LG Watch Style Reviewed for Performance and Quality
The LG Watch Style is a fitness watch with Bluetooth and WiFi. It comes in Rose Gold, Silver or Titanium and has a classic timepiece look. It has an excellent P-OLED full-circle display with a durable Gorilla Glass and stainless steel case. The band is made of a durable yet comfortable Italian Genuine Leather, and it can be swapped out for another group of the same size.
You can sync an Android 2.0 device with any iOS or Android smartphone. It has Google Now Voice activation for doing anything from setting reminders to checking the weather. It is also splash and dust resistant. LG Watch Style has a movement tracker and can install fitness apps from the Google Play store for setting goals.
Keep reading our in-depth LG Watch Style review to find out if it is worth the investment.
- Designed for all wrist sizes
- Thin, lightweight, and comfortable to wear
- Interface is user-friendly and easy to navigate
- Look and style were well-liked by testers
- Easy to read in the sun
- Notifies the wearer of text messages and emails
- Short battery life (8 to 10 hours between charges)
- No mobile payments, GPS, heart rate monitor, or speaker
- Some reviewers had issues with the watch staying connected to their smartphone
- A few testers had durability problems with scratching or water
It is splash resistant so it can handle a little bit of sweat, but be sure to take the watch off before jumping in the pool. The short battery life means it will need to charge rather than track sleep overnight.
The watch's face can display step count, duration, and other stats based on the design and faces selected.
It also has a microphone and Google Now voice activation for hands-free use and an ambient light sensor that can adjust the lighting to save battery or improve visibility based on current lighting conditions. It is water and dust resistant so it can withstand getting splashed as long as it gets dried off quickly. It can install apps for more features and functionality and setting and tracking goals, with 4 GB of memory.
However, it does not have near-field communication (NFC) for mobile payments, or a GPS, speaker or heart rate monitor. It means that the wearer needs to use their smartphone for maps/navigation and that they cannot make or take phone calls with this watch.
The calories burned is not as accurate as it could be because the device does not have a built-in heart rate monitor, so it has to base it only on activity type, activity duration and the weight of the wearer. The ambient light sensor works well: readability was rated as very good. Google Now has proper voice detection for deciphering commands.
Most people found it very easy and fast to connect to the Internet or their smartphone. There were also several people who had problems with the Bluetooth staying connected so they could continue using their smartphone's GPS and apps.
The Google Maps app will need to be connected to a smartphone in order to work properly. There are also apps for Facebook Messenger, Google Messenger, Google Translate, Uber, Foursquare, and more.
There is no built-in speaker, so music and conference calling apps will not work, and neither will any heart rate monitoring apps due to the lack of heart rate monitor. However, Bluetooth can connect to strap heart rate monitors or wireless headphones, and that will open up more app options.
The band is adjustable for a better fit and can also be switched out for another material that is softer, harder, lighter, or more substantial.
Many small-wristed testers were happy about this. Testers of all wrist sizes liked the look and style, and the band can be switched out for a different look.
One tester had problems with water resistance: they splashed the face and wiped off right away, but it stopped working. Another person had their glass scratch not too long after they got the watch, but most people did not have their watch's glass.
The first face (homepage) is the clock and also the workout length, date, battery level, and step count. The user can swipe across the different screens they chose, and select the + button at the end to add more faces and re-design the current faces.
The width is an 18mm standard size and can be swapped out with another band of the same size for a different look and feel.
The strap is 18mm wide and can be switched out for a longer or shorter strap depending on the wearer's preference.
Ease of Use
The ambient light sensor makes it easy to read in the sun, not too bright at night, and dim when not in use to save the battery. The interface is easy to navigate and user-friendly. It is easy to customize the look of the watch and install or use apps. The watch also vibrates to notify the wearer of text messages and emails, so they do not have to get their phone out.
Some people were able to get all-day use by turning off WiFi (in which they had their phone with them and did not care about receiving notifications) and dimming the screen. The manual also suggests turning off the always-on option for the display, turning off gestures, and uninstalling apps that noticeably drain battery life.
The LG Watch Style comes with a USB charging cable and wall adapter, and the battery charges relatively quickly because of its small size.
Depending on the retail and color chosen, it is currently being sold for anywhere from $100 off to $23 more than the MSRP value.
- Rose Gold, Silver or Titanium exterior for a classic look
- P-OLED full-circle display
- Stainless Steel and Gorilla Glass case for durability
- Italian Genuine Leather strap
- WiFi and Bluetooth are easy to set up
- Google Now voice activation
- Swappable bands
- Can be used with any iOS or Android smartphone
- Movement tracker and fitness apps for setting goals
- Water and dust resistant
However, it lacks a GPS, heart rate monitor, speaker, or the ability to make payments, and its short battery life prevents sleep tracking and makes it so many people had to charge halfway through the day. It uses durable materials, is lightweight and comfortable to wear, and has a classic look liked by most reviewers. It is small and thin enough that it does not look huge on smaller wrists but not too small for a larger wrist.
Its touchscreen and side button makes it very easy to navigate through and customize the different faces. The microphone allows for voice commands, and the ambient light sensor makes it not too bright or too dim.
Overall, the LG Watch Style is a nice-looking device, but potential buyers might want to compare prices, features, and battery life.