- [Announcer] You know how a hybrid cartakes the best parts of gas and electricand mashes them into one vehicle?Well, the Watch W7 from LG aims to do the samefor the smartwatch.
And on paper, it's pretty cool.
On your wrist, though, well, you might want towait for the next one.
LG started developing the Watch W7 three years ago,and it's no wonder.
I mean, think about how much had to go into this casing.
The W7 has all the fundamentals of a traditional smartwatch,battery, processor, LCD screen.
And stuck in the middle of it all, a big quartz mechanismthat drives those analog hands.
That takes some impressive engineering,and while LG isn't the first company to thinkof this design, this is the first such watchrunning Google's Wear OS.
Where the W7 shines is in the ways the watch handsinteract with the software.
Click into Master Tools, and set a countdown timer,or open up the compass, and, well just look at it.
The analog hands and the digital watch face beneathsync up perfectly.
Use one of the preloaded watch faces,and it'll carve out little pie slicesbased on the hand position.
This isn't entirely a gimmick.
Credit to Russell Holly at Android Centralfor pointing out that every function that usesthe analog hands is automatically easier to readthan just a screen in direct sunlight.
And when the smartwatch battery runs out,the W7 will automatically fall back on Just Watch mode,keep on giving you the time.
And if you manually toggle Just Watch mode,you'll have about a hundred days before you needto charge your watch again.
Now LG is clearly leaning heavily on that 100 day figureto wow you, but think back to other watchesannounced earlier in the year.
Many of them, and even some from last year,have similar timekeeping-only modeswhen their batteries get low.
What's more, they're able to do thatwithout big analog hands that get in the way.
And get in the way, these do.
LG has worked with Google to help a little bit.
You can hold the top button to force the handsto nine and three, and at the same time, the displaywill kind of bump up a few pixelsto help you read your inbound messages.
But even short messages are often cut off by the hands.
So you need to scroll with either your fingeror the rotating side button.
And while that rotating side button is usuallymy favorite part of a watch, this one isn't.
It's small and slippery, and makes a strangemechanical noise when you spin it.
Now, let's factor in all the compromisesthat LG had to make to accommodate the analog mechanism.
There's no heart rate sensor or GPS,so this isn't a workout machine,no matter how strongly the cheap rubberwristband might suggest otherwise.
There's no NFC, so say goodbye to Google Pay.
And the silicon driving the whole experienceis the older Snapdragon 2100, not the newer 3100.
That last point will probably go unnoticedby the end user, since the ability to fall backon analog hands for timekeeping means this watchwill last two days between charges.
And a solid two days, too.
But that's still quite a few shortcomings,and when you combine them with the useability challenges,means this watch kind of has to stand on styleas a differentiator.
At least that's what LG said at the launch eventin New York.
And honestly, I find this design pretty forgettable.
Small personal word, folks.
This was a tough watch to review,because I really appreciate it when a companytakes a chance on something.
And there is more to like in the little details,from the IP68 dust and water resistant casingto the USB-C charging dock.
But for me, those details only shine on a productwhose fundamentals are solid.
And the W7 just gets in its own way too much.
If you do want it, LG is doing its usual thing,deeply discounting products soon after releaseso it feels like you're getting a great deal.
But even at the discounted price, I'd really only recommendthis one to someone who's buying it expresslyfor the purpose of wearing something different.
You may have noticed, folks, that this videowas shot in Hawaii, where I'm covering the QualcommSnapdragon Summit.
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Until next time, thanks for watching,and stay mobile, my friends.