LG Watch Sport
LG is the brand they call Delightfully Smart. With a famous slogan of “Life is Good,” and a futuristic logo that is a strong representation of what they stand for, Global, Tomorrow, Energy, Humanity, and Technology, this company has developed a reputation for quality products and advanced technology. The circle in the logo around the L and G is to show their centered ideals. As of January 2015, LG’s US location was in Englewood Cliffs, NJ and the corporate headquarters was in Seoul, Korea. With their global experience and contributions of expansive electronics, telecommunications, and chemical products, LG has taken the world by storm. With their incredible international influence, they have also created the LG Watch Sport.
This equipment is more than the name describes, though. It’s a GPS, a phone, a fitness tracker, and an actual watch. It operates as a standalone phone and would need to be added to a phone plan, with a SIM card inserted near the battery. A full circle display with Gorilla Glass 3 helps reduce unwanted reflections and is surrounded with a rotating navigational crown. There are two additional side buttons that serve as shortcuts to Google Pay and Google Fit as well. The LG Watch Sport has even more features than that, including the microphone, loudspeaker, vibration, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPS, LTE, Heart-rate sensor, ambient light sensor and water resistance. These are some great benefits and this watch is very simple to use in combination with the apps available for download.
- Wireless with Bluetooth connectivity or standalone phone service
- Scroll wheel around crown for navigation as well as external buttons
- Functional microphone and internal speakers for phone calls and music
- Water resistant up to 5-ft for 30 minutes
- 3 data elements reflected in Google Fit – heart rate, distance and elapsed time
- Basic daily metrics – 10,000 steps, coaching challenges, and user-set goals
- Battery life is reduced with phone and music usage
- Bluetooth range can be spotty
An accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, altimeter, GPS, and optical heart rate sensor are all built into the LG Watch Sport. These sensors measure the movement, altitude and heart rate. Android Pay comes enabled with the equipment. You can pay at any tap to pay Android Pay-enabled location for a faster, easier payment method. This also makes payments more secure while running or hiking since you won’t need to carry any physical money.
The middle crown button spins around the face of the LG Watch Sport for easier navigation of apps or scrolling through messages. Pressing down on the crown activates Google Assistant but the response will only appear in text with no verbal answer.
Ease of Use
• TPU wristband protects watch antennas, microphone, and speakers for calls
• Rotating crown around face for easier navigation and selection of activities
• External buttons for simple selection of apps and activities
• Water-resistant design up to 5-feet and 30-minutes
For a company that has so many diverse interests around the world, from chemical products to appliances to technology and electronics, LG has produced a strong, variable fitness tracker that can be individualized to each user’s preferences and used to reach fitness and life goals for each person. The ability to use the watch as a standalone phone as well as a unique, technologically advanced design detail that most current competitors do not even attempt. For that alone, the LG Watch Sport should be a leader in this category.
Keeping the price in the mainstream, LG has ensured that the Watch Sport is a reasonable price yet still competitive on the market against similar fitness trackers and systems designed to help the user meet their physical goals. Combining the payment option with phone capabilities and adding in the fitness dynamic has created a well-rounded product that you can enjoy for years to come.