Granted, it's not a pretty render, but it is a render of LG's upcoming G Watch R - a smartwatch that appears to be sporting a full circular display (no Moto 360 cutout) with more classic chronograph styling. Motorola's Moto 360, on the other hand, is just a sexy circle from the future.

LG's design would seem to appeal to a more traditional watch buyer, someone who wants a smartwatch that looks a lot like, well, a regular watch.


I've scaled down the image extracted from LG's teaser a bit because, frankly, it looks really awful any larger than this. A lot of that is video compression caused by YouTube - you'll notice this post's thumbnail image looks perfectly normal and, frankly, pretty nice compared to the one on our original post. I'd also wager that the display does extend all the way to that inner silver bevel, and that the circle with the second marks is just part of the watch face displayed, not an actual metal band. So, try not to judge it on the fact that it's all jaggy and weird blown up to full resolution - the real watch is obviously not going to look like that. This is also just a drawing, not a physical object, so you can expect the watch will feature details and materials not visible in this mockup.

That said, with all caveats explored, the G Watch R - hot or not?

G Watch R: hot or not?

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Milind Shah

    Definitely hotter than the g watch...not sure if it's better than the 360 though

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      once it's official we'll have a hot-off: 360 vs GWAR.

      • Fabian Pineda
        • Doge

          Extreme cat fight lol

        • Seth Merritt

          I could watch this all day. I might.

        • Tony Byatt

          Moto 360 vs. LG G Watch R...

          Samsung Gear Live is the step ladder...

          • Anfronie

            Or the hose...

          • WORPspeed

            Nah, Gear live is holding the camera, not good enough to be onscreen

        • theunknown

          For some reason that gif reminds me of a fight between two girls I have seen online. No wonder it was titled Catfight too ;-)

      • Milind Shah

        Haha looking forward to it! Random question I wanted to ask, ever since the android wear watches have been released and you guys have got them, do you still use the watches/watch daily? As in is it something that you can't live without anymore or something that is extremely useful to you in daily use? Asking it now since it's been long enough since their release that they aren't something you were waiting to get your hands on forever anymore

        • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

          I still wear mine, but Android Wear - for me, right now - is definitely not a must-have tool. It's convenient and sometimes really handy, but definitely not a must-have yet.

          • Milind Shah

            Alright cool

        • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M.e.Puente

          I went from the Pebble, to the Gear Live then back to the Pebble. Android Wear has a lot more functionality but it goes ballistic on the shower and with the Pebble I only have to worry about the battery once a week.

          • Marcus Sörensson

            Try https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.jdd.showear it makes it a little better. Still not perfect but not as crazy as before!

          • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M.e.Puente

            Thanks for this. On the upside, there's an app for that. Down side, there shouldn't be an app for that.. should just work but I understand technology clashes

      • Kurama91

        not to forget Samsung's Next So Called Flexible SmartWatch , that if they make one!!

      • abqnm

        You stole that. 😀

    • Jake

      If it actually has a speaker, I'll buy this one instead of the 360.

    • thomas sim

      Moto 360 definitely looks hotter with super slim bezel, but the sensor part ruin it. G watch R looks more like traditional watch, but not expensive watch type.
      Tough decision to be made at IFA

  • Randy Strye

    The renders look like they were made on a Nintendo 64. I'll decide when I see something more tactile.

    • http://www.facebook.com/VEllisWade V. Ellis Wade

      Agreed. I need to see more than a render before making a final decision.

    • TylerChappell

      It looks like a cheap Relic watch. It's not hard to imagine from the rendering what the final product will look like, and it's kinda hideous. A $200+ watch should look like a $200+ watch. This looks like a $30 Relic watch from JCPenny.

      • abqnm

        It is a rendering though. I will reserve judgement until I can see a real one. If it is stainless steel, and not plastic, then it will be a contender. If it is plastic (it is impossible to tell in a computer rendering), then nope. Won't even be considering it.

    • Luxferro

      It might have to do with that the image was like a split second of an animation. It's not like they said "here's our new watch" and posted an image.

    • Dan Garcia

      Hah, you aren't lying.. Looks like the watch laser from Goldeneye 64

      • Jordan Thoms


  • portalpirate

    The reason the Moto 360 has that cutout is because it has pretty much no bezel outside of that spot. This has a pretty sizable bezel--I'd take the Moto 360 over this any day.

    • jamaall

      The 360 is missing the lugs for the band also. I'd much rather prefer the simplicity of a circle over the G watch R. But we'll see when there are comparisons in the next few weeks.

  • mattcoz

    Really depends on the size of the thing, I'm hoping it's the size of a standard watch and not too massive like other Wear watches. I don't mind a smaller display if that's what it takes.

  • http://steamcommunity.com/id/metallinatus Metallinatus

    "Tags:" "g watch r" "gwar" "GWARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR" "weekend poll"


    • abqnm

      I dubbed it that in the comments for post this morning. And it seems to have caught on already.

      • Jephri

        Kudos. Your mom is proud of you.

        • abqnm

          My Mom is dead, but your mom is proud of me!

  • http://www.iundco.de/ Peer Linder

    Still prefer Gear Live or G Watch

  • Anfronie

    Who has seven legs and prefers the 360?? This guy!

    • Cory S


      Some guy tried to trade me that one for my TV. I held out until he gave me one with all 8 legs.

      • Anfronie

        LIES!! [crawls away]

    • theunknown

      This 'guy' is a spider, a smiling spider at that, even though he's missing a leg

  • King Lo

    This is going to take A LOT of customers from Motorola. But, they shouldn't have taken so long to bring their watch to market.

    • Duane Westerhaus

      We all know what Motorola is offering. Unless LG can present an actual round-faced watch to show at IFA and not just some slick marketing videos (ala Samsung), anyone who's decided to buy a Moto 360, will.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

      This is true, but you've got to remember that LG's watch will be manufactured by LG and carry LG's software. The 360 will be built by Motorola and run Motorola's software. I don't mean to sound biased, but it's not as if there isn't a fairly large gap in reputations.

      • AD1980

        Will there rally be any difference though? I had thought Google had already established that manufacturers would not be allowed to mess with the UI at all on Android Wear. It seems like a couple watch faces and two or three extra apps is all that will be different from watch to watch.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          I suspect OEMs won't be allowed to modify the fundamental details, and my not even be allowed to replace or modify the home screen (such as it is). I'm confident OEMs can include their own apps, watch faces, and a few other things. To put it another way, they can probably do just about anything that won't interfere with the card-style notifications or the regular function of apps. Still, that doesn't preclude modifications, it just leaves open a lot less territory than we've seen with Android on a phone or tablet.

      • AbbyZFresh

        No. The 360 will be built by Motorola but nothing more. Android Wear is not allowed to be modified unlike Android phones.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

          That is completely wrong. The exact nature of the what's allowed is still not clear, but OEMs are not at the mercy of Google to determine every last aspect of the software experience.

      • Anfronie

        But these watches all have Android Wear that google still holds control over.

      • http://www.hdgenius.com Cristal312

        Yes ,This is a truth. I agree with you. No matter LG or Motorola device and Even hdmi splitter from http://tinyurl.com/ndbmww5 ,They all be built by theirself.

  • Simon Belmont

    Heh, heh. GWAR is cool, heh, heh.

    Heh, yeah: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNjNX7f3vzk .

    • abqnm

      When I posted that name for the watch earlier it made me sad. RIP Oderus Urungus! I really wanted some sort of collaboration with GWAR and LG on the launch.

  • needa

    'hot'. but then i scroll down the page and see a couple of article headlines with the 360 pictured. so my vote is an easy 'not'.

    • Milind Shah

      These aren't proper renders...wait for the renders before you compare it to the 360!

      • needa

        i don't need a 'proper' render to see that there is way too much bulk on this watch.

        • Milind Shah

          Alright then :/

  • Тарас Мукин

    I think circle screen doesn't make any smartwatch hot. Actually, it's useless if you want to type on you watch. Square screen is waaay more practical, and I would prefer circle screen only if watches would be extremelly gorgeous and elegant. Like 360, but smaller, thinner and just better

    • miri

      "Actually, it's useless if you want to type on your watch"
      Ya lost me there.

  • DoubleP90

    Looks cheap

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M.e.Puente

    I'm reserving judgment. Call me bias but if it doesn't have Android Wear, it's a pass for me

    • AbbyZFresh

      Why does it have to be Android Wear though? Sony seems to be doing just fine without them.

      • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M.e.Puente

        I agree. I'm just a little bias on the platform

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  • Dennis Ulijn

    Awaiting the build quality (plastic vs metal), looks (thickness, size) and overall quality (screen quality/always-on/ambient sensor/IP-rating)

  • J_Grouchy

    This looks MUCH better than than the ridiculous looking 360...even with them being renderings. I'd be curious how it's sized on a wrist. The 360 is ludicrous looking when it sits on a wrist. If this more closely approximates a real watch like a Fossil, then I'd definitely take this one if I actually ever planned to buy a smartwatch...which I likely won't.

  • letsplaaay

    Oh wow. Seems like I'm the only one who is digging the completely round screen and the more traditional look.

  • http://www.anivision.org/ Christopher Bailey (Xcom923)

    we definitely need to see more. that still looks rendered to me. Besides we need to know battery life, charging mechanism and sensors

  • AbbyZFresh

    This is the best thing about Android Wear. Since it is tightly controlled by Google, LG and other manufacturers have to try harder to create beautiful watches to differenate their products from one another.

    On the other hand, Motorola deserves this because they waited too long. The hype is almost over.

  • jonorjonathan

    I'm really doubtful that the display extends as far as you think, I'm guessing only the black portion is screen and the grey-ish/silver parts around it are hiding the digitizer.

  • Jake

    It's a drawing, and a crappy one at that. By crappy I mean the drawing itself, not the watch design that it represents. I can't compare this drawing to the real 360. This drawing doesn't show what material it will be, textureu, gloss, etc.

  • mikey17

    At least this one is a full 360 and does not cut off the bottom part of the circle. I think that alone gives it the upper hand.

  • http://anders.moe Baku

    This loks like a regular boring watch. The Moto 360 looks like sexy goodness, and I want it all over my body. Just stop trying, LG.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    I am going for 360 and nothing can stop me

  • Chuck Jones

    I guess what I'm missing is why the traditional watch manufacturers haven't seen the threat smartwatches represent and preemptively jump on the bandwagon. I've been wearing Rado watches for close to 30 years and as soon as a good looking smartwatch shows up my Rado days are through. I'd love to see an attractive smartwatch with a sapphire crystal and ceramic housing and band. The current generation of watches look like they were designed by nerds for nerds. How about adding a little style with the functionality?

    • AbbyZFresh

      Most watch wearers are quite conservative when it comes to watch brands and technology. Smartwatches made by phone makers will be associated with "geek".

  • Fernando Pena

    I still prefer the 360... even with de small gap...

  • RH

    When these "smart" watches, have the battery life of my Casio 80 dollar wave-ceptor, then we'll talk. Having to recharge every couple days, forget it.

  • alfuen00

    Wait for the rounded one from Samsung, and Asus and HTC and everyone.

    • AbbyZFresh

      Samsung doesn't care about Wear. They only released Gear Live because Google pushed them to.

  • theunknown

    I am waiting to see the Fossil manufactured Android Wear watch.
    I recall that Fossil was mentioned to be one of the Designer brands to be partnered for a Android Wear watch. They definitely have some classy and elegant designs in their collection right now.

  • Rami

    The Google Wear watch that will be "Hot" for me is the one that can last at least a week without charging :)

    • CoreRooted

      Why? You already charge your phone daily, so what difference does it make if you have to charge your watch too? Seems silly to me that people basically ditch smartwatches because they have to charge them daily (or semi-daily). Battery tech hasn't even come close to where it needs to for smartwatches to be able to really go for a week AND be next generation. The closest so far has been the Pebble and that's mostly due to the e-Ink screen.

  • WORPspeed

    For me it depends on the display size...if the outer ring is nonscreen and the actual screen is tiny, then Moto360, otherwise this one....I think....I just like Moto and their little touches on software....not sure if even with better hardware this watch would convince me to buy a lg watch

  • Guest

    Can't say, till we get the actual look. But this is a way Cooler!

  • Amrit Zoad
  • archercc

    Not a fan of bezels, so no. Better (although its just a render, it could be cheap plastic) than their current offering but still doesnt look like its on the level of the 360.

  • Steve Freeman

    Why would the image NEED to be larger than what it is? It's a render of a watch. Something which is going to be smaller than the image itself.

  • JT3

    I agree that from the video, I gathered that the inner silver ring (with the marks) was part of the display, rather than the bezel, so in my mind, it's very similar to the 360. The rumor mill puts both models' unveiling at about the same time, so I'll definitely wait until I can see the specs of both.

    However, if this one doesn't have qi wireless charging, light-sensing auto-variable backlight, and at least comparable battery life to the 360, then it can go into the garbage like the current Android Wear models (IMO, of course).

  • Bob Hart

    When I got my 1st smartphone I retired my wrist adornment.
    I find no personal need for a wrist adornment at this present time either.

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  • Robert Graham

    I bet the "dive bezel" is a physical part of the watch and it's how they hid the "gap" at the bottom that's needed for the lcd connection strip.

    Plus the round shape is ruined by the ugly add-ons top and bottom where nice, small, stylish watch band lugs should be.

    I'm not wild about the black gap on the Moto 360, but it's a far better effort than this in the styling department.