LG G Watch R VS Moto 360

LG G Watch R VS Moto 360
Highlights

The battle of the circular Android Wear smartwatch has reached fever pitch, as the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R do battle for supremacy. These two smartwatches have raised the design stakes and, until we see the Apple Watch in 2015,

The battle of the circular Android Wear smartwatch has reached fever pitch, as the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R do battle for supremacy. These two smartwatches have raised the design stakes and, until we see the Apple Watch in 2015, represent the best the new wearable tech the world has to offer.

Poshly-put by its Korean makers, the LG G Watch R‘s design is “refined aesthetic that is reminiscent of traditional timepieces” – which is an elaborate way of saying it looks more like a regular watch than its smartwatch rivals.

The G Watch R is encased in stainless steel and the strap is made of calf-skin leather; it uses the industry standard 22mm size, so you can personalise it. There's the kind of beautiful machining and contours you'd expect to find on a traditional men's piece, and the design cues are certainly taken from the sports chronograph world, rather than a dress watch.

The Moto 360 also pays its dues to traditional watch design with a circular face packed into a stainless steel case with an interchangeable 22mm strap, however there's less detail and Motorola has chosen a plain case, which may seem a little dull. However, simplicity is part of its appeal, and the Moto 360 is a little more gender neutral.

The 1.5-inch backlit round LCD display of the Moto 360, with its 320 x 290 resolution. LG's screen packs a 320 x 320 resolution into a 1.3-inch P-OLED display. That’s 246ppi by our calculations.

Hardware

The Moto 360 bucks the Android Wear trend by not packing Qualcomm processing power. Instead it runs with a Texas Instruments CPU in the engine room although Motorola isn't spilling the beans on the speed.

The LG G Watch R boasts a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon chip, which is a meatier punch than both the original G Watch and the Samsung Gear Live and we’d be surprised if this doesn’t out-do the Moto 360’s TI processing speed as well.

Both watches offer 4GB of storage and 512MB of RAM.

Battery

The Moto 360 has a 320mAh battery and offers Qi wireless charging with the included dock – something the LG G Watch R does not. However, the LG's bigger battery means that it should last even the longest of days.

Verdict

Motorola’s Android Wear smartwatch has been the darling of the wearable tech world for a while now, holding almost mythical status compared to its Android Wear launch comrades the Gear Live and LG G Watch – both of which went on sale and lost some of their allure as a result of mediocre reviews.

However, the LG G Watch has stolen a lot of that thunder and not just because the display blows the 360’s out of the water. It’s a fascinating device because it was somewhat unexpected and it’s also intriguing that it’s LG’s second Android Wear device inside six months.

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