LG’s $249 Watch Style lives up to its name, but falls short on features and battery life


Android Wear watches are an interesting breed. Because Google mostly locks the operating system down, there are only so many ways the hardware manufacturers can differentiate themselves from the pack. With the launch of Android Wear 2.0 today, Google is giving its partners the option to add usable hardware buttons and dials to their watches. Its launch partner for Wear 2.0 is LG, which is launching two new watches (“designed with our friends at Google”) this week: the LG Watch Style and LG Watch Sport.

The Sport is what you get when you tell a manufacturer to please support every single feature in your operating system, so it features LTE connectivity, a speaker, heart-rate monitor, two buttons and a dial. The result of that is an almost comically gigantic watch with limited battery life. You can read our full review of the Sport here.

The Style, on the other hand, is what you get when you pare down Wear 2.0 to its absolute basics. It’s a perfectly stylish round smartwatch that comes with a bunch of different color options both for its bezel and its bands. Its design definitely takes its cues from the earlier LG Watch Urbane line and is also a bit reminiscent of the Fossil Q. It’s 14.2 mm thick, and that’s a good 3 mm thicker than an Apple Watch. Thanks to its tapered edges, the size feels alright, though.

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