Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

Smartwatches worth your time

Adam Turner
Technology Journalist

Adam Turner is a Sydney Morning Herald senior technology columnist who has been writing about the challenges facing Australian business for more than a decade

On average, a mobile phone user checks their handset a staggering 150 times a day. With a smartwatch, you can stay on top of your day by simply glancing at your wrist while your smartphone stays firmly in your pocket.

LG G Watch R and Moto 360

LG G watch R vs. Motorola Moto 360

LG’s 1.3-inch (320x320 pixel resolution) P-OLED (polymer organic light emitting diode) screen is noticeably brighter, sharper and more power efficient than Motorola’s 1.5-inch LCD display. The beautiful circular face of the Moto 360 is somewhat marred by an ugly black bar at the bottom that some have dubbed the ‘flat tyre’, a design problem that the G Watch R doesn’t have.

Both have a heart rate monitor and pedometer onboard, however, the Moto 360 is more useful in that it checks your heart rate periodically in the background at regular intervals during the day and logs it to your daily and weekly activity levels.

The G Watch R lacks an ambient light sensor unlike the Moto 360, which can automatically adjust its brightness based on the lighting conditions around you.

Powering up comparisons

At 410mAh, the G Watch R offers a larger internal battery than the Moto 360’s 320mAh battery and as a result the LG should offer up a longer runtime before needing a charge. The Moto 360 does however use the Qi wireless charging standard, allowing you to use any of the wireless charging docks you might already have lying around for your Android smartphone as opposed to the LG which uses a proprietary dock.

Android Wear doesn’t always get along with the round displays of the G Watch R and Moto 360. Text occasionally gets cut off at the corners, especially when scrolling through messages and long lists, however we expect this issue will be rectified in a future software update.

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