for voice and data, but it means you really should try this watch on before you make a purchase.
Like its predecessor, the sporty rubber strap that came with this version of the Watch Urbane doesn't feel great. Unlike its predecessor, there's nothing you can do about that. We know that LG is planning a leather model, but it's still unclear how available that version will be compared to the three sport bands that are also being bade available for this watch. Bottom line — try before you buy to make sure you'll actually enjoy wearing this watch.
You have the ability to put a SIM in your LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE, and that means you need to be able to access that tray from time to time. LG uses a tri-prong plastic key to twist the back plate off of the watch, exposing the sim tray. This twisting motion is important, as it locks the plat in against the rubber seal that allows this watch to claim IP67 rating, but doing so requires a fair bit of force to work correctly.
It looks like a huge pain, but it's actually not that bad. The key locks into place while you turn, and stays attached to the plate when you separate it from the rest of the watch. You aren't likely to need to swap SIMs on your watch particularly often, so be sure to put this key somewhere safe. It's unlikely you'll be able to easily get another right away.
If your watch is going to make phone calls, it needs to do so well enough that you actually consider that option. LG's microphones on previous Android Wear watches have been pretty good, and the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is no exception. In a call you don't need to hold the watch to your mouth, and in fact can get away with calls in a car or on your couch while playing on your Xbox without much in the way of call quality loss.
The speaker is another matter. It's loud enough for a quiet room or a quiet car, but not quite loud enough for walking down a busy street or in a quiet restaurant. If you're going to be making a lot of calls on this watch, you'll be ducking out to a quiet place to take your calls when out and about. On the other hand, being able to answer your phone and have a call while in the middle of a Destiny raid without putting the controller down is kinda cool.
If you decide you want to leave your phone behind and go for a jog, or you've decided to leave your phone at your desk when in a big meeting, Cellular mode on the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition kicks in and works exactly like WiFi mode. Your phone kicks notifications to the cloud, and your watch pulls them down. It's pretty seamless, which is what we expected.
You still need to be near your phone for app access to work like it should, which is still not quite as functional as it should be. Streaming audio apps, for example, still can't stream directly to the watch. You still need to store audio locally, but according to LG there's an active effort at Google to give developers the ability to change that in the not-so-distant future, so here's hoping that gets better soon.
Check out our first look at the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE for more!
LG Also Announces the Watch Urbane (2nd Edition) With LTE
Along with the new LG V10, LG unwrapped a new smartwatch this evening called the Watch Urbane (2nd Edition). This watch is unique in that it’s the first Android Wear smartwatch to feature cellular connectivity, with an option to connect via 4G (LTE), 3G, WiFi or Bluetooth. Why anyone needs LTE on their watch is beyond me, but that’s where we are at in 2015.
The watch itself sports upgraded specs over the previous generation Watch Urbane with 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, 1.38-inch POLED display (480×480, 348ppi), 4GB storage, 768MB RAM, 570mAh battery, GPS, and IP67 dust and water resistance. That resolution and battery capacity are both kind of nuts for a watch. Good job there, LG.
Unfortunately, that giant battery means a watch that is a whopping 14.2mm thick. For reference, the new Moto 360, Huawei Watch, and original Urbane were all 11mm and under. 14.2mm is…woof that’s thick.
So why all of the cellular connectivity? Well, you can make calls with this Watch Urbane, supposedly leave your phone at home if you’d like, and also workout with GPS tracking.
The new Watch Urbane (2nd Edition) will be available at some point in the near future in the US and Korea. After that, it will head to Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.
FIRST CELLULAR ANDROID WEAR SMARTWATCH PREVIEWED AT LG EVENT
Newest LG Watch Urbane is Tether-Free and Compatible with Both Android and iOS
SEOUL, Oct. 1, 2015 ― At the event to introduce the V10 smartphone, LG Electronics (LG) provided a sneak peek of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition, the first Android Wear device to feature cellular connectivity. With the option to connect via 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, LG’s newest wearable device works seamlessly with Android smartphones or can go it alone, when carrying a smartphone isn’t practical or convenient. Cellular enabled features will vary across Android and iOS.
The latest LG Watch Urbane delivers the highest resolution display of any smartwatch currently on the market today. With a resolution of 480 x 480, the new LG Watch Urbane delivers 348ppi on its 1.38-inch full circle P-OLED display. With a diameter of 44.5mm, the smartwatch resembles a classic timepiece with its hairline-etched stainless steel body and durable hypoallergenic TPSiV™ elastomer band. And to live up to the original LG Watch Urbane’s great battery life, the 2nd Edition features a high-capacity 570mAh battery and Power Saving Mode to last throughout the day and more.
Three buttons adorn the right side of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition to provide quick access to shortcut settings such as contacts, LG Health and apps list. Ambient mode can now be enabled or disabled with a simple press of the crown button. In addition to the 16 included watch faces, fitness-related features such as heart rate tracking, workout tips and stress level monitoring are also offered.
“The wearable sector continues to evolve and we’re playing an active role in that by bringing to market various devices that appeal to various consumers,” said Juno Cho, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “At LG, we don’t think there is a one-size-fits-all wearable device. This second edition of our Watch Urbane aims to be a must-have smart device for active individuals who want to stay connected to the world, whether they’re at work, at home or on the tennis court.”
The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition will be available first in the United States and Korea, followed by markets in Europe, CIS, Asia and the Middle East. Details including price and date of availability will be announced locally at a later date. To see the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition in action, go to https://youtu.be/FdRymDRtPJA .
- Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm SnapdragonTM 400
- Operating System: Android WearTM (Cell-connected Version)
- Display: 1.38-inch P-OLED Display (480 x 480 / 348ppi)
- Size: 44.5 x 14.2mm
- Memory: 4GB eMMC / 768MB LPDDR3
- Battery: 570mAh
- Network*: Bluetooth 4.1 / Wi-Fi / LTE / 3G
- Sensors: Accelerometer / Gyro / Compass / Barometer / PPG / GPS
- Color*: Space Black / Opal Blue / Luxe White / Signature Brown
- Other: Dust and Water Resistance (IP67)
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