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Android Wear is about to invade the UK and we have some more details on availability and pricing of the first to land, the LG G-Watch.

In a nutshell? The G-Watch is going to be released on 7th July in the UK and the RRP will be BELOW that of the Gear 2 Neo, which currently retails for £169.99.

We'll confirm the exact price as soon as we're able to share it, but the fact it's going to undercut the entry level Gear 2 and massively undercut the Pebble Steel is good news. While it'll still be more expensive than the Sony Smartwatch 2 I know which one I would prefer!

So who's going to buy one? I'll be first in line...!



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as a Smartwatch 2 owner, as much as i'd prefer a Moto 360, i'll never be able to afford one, this on the other hand, while not lookin as nice IMO, is much better for text applications like hangouts notifications, brilliant, i hope its £150 or lower


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Having used both in the emulator, I think design aside, square is definitely the form factor to have...!

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Meh. Still square. Waiting for Moto 360.

I don't mind having a smaller square area with the real information and 4 mostly-unused arcs, but square watches are STILL too toy-like.


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Interesting, I hope the Moto 360 is a similar price.  £150 is my limit for something like this.  The rumoured $249 price tag for the M360 seems about right but no doubt Moto will screw it up with insane price like they initially did with the Xoom.


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If the 360 is under £200 i'll eat my hat.

OK, maybe not, but i'd be surprised...

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Well if the 360 is more than £200 then it better have heart rate and blood pressure sensors otherwise it will be out of date within 3 months.

 

I hear Josh Topolsky is rocking a 360 review unit.  Come on Paul, show us your wrists. :) 


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Wait for Apple's announcement, and all these iterations will then look like the designer's brains were "out to lunch".


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and apple's version will be at least £350...


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Would be a clever move if Apple's smart watch were compatible at some level with Android phones. Smarter still if it weren't as overpriced as it's bound to be

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and apple's version will be at least £350...


What's more rational; buying 3 watches @ £100-200 each and finding oneself disappointed by them and returning them, or buying one at (your assumed) £350, and having total satisfaction and stellar support? Time is more valuable than money - you can't get time back.

Here's my spin - the idea of a "smart" watch has never even entered my sphere of consciousness as a necessity, so I'd only buy the Apple one to review it :)


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@soup thief: "at some level" would mean me buying a more expensive watch hobbled with less features, as a "gateway drug" to the apple ecosystem.. erm no. ;)

 

@glossywhite: roughly double what i perceive it's worth to be - par for the apple course. a few years ago having the entire internet in your pocket wasn't a "necessity", but could you live without it now? ;)

 

if a smartwatch comes in at £150-200, its not massively above the ballpark of what i would pay for a dumb watch, so the "smart" features are fairly cheap, and while i can still buy Nexus phones, i'm saving roughly that much on the cost of my phone compared to an S5, M8 or 5S anyway.

 

personally IF i get one, it may change my current strategy of buying a phone every year and a tablet every 2-3 years - it probably wont increase my overall spend on that sort of tech


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Definitely getting one of these as soon as they are available in the UK.

 

I'll probably write a comparison between the Tizen powered Gear 2 and the Android GWatch.


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@comicbookguy Sorry, I should have explained my thinking a bit more. What I meant was that outside the US Apple smartphone market share is in decline. iOS will not again be anything like the dominant platform for phones. I was meaning that if Apple could make a really nice watch that played as well with Android phones as it did with iphones, WP, Tizen etc, I think they'd do really well. Why limit themselves to selling to an ever shrinking number of iPhone owners when there's a whole world full of users of other phones who might want showy Apple hardware on their wrists?
Watches are jewellery - your watch is loads more visible to others than your phone is, hence some people spend a packet on a Rolex when a Casio tells the same time just as well. Apple could charge a lot of people a lot of money for something that needn't actually do much so long as it does it reliably and makes the buyer think it's going to impress.
I wouldn't waste money on the Apple-tax myself but there's plenty of punters out there that would I'm sure
I'll be interested to see how the Smartwatch thing plays out - looking forward to your review Todoleo

Edited by The Soup Thief, 15 June 2014 - 08:53 PM.

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i just hope these last a lot longer than casio watches.

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