Lg watch urbane 2nd edition lte review

     

If you haven"t been following the Urbane 2’s saga, it was originally announced & launched late last year, then swiftly pulled from shelves because of a “manufacturing issue.” LG presumably resolved the issue & the watch returned to lớn stores this spring.

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A cellular connection on your watch means that you don’t have to carry your phone around with you khổng lồ use the watch’s smart functions. All other Android Wear watches become little more than dumb watches if they aren’t connected to your phone over Bluetooth or in range of a Wi-Fi network. But the Urbane 2 can use its cellular connection to enable its smart features when you’re away from Wi-Fi và don’t have your phone with you. Voice tìm kiếm, notifications, messaging, even phone calls are available from your wrist wherever you are.

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But this freedom comes at a very high cost. The Urbane 2 is available from AT&T and Verizon và frankly, it’s expensive sầu. AT&T sells it for $359.99, but you can get for $199.99 if you commit khổng lồ paying for two years of data service on it. Verizon’s mã sản phẩm is even pricier: its $499.99 or $449.99 with a two-year contract. Both carriers charge monthly fees on top of your phone’s service for the watch’s data connection: $5 per month at Verizon and $10 per month at AT&T. Unless your watch is made of gold, it’s almost surely not worth these prices. The Urbane 2 is made out of steel, rubber, & plastic.

Cellular freedom comes at a cost

Here’s how its cellular features work: if you go out and happen to lớn leave your phone at home and connected to Wi-Fi or cellular, the Urbane will let you vày all the same stuff as if your phone was in your pocket and paired over công nghệ Bluetooth không dây, provided it was already set up & paired khổng lồ the phone. (The phone is necessary for set up và installation of any apps or watchfaces lớn the watch.) You can receive new notifications, use apps, perkhung voice searches, & even answer phone calls and reply to messages with emoji, your voice, or canned responses.

But if your phone isn’t connected khổng lồ Wi-Fi or cellular for whatever reason, the Urbane 2’s functions become much more limited. It will still let you access offline functions (timers, alarms, activity tracking, etc.) but any "online" features such as app notifications, voice searches, weather alerts, or navigation will not work. The AT&T mã sản phẩm will let you make và receive calls và texts in the watch’s "offline" mode, but the Verizon version will just let you answer incoming calls.2


chú ý that these scenargame ios apply when using the watch with an Android phone. It is much more limited when it’s used with an iOS phone and not connected directly via Công nghệ Bluetooth.


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I’ve been using the AT&T Model with a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. The Urbane 2’s cellular features have worked as advertised: if the watch isn’t connected to lớn my phone via Bluetooth, I can still use virtually all of its functions. AT&T’s NumberSync service makes it easy to lớn skết thúc & receive sầu calls and messages from the watch, syncing my messages and routing all calls through my main phone’s number. But it’s slow when connected khổng lồ a cellular network compared lớn Wi-Fi or công nghệ Bluetooth không dây lớn my phone. Apps take longer to load data và voice searches và transcription can take an inordinately long time.3 Notifications that ping my phone show up on my watch, but I can’t do much other than delete the occasional gmail or dismiss the notification entirely.


I’ve sầu noticed that most of the time when the watch is connected lớn cellular networks, it is using the slower HSPA network, as opposed khổng lồ the faster LTE service. That leads me to believe sầu that it doesn’t have sầu full support for all of AT&T’s LTE frequencies, and is likely the cause of the performance bottlenechồng I’ve sầu experienced.

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That functionality is rather limited and it’s hard khổng lồ justify the Urbane 2’s subscription cost for it. It might be appealing to lớn avid runners that want lớn remain connected without a phone strapped khổng lồ their arm (like other Android Wear watches, the Urbane 2 has 4GB of onboard storage for music và can stream to lớn Bluetooth headphones & it can use location services to lớn track your run), but since most people have their phone with them at all times anyway, the Urbane’s features are often redundant.

As a watch, the Urbane 2 is thicker, larger, and heavier than others, such as Motorola’s Moto 360 or the Huawei Watch. Its 1.38-inch, fully round display is very sharp — LG boasts that the 480 x 480 px P-OLED’s 348PPI resolution is the highest you can currently get on a smartwatch — và often looks great, but it can still be difficult khổng lồ read outdoors.

The Urbane 2 is thicker, heavier, & less comfortable to lớn wear than other smartwatches

The fixed (read: you can’t change or customize it) rubber strap is stiff & uncomfortable on my wrist, và it often leaves marks on my skin. The Urbane 2 has two extra hardware buttons not found on other Android Wear watches, which are set khổng lồ launch the contacts các mục & LG’s fitness tracking ứng dụng. But they aren’t programmable, và I didn’t find either of those functions very useful in my day khổng lồ day routine.

Battery life, which is a major concern with all smartwatches, let alone ones with cellular features, is strong enough to last a full day even with always-on screen features, & LG has added a power-saving mode lớn extkết thúc it further. The Urbane 2’s stamina on cellular networks has been much better than Samsung’s Gear S2, in my experience, but it’s still something that needs to be charged every night.


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So here’s the best way khổng lồ look at the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE: it’s a pnhận xét of what’s to come. Android Wear 2 promises lớn greatly exp& upon a cellular connected watch’s abilities, allowing you lớn use all of its functions without a phone & even install apps directly to lớn the watch itself. It will make using an Android Wear watch with an iPhone a much better experience, and it might even justify your carrier’s monthly service fee for the watch’s cellular features. It’s very likely that the Urbane 2 will receive sầu the update this fall (developers can already install a previews of it on the watch now), và there will certainly be new cellular Android Wear watches hitting shelves around that time, too.

The Urbane 2 is a pReview of what"s to lớn come

But for now, the Urbane 2 is a bit too large, a bit too expensive, and not differentiated enough from other Android Wear options to lớn justify its higher cost & monthly fees. If you desperately want a watch with a cellular radio, wait until this one (or the next one) comes with the software to lớn actually make that useful.

Update 11:15AM, May 31st: An earlier version of this article stated that the monthly cost for service on the Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE was $10 per month at both Verizon và AT&T. It is $5 per month at Verizon & $10 per month with AT&T.


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