LG launches gold and leather Urbane Luxe smartwatch for late October ship date

1 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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Android fans wanting a touch of gold with their smartwatch — a la the Apple Watch — may be interested to learn of a fancy pants version of LG’s Watch Urbane.

The 23-carat gold used in the “LG Watch Urbane Luxe” is stronger and harder than the 24-carat gold used in jewelry, and heavier than the 18-carat gold used in traditional luxury watches, the company says. Otherwise identical to its cheaper namesake, the Luxe — created in collaboration with Reeds Jewelers — is plated with 23-karat gold, and comes with an alligator leather strap as well as a piano-gloss lacquer case. It will be showcased at the IFA electronics show in Berlin this week and is available for pre-order on Reeds’ site now, though the actual product — the 500 of them being made — won’t ship until October.

The original LG Watch Urbane did not fare too well in our review, but it was (and still is) one of the few Android Wear devices that you could call fancy. Luxury does not come cheap; the price tag of $1,200 is obviously much higher than the price of the regular Urbane ($349), but still far, far below the $10,000+ Apple is asking for a gold version of its Watch. There will only be 500 of these limited edition babies; in the U.S., you’ll be able to pre-order one at www.reeds.com “later this month,” with actual availability starting at the end of October. But as I found when trying to travel with an Android Wear watch, Google’s watch OS is still confusing to the point of mysticism, and fails even on Google’s basic strengths like search.

And while the edge+ is a fast, powerful, and handsome device, the high price is hard to swallow, especially considering that the even more powerful Galaxy Note 5 costs $75 less. The curving 5.7-inch, 2560-by-1,440-pixel screen has a lot of real estate, and the sloped edges make the phone easy to grip, but can reflect light in a slightly distracting way. Aside from supporting AT&T’s newest carrier aggregation bands, which will ensure the fastest possible AT&T service, it has bands 1, 8, and 20 for speedier international roaming than the Verizon model can offer. That’s still considerably longer than the 4 hours, 43 minutes on the iPhone 6 Plus, but it’s much less impressive than the 8 hours, 2 minutes I saw on the Verizon edge+. No other Android device can keep up on processor scores, although the high screen resolution gives the phone a bit of a disadvantage against devices with lower-res screens when it comes to graphics tests.

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