Google has announced its first Android Wear smartwatches are now available for pre-order for delivery from 7 July, when they go on sale. The LG G Watch and Samsung Gear Live are the first two available to buy.
While the Motorola Moto 360 won't be out until later in the year, probably because of its round shape affecting design coding, LG and Samsung are ready. The Samsung Gear Live is £169 while the LG G Watch is £159 – so what's the difference?
The LG G Watch features a 400mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy, 512MB of RAM, a 1.2GHz processor and 4GB storage. It also has a 1.65-inch 280 x 280 IPS LCD display and 9 axis accelerometer – all weighing in at 63g.
The Samsung Gear Live features a smaller 300mAh battery but comes with a better screen at 1.65-inches the Super AMOLED pumps out a 320 x 320 resolution. It’s also a bit lighter at 59g and comes with a heart rate monitor, digital compass and gyroscope. All other specs are the same and both are water and dust resistant.
So the Gear Live delivers more for just a tenner but at the cost of a smaller battery and presumably more power consuming, higher resolution screen. Of course the way the devices are tweaked, type of processors and batteries may end up surprising us. Samsung has been in the smart watch game for a while so it may end up outperforming the G Watch on battery life in spite of how the specs look. We'll have to wait until we get review units to see.