LG G Watch R: Battery Life
It’s at this point where it all comes tumbling down for Android Wear smartwatches and smartwatches in general barring the Pebble. The LG G Watch R is not alone in delivering the kind of battery life that makes them so frustrating to use.
In a bid to improve on the one and half days the G Watch manages, LG has bumped the capacity up to 410mAh battery and promises two days of battery life.
It can eek out two days, but we found it still averaged a day and a half. Even turning off the always-on display mode didn’t significantly change things. Whether it’s one day or two days, that’s still not enough in our book. We’ve yet to meet anyone who thinks this is a satisfactory amount of time for a smartwatch to last.
At least LG has done something about the way you charge the G Watch R. There’s no wireless charging sadly, but instead there’s a simpler docking cradle where the five charging pins on the watch need to sit precisely in the dock. It’s a sleeker alternative to the clunky method offered with its predecessor, but it still doesn’t disguise the fact that this is still a another proprietary charging dock you need to keep an eye on.
Should I buy the LG G Watch R?
The LG G Watch is the first Android Wear watch we have not been ashamed to wear. It’s expensive at £225, but if you want the best Android Wear watch then this is it. We’d even call it over the highly coveted Moto 360.
But if you are looking for the perfect smartwatch, then the G Watch R actually falls short. Android Wear still needs to iron out some of its issues and deliver more interesting app support. Battery life, meanwhile, remains a thorny issue.
So, while the LG G Watch R is the best smartwatch right now, it’s still one we’d only recommend to more tolerant early adopters than all comers.
The LG G Watch is comfortably top of the Android Wear pile, but there’s still work to do to make the smartwatch concept fly.