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Samsung Gear Live vs LG G Watch specs comparison

We compare the features of the two Android Wear smartwatches
Thu Jun 26 2014, 14:31

GOOGLE ANNOUNCED during its I/O press conference that the first two Android Wear smartwatches, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch, are now available to buy.

Despite the Samsung Gear Live being the cheaper of the two at Google's US Play Store, here in the UK, it's the more expensive, with LG's G Watch priced £10 cheaper than its Samsung rival.

With the Moto 360 not set to arrive until later in the summer, those after an Android Wear smartwatch have two choices, so we have put the Gear Live up against the G Watch on paper to see which is best.

Dimensions and design
Samsung Gear Live: 38x56x8.9mm, 59g
LG G Watch:  38x46.5x9.95mm, 63g

The Gear Live and G Watch are fairly similar in design, with both watches having square faces, unlike the rounded design of the Moto 360. The Samsung Gear Live likely will be the most comfortable to wear, as it's thinner than the LG G Watch at 8.9mm thick and is slightly lighter than its rival, tipping the scales at 59g compared to 63g.

Samsung Gear Live black

Both the Gear Live and G Watch devices come with IP67 certification, meaning that both Android Wear smartwatches are resistant against dust and water, much like Samsung's Gear 2 smartwatch. They will both be available in two colours too, with Samsung offering the Gear Live in black and red models, and LG offering its G watch in black and white.

While they are very similar in design and dimensions, Samsung's Gear Live gets one up on LG's G Watch with a built-in heart rate monitor, which will tie-in with Google's Fit platform.

Display
Samsung Gear Live: 1.63in 320x320 Super AMOLED screen
LG G Watch: 1.65in 280x280 LCD IPS screen

While we're yet to cast our eyes over displays on the Gear Live and G Watch, if the devices' specifications are anything to go by, Samsung's offering likely will be the sharpest.

LG G Watch white and black

The screens are almost identical in size, measuring 1.63in and 1.65in, respectively, although the screen on Gear Live smartwatch has a higher 320x320 resolution and pixel count, and uses Super AMOLED technology. What's more, the bezel on the G Watch looks larger than that of the Gear Live.

Saying that, with in-plane switching (IPS) technology included, LG's G Watch might be the better of the two for outdoor visibility.

Next: Operating system and software, storage, battery life, price.

 

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