LG Watch Urbane vs Gear S2: little difference in specs but LG is more affordable

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In the case of smartwatches, two South Korean companies — LG and Samsung are definitely leading the pack in terms of innovation. It comes as no surprise that their latest offerings are considered each other’s main competitors in the market. 

The LG Watch Urbane, released in March this year, weighs in at 45 grams for its 3G version and 115 grams for its LTE version. It also boasts of being IP67 certified for being dust and water resistant for up to one meter and for a period of up to 30 minutes, according to GSM Arena.

It has P-OLED capacity touch screen, featuring 320 x 320 pixel resolution. It operates using an LG Wearable Platform and uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset, a Quad Core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU. It also features a 4 GB Internal memory and 1 GB RAM. Unfortunately, it does not feature a camera but does have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for sharing. Among its other features are an accelerometer, gyro, proximity, heart rate, and barometer.

Meanwhile, the recently released Samsung Gear 2 weighs in at 42 grams and features a stainless steel build. It is IP68 certified to be dust proof and water resistant by up to 1.5 meters for as long as 30 minutes, which is a slight edge over the LG Watch Urbane.

For its display, it utilizes a Super AMOLED capacity touchscreen. For its resolution, the Gear 2 also slightly edges out the Urbane as it features a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. It also offers Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, and a rotating bezel.

For its OS, it uses a Tizen based wearable platform and uses an Exynos 350 chipset, a 1 GB dual core CPU and an internal memory of 4 GB. It only has a 512 MB RAM compared to LG’s 1 GB, and like the LG, it does not have a camera, and features communication and sharing via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

It also features sensors, accelerometer, gyro, heart rate and barometer. In terms of battery life, it can last up to 48 hours on standby.

On paper, both devices seem to be on pretty even footing despite the fact that the Urbane came out earlier this year and Gear S2 only came out last month. The verdict would mainly rely on preference for the design and functionality, as the Urbane offers a classier take on the design while Gear S2 features a sportier look for its normal model.

The price would also be a point for consideration as the Gear S2’s basic model costs US$299, the Gear S2 Classic sits at US$349. The 3G-enabled Gear S2, which works with Verizon, T-Mobile, AT&T and US Cellular has a starting price of US$359.99 while the LG Watch Urbane only costs from $246 – $277 from retailers.